Born: Sep­tem­ber 27, 1879, Shades Val­ley (near Birm­ing­ham), Ala­ba­ma.

Died: May 10, 1949, Fort Worth, Tex­as.

Buried: Green­wood Ce­me­te­ry, Fort Worth, Tex­as.


Isham was the hus­band of Lu­ra Hawk.

He at­tend­ed the Nor­mal Sing­ing Schools run by Hen­ry Sho­wal­ter and John Her­bert (1902–03); Mis­sis­sip­pi Col­lege (1905–06); Moo­dy Bi­ble In­sti­tute (1907–08), Ch­ic­ago, Il­li­nois; Sie­gel-My­ers Uni­ver­si­ty Cor­res­pon­dence School of Music (BM 1918) and the Chi­ca­go Mu­sic­al Col­lege (1920). In 1942, he re­ceived a MusD de­gree from the Sou­thern School of Fine Arts in Hous­ton, Texas.

He was a mem­ber of the Cum­ber­land Pres­by­ter­ian Church and lat­er the High­land Bap­tist Church in Birm­ing­ham, Ala­ba­ma. For about a de­cade start­ing around 1905, he was a sing­ing ev­an­gel­ist un­der the aus­pic­es of the Mis­sis­sip­pi Bap­tist State Mis­sion Board and the Sou­thern Bap­tist Home Miss­ion Board.




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