Thursday, March 11, 2010

TJ Denson students

T. J. ("Uncle Tom") Denson was an important Sacred Harp singer, songwriter, publisher and singing school teacher. He taught singing schools into the 1930s, even here in Texas. Awhile back his grandson, Mike Hinton, sent me a list of the students of T. J. Denson that he knows about who are still living.

Myrl Jones (1930) TX
Lawson Smith (1934) TX
Lorraine Miles (1930) TX
Julietta Haynes (lived in AL until a couple of years ago)
Lonnie Rogers (1935 - was in the last class T J Denson taught)
A male member of the Denny family - does not sing now - GA (1935)

Lord willing, we will be singing Saturday at the
Smith Memorial Singing near Tyler. Myrl (Smith) Jones and Lawson Smith are part of this Smith family who were taught by Tom Denson, and hopefully will be there at the singing. Another former student Myra (Smith) Palmer, passed away in the fall of 2009.


R. L. Vaughn said...

Mr. Lonnie Rogers has now graduated from the Denson students on earth to one of those in heaven. Born May 3, 1916, he passed away on February 15, 2012 at the age of 95.

mike hinton said...

Dr Julietta Haynes is also singing around the celestial hollow square now. She died on 03-28-12

R. L. Vaughn said...

Mike, thanks so much for mentioning this and keeping the list current. After something has been posted awhile, I tend to forget it is there. Sadly, this list will be shorter and shorter as the years go by.