1879-1975

October 31, 1879, Davis Prairie, Texas.

May 13, 1975, Park Place Nursing Home, Mart, Texas.

Faulkenberry Cemetery, Groesbeck, Texas.

Ferrill grew up on a farm at Davis Prairie (near Thornton), Texas. At about age 15, he began studying music under John Thomas and Franklin Eiland. After graduating with a teacher’s degree from North Texas Normal College in Denton, he began conducting singing schools; his first was at Forace Chapel, near Groesbeck, in 1901. Continuing to teach singing schools regularly through 1932, Ferrell sometimes ran up to 15 schools a year. He eventually went to work for the Trio Music Company of Waco, Texas, and for a while sold their music books in Louisiana. While attending a convention in 1904 at Tiger Prairie, he encountered John Thomas, his former teacher and the owner of the Quartet Music Company. With Thomas’ encouragement, Ferrell became a stockholder and director in the Quartet Music Company, staying with them three decades. In 1905, he took a music course with the Analytical New Light Normal School of Music in Waco; his song Soul Winner for Jesus grew out of a class assignment there. In 1932, Ferrill and his family returned to Davis Prairie to live on the farm his mother left him.

Ferrill published around 40 hymns in his lifetime. His works include:

  1. Christ Jesus for Our Sins Atoned
  2. Have You Heard the Story of the Blessed Savior?
  3. I Am Now Seeking That Wonderful Treasure
  4. If You Want to Live at Peace with God
  5. I’m So Glad That Jesus Came, Lifting the World
  6. I’m Traveling to a Happy Place
  7. I’m Walking by Faith
  8. I’ve a Lovely Mansion Built in Heaven
  9. I’ve a Mansion Built in Heaven ’Mid the Joys
  10. I’ve Always Been Told
  11. Keep Telling the Story of Jesus
  12. Let Me Tell the World of My Savior’s Love
  13. Let Your Light Be Shining Every Day
  14. Look Back, Dear Friends, to Calvary
  15. O Father, Do Not Ask Me Why
  16. O Let Us Look Beyond This Life
  17. O Some Day Beyond the Great Divide
  18. O the Gospel Is the Power of God to Save
  19. Our School Days Are O’er
  20. Proclaim the Gospel Message Now
  21. Soul Winner for Jesus, A
  22. Sow the Seed of Truth Today
  23. The Greatest Love That Ever Was Known
  24. There Is Peace Within My Soul
  25. There’s a Wonderful Place We Call Home
  26. There’s a Wonderful Time Awaiting
  27. We Are on the Gospel Road
  28. We’re Here, Dear Lord, to Worship Thee
  29. What a Wonderful World
  30. When Jesus Shall Come with His Mighty Host
  31. Wonderful City of God

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