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J.D. Starnes Memorial

Mt. Hope Baptist Church, Northeast of Sipsey, Alabama

February 4, 2001

The J.D. Starnes Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was held at Mt. Hope Baptist Church on the first Sunday in February. The class was called to order by Velton Chafin leading song on page 31b. Brother Phillip Starnes offered the morning prayer.

The class organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Velton Chafin; Arranging Committee—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Josie Hyde.

Leaders: Velton Chafin 57, 43; Cecil Sanders and Winell Sanders 111t, 225t; Wilton Donaldson 30t, 37b, 317; Flarce Creel 503, 475; Ivalene Donaldson 270, 328; John Hyde 90, 61, 39b; Willodean Barton 145t, 454, 290; Julianna Jett 59, 88t, 108t; Ann Jett 339 (in memory of Aunt Verda Starnes and son, John Starnes), 146 (for Randy Moon and Shellie Moon), 269; Henry Guthery 168, 490, 480; Brenda Merritt 142, 430, 434.


Henry Guthery called the class back to order leading song on page 97. Leaders: Josie Hyde 288, 329, 179; Harrison Creel 111b, 512, 348b; Edith Tate 73t, 75; Billy Williams 147t, 410t; Ida Lee Starnes 426t, 405; Travis Keeton 400.

The pastor of the church, Brother Phillip Starnes, welcomed everyone, read Psalm 100, led song on page 45t, and offered prayer for the noon meal.


The afternoon session was called to order by Velton Chafin leading song on page 235. Leaders: Travis Keeton 566, 378b; John Hyde 129, 378t; Flarce Creel 275b, 206; Ivalene Donaldson 335; Willodean Barton 416, 418; Wilton Donaldson 81t, 32t; Brenda Merritt 408 (in memory of Eron White and Ted White), 499 (for Gladys Bonds who is in the hospital), 498 (for John Merritt and John Hocutt); Edith Tate 35; Ann Jett 496, 495; Josie Hyde 477, 460; Harrison Creel 342; Billy Williams 313 (t? b?), 28 (t? b?), 294 (by request),

Henry Guthery led song on page 569 (t? b?) for Hubert Hood who is very ill, and also as the closing song. Brother Phillip Starnes dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Velton Chafin; Secretary—Josie Hyde.