1885-1963

October 24, 1885, Meriwether County, Georgia.

October 24, 1963.

Mount Hope Cemetery, Crane Hill, Alabama.

Oliver was the son of Phillip A. and Rachel F. Cooper, and husband of Cammella W. Cooper. He performed with a radio quartet in Birmingham, Alabama, for several years, and is said to have written about 1,500 songs. For many years he was president of the Cullman County, Alabama Singing Convention, and was also on the faculty at Hartford Musical Institute. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1992. His works include:

  1. Above This World of Sin
  2. After This Weary Life Comes to an End
  3. All Alone Among the Shadows
  4. All Alone My Soul Was Lost
  5. All the Saved of Every Land
  6. Are You Always Praising Mother
  7. As Through Life I Travel Often Troubles Come Along
  8. As We Go Along Down the Road of Life
  9. As You Journey on the Gospel Highway
  10. As You Travel Down Life’s Pathway
  11. As You Travel Each Day Down the Long Rocky Road
  12. As You Travel on the Gospel Highway
  13. A Homeland of Glory, Lovely and Fair
  14. A Lonely and Helpless Lost Child I Followed
  15. A Lovely Island of Mansions Grand
  16. Back from the Storm and Cold
  17. Blessed Jesus, I’m Careless
  18. Blessed Jesus, I’m Helpless
  19. Blessed Jesus in His Goodness
  20. Bowing Low at Thy Feet
  21. Brother, if You Are Sad, God’s Love
  22. Changes of This Changing World, The
  23. Daily I Press Along
  24. Daily I Was Drifting Downward
  25. Dear Sinner Alone and Away from the Light
  26. Death Cannot Alarm Me
  27. Delighting Ever in My Blessed Savior’s Love
  28. Down in My Heart I’m Always Rejoicing
  29. Down in My Heart, I Always Have a Happy Song
  30. Each Time That I Read the Story of Old
  31. Every Christian Ought to Do Something for Jesus
  32. Every Man Must Have a Home
  33. Every Night and Every Day
  34. Every Single Doubt Will Roll Away
  35. Ever Keep the Joy Bells Ringing
  36. Ever Rejoicing, and Voicing
  37. Far Above the Troubles of Earth
  38. Filled with Sweet Peace Divine
  39. For This Life with All
  40. From the Fields of Golden Grain
  41. From the Shadows of Sinland
  42. Get a Little Closer to Jesus
  43. Give Me Courage, Lord, to Stand for Thee
  44. Gloomy Clouds of Doubt and Sin
  45. Glory Bells of Heaven Soon
  46. Glory Unending Ever Will Be
  47. God’s Great Love Is Shining Like Sunbeams
  48. God’s Love Is Great and Great Is He
  49. God in Great Kindness Looked on My Blindness
  50. God Is Always Near, Just to Bless and Cheer
  51. God Saw Our Plight, We Were Lost
  52. God Will Never Leave Me
  53. Going on Rejoicing, Happy Praises Ever Voicing
  54. Go with a Song and Tell the Story
  55. Go Ye into All the World, Thus
  56. God I Serve Is Great Indeed, The
  57. Grace of God, So Unreservedly Given
  58. Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Jesus Save
  59. Happy in Jesus I Go Singing
  60. Hear My Prayer, Lord Jesus
  61. Heaven Will Surely Be Worth It All
  62. Heavy Burdens You’ve Carried
  63. Here All I Have I’m Freely Giving
  64. Here Among the Shadows in a Lonely Land
  65. Hide Me in the Rock of Ages
  66. How Can I Forget When I First Met
  67. How Often a Vision of Heaven
  68. How When but a Babe They Laid Him
  69. If Days Are Dark and Full of Dread
  70. If in Thy Life from Day to Day
  71. If in Times of Danger and Sorrow
  72. If the Life That You Live Is All Wrong
  73. If You Are Undecided Whether to Go or Stay
  74. If You Know the Matchless Story
  75. I’ll Always Cling to Christ My King
  76. I’m Glad That Jesus Came into My Broken Heart
  77. I’m Headed Up the Glory Line
  78. I’m Just a Pilgrim Here Below
  79. I’m Ready O Lord, to Answer Thy Call
  80. I’m Singing Glory Along the Way
  81. I’m So Often Down Hearted
  82. Into Every Land with the Message
  83. Into My Heart a New Feeling Came
  84. Into the Shadows and into the Night
  85. In a Land of Strangers, Facing Many Dangers
  86. In My Fondest Day Dreams
  87. In These Sad Days of War and Strife
  88. In the Courts of Heaven, Standing
  89. In the Darkness I Wandered Far Away
  90. In the Depths of My Soul I’ve a Sweet
  91. In the Depths of My Spirit I Have Wonderful
  92. In the Gardens of Glory Near the Palace of Gold
  93. In the Glory Way Gladly
  94. In the Hour of Deepest Sorrow
  95. In the Hour of Greatest Trial
  96. In the Lane or the Street
  97. In the Place of Sadness Jesus Ever Gives
  98. In the Shadows of the Sinland
  99. In the Time of Deepest Trouble
  100. In This Changing World Many Changes Come
  101. In Thy Keeping, Holy Father
  102. It Seems That Men Are Lost in Strife
  103. It’s Just Like Heaven
  104. I’ve Dreamed So Many Times
  105. I’ve Found Everlasting Glory
  106. I’ve Heard About a Wonderful Country
  107. I’ve Left All the Sorrow and Darkness of the Night
  108. I’ve Left the Strife of the Lowlands
  109. I’ve Surrendered Now, Completely
  110. I’ve Turned from the Wrong
  111. I Am Happy Day and Night
  112. I Am Passing Along Over Life’s
  113. I Am Walking and Talking with My Dear Savior
  114. I Came to the Savior and Bowed at His Feet
  115. I Care Not What Church You Belong To
  116. I Feel Like Singing a Song as I Travel Along
  117. I Find Communion Pure and Sweet
  118. I Have a Friend That You Should Meet
  119. I Have a Friend Whose Love for Me
  120. I Have Been Redeemed from Sin’s Dark Fetters
  121. I Long Have Tried to Serve Thee, Lord
  122. I Love the Story of Unending Glory
  123. I Love to Sing the Sweet Old Story
  124. I Want My Life to Show the World
  125. I Was a Lost Sinner Far Out in the Night
  126. I Was a Stranger in a Lonely Land
  127. I Was in a Land of Strangers
  128. I Was Living in Despair
  129. I Was Lost in Sin, I Was All Undone
  130. I Was Once in Egypt’s Bondage
  131. I Will Follow Thee, My Lord
  132. I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes to the Hills
  133. I Will Not Grieve Because of Change
  134. Jehovah’s Everlasting Arms Around Me Now
  135. Jesus Found Me Alone
  136. Jesus Found Me One Day in the Darkness Astray
  137. Jesus I’m Careless, I’m Lost and Undone
  138. Jesus Is the World’s Great Shepherd
  139. Jesus, Jesus How I Love Thee
  140. Jesus Leads Me on to My Happy Home
  141. Jesus Needs Workers All Over the Land
  142. Jesus Needs Workers Willing
  143. Jesus Saves By Love Divine
  144. Jesus Way Is the Way to Walk, The
  145. Jesus Wrought in My Soul Full Salvation
  146. Judgment Is Coming to One and All
  147. Just to Live Closer to Jesus
  148. Keep the Lord Jesus Walking Beside
  149. Lead Me on, Dear Savior
  150. Lest Old Satan by His Power
  151. Let Jehovah Walk Beside You
  152. Let Me Live Closer, O Jesus, to Thee
  153. Let No Burden Cast You Down
  154. Let Us Go Onward, Upward Ever
  155. Life Is Filled with Swift Transitions
  156. Lift Your Voice in Singing
  157. Lonely and Weary I’d Drifted
  158. Long I Had Walked in the Way of Despair
  159. Look Around Dear Friend, There’s Work to Do
  160. Lord, I’m Seeking a Home in a City Above
  161. Lord, I Hear Thee Calling Me
  162. Lord Is My Shepherd, Each Day He Is Guiding, The
  163. Lord Jesus, Hear My Pleading and Comfort
  164. Love Divine Is Mine
  165. Many Are the Times of Sorrow
  166. Many Weary Days in Forbidden Ways
  167. Marching Through This Life
  168. Men of Valor, Men of Courage
  169. Men Today Are Vain and Haughty
  170. Mercy Unfailing God Will Bestow
  171. My Daddy Has Gone on and Left Me
  172. My Father’s Own Son
  173. My Jesus Knows Just What I Need
  174. My Soul Is Glad Indeed
  175. My Soul Is Living in the Sunlight
  176. Not By Thy Works Alone
  177. No Matter How Far into Sin You’ve Strayed
  178. Often I’m Hindered on My Way
  179. Often We Shrink with Fear
  180. Once I Was Lost in Sin
  181. Once I Was Lost in Sin and Evil Rules Within
  182. Only One Plan to Save Lost Man
  183. On Mountains High and Cold and Wild
  184. On Mountains Wild So Far Astray
  185. On the Way Rejoicing, Happy Praises Voicing
  186. Our Days on Earth Will Soon
  187. Out in the Cold, Far from the Fold
  188. Out in the Darkness I Sadly
  189. Out on Life’s Ocean
  190. Over Yonder in That Blessed Land of Light
  191. O Brother, Get Ready for That Singing Day
  192. O, Grace of Jesus What a Treasure
  193. O Heavenly Father Friend Divine
  194. O I Had a Little Talk with My Dear Jesus
  195. O I Must Toil for Jesus
  196. O What a Wonderful Rejoicing at the Meeting
  197. People Ask Me Why I Serve the Lord
  198. Reach Down Thy Hand, Dear Lord
  199. Rejoicing Because I Am a Child
  200. Roses Are Blooming on the Road
  201. Rough Is the Road, Its Burdens Great
  202. Salvation’s Plan Is Plain and True
  203. Savior Found Me One Day, The
  204. See the Ripened Grain Is Falling
  205. Sing Aloud Ye Faithful and Joyfully Praise
  206. Sinner, Turn Away from Your Sin Today
  207. Sinner, Why Drift Along All Alone
  208. Sinner, Why Wander Far Astray
  209. Sin’s Murky Clouds Are Hanging Low
  210. Sin Clouds Are Gathering Fast
  211. Softly Falls the Lengthening Shadows
  212. Somebody Loves Me, Somebody Keeps Me
  213. Sometimes I’m Prone to Falter
  214. Sometimes the Way Seems Rugged and Long
  215. Some Glad Morning at Last
  216. Some Happy Day in Glory Land
  217. Some People Tell Us
  218. So Far Away from the Homeland
  219. So Many Poor Souls
  220. Storm Winds Are Blowing
  221. Such a Wonderful Friend Is He
  222. Sweetest of Peace Now Is Filling My Soul
  223. There’s Always a Joy in My Heart When I Sing
  224. There’s a Mansion Built Above for You and Me
  225. There’s a Place Down Below Where It’s All Grief
  226. There’s a River, They Call It the River of Death
  227. There’s Room Up in Heaven
  228. There Are Days of Gladness Free
  229. There Are Many People in This Land of Ours
  230. There Are Some Who Read the Bible
  231. There Is but One Salvation Plan
  232. There Is Joy in Giving True Service
  233. There Is Joy in Knowing That by Faith
  234. They Nailed My Savior to the Cross
  235. Thickening Shades of Night Fall Around You
  236. Though Sometimes We’re Hindered By Doubts
  237. Though Storms of Life Around Are Sweeping
  238. Though the Storms of Life Are Madly Raging
  239. Through the Darkest Shadows of the Night
  240. Through the Waiting, Through the Hating
  241. Up in the Glory Land, Safe on the Golden Strand
  242. Way to Heaven Is Plain, The
  243. We Are Busy in the Harvest
  244. We Are Passing on the Way
  245. We Met as Casual Strangers
  246. When Clouds Are Hanging Dark and Low
  247. When First We Met as Strangers
  248. When in the Time of Sorrow
  249. When It Seems That Faith Is Failing
  250. When I First Accepted Jesus
  251. When My Work Is Ended in the Vineyard Below
  252. When Our Singing Here Is Ended
  253. When Sin and Sorrow Gather
  254. When the Angels in Heaven March
  255. When the Clouds Are Hanging Darkly Overhead
  256. When the Days Seem So Blue
  257. When the Mad Storms of Strife
  258. When the Storms of Life Are Sweeping
  259. When the Storms Overtake and When Loved Ones
  260. When the Wild Winds of Trouble
  261. When Time on Earth Shall Be No More
  262. When You Feel Discouraged and the Way
  263. Where Can I Go in the Time of My Grief
  264. While I Am Toiling, Lord, for Thee
  265. Who Is the Sinner’s Best Friend
  266. Will My Mother Know Me Yonder
  267. With My Small Hand Resting Sweetly
  268. With Uplifted Voice Night and Day I Now Rejoice
  269. Worth of Jesus’ Love to Me, The