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J. D. Sumner
Music recorded by J. D. Sumner
a charismatic, distinguished gentleman




If this earthly tabernacle should be dissolved today
I'd trade it for a finer one, that would not pass away.
But till the day arrives when it's time for moving out
Tis such sweet peace to know the Lord still lives in this old house.


The sweetest fellowship I've known has fortified these walls
And peace has reigned since he's been walking up and down these halls.
With snow upon the rooftop now and these hinges near worn out
It's such a joy to know the Lord still lives in this old house.


To him it's been a dwelling place where he kept my hand in his
To me a home away from home, is all it really is.
It sure ain't fine and fancy and all I can boast about
Is after all these years the Lord still lives in this old house.


Now there were times he had the right, just to up and move away
And there were times and days I knew it took God's amazing grace to stay.
But he never left this old building once, that's why I can sing and shout
Cause after all these years the Lord still lives in this old house.


To him it's been a dwelling place where he kept my hand in his
To me a home away from home, is all it really is.
And it sure ain't fine and fancy and all that I can boast about
Is after all the years the Lord still lives in this old house.

After all these years the Lord ... Still lives in this old house.

Lyrics Bill R. Burns

1924 - 1998

The onetime holder of a Guinness world record honoring the lowest bass note ever reached,
gospel pioneer J.D. Sumner was the driving force behind the Stamps Quartet,
which earned secular renown as the longtime vocal support for Elvis Presley.

Sumner became the Blackwood Brothers' bass vocalist in 1954, remaining with the group
for a dozen years John Daniel Sumner was born on November 19th, 1924, in Lakeland, Florida.
He passed away on November 16, 1998,  just a few days from his 74th birthday.