1861-1933

April 1, 1861, Leamington, Ontario, Canada.

October 29, 1933, Andersonville, Tennessee.

Andersonville Cemetery, Andersonville, Tennessee.

Son of John W. Avis, from Kent, England, and a Canadian mother, Avis moved with his family from Canada to Flint, Michigan, as was a young boy. By 1883, he was in Andersonville, Tennessee; he was running a music publishing company in Andersonville as of 1889.

In 1882, Avis became general secretary of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Owensboro, Kentucky. Later, he was ordained a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1897, he joined the United Brethren Church and served pastorates from the state of New York to the state of Washington. In 1894, he appears in records as a pastor in Knoxville, Tennessee. By 1898, he had moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Avis’ wife was Anna Hudiburg. His works include:

  1. All the Way to Calvary He Went for Me
  2. All Things, O God, Thou Didst Create
  3. Almost Decided, Why Still Delay?
  4. Are You Worshiping the Idols?
  5. As I Paused by an Open Window
  6. At the Call of the Roll
  7. Awake, Awake, Ye Saints of God
  8. Battle of the Ages, The
  9. Be About the Master’s Business
  10. Be Thou with Me, O My Savior
  11. Be True to Your Conscience
  12. Be True unto Jesus, Your Savior
  13. Behold, What Wondrous Love Is This?
  14. Bells of Heaven Are Ringing, The
  15. Blest Sabbath School, Far More to Me
  16. Blest Spirit, Hear My Prayer
  17. Blood of Christ, Once Shed, The
  18. Children of God We Are Marching
  19. Closer, Dear Lord, to Thee
  20. Come in the Days of Thy Youth
  21. Come with Thy Sins to the Fountain
  22. Comrades, Hear the Captain’s Call
  23. Countless Are the Blessings God Has
  24. Day Breaks upon Me, The
  25. Day Will Dawn, I Know Not When, The
  26. Dear Friend, You’ve Been Halting
  27. Do Not Fear to Face the Foe
  28. Earnestly, Penitent, Offer
  29. Ever the Sun Is Shining
  30. Far From Thy Fold, Blest Savior
  31. Father, I Would Do Thy Will
  32. Forward, Christian Soldiers, in the Ranks
  33. Forward, Forward, Every Soldier
  34. Glorious Message to All Who Will Come
  35. Glory Be to God on High
  36. Go Forth and Work From Morn Till Eve
  37. Go Forward at the Call
  38. Go Forward, Christian Soldiers
  39. Go Work in the Harvest of the Lord
  40. Go Work in the Master’s Vineyard
  41. God, Give Us Men Who Will Stand
  42. God Is Counting, My Friend, on You
  43. Great Is the Work and Still Greater
  44. Have You Heard the Wondrous Story?
  45. Have You Need of Salvation From Sin?
  46. He Knows It All
  47. Hear the Voice Today, Speaking
  48. Hear Thou My Prayer, O Savior of Galilee
  49. Hear You a Voice Gently Saying
  50. Hear You Not the Coming of the Youthful Hosts?
  51. Help to Brighten Up the World
  52. Ho! Every One That Thirsteth
  53. Ho, Friends, Lend a Hand in the Work
  54. Holy Spirit, Breathe upon Us
  55. Holy Spirit, Friend Divine
  56. How Blest Is This Book Divine
  57. How Can a Boy Be Forgetful of Mother?
  58. How Great Is the Joy of Salvation
  59. Human Life Is Like a Steamship
  60. I Am Glad That Christ
  61. I Am Longing, Savior, Longing
  62. I Am Saved by the Grace
  63. I Am Saved, the Lord Has Saved
  64. I Am Standing on the Promises of Jesus
  65. I Came to Jesus
  66. I Cannot Always Trace the Way
  67. I Dreamed, and Lo, My Heart Was Sad
  68. I Find Blessed Peace in Believing
  69. I Have a Savior Who Dwelleth
  70. I Have Heard a Sweet, Sweet, Story
  71. I Have Read God’s Book with Pleasure
  72. I Have Sunlight in My Soul
  73. I Know That Jesus for Me Died
  74. I Know That My Redeemer Lives
  75. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth Ever
  76. I Once Was Lost in Sin
  77. I Remember Well the Cottage
  78. I Was Once a Sinner Lost
  79. I Was Once the Chief of Sinners
  80. I Was Out on Life’s Ocean
  81. If I Were a Sunbeam
  82. If Such Heavenly Peace and Comfort
  83. If the Darkened World Would See the Light
  84. If We Knew the Child with Dimples
  85. If Words of Kindness You Would Speak
  86. If You Only Knew the Savior
  87. If You Would Be Glad and Happy
  88. If You Would Truly Life’s Mission
  89. I’ll Be a Worker for Jesus
  90. I’ll Do What You Want Me to Do
  91. I’ll Ever Keep Telling the Story
  92. I’m Going Home to Glory
  93. In My Distant Happy Home
  94. In Realms of Bliss Beyond the Sky
  95. In the Mansions of Rest
  96. In the Service of the Lord
  97. In the Time of Conscious Weakness
  98. It Is Wonderful to Me!
  99. It Was for Me the Savior Died
  100. I’ve a Friend, a Dear Friend
  101. I’ve Been Told of a Land
  102. I’ve No Mother Now to Kiss Me
  103. I’ve Seen the Skies Aglow with Light
  104. Jesus Can Save Little Children
  105. Jesus Is Calling the Wayward to Come
  106. Jesus Is Coming, Tell the Glad News
  107. Jesus Is My Savior, I Have
  108. Jesus Is My Shepherd, Where He Leads
  109. Jesus Knocking, See Him Standing
  110. Jesus, Savior, Ever Lead Me
  111. Jesus Shall Reign, Go, Tell It Out
  112. Joy of Believing, The
  113. Joyously Are We Marching to Zion
  114. Keep Telling Out the Old, Old Story
  115. Kneeling at the Cross with a Contrite
  116. Lead Me, Thou Light of the World
  117. Leaning on Jesus, I Find Sweetest Rest
  118. Let in the Sunshine of Jesus
  119. Let Me Hear You Tell of Jesus
  120. Let Me Steal Away to Jesus
  121. Let Us Arise and Go Forth
  122. Living Faith Give Me, O Lord, A
  123. Lord, Give Me a Heart That’s Clean
  124. Lord, I Come, I Wait No Longer
  125. Lord Is My Rock and My Refuge Complete, The
  126. Make Christ King, O, Wondrous
  127. Master Is Calling Today, The
  128. May Our Lamps Be Trimmed and Burning
  129. My Lord and Savior, As Thou Wilt
  130. My Savior Hath Redeemed Me
  131. My Savior Is Pleading in Glory
  132. My Soul Is Filled with Joy
  133. Name of Christ to Me Has Been, The
  134. Near the Cross, O Blessed Savior
  135. Nearer, My God, to Thee
  136. Nearer to Thee, My Savior
  137. Nearer to Thee, Savior, Draw Me
  138. Never Alone Will I Leave You
  139. Never Are We Weary of the Grand
  140. Never Let Go the Savior
  141. O God, How Great Thy Love to Us
  142. O Good Old Way, How Sweet Thou Art
  143. O Holy Spirit Dove of Heaven
  144. O Jesus, How My Heart Is Longing
  145. O, Prodigal, Come, I Am Waiting
  146. O Sinner, Would You Know God’s Love?
  147. O Tell Me the Story of Jesus Once More
  148. O That Someone Might My Savior
  149. O the Touches of His Spirit
  150. O the Wondrous Love Jesus
  151. O Those Wonderful, Wonderful Hands
  152. O We Are Christian Soldiers
  153. O We Are Youths Now Growing Up
  154. O What a Change in My Life
  155. O When Life’s Toil Is Over
  156. Oft When Afflictions Seem Severe
  157. On the Cross the Savior Hanging
  158. Onward and Upward and Forward for Jesus
  159. Our Father, We Bless Thee
  160. Out in the Byways Go Seek for the Lost
  161. Out in the Darkness I Wandered Alone
  162. Out in the Lonely World
  163. Out o’er the Dark Waters Gleaming
  164. Out on the Ocean a Vessel
  165. Out on the Street of a City
  166. Praise Him, Praise Him
  167. Promised Land by Faith I See, The
  168. Resting on the Faithfulness
  169. Row Me Over the Tide
  170. Saved, Saved by Grace Through Faith
  171. Savior, Draw Me Close to Thee
  172. Seek Today the Lord
  173. Send the Light of Life to All
  174. Shower Thy Blessings upon Us
  175. Since My Sins He Pardoned
  176. Sing Praise to Christ, Our King
  177. Sinner, Canst Thou Trust the Savior?
  178. Sinner’s Only Hope Is Christ, The
  179. Soldiers of the Lord
  180. Some Day the Sun Will Shine
  181. Sowing the Seed in the Morning
  182. Springtime and Youth
  183. Stand Fast in the Faith
  184. Stand Up for Christ, Young People
  185. Stranger Is Standing Without, A
  186. Suffer Little Children to Come unto Me
  187. Tell Again the Old Story of Jesus
  188. Tell What the Lord Has Done for You
  189. Thanks We Give to Thee, O Father
  190. There Is Peace, Blessed Peace
  191. There Is Power in His Blood
  192. There Is Safety in Abiding
  193. There Is Work for Me to Do
  194. There Never Was a Friend Like Jesus
  195. There’s a Better Day to Come
  196. There’s a Bright Golden Light
  197. There’s a Land of Wondrous Beauty
  198. There’s an Everlasting Rock
  199. There’s No One to Help Us Like Jesus
  200. There’s One Who Is with Me
  201. To Every Nation, Tribe and Tongue
  202. To Make Us Efficient in Service to Thee
  203. To the Savior, O Come
  204. Today If You Will Hear His Voice
  205. Today the Savior Calls to You
  206. Trials That Often Have Hindered My Way, The
  207. True Soldiers of the King Are We
  208. Trusting in the Promises
  209. ’Twas Naaman, the Leper
  210. ’Twas Wondrous Grace That Rescued
  211. ’Twill Be a Great and Glorious Day
  212. We Are a Band of Happy, Happy Children
  213. We Are Christian Soldiers Marching On
  214. We Are Marching on to Zion to the City
  215. We Are Workers, Toiling Up the Way
  216. We Shall Reach the Glory Land
  217. We Welcome You, Friends
  218. Well, Wife, I’ve Found the Dear Old Church
  219. We’re in the Fight, a Cause
  220. We’re Saved by the Blood
  221. What a Friend Have I in Jesus
  222. What a Promise God Hath Given
  223. What Though the Storm Clouds Gather
  224. What Wondrous Love My Savior Had
  225. When I Found the Savior
  226. When I Was Lost in Ways of Sin
  227. When in That Morn of Morns I Awake
  228. When Jesus, the Savior, Had Pardoned
  229. When Life’s Battle Is Fought
  230. When Nature’s Voice Is Pleading
  231. When Our Meeting and Our Parting
  232. When the Day Seems Long
  233. When the Old Ship of Zion Shall Come
  234. When the Roll Is Called in Heav’n Above
  235. When the Savior We Obey
  236. When the Winds Were Fiercely Blowing
  237. When Trials and Temptations Assail
  238. When We All Gather Home in the Morning
  239. When We All Get Home to Glory
  240. When with Earth’s Voices No More
  241. Where He Leads Me I Will Go
  242. Who Shall Enter Heaven by the King’s Highway
  243. Why God Loved Me So, I Do Not Know
  244. Why Should I Doubt, or Be Afraid
  245. Why Should You Longer Be Idle
  246. Will a Boy Forget His Mother?
  247. With a Purpose Firm and Rightful
  248. Wonderful Day of Grace!, A
  249. Wonderful Story of Christ, The
  250. World for Christ, The
  251. Would You Be Happy o’er Victory Won?
  252. Would You Be Happy the Whole Day?
  253. Would You Know the Secret
  254. Ye People Who for Jesus
  255. Ye Saints of God, Look Up on High
  256. You May Do Much Good
  257. Your Mother’s in Heaven Tonight

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