1905–2003

January 26, 1905, Coleman, Texas.

February 8, 2003, Coleman, Texas.

Silver Valley Cemetery, Silver Valley, Texas.

Robert was the son of Mil­lard Frank­lin Ar­nold and Ro­we­na Vic­tor­ia Law­rence, and a cousin of country-western singer Ed­dy Ar­nold.

He learned music at Normal Schools run by the Central Music Company and at other singing schools. His teachers included J. H. Carr, Will Ram­sey, Frank White, J. B. Her­bert, John A. Mc­Clung, W. W. Combs, L. A. Gor­don, and Mrs. J. H. Carr.

Sterling began radio work and singing with quartets in his late teen age years. He sang for the Central Music Company quartet, and managed the National Quartet for number of years. For a quarter century, he taught piano and voice in Fort Worth, Tex­as, where he had a private studio. For a while, he partnered with Al­bert Brum­ley and W. Ol­iv­er Coo­per in the Hart­ford National Company. He later founded the National Music Company in Jef­fer­son, Texas.

Sterling’s titles were performed by a number of artists. One of his most popular songs, No Tears in Hea­ven, was recorded by Buck Ow­ens, Skee­ter Davis, Red Fo­ley, and The Chuck Wa­gon Gang. Ster­ling was inducted into the Tex­as Gos­pel Music Hall of Fame in 1985, and to the South­ern Gos­pel Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

  1. Declare His Love
  2. Did You Repent, Fully Repent?
  3. God Did
  4. Have You Thought, Really Thought?
  5. I Wanta Get Right
  6. If I Could Take Just One Soul to Heaven
  7. No Tears in Heaven