Pap Baxter



Born: De­cem­ber 8, 1887, Le­ba­non, Ala­ba­ma.

Died: Jan­ua­ry 21, 1960, Dal­las, Tex­as.

Buried: Lau­rel Land Me­mo­ri­al Park, Dal­las, Tex­as.


Jesse was the son of James Ro­bert Bax­ter and Na­pier Sa­van­nah Hor­ton, and hus­band of Cla­rice How­ard of De­kalb Coun­ty, Ala­ba­ma (mar­ried June 23, 1918).

He grew up in De­Kalb Coun­ty, Ala­ba­ma. In 1926, he bought part of Vir­gil Stamps’ Gos­pel mu­sic firm, which be­came the Stamps-Bax­ter Mu­sic & Print­ing Com­pa­ny, one of the most suc­cess­ful Gos­pel mus­ic pub­lish­ers of the ear­ly 20th Cen­tu­ry.

Baxter ran the com­pa­ny’s Chat­ta­noo­ga, Ten­nes­see, of­fice un­til Stamps’ death in 1940, then moved to Dal­las, Tex­as, to run the main of­fice.

After his death, his wife Cla­rice ran the bu­si­ness un­til she died; it was then sold to Zon­der­van.

Jesse was in­duct­ed in­to the South­ern Gos­pel Mu­sic As­so­cia­tion Hall of Fame in 1997.