Born: Oc­to­ber 26, 1870, Oak Grove, Mis­sou­ri.

Died: Ju­ly 28, 1958, Wi­chi­ta Falls, Tex­as.

Buried: Rose­mont Ce­me­te­ry, Wi­chi­ta Falls, Tex­as.



Albert was the son of Will­iam Mar­i­on La­fay­ette Neece and Ma­ry Eliz­a­beth Arm­strong. He mar­ried three times: To Maude Rew­sey, Geor­gia Ro­rex, and Je­mi­mah Luc­re­tia Eliz­a­beth Wat­kins.

He moved to Tex­as with his par­ents in 1877, and at­tend­ed his first sing­ing school around age six­teen.

He be­gan stu­dy­ing mu­sic dur­ing a ses­sion of An­th­ony Sho­wal­ter’s South­ern Nor­mal Mu­sic In­sti­tute (SNMI) in Al­vord, Tex­as, in 1894. He lat­er at­tend­ed two SNMI ses­sions at Sun­set, Texas, and one at Bow­ie, Texas.

He went on to teach at a num­ber of Tex­as lo­ca­tions, be­gin­ning in 1896. His first com­po­si­tion ap­peared in the Song-Land Mes­sen­ger in 1897.

As of 1904, he was liv­ing in Fruit­land, Tex­as, where he had suc­cess­ful farm­ing in­ter­ests.




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