1860–1946
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December 6, 1860, Calhoun County, Arkansas.

April 30, 1946, Fort Worth, Texas.

Greenwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, Texas. Note: Some sources give his first name as John; his tombstone says James.

In 1874, Tho­mas’ family moved from their farm in Tex­as to Ar­kan­sas. His father died later that year, leaving him as the oldest son. Though he had his hands full supporting the family, he managed to begin attending a vocal school at age 17, under Professor T. A. Bridg­es; he later studied under Ho­ra­tio Pal­mer and George A. Good­rich.

He began a full time music career in 1890, and with Franklin Ei­land and John M. Greer, helped found the Trio Music Com­pa­ny in Wa­co, Tex­as, in 1892. He went on to establish the Quar­tet Music Com­pa­ny in Fort Worth, Tex­as. A teacher, composer, music compiler, and publisher for over 44 years, his works in­clude:

Thomas’ wife was Courtney Lee Wigley.

  1. Cowboy’s Carnival
  2. My Old Faded Book
  3. Yet, the Half Has Never Been Told
  1. Call to Reapers, A
  2. Glorious Gospel Train, The
  3. Gospel Railroad, The
  4. Hallelujah, We Shall Rise
  5. I Am So Glad Sal­va­tion’s Free
  6. I’m a Child of the King
  7. We Shall Know Him

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