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.

Texts by Robert S. Arnold (66)AsInstancessort icon
I am on the road to gloryRobert S. Arnold (Author)1
Let us talk about our SaviorRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Sing his glory, tell the storyRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Well, I've got it fixedRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
I'm enthused about the futureRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
O what love our savior showedRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Christ the dear LordRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
There's a time in our life we should thinkRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
When death comes a creepin'Robert S. Arnold (Author)2
Lift up your voice to heaven above For Jesus' death was all in loveRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
If I read in the Bible my dutyRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
O you better hold onRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
I have a home in heaven aboveRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Many are the friends who are waitingRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
God, give us hope and courage each dayRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
We dream of a mansion up yonderRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
There'll be no consolationRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Joy is ever with me all alongRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Render every serviceRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
God's word ageth notRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
I'd like to tell someoneRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
O what a Savior is JesusRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
There's a land of joyRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Sing the sweet story of Christ and his loveRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Have you checked with God's plan of salvationRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
What have I done for my MasterRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Declare his love to allRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
When I was sad and lonelyRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Lord, lead me safelyRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
If your soul is cast downRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
When we shall cross o'er the river some morningRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Melodies of love we sing each dayRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Jesus, the Savior, who leads the wayRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Praise ye the Lord, give thanksRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
God is our refuge, God is our strength (Arnold)Robert S. Arnold (Author)2
I was a stranger, a perfectRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
Working for the Master as on we goRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
O how sweet to sing his praiseRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
There's a great day a'cominRobert S. Arnold (Author)2
God's word gives his children a nameRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Christ has something betterRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
There is a God somewhereRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Have you read, have you studiedRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Don't let the world hinderRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Time is now fleeting byRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
There is a wonderful place that weRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Is the Lord crowded outRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Observe the life, the life of JesusRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Wonderful joy, great joyRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
We read in God's word how we'll meetRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
You gotta leave the lower rungRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Lift up your voice to heaven aboveRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
I've told about my Lord and KingRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Christ is with us every passing momentRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
O ye children of men put your trust in the LordRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
There is a home aboveRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
O you can't hideRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift mineRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
I want to live close to JesusRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
There is sunshine in my soulRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
We have a Savior who is so trueRobert S. Arnold (Author)3
When the time shall come for us to goRobert S. Arnold (Author)4
I wantta get right with my dear SaviorRobert S. Arnold (Author)4
This old world is not my homeRobert S. Arnold (Author)4
Father, forgive us, for all past sinRobert S. Arnold (Author)4
No tears in heaven, no sorrows givenRobert S. Arnold (Author)17