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      An Oak Ridge Boy returns home to Moultrie for weekend

      A country and gospel singer has now left Southwest Georgia after spending the weekend here.

      The pews were full Sunday morning at Hopewell Baptist Church. Willie Wynn, who was with the country and gospel quartet The Oak Ridge Boys for 15 years, was there to sing some of his favorite hymns.

      Wynn was born and raised in Moultrie.

      "This is a church I grew up in," Wynn said. "I'm from this community, about three or four miles down the road. My entire family, seven boys and one girl, we grew up here."

      Every year around the Fourth of July, Wynn and his family have a reunion at the fellowship hall of the church..this year, they decided to stick around a little longer.

      "They called me several weeks back and said to me you're going to be in town anyway, how about coming by and singing for us? I said man, let's do it," Wynn said.

      Senior Pastor Carl Felts was instrumental in getting it set up.

      "We just put the word out that he was going to be here," Felts said. "And everybody showed up and we really had a wonderful time."

      In early 1957, Wynn left Moultrie for Atlanta and stayed there for year. It was there he auditioned for a group without a name. They were just a few men singing backup to Southern Gospel singer Wally Fowler.

      "We went back to the auditorium and I sang a few songs," Wynn said. "I knew their songs better than they did because this was all I ever wanted to do so about a year later, I moved to Nashville and it all grew from there."

      Wynn and Felts spoke Sunday about making this an annual event at the church since he's here anyway with family.