1887–1960
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January 21, 1887, Spring Hill, Pennsylvania.

July 3, 1960, Whittier, California.

Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California.

Alfred was the son of Stan­ley Frank Ack­ley and Ophel­ia A. Cogs­well, hus­band of Hel­en Ar­ma­cost, and brother of Bent­ley Ack­ley.

He received musical training from his father in New York City and at the Royal Academy of Music in Lon­don, and became a great cello player. After graduating from West­min­ster Theological Seminary in Mar­y­land, he was ordained a Pres­by­ter­ian minister in 1914, and pastored in Wilkes-Barre and Elm­hurst, Penn­syl­van­ia, and in Es­con­di­do, Cal­i­for­nia. For a few years he worked with evangelist Billy Sunday, and also served as assistant pastor of Sha­dy­side Pres­by­teri­an Church in Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia. He wrote some 1,500 religious and secular songs, and was associated with the Ro­de­heaver Music Company. John Brown University in Si­lo­am Springs, Ar­kan­sas, awarded him an honorary Doctor of Sacred Music degree.

  1. Abide in Me, the Path I Tread Is Dreary
  2. Agonies of Calvary Could Not His Love Dismay, The
  3. All Day Long the Sweetest Music
  4. All Is Well When I Am Weary
  5. All Sinful and Foolish, My Life
  6. All the Darkness of the Night
  7. All the Savior’s Glory Mind Can Never
  8. All the Way with Jesus
  9. All You Need God Will Do
  10. Among the Friends I Call My Own
  11. Are the Days of Long Ago Far Sweeter?
  12. Are You Tired of Everything?
  13. Around the Cross the Ransomed Stand
  14. As a Tree Beside the Water
  15. At Calvary’s Cross I Met a Friend
  16. At the Cross I Met the Master
  17. At the End of the Road
  18. At the Place of Prayer I Sought Him
  19. Back to the Faith of My Childhood
  20. Back to the Faith of Our Fathers
  21. Be Honest with God
  22. Be Not Discouraged, God Still Is
  23. Beautiful Sabbath, Day of Our Lord
  24. Behold Him Who Walks in the Highway
  25. Believe, to All Who Will Believe
  26. Beyond the Darkness, Past the Shadows Deep
  27. Beyond the Storm Cloud Is the Rainbow
  28. Beyond the Sunset and the Shade
  29. Blessed Fellowship My Soul Has Found, A
  30. Blessed Jesus, O I Need Thee
  31. Bowing Low Beneath the Burden of the Conflict
  32. Buried Deep in the Fountain of Mercy
  33. Can the Lord Use You
  34. Can You Say You Love the Lord?
  35. Carry Me Back to the Love of My Mother
  36. Christ Came to His Own, but They Spurned Him
  37. Christ Jesus Is Mine, Mine Forever
  38. Christ Loved Me, This Is the Reason
  39. Christ We Forget, The
  40. Christian, Rejoice, for the Lord Will Return
  41. Clouds of Grief O’ershadow the Sky, The
  42. Coming Home
  43. Could a Little Bit of Sunshine
  44. Darkest Day Is Filled with Light, The
  45. Days Are Filled with Gladness
  46. Dearer Than All
  47. Do a Deed of Kindness Every Morning
  48. Do Not Turn Away from One Who Loves You
  49. Each Moment Is a Jewel Rare
  50. Earthly Joys May Fail and Perish
  51. Every Day I Need Thee More and More
  52. Everybody Ought to Love My Savior
  53. Face to Face His Spirit Brings Us
  54. Faith Will Remove the Mountain
  55. Father in Heaven, Inspire Our Poor Sight
  56. For Service I Am Set Apart
  57. Forgotten, the Vow You Made to Jesus
  58. Forth from the King’s Eternal Throne
  59. Friend, You Need the Savior
  60. Give Me Thyself That I May Have
  61. Go Forth to Serve, as Jesus Went
  62. God Calls unto the Harvest Field
  63. God Care for Me, Should I Be Caring
  64. God Has a Garden Where He
  65. God Has Not Forgotten
  66. God Is Good, He Sends the Rain
  67. God Knows All About You
  68. God Never Disappoints
  69. God of the Living Church Empower
  70. God’s Tomorrow
  71. Grace, Free Grace, Is the Promise of God
  72. Have You Any Burdens?
  73. Have You Ever Thought There Is One Who Knows?
  74. Have You Set Your Face Towards Zion?
  75. He Lives
  76. He Reaches Out a Wounded Hand
  77. He Will Not Let Me Fall
  78. Heartaches
  79. Help Me, Dear Lord, to Walk Today
  80. He’s a Friend Above All
  81. His Love Is Far Better Than Gold
  82. His Love Is Greater Than My Sin
  83. How Could Christ Love Such a World?
  84. How Do I Know That My Lord Is Divine?
  85. I Am Amazed That God Could Ever Love Me
  86. I Am Coming Home
  87. I Am Happy in the Love of Jesus
  88. I Am Living Each Day as I Journey Below
  89. I Am Waiting for the Hour
  90. I Believe That Jesus Saves Me
  91. I Can Find Him Everywhere
  92. I Could Never Get Along Without Him
  93. I Do Not Ask for Diadem or Scepter
  94. I Entered by the Door of Faith
  95. I Feel the Waves of Glory
  96. I Have a Dream Within My Heart
  97. I Have a Friend Who Abides in My Heart
  98. I Have a Friend Who Cared Enough for Me
  99. I Have a Friend Who Cares for Me
  100. I Have a Friend Who Is Able to Save
  101. I Have Found a Great Salvation
  102. I Have Found a Wondrous Savior
  103. I Have Found Rest in My Wonderful Lord
  104. I Have Found the Blessing
  105. I Hear a Voice So Soft and Low
  106. I Know an All Sufficient Savior
  107. I Love Him Each Day Far Better
  108. I Love Thy House, O Lord Most High
  109. I Love to Hear My Savior’s Voice
  110. I Love to Think That He
  111. I Never Walk Alone
  112. I Often Stop and Wonder Why
  113. I Own Not the Riches of Silver or Gold
  114. I Shall Dwell Forever There
  115. I Shall Be Ready to Welcome the Savior
  116. I Sing You the Song of a Wonderful Friend
  117. I Stand at the Dawn of a Beautiful Day
  118. I Think of Thee, O Blessed Savior
  119. I Want Jesus
  120. I Want to Live Like Jesus Lived
  121. If We Only Knew the Joys That We Have Missed
  122. I Will Trust Him
  123. If You Are Weary of Sin, There Is Rest
  124. If You Have a Friend in Sorrow
  125. If You Have a Load of Trouble
  126. If You Love Him, You Will Always Speak for Jesus
  127. If You Only Knew His Love for You
  128. If You Walk in the Vale of Sorrow
  129. If You Want to Be Happy, Take Jesus
  130. If You Want to Know the Savior
  131. If You Want to Know the Secret of the Beauty
  132. I’ll Tell to All That God Is Love
  133. I’m One of His Own, by Purchase
  134. In His Ocean of Love with My Lord
  135. In the Dear Name of Jesus Christ
  136. In the Highway of His Love
  137. In the Morning I See His Face
  138. In the Morning, Lord I Come
  139. In the Service of the King
  140. In the Winter’s Snow, So Soft and White
  141. Is It Far to the Cross Where the Savior Died?
  142. Is the Christ That You Worship
  143. Is There a Friend Who Knows All of My Sorrows?
  144. I’ve Found a Refuge Where None Can Molest
  145. Jehovah Is Thy God!
  146. Jesus Has Promised to Save You from Sin
  147. Jesus Has Promised Your Needs to Supply
  148. Jesus Hides Me in the Storm of Evil
  149. Jesus Is the Joy of Living
  150. Jesus Is with Me
  151. Jesus, My Savior, the Son of God
  152. Jesus, the Meek and Mild
  153. Just Be Thankful for the Little Things of Life
  154. Keep in Step with Jesus
  155. King of My Heart Is Jesus, The
  156. Knowing but Jesus, His Cross and His Glory
  157. Leaving All to Follow Jesus
  158. Lest I Lose My Way and Wander
  159. Let God Use You to Tell the Old, Old Story
  160. Let Me Shelter Thee, Thou Canst Not Live Apart
  161. Let the Church March on Thru a Sin-Cursed World
  162. Life Was Meant to Be a Time of Joy and Beauty
  163. Lift Up My Soul, O Lord I Come Confessing
  164. Listening at the Heart’s Door
  165. Lo the Land of Promises Lies Before Us
  166. Lonely the Grave Where Jesus Lies
  167. Long Have I Tried to Still the Raging Tide
  168. Longing for Pardon I Seek Thee My Savior
  169. Love Lighted Cross Never Loses Its Glow, The
  170. Love Opened Wide the Door
  171. Make Christ King of Men and Nations
  172. March On, Ye Soldiers of the Cross
  173. Master Knows How Weary Grows the Path, The
  174. Meet Him at the Cross
  175. Mine, a Savior Who Is All Sufficient
  176. More Than You Know
  177. More Than You Will Ever Know
  178. Morning with Jesus When Labor Is Ended
  179. My Confidence in Jesus Grows Stronger Every Day
  180. My Heart Belongs to Jesus
  181. My Heart Overflows
  182. My Life Is Full of Glory
  183. My Mother
  184. My Soul Was in Misery
  185. My Yesterday
  186. Never Give Up, Never Give Up
  187. Night Her Silver Veil Is Wearing
  188. No More Burdens, No More Heartaches
  189. No More Weeping o’er My Sin
  190. No Shades of Night to Lure from Right
  191. No Shadow of Turning in Jesus
  192. No Welcome Gave a Dying World
  193. O Blest Memorial of Love That Never Fails
  194. O Come and Bow Before Him
  195. O List the Story That Never Grows Old
  196. O Make Me Free, My Blessed Savior
  197. O Son of God, Whence Are Those Tears
  198. O Son of God Who Died for Us
  199. O the Height I Cannot Measure
  200. O the Moments of Joy When My Soul Shall Take Wings
  201. O to Be Alone with Jesus
  202. O to Be There, Where the Songs of Glory
  203. O What Pain Your Heart Has Suffered
  204. O Why Do Wander in Sorrow?
  205. Once the Sun Was Never Shining
  206. Only a Smile That Is Cheery and Bright
  207. Only in Jesus, the Crucified Savior
  208. Out of the Depths, Poor, Wretched, Blind
  209. Pardoning Grace
  210. Peace I Received When He Saved Me, The
  211. Perfect Day Is Coming By and By, A
  212. Plain Is the Path Where Jesus Is Leading
  213. Praise Ye the God of Heaven
  214. Precious Redeemer in Jesus I Find, A
  215. Read Your Bible
  216. Repent! ’Tis the Voice of Jesus
  217. Rock Ribbed Hills of Doubt I Tread, The
  218. Savior Left His Father’s House of Light, The
  219. Scenes of Beauty Greet Me
  220. Shadows of Evening Around Us Are Falling, The
  221. Sin Has Left Me Sore
  222. Sing Me a Song of Jesus
  223. So Dear to Me Is Jesus
  224. Soft and Low, Soft and Low
  225. Some Blessed Day My Cherished Dreams Shall Be
  226. Somebody Knows
  227. Somehow I Know That Christ Is Mine
  228. Somehow the Savior Seems a Little Nearer
  229. Someone Is Here with a Burden
  230. Stand Fast in the Faith of the Crucified
  231. Stand for the Right, the Right
  232. Sweetly Abiding, Kept by His Power
  233. Take Me Just as I Am, My Savior
  234. Take Up Thy Cross
  235. Teach Me to Pray, Lord, Humbly to Plead
  236. Tell the World There Is a Savior
  237. That Wonderful City Called Heaven
  238. There Are Many Hearts Nearly Broken
  239. There Are Many Troubles That Will Burst Like Bubbles
  240. There Are Shadows of Sorrow That Darken Life’s Way
  241. There Are Stormy Days of Trouble
  242. There Came to the Earth a Pilgrim
  243. There Is a Face Divinely Fair
  244. There Is a Guide That Never Falters
  245. There Is Good News for All the Distressed
  246. There Is Music in the Air
  247. There Is One Who Knows All About You
  248. There Is Only One Name That Can Satisfy Men
  249. There Is Only One Way to the Savior
  250. There Is Power in the Cross of Jesus
  251. There Shall Be No Tears
  252. There Was No One to Take My Place
  253. There’ll Be Light in the Sky
  254. There’s a Burden You Never Can Carry Alone
  255. There’s a Garden of Memory Kissed by the Sun
  256. There’s a Land Where the Birds Are Ever Singing
  257. There’s a New Day Dawning (1923)
  258. There’s a Rainbow in the Sky
  259. There’s a Rainbow Shining
  260. There’s a Savior Who Walks by My Side All the Way
  261. There’s a Song in My Heart, ’Tis Jesus
  262. Though You Have Fallen on Life’s Way
  263. Through All the Shadows
  264. Through Life’s Pilgrim Way
  265. To My Soul Christ Came with Healing
  266. Today I Need Thy Guiding Hand
  267. Tongue Can Never Tell How Much I Love Him
  268. Trust in the Lord, ’Tis the Joy of Living
  269. ’Twill Not Be Long Till All the Shadows
  270. Upon a Hill Before Me, a Blood Stained Cross I See
  271. Vain Regrets of Yesterday, The
  272. Wanderer with Broken Heart, A
  273. Way of Sin Is Filled with Pain, The
  274. We Forget Him in the Rounds of Pleasure
  275. We Owe Allegiance to a King
  276. We Shall Always Be Happy Over There
  277. We Shall Travel with the King
  278. We Will Wait for the Coming of Jesus
  279. Wealth of All Heaven Is Mine, The
  280. What Great Compassion Christ Has Shown
  281. What Is Your Life When by God’s Standard Measured
  282. What Nobler Deed Was Ever Wrought
  283. What Though the Way to Glory
  284. What Will You Do When the Judge Appears?
  285. What Will You Give to Jesus?
  286. What Would We Do Without the Clouds?
  287. Whatever Life May Bring You
  288. What’s the Use of Our Complaining?
  289. What’s the Use of Sighing?
  290. When Dreams of Glory Fade from My Sight
  291. When God Is Near, with Light My Path Is Glowing
  292. When I Depart, I Want Some Friend
  293. When I Have Finished My Pilgrimage Here
  294. When I Made a Full Surrender
  295. When I Recalled How I Had Spurned His Love
  296. When I See the King
  297. When I Think of the Love of My Savior
  298. When I’m with Him
  299. When It’s Raining and the Sun Is Shining
  300. When Jesus Shall Appear
  301. When Jesus Was a Child Like Me
  302. When Mine Eyes Behold the King in His Glory
  303. When Our Race Is Run
  304. When the Days Are Dark and Long
  305. When the Life Is Torn with Sorrow
  306. When the Sun Goeth Down
  307. When the World Forgets
  308. When You Know My Blessed Savior
  309. When Your Heart Is Aching, Turn to Jesus
  310. Whenever You Are Tempted
  311. Who Can Tell How Great the Love Christ Reveals?
  312. Who Knows?
  313. Who Will Be a Witness?
  314. Wilderness of Sin I Roamed, The
  315. With Sorrow and Woe I Was Cruelly Crowned
  316. Within My Heart I Hold a Fadeless Memory
  317. Wonderful
  318. Wonderful Birth, to a Manger
  319. Won’t You Come Now and Give All to the Savior
  320. World Needs a Friend Like Jesus, The
  321. You Can Be a Blessing If You Will
  322. You Can Know Him Now
  323. You Can Know Jesus and Love Him Today
  324. You Cannot Hide from God
  325. You May Have Your Doubts of Heaven
  326. You Must Do Something
  1. Neither Height, Nor Depth, Nor Breadth

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