1870-1958

October 26, 1870, Oak Grove, Missouri.

July 28, 1958, Wichita Falls, Texas.

Rosemont Cemetery, Wichita Falls, Texas.

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Albert’s parents were William Marion Lafayette Neece and Mary Elizabeth Armstrong Neece. He married three times: To Maude Rewsey, Georgia Rorex, and Jemimah Lucretia Elizabeth Watkins.

Albert 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 attended 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.

  1. Gone to Rest
  2. Happy Are They
  3. Her Steps Are Slow and Weary
  4. I’m on the Way to Glory
  1. No Night in Heaven
  2. Papillion