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Harper Memorial Singing

Old Flatwoods Primitive Baptist Church, Nauvoo, Alabama

October 8, 2000

The annual Harper Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was held at Old Flatwoods Primitive Baptist Church on the second Sunday in October, and was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Glenn Keeton leading songs on pages 37b and 32t. Elder Philip Gilmore led the morning prayer. Glenn Keeton led song on page 64.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairperson—Ashley Keeton; Vice Chairman—Joshua Keeton; Secretary—Jimmie Gilmore; Arranging Committee—Jimmie Gilmore and Arthur Gilmore; Memorial Committee—Jimmie Gilmore; Chaplain—Elder Philip Gilmore.

Leaders: Ashley Keeton 347, 168; Joshua Keeton 30t, 30b; Patricia Mauldin 63, 146; Billy Williams 297, 448b; A.A. Malone 183, 300; Tyler Montgomery and Ashley Keeton 68b, 294; Paula Gilmore and Philip Gilmore 47t, 75; Clarence McCool 111b, 569b; Buell Cobb 138b, 33b.


The class resumed singing with Josie Hyde leading songs on pages 39b and 43. Leaders: Richard Mauldin 36b, 290; David McGenty 323b, 31t; Cora Sweatt 127, 312b; Willodean Barton 480, 498.

The Harper memorial lesson was led by Arthur Gilmore, Jimmie McGough Gilmore, Philip Gilmore, Paula Gilmore, Joe Gilmore, Leslie Gilmore, Ila Harper Ingle, Karen Ingle Wiggins, Josie Harper Hyde, Joshua Keeton, Ashley Keeton, Tyler Montgomery, Rebekah Gilmore, John Gilmore, and Grace Gilmore leading songs on pages 235, 392, and 45t for all the deceased Harper family members and for friends who are sick and shut-ins.

The blessing on the noon meal was offered by Marlin Beasley after a good morning of singing praises to God.


The class resumed singing with Ashley Keeton leading song on page 196. Leaders: John Hyde 61, 275b; Vernice Phillips 112, 143; Jim Brady 40, 155; Marlin Beasley 426t, 512; Ivalene Donaldson 270, 129; Elmer Conwill 475, 44; Faye Donaldson 78, 299; Chuck Beasley 73t, 101t; Wilton Donaldson 317, 56t; Amanda Denson and Mary McAnnis 56b, 274t; Amber Springfield 391; Amber Springfield and Tatum McArthur 503; Leslie Gilmore and Joe Gilmore 371, 405, 442.


The class resumed singing with Ila Ingle and Karen Wiggins leading songs on pages 500 and 440. Leaders: John Beasley 348b, 354b; Lena Keeton 137; Lena Keeton and Joshua Keeton 269; Travis Keeton 441, 200; A.C. McGough 454, 571 (CB); Jimmie Gilmore, Arthur Gilmore, and Ashley Keeton 505 (CB); Jimmie Gilmore and Arthur Gilmore 34 (t? b?) (for her parents, Garnsey and Ethel McGough); Jimmie Gilmore, Philip Gilmore, and Joe Gilmore 276; Philip Gilmore 30t, 47b; Elder Garnsey McGough, Ethel Harper McGough, and Jimmie McGough Gilmore 288, 283.

Announcements were made. A welcome was extended to everyone to come back again next year. A thank you was given to everyone for their love, support, and efforts in keeping this singing alive and ongoing.

Joshua Keeton and Ashley Keeton asked all to stand for the closing prayer offered by Richard Mauldin. The class was dismissed.

Chairperson—Ashley Keeton; Vice Chairman—Joshua Keeton; Secretary—Jimmie Gilmore.