Mrs. J.R. Baxter, Jr., (Clarice Howard) was born in DeKalb County, Alabama. Her Parents lived in the village called Henegar. Clarice Howard grew to young womanhood in a musical atmosphere, being of a musical family, also a large family, and her older brothers and sisters taught her to read music and to sing “Shaped notes” at a very early age. When old enough to attend singing schools, her parents gave her the opportunity of attending all within her reach, and because of her ability to read music, and studying with any teacher available for learning to play the organ, she was called on to go many places to accompany. Regardless of her ambition for becoming a qualified literary teacher, she maintained great interest in music, always. When Clarice had reached her goal for teaching literary school, while engaged in this work, she met one of the leading musicians of his day, J.R. Baxter. They were married in 1918 and from that time Mrs. Baxter dropped her literary work in order to work with Mr. Baxter in music. In their early years she accompanied for Mr. Baxter in all his teaching and also became an accomplished voice teacher. Mrs. Baxter, known nationally and internationally for her work in Gospel Singing died in 1972.
DeKalb County, Alabama
She married J.R. Baxter in 1918.
- Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company
- Stamps-Baxter School of Music