1886–1952

Introduction

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Born: Ju­ly 22, 1886, Hef­lin, Lou­i­si­a­na.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 7, 1952, Bry­son Ci­ty, North Ca­ro­li­na, in an au­to ac­ci­dent.

Buried: Wood­lawn Me­mor­ial Park, Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see.

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Biography

Baylus was the son of James Cal­vin McKin­ney and Mar­tha An­nis Hef­lin.

He at­tend­ed Mount Le­ba­non Acad­e­my, Lou­i­si­a­na; Lou­i­si­a­na College, Pine­ville, Lou­i­si­a­na; South­wes­tern Bapt­ist Se­mi­na­ry, Fort Worth, Tex­as; Sie­gel-My­ers Cor­res­pon­dence School of Mu­sic, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois (BM 1922); and the Bush Con­ser­va­to­ry of Mu­sic, Chi­ca­go. Ok­la­ho­ma Bap­tist Un­i­ver­si­ty award­ed him an hon­or­a­ry Doc­tor of Mu­sic de­gree in 1942.

McKinney served as mu­sic ed­it­or at the Ro­bert H. Cole­man com­pa­ny in Dal­las, Texas (1918–35). In 1919, af­ter sev­er­al months in the ar­my, Mc­Kin­ney re­turned to Fort Worth, where Ish­am E. Rey­nolds asked him to join the fa­cu­lty of the School of Sac­red Mu­sic at South­west­ern Bap­tist The­o­lo­gic­al Se­mi­na­ry.

He taught at the se­mi­na­ry un­til 1932, then pas­tored in at the Tra­vis Av­e­nue Bap­tist Church in Fort Worth (1931–35). In 1935, McKin­ney be­came mu­sic ed­it­or for the Bap­tist Sun­day School Board in Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see.

McKinney wrote words and mu­sic for about 150 songs, and mu­sic for 115 more.

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