1893-1977
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May 10, 1893, Blount County, Alabama.

July 7, 1977, Rayville, Louisiana.

Grace Hill Cemetery, Longview, Texas.

One of 10 children of William M. and Susan L. Stafford, Christopher 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 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. He married Myrtle Frances Arnold and had one stepdaughter.

Stafford published over 3,000 songs in his lifetime. His works include:

  1. Come, Let Us Praise the Lord
  2. Come unto Me, Said the Lord of Hosts
  3. Father in Heaven Above
  4. God’s Love Is Like a Crystal Fountain
  5. Hear Thy People, O Lord
  6. I Am Daily Living for My Savior
  7. I Am Happy Since the Savior Came into My Soul
  8. Jesus Is Ever the Same
  9. Jesus, Jesus, Blessed Be His Holy Name
  10. Looking to Jesus
  11. On a Hill Far Away, Loved Ones for Me
  12. Save Thy People
  13. Sing Glory unto the Lord
  14. Some Day, I Know Not When
  15. Some Day the Lord Will Come from Heaven
  16. Wonderful Time ’Twill Be in Heaven, A
  1. I’ll Make It My Home