1893–1977

Introduction

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Born: May 10, 1893, Blount Coun­ty, Al­a­ba­ma.

Died: Ju­ly 7, 1977, Ray­ville, Lou­i­si­a­na.

Buried: Grace Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Long­view, Tex­as.

Biography

Christopher was the son of Will­iam Man­ual Staff­ord and Su­san Le­o­na Ro­ber­son, and hus­band of Myr­tle Fran­ces Ar­nold.

He grew up on the fa­mi­ly farm, and at­tend­ed the pub­lic schools in near­by On­e­on­ta, Al­a­ba­ma.

His first mu­sic teach­er was his sis­ter-in-law, Fan­nie Staf­ford. By the time he gra­du­at­ed from high school, he had stu­died mu­sic un­der a number of lead­ing teach­ers, and had com­posed ma­ny Gos­pel songs and church choir chor­us­es.

Stafford at­tend­ed North Tex­as State Un­i­ver­si­ty (BS), and had ad­vanced stu­dies at Texas Chris­tian Un­i­ver­si­ty, Phil­lips Un­i­ver­si­ty and George Pea­bo­dy Col­lege.

Stafford pub­lished ov­er 3,000 songs in his life­time.

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Music