J. B. F. Wright

Short Name: J. B. F. Wright
Full Name: Wright, J. B. F.
Birth Year: 1877
Death Year: 1959

Wright, John Braselton Fillmore (Tennessee, February 21, 1877--October 13, 1959, Brownwood, Texas). Church of God. Son of George W. and Casandra (Coley) Wright; educated in the public schools of Limestone County, Texas (at Groesbeck, Prairie Point and old Box Church); studied music in one eighteen-day singing school near Hamlin, Jones County, Texas. Married Fannie Jackson, February 13, 1898; children Harvey, Myrtle, Calvin, Carey, Leonard, Grace and Dudley.

Wrote over 200 songs, both music and poetry. Began writing at about fifteen years of age; stated that "I write by inspiration, only when the mood comes on the words and melody flow from my soul like the water from a babbling brook; without this inspiration I could not write; 'Precious Memories' was born in the midnight hours as I bathed by pillow with tears, likewise all my songs came through life's severest tests."

--William J. Reynolds, DNAH Archives

The source of Wright's tears mentioned above was the memory of the death of his son, Everett Jackson Wright, at the age of 3 1/2 in 1922. A detailed account of this and the writing of "Precious Memories" can be found in the May 1952 edition of the Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, Alabama), a copy of which is located in the DNAH Archives.

Texts by J. B. F. Wright (20)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
From the dawning of creation (Wright)J. B. F. Wright (Author)2
Gentle Savior, meek and mild, Wilt thou blessJ. B. F. Wright (Author)2
God's love flows on across the agesJ. B. F. Wright (Author)3
I want to look beyond things mortalJ. B. F. Wright (Author)2
It won't be long till time will endJ. B. F. Wright (Author)2
Jesus is calling in tender loveJohn B. F. Wright (Author)English2
Lead me onward, blessed SaviorJ. B. F. Wright (Author)2
Many years have passed and goneJ. B. F. Wright (Author)2
Mid commotion and strifeJ. B. F. Wright (Author)3
Must I go away some morningJ. B. F. Wright (Author)2
O the wonderful stream, how the waves brightlyJ. B. F. Wright (Author)2
Oft when twilight shadows fallJ. B. F. Wright (Author)2
Precious memories, unseen angelsJ. B. F. W. (Author)English66
Seems I hear the angels singingJ. B. F. Wright (Author)2
Soon we'll leave this shoreJ. B. F. Wright (Author)2
That home of other yearsJ. B. F. Wright (Author)2
The old ship of Zion is sailing for homeJ. B. F. Wright (Author)3
There is a land, a golden strandJ. B. F. Wright (Author)2
We'll understand, we'll know the answerJ. B. F. Wright (Author)2
Who knows what lies beyond the blueJ. B. F. Wright (Author)2
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