inez andrews*Today, the life’s journey ended for another Caravan.

Inez Andrews, the sprawling soprano from the legendary Caravans has passed away.

Gospel Music Critic Bob Marovich reports that Ms. Andrews died today after a long bought with illness. She was 83 years old.

Andrews’ distinct voice is instantly recognized as the lead vocalist on one of the group’s most popular classics, “Mary Don’t You Weep.”  She was also the leader of the Andrewettes and recorded the song “Lord, Don’t Move My Mountain” as a solo act, which became a gospel and R&B cross-over hit.

Andrews was expected to receive the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award at the 2013 Stellar Awards Ceremony in January.

Albertina Walker, who started the Caravans passed away in 2010.  Original members Pastor Shirley Caesar, elores Washington and Dorothy Norwood remain.