Robert S. Arnold

Short Name: Robert S. Arnold
Full Name: Arnold, Robert S. (Sterling), 1905-2003
Birth Year: 1905
Death Year: 2003

Robert Sterling Arnold (January 26, 1905 – February 8, 2003) was a shape note music publisher, singer, composer, and singing school teacher. He was born January 26, 1905 at Coleman in Coleman County, Texas, the son of Millard Franklin and Rowena Victoria (Lawrence) Arnold.

Arnold received his musical training from southern shape note teachers such as Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Carr, W. W. Combs, L. A. Gordon, J. B. Herbert, John A. McClung, Will M. Ramsey, and Frank White. He traveled as a member of several quartets, including the Central Music Company Quartet. He also traveled extensively to teach about 300 shape note singing schools.

In 1928, he married Cora Angie McDonald, whom he met at a gospel singing at Veribest (near San Angelo, Texas). They lived in Fort Worth, Kennedale and Jefferson, Texas, returning to Coleman in 1975. While in Fort Worth, he had a studio and taught piano and voice. He was the founder and owner of the National Music Company, which company published about fifty singing convention books. Before that he was a partner with Albert E. Brumley and W. Oliver Cooper in the Hartford National Company.

Some of his more popular songs include "Did You Repent, Fully Repent?", "Have You Thought, Really Thought?", "If I Could But Just Take One Soul To Heaven," and "I Wanta Get Right". "No Tears in Heaven," written in 1935, is probably his best known song. In addition to its popularity at shape note singings and inclusion in Stamps-Baxter's popular Heavenly Highway Hymns, "No Tears in Heaven" has been recorded by gospel quarters and artists such as Buck Owens, Skeeter Davis, Red Foley, and The Chuck Wagon Gang.

Robert and Cora Arnold were members of the Church of Christ.

Robert Sterling Arnold is a member of the 2005 Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees. Arnold was inducted into the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame on September 14, 1985. He died in Coleman County at age 98 on February 8, 2003 and was buried in the Silver Valley Cemetery.

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Christ has something betterRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Christ is with us every passing momentRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Christ the dear LordRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Declare his love to allRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Don't let the world hinderRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Father, forgive us, for all past sinRobert S. Arnold (Author)4
God, give us hope and courage each dayRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
God is our refuge, God is our strength (Arnold)Robert S. Arnold (Author)2
God's word ageth notRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
God's word gives his children a nameRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Have you checked with God's plan of salvationRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Have you read, have you studiedRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
I am on the road to glory (Arnold)Robert S. Arnold (Author)2
I have a home in heaven aboveRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
I want to live close to JesusRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
I wantta get right with my dear SaviorRobert S. Arnold (Author)4
I was a stranger, a perfectRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
I'd like to tell someoneRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
If I read in the Bible my dutyRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
If your soul is cast downRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
I'm enthused about the futureRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Is the Lord crowded outRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
I've told about my Lord and KingRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Jesus, the Savior, who leads the wayRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Joy is ever with me all alongRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Let us talk about our SaviorRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Lift up your voice to heaven aboveRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Lift up your voice to heaven above For Jesus' death was all in loveRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Lord, lead me safelyRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Many are the friends who are waitingRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Melodies of love we sing each dayRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
No tears in heaven, no sorrows givenRobert S. Arnold (Author)18
O how sweet to sing his praiseRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
O what a Savior is JesusRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
O what love our savior showedRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
O ye children of men put your trust in the LordRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
O you better hold onRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
O you can't hideRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Observe the life, the life of JesusRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Praise ye the Lord, give thanksRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Render every serviceRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Sing his glory, tell the storyRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Sing the sweet story of Christ and his loveRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
There is a God somewhereRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
There is a home aboveRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
There is a wonderful place that weRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
There is sunshine in my soulRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
There'll be no consolationRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
There's a great day a'cominRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
There's a land of joyRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
There's a time in our life we should thinkRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
This old world is not my homeRobert S. Arnold (Author)4
Time is now fleeting byRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift mineRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
We dream of a mansion up yonderRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
We have a Savior who is so trueRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
We read in God's word how we'll meetRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Well, I've got it fixedRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
What have I done for my MasterRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
When death comes a creepin'Robert S. Arnold (Author)2
When I was sad and lonelyRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
When the time shall come for us to goRobert S. Arnold (Author)4
When we shall cross o'er the river some morningRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Wonderful joy, great joyRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Working for the Master as on we goRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
You gotta leave the lower rungRobert S. Arnold (Author)3