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composer , lyricist , Minister , company executive

Thomas Mosie Lister, American composer, lyricist, publishing company executive, minister. Ordained to ministry Baptist Church, 1975. Named Baptist Layman of Year for Tampa, 1971; inducted into Gospel Hall of Fame, 1976, Hall of Fame, Southern Gospel Music Association, 1997; recipient Humanist award Sesac, Inc., 1976; Mosie Lister Day named in his honor Tampa, 1974.


Thomas Mosie Lister was born in Cochran, Georgia, to Willis and Pearl Lister who were both musical and attempted to teach their son music at an early age on their farm in the Empire District of Dodge County.


Attended, Rennsalaer Polytechnic Institute, 1945. Attended, Middle Georgia College, 1946. Attended, University South Florida, 1968.

Studied privately at, Tampa University, 1963.


He was best known for writing the Gospel songs “Where No One Stands Alone”, “Till the Storm Passes By”, “Then I Met the Master” and “How Long Has It Been?” As a singer, he was an original member in The Statesmen Quartet, the Sunny South Quartet, and the Melody Masters. In 1976 Lister was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Southern Gospel Music Association in 1997. His songs have been recorded by nearly every Southern Gospel artist.

They placed the young Lister in the church choir, but soon discovered that he could not distinguish musical tones. It wasn’t until he began studying the violin that his ear training abilities began to improve and by the time he was a teenager he was already studying harmony and composition. Lister joined the Navy in World War II. At the end of his tour, he enrolled in Middle Georgia College where he continued to study harmony, counterpoint, arranging, piano and organ.

In 1946 he met Wylene Whitten. After three decades as a Gospel singer, songwriter, and arranger, Lister, became an ordained Baptist minister. He was also an ordained deacon at the Riverside Baptist Church of Tampa.Married Martha Jean Hunter April 7, 2002.

Lister’s first professional singing employment was as a member with the Sunny South Quartet, which also included Jim "Big Chief" Wetherington. Whom he left with to form the Melody Masters Quartet. In 1948, Hovie Lister (no relation) invited him to be the original lead singer for the Statesmen Quartet.

Shortly thereafter, he retired from professional singing and devoted his attention to writing, and in 1953 he formed the Mosie Lister Publishing Company which later merged into Lillenas Publishing Company of Kansas City, Missouri in October 1969. As of 2014, Lister’s songs catalog over 700 in numbers, with thousands more in arrangements. His music has been recorded by some of the greatest Southern Gospel Quartets including the Statesmen Quartet, Cathedral Quartet, the Blackwoods, the Blue Ridge Quartet, the Jordanaires, and the LeFevres.

Legendary solo artists have also recorded his songs such as George Beverly Shea, Porter Waggoner, Bill Gaither, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, and Elvis Presley, who recorded three of Lister's songs in the 1960s: "Where No One Stands Alone" "He Knows Just What I Need" and "His Hand in Mine". Lister was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame in 1976 and into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame in 1997. The Dove Brothers released a project titled A Tribute To Mosie Lister in 2004, which Lister also produced.

He died on February 12, 2015, aged 93.


  • Ordained to ministry Baptist Church, 1975.


  • Other Work

    • Composer, lyricist numerous gospel songs, since 1940. Singer, Tampa, Florida, and Atlanta, 1941, 46-47. Compiler song.

      Collections, hymnbooks, and others. Arranger religious music for choral groups and ensembles. Songs include I'm Feeling Fine, Where No One Stands Alone, His Hand in Mine.

      Contributing arranger professional singing groups.


Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. Member Gospel Music Association (director 1970-1971), Florida Baptist Ministers of Music Association (honorary life).


Married Jewel Wylene Whitten, June 2, 1946 (deceased 2001). Children– Brenda (Mistress James Milton Vann), Barbara (Mistress David Miller Williams). Married Martha Jean Hunter, April 7, 2002.

Willis Waller Lister

Orena Pearl (Holl) Lister

Jewel Wylene Whitten

Martha Jean Hunter

Brenda Lister (Mistress James Milton Vann)

Barbara Lister (Mistress David Miller Williams)