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Old Flatwoods Primitive Baptist Church

Nauvoo, Alabama

May 13, 2001

The annual Decoration Day Sacred Harp Singing at Old Flatwoods Primitive Baptist Church was held on Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May. The class was called to order by Elder Philip Gilmore leading songs on pages 32t and 30t. Harrison Creel led the congregation in the morning prayer. Elder Philip Gilmore led song on page 37b.

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

Leaders: Elder Philip Gilmore 76b; Bud Oliver 82t, 145b; Elene Stovall 145t, 138t; Wilton Donaldson 565, 503; Pam Keeton 186, 182; Max Berueffy 139, 36b; Cassie Franklin 97, 448b; Dennis George 285t, 288; Clarence McCool 349, 460; Rodney Ivey 480, 430.


Joe Gilmore called the class back together leading songs on pages 68b and 176b. Leaders: Ivalene Donaldson 335, 270; Harrison Creel 512, 378b; Chip Ward 348t, 112; Sarah Smith 354b, 108t; Gary Smith and Trey Hudson 515, 31t; Billy Williams 154, 297.

The memorial lesson for the deceased and the sick and shut-ins was led by Jimmie Gilmore, Arthur Gilmore, Philip Gilmore, Pam Keeton, Josh Keeton, Ashley Keeton, and Josie Hyde leading songs on pages 45t and 348b. The following list of deceased were remembered: A.C. McGough, Marie Aldridge, Ruby Phillips, Karen House, Gene Wakefield, Lavada Gilmore, Wilma Davis, Joe Harper, Martha Harper, Grady Harper, Robert Harper, Wallace Harper, Mack Harper, and Nervie Harper. Also remembered were the sick and shut-ins: Elder Garnsey McGough, Ethel McGough, and Elmer Conwill. Jimmie Gilmore and Charlotte Keeton Gober led song on page 176b in memory of Wilma Keeton Davis. The memorial lesson was closed in prayer led by Dennis George.

Gary Smith offered the noon blessing, and indeed we were blessed with plenty of natural food as we had been blessed with plenty of spiritual food in singing before lunch.


Joe Gilmore brought the class to order for the afternoon session leading songs on pages 300 and 196. Leaders: Amber Springfield 391, 454 (in memory of A.C. McGough); Travis Keeton 30b (for the children of Elder W.C. Barnes, deceased), 324; Josie Hyde 73t, 361; Glenn Keeton 274t; Glenn Keeton, Arnie Keeton, Christie Key, Linda Christian, and Gwen Cornelius 143 (in memory of their dad, Pete Keeton, and in honor of their mother, Lena Keeton); Lena Keeton, Arnie Keeton, Christie Key, Linda Christian, and Gwen Cornelius 294 (in memory of Pete Keeton); Ashley Keeton 327, 384; Paula Gilmore and Philip Gilmore 75, 47t; Philip Gilmore 64; Josh Keeton 189, 268; Velton Chafin 144, 35; Jimmie Gilmore and Arthur Gilmore 408, 378t; Lena Keeton 546, 475; John Beasley 47b; Chuck Beasley 61t, 571 (CB); Dennis George 79.

Announcements were made. Philip Gilmore, Joe Gilmore, and John Beasley led song on page 49b as the closing song. John Beasley offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Everyone is cordially invited back again next year, and God bless you all ‘til we meet again. Your presence and support was appreciated.

Chairman—Elder Philip Gilmore; Vice Chairman—Joe Gilmore; Secretary—Jimmie Gilmore.