Born: January 6, 1887, Mercer County, Ohio.
Died: March 12, 1978, Jackson, Michigan.
Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, Indiana.
Virgil was the son of Orlando Hopkins Brock and Elmira Malissa Harris. He married twice: to Blanche Marie Kerr (1914) and Martha Anderson (1959).
He was ordained a minister of the Christian Church at age 19. In 1914, while serving in Greens Fork, Indiana, he met and married Blanche, who served as the team’s composer and pianist.
Virgil knew nothing of music theory, but with Blanche’s help, he’s credited with writing more than 500 songs. Trinity College, Dunedin, Florida, awarded him an Honorary Degree of Sacred Music in 1969 for his contributions to the field.
The Brocks lived in Indianapolis, Indiana, from as early as 1942 until Blanche’s death in 1958. Virgil spent his last days at the Youth Haven Ranch, a mission to underprivileged children in Rives Junction, Michigan.