Pop Ramsey

August 24, 1872, Belton, Texas.

March 12, 1939, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Roselawn Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Son of Charles Crump Ramsey and Martha Ann Frances Burns Ramsey, Will married twice, to Virgie Celemma Statton and Willie Mannasas Lawing.

Ramsey moved with his family to northwest Arkansas as a child. He studied music in Normal schools under Ephraim Hildebrand, Stephen Oslin, and Benjamin Unseld. He began teaching shape notes and singing while still a teenager, and became well known in singing schools throughout the American South. He went one to become president and owner of the Central Music Company in Little Rock. Author of several hundred songs, he was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2002. His works include:

  1. God Has Been Good to Me
  2. He Whispers Sweet Peace to Me
  3. Judgment Day, The
  4. Sunset on Earth, Sunrise on Glory

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