Born: February 14, 1914, Bellview, New Mexico.
Died: December 30, 1993, Overland Park, Kansas.
Buried: Johnson County Memorial Gardens, Johnson County, Kansas.
Ira was the son of Andrew Crittendon Stanphill and Flora Magdelinda Engler. He married twice, to Zelma Lorraine Lawson Cowan and Gloria Hoyt Holloway.
He was an Assemblies of God pastor, singer, Gospel song writer, and gifted musician. By age 10, he was playing piano, organ, ukulele and accordion.
By age 17, he was composing and singing, participating in revival crusades, prayer meetings, and tent campaigns.
He graduated from the Junior College in Chillicothe, Missouri, and was later awarded an honorary PhD from Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point, Indiana.
As a singing evangelist, he preached all over America and in over 40 other countries.
He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1981, and published his autobiography, This Side of Heaven, in 1983.