1887–1978
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Blanche & Virgil Brock

Jan­u­a­ry 6, 1887, Mer­cer Coun­ty, Ohio.

March 12, 1978, Jack­son, Mi­chi­gan.

Oak­wood Ce­me­te­ry, War­saw, In­di­a­na.

Virgil was the son of Or­lan­do Hop­kins Brock and El­mi­ra Ma­lis­sa Har­ris. He mar­ried twice: to Blanche Ma­rie Kerr (1914) and Mar­tha An­der­son (1959).

He was or­dained a min­is­ter of the Chris­tian Church at age 19. In 1914, while serv­ing in Greens Fork, In­di­a­na, he met and mar­ried Blanche, who served as the team’s com­pos­er and pi­an­ist.

Virgil knew no­thing of mu­sic the­o­ry, but with Blanche’s help, he’s cred­it­ed with writ­ing more than 500 songs. Tri­ni­ty Col­lege, Dun­e­din, Flor­i­da, award­ed him an Hon­or­a­ry De­gree of Sac­red Mu­sic in 1969 for his con­tri­bu­tions to the field.

The Brocks lived in In­di­an­a­po­lis, In­di­a­na, from as ear­ly as 1942 un­til Blanche’s death in 1958. Vir­gil spent his last days at the Youth Ha­ven Ranch, a mis­sion to un­der­pri­vi­leged child­ren in Rives Junc­tion, Mi­chi­gan.

  1. Back to Mo­ther’s Knee
  2. Be Ye Trans­formed (1938)
  3. Beyond the Sun­set
  4. Challenge of the New Day (1935)
  5. Deeper, Lord, Still Deep­er (1936)
  6. Fill Your Heart with Sun­shine
  7. Garden of Me­mo­ries, The (1937)
  8. God Sees Us
  9. Grieving the Best Friend (1938)
  10. He Car­eth for Me
  11. Help Me to Share
  12. He’s a Won­der­ful Sav­ior to Me
  13. He’s Ev­ery­thing to Me
  14. I Can’t Count My Bless­ings
  15. I Want to Do My Best
  16. I Want to Walk Where Je­sus Walked
  17. If You Could Know
  18. It’s a Re­al­i­ty
  19. Joyfully Sing We
  20. Keep on Smil­ing (1938)
  21. Men of God, Awake, Arise
  22. Morning Pray­er, A (1938)
  23. My All to Him I Owe (1938)
  24. O Won­der­ful Day
  25. Personal Sav­ior to Me, A (1938)
  26. Resting in His Love
  27. Sing and Smile and Pray
  28. Today Is Mine
  29. Wonderful Love, Joy and Peace (1938)
  30. Wonderful, Bound­less Peace