Lloyd Severance Thumb Gospel Music Convention
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History
Lloyd and Esther were blessed with 4 children, 13 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.  Lloyd sang bass in a church quartet.  He started singing in the 1930s and even took vocal lessons.  Lloyd's heart was to provide quality Gospel music that anyone could enjoy without a charge.

Chic was part of the original community men's group called "The Layman's Club" in Cass City, Michigan.  They began the New Year's Eve Gospel Sing that ended after 50 years in 2015.  The Calvarymen had participated in every one of those years.  The Layman's Club have also brought such groups as The Cathedrals, Bob Wills and the Inspirations, Toney Brothers and The Talleys to the greater Thumb area for gospel concerts.

​In 1997, Chic and son Art (Gospel Committee Chairman) visited with Lew Tibbits about bringing a Gospel sing to Bay Shore Camp and having a concert, with proceeds going to the camp.  A committee was formed.  Its members were Lloyd (Chic) Severance, Cliff Jacoby, Bob Bader, Arthur Severance, Leslie Severance, Donna Rhodes, Dan Grimshaw, Barbie Brooks and Lew Tibbits.  The first concert was held in August 1998 with Donny Cox, from WSNL radio in Flint, as the MC.  Less than 10 RVs were on the grounds.  Attendance was approximately 500 people for the one-day concert on Saturday.  Fifteen years later, in 2012, 17 groups performed with Donny & Judy Cox continuing to MC in the Tabernacle, and Mark Jacoby as the MC in the Youth Center.  We parked 153 paid RV guests, camp housing was filled to capacity, and approximately 3,000 people enjoyed the four-day event.  After Lloyd's passing in 2000, the convention officials renamed the event due to Severance's many contributions to Gospel singing in the Thumb and greater Michigan.
Highlights from years past:

2004 - Requesting blood donors for an emergency need.

2005 - The performance of the late Anthony Berger.

2006 - Video screens installed in the Tabernacle.

2007 - Expansion to a Thursday night concert, featuring a comedian. 
          The tribute to the Veterans and the Severance family celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Gospel Sing.  

2010 - Expansion to a second venue in the Youth Center on Saturday of the convention.

Total amount raised for Bay Shore Camp: more than $222,000.