Funeral services for gospel music great Jake Hess will be held Wednesday (Jan. 7) in Columbus, Ga. Hess, 76, died Sunday (Jan. 4) at an Opelika, Ala., hospital after suffering a heart attack Dec. 16. With a career spanning six decades, Hess came to national prominence as a member of the Statesmen Quartet and founder of Imperials. In recent years, he was involved in the Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Friends series of concerts, CDs and videos. The four-time Grammy winner performed on several of Elvis Presley albums and sang at Presley’s funeral in 1977. Hess also sang at Hank Williams’ funeral in 1953.