Homer A. Rodeheaver

RODEHEAVER, Homer Alvin [Alvan]. b. near Union Furnace, Ohio, 4 October 1880; d. Winona Lake, Indiana, 18 December 1955. A gospel song composer, musical evangelist, publisher, early recording artist, and compiler of convention collections, ‘Rody’, as he was called, is remembered today primarily for his association with evangelist Billy Sunday (1862–1935) where he charmed revival goers with his baritone voice and entertaining trombone playing. Early Life   The third son of Thurman Hall Rodeheaver (1841–1912) and Frances (‘Fannie’) Rodeheaver (née Armstrong) (1845–1889), his father fought in the Union army during the Civil War and managed a small sawmill (Rodeheaver, Obituary, n.p.). The...

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