Josh Garner, lead singer for The Dixie Melody Boys, posted the following statement today on Facebook:
"SGMA Hall of Fame member and Dixie Melody Boys owner Ed O'Neal was involved in an automobile accident Monday, April 1. O'Neal suffered multiple fractures, but does not require surgery. He is in a great deal of pain; however, his spirits are high. He states, 'Thank God I'm alive. You can just call me "Lucky" from now on!' O' Neal is recovering at home and appreciates all of your prayers.
"In the meantime, the Dixie Melody Boys will continue to meet all of their scheduled engagements. Please keep them in your prayers, as well, and continue to support them in concert."
For over 55 years, Ed O' Neal has served as owner, manager, and bass singer for the legendary Dixie Melody Boys. Throughout his tenure, he has received every possible award for excellence from his peers and fans, including multiple Favorite Bass Singer honors, the J.D. Sumner Living Legend Award, and the prestigious Marvin Norcross Award.
Perhaps his greatest achievement was induction into the Southern Gospel Music Association's Hall Of Fame long before his storied career was over. And it's not over by a long shot, as the effervescent octogenarian is still thrilling audiences worldwide. In addition to being one of Southern Gospel's most beloved personalities, Ed O' Neal is credited with introducing some of the greatest talent to ever grace a concert stage.
Thanks to Ed's ability to locate and groom such fine performers, the Dixie Melody Boys have been affectionately dubbed "Ed O' Neal University." Some 80+ individuals have graduated from EOU and are currently serving in various capacities throughout churches and concert halls across the country. Ed O' Neal's smooth vocal stylings and southern charm have gained him countless fans the world over, but his humility, grace, and generosity have earned him a place in innumerable friend's hearts.