June 22, 1973, Abilene, Texas.

Cedar Hill Cemetery, Abilene, Texas.

Onie was the son of were R. B. Francis and Emily Amanda Darter. He married twice, to Viola Francis (1898–1943) and, about a year after Viola’s death, to Ruby Fenter Barr.

Around 1901, he spent 10 weeks at a singing school in Waco, Texas. A member of the Church of Christ denomination, his biography appeared in his book Songs of Hope.

  1. As We Tread Life’s Pilgrim Pathway
  2. Give Me Back Those Good Old Days
  3. Haste Away
  4. I Wonder How Long I Must Live
  5. Living Alone with Jesus
  6. Marching Homeward Day by Day
  7. Often You’ve Heard the Sweet Story of Love
  8. On the Side of My Savior I Am Standing Today
  9. Savior Came from Above, The
  10. Scattering Sunshine and Love All the Time
  11. There Are Golden Bells in Glory
  12. There Is a Home of Perfect Love
  13. There’s a Happy Land of Sunshine
  14. There’s a Mighty Battle Raging
  15. There’s No Time to Waste, My Brother
  16. Think of the Change That’s Coming, Brother
  17. When My Life on Earth Is Ended
  18. When the Storm Clouds So Thickly
  19. While Here Below