May 18, 1886, Barren County (near Fountain Run), Kentucky.

December 2, 1959, Birmingham, Alabama.

Mimosa Cemetery, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.


William was the son of James Hickman Walbert and Elvina J. Simmons, and husband of Grace Mable Vaughan.

He attended State Normal College of Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Dana’s Musical Institute, Warren, Ohio. He studied under Benjamin Unseld, Franz J. Strahm, Lynn B. Dana, W. W. Combs, Adger Pace, George W. Sebren, and H. A. Vandercook. He married Mable Vaughan, daughter of James Vaughan, and had one child, James David Walbert. Walbert sang with various Vaughan Quartets, the most famous being the Vaughan Radio Quartet. He became Dean of the Vaughan School of Music in 1941, and edited Vaughan’s Family Visitor. He was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 1999.

  1. Call for Reapers, The
  2. Communion with God
  3. He Broke the Chains
  4. I’ve Never Loved Him Better
  5. Light at the River
  6. Oh, What a Blessing His Is to Me
  7. Peace Like River
  8. Tell It Everywhere You Go
  9. What Is He Worth to Your Soul?