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Hillabee Sacred Harp Convention

Rocky Mount Primitive Baptist Church, Daviston, Alabama

July 21, 2002

The one hundred-thirtieth session of the Hillabee Sacred Harp Convention was held at Rocky Mount Primitive Baptist Church in Daviston, Alabama on the third Sunday in July. The class was called to order by Chairman Eugene Forbes leading song on page 32 (t? b?). John Ramsey offered the morning prayer. Nell Estes led the Introductory Lesson with the following songs selected: 39b, 63, and 40.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Eugene Forbes; Secretary—Jenny Acton; Arranging Committee—Charlotte Bishop.

Leaders: Eugene Forbes 87, 438; Leonard Price 290, 335; Mary J. Payne 496, 339; Elder C.V. Estes 489; Margaret Ray 127, 100; John Ramsey 512, 224; Myrline Redmon 452, 569b.


Chairman Eugene Forbes brought the class to order leading song on page 119. Leaders: Jenny Acton 25 (JB), 340; Audress Gurley 36b, 517 (WB); Annie Lee Price 384, 300; Douglas Kirk 49b; Nell Estes 34b, 358; Edna Ruth Phillips 480, 143; Floy Wilder 155, 373; Myra Goss 145t, 188; Eugene Forbes 59 (for his brother, M.B. Forbes), 405 (for his daughter, Lori Hinesley).


The afternoon session was called to order by Chairman Eugene Forbes.

A memorial lesson was held. Eugene Forbes led song on page 341 for Frank Story’s brother, Franklin Story, and 438 for Shannon Wilson. John Ramsey led song on page 288 for his father-in-law, Linus “Bud” Hook. Charlotte Bishop led 339 for Elizabeth Rose Acton, daughter of Jenny Acton, who passed away on March 12, 2002. Myra Goss led 380 for Joan Railey. The memorial lesson was closed.

Business Lesson:

  • Union Singings-none reported.
  • Location for this singing next year (2003)-Rocky Mount Primitive Baptist Church, Daviston, Alabama.
  • Singing Schools-One reported from Rocky Mount, July 18-19, 2002. Reported small attendance with good singers.
  • Introductory Lesson to be led by Charlotte Bishop for the 131st session in 2003.
  • Voted to send $50 to the singing school, which will be held on Friday and Saturday before the singing. End of business.

Leaders: Charlotte Bishop 268, 196, 491; Jack Nelson 165, 30b; Thomas Futral 147t, 45t; Carla Smith 63, 145b; Virginia Futral 566, “A Light At The River”; Renee Bishop 143, 128; William Futral 100, 36b; Jack Nelson 145 (t? b?) (in little hymn book) (by request); Myra Goss 236 (by request for her sister, Sylvia Wesson); John Ramsey 449 (for Maxine Marlett who was unable to come due to sickness). Chairman Eugene Forbes led song on page 46 as the closing song. Thomas Futral offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

We would like to thank the class for $76.00 in minute money.

Chairman—Eugene Forbes; Secretary—Jenny Acton.