March 6, 1887, on Beckett Mountain, Rose Bud, Arkansas.

December 6, 1974, Rose Bud, Arkansas.

St. Mary’s Cemetery, Rose Bud, Arkansas.


A prolific song writer, Presley attended his first music school at age 14, and is said to have authored over 1,500 songs in his lifetime. He began working for the Stamps-Baxter publishing company in 1930. He was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2008.

  1. When the Saints Go Marching In
  1. Beautiful Prayer, A
  2. Friend Like You, A
  3. I’d Rather Have Jesus
  4. I’m Finding Glory