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Virgil P (Prentiss) Brock died 3/12/1978, at Jackson, MI. He was born to Orlando & Elmira Brock, 1/6/1887, at Mercer County, OH. He was schooled at Fairmount Friends Academy, Earlham College (B A) & Cleveland Bible Institute & Training School.  He was ordained a minister of the Christian Church at 19. He pastored several Quaker churches but most of his life’s ministry was given to evangelistic endeavors.

In 1914 he met & married Blanche daughter of Dr & Mrs James D Kerr. She attended the Indianapolis Conservatory of Music & the American Conservatory of Music, Chicago. She was composer/pianist for her husband – without question her contribution greatly enhanced his ministry. They had one son (Dr James Wilson Brock). Blanch died 1/3/1958 & Virgil married Martha Anderson (1959) & continued singing.

Virgil wrote over 500 songs some of the best known being “Beyond the Sunset” “He’s a Wonderful Savior to Me” “He’s Everything to Me” “Resting in His Love” “Let God Have His Way” & “I’ll Still Live On.” He resided at Winona Lake, IN, many years closely associated with Homer Rodeheaver – most of his hymns were published by Rodeheaver. He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Sacred Music from Trinity College, Dunedin, FL. He is buried by Blanche – “Beyond the Sunset’ is engraved on their monument.

“Beyond the sunset,  O blissful morning,

When with our Saviour   Heav’n is begun.

Earth’s toiling ended,   O glorious dawning;

Beyond the sunset   When day is done.”

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I was lost in sin, but Jesus rescued me,
He’s a wonderful Savior to me;
I was bound by fear, but Jesus set me free,
He’s a wonderful Savior to me.

For He’s a wonderful Savior to me,
He’s a wonderful Savior to me;
I was lost in sin, but Jesus took me in:
He’s a wonderful Savior to me.

He’s a Friend so true, so patient and so kind,
He’s a wonderful Savior to me;
Everything I need in Him I always find,
He’s a wonderful Savior to me.

He is always near to comfort and to cheer,
He’s a wonderful Savior to me;
He forgives my sins, He dries my every tear,
He’s a wonderful Savior to me.

Dearer grows the love of Jesus day by day,
He’s a wonderful Savior to me.
Sweeter is His grace while pressing on my way,
He’s a wonderful Savior to me.

Blanche Kerr was born this date 2/3/1888 to Dr. and Mrs. James D. Kerr of Greens Fork, In­di­a­na.  She at­tend­ed both the In­di­an­a­po­lis Con­ser­va­to­ry of Mu­sic and the Amer­i­can Con­ser­va­to­ry of Mu­sic (Chi­ca­go).  She married Virgil Brock and was his com­pos­er and pi­an­ist.  Together they became one of the best-loved of the Gospel hymn writing-singing couples.  She wrote the music to the above – Virgil penned the words. She died 1/3/1958 at Wi­no­na Lake, In­di­a­na.

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