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Friends Gone Before

Friends gone before will be there to greet us

Author: A. J. Showalter
Tune: [Friends gone before will be there to greet us]
Published in 2 hymnals

Author: A. J. Showalter

Anthony Johnson Showalter USA 1858-1924/ Born in Cherry Grove, VA, he became an organist, gospel music composer, author, teacher, editor, and publisher. He was taught by his father and in 1876 received training at the Ruebush-Kieffer School of Music, Dayton, VA. He also attended George Root’s National Normal school at Erie, PA, and Dr Palmer’s International Normal at Meadville, PA. He was teaching music in shape note singing schools by age 14. He taught literary school at age 19, and normal music schools at age 22, when he also published his first book. In 1881 he married Lucy Carolyn (Callie) Walser of TX, and they had seven children: Tennie, Karl, Essie, Jennie, Lena, Margaret, and Nellie. At age 23 he published his “Harmo… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Friends gone before will be there to greet us
Title: Friends Gone Before
Author: A. J. Showalter
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Yes, we shall find loved ones waiting, waiting
Publication Date: 1922
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

Marching to Zion #165

Page Scan

The Gospel Way #77

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