Buddy Mears was hired by J G Whitfield to sing with the Gospel Melody Quartet a few months after Glen Allred joined the group in 1952. He remained with them until October of 1956 when he entered the US Air Force. By the time he left, the group was known as the Florida Boys. He also sang with his wife Carol, and children Becky and Brad in Texas. They were known as the Mears Family.