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Mr. and Mrs. Joe Myers and W. A. Parker Memorial

New Hope Primitive Baptist Church - Walker County, Alabama

October 21-22, 1995

Saturday, October 21

The annual Sacred Harp singing in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Myers and W. A. Parker was called to order by Billy Williams leading song on page 33b. The morning prayer was led by A. C. McGough. The following officers were retained: Chairman—John Hocutt; Vice Chairman—Cecil Sanders; Secretary—Mrs. W. A. Parker; Arranging Committee—Billy Williams. Billy Williams then led song on page 39b. Leaders: Travis Keeton 56 (t? b?), 81 (t? b?), 48 (t? b?); Gertrude Wood 32 (t? b?), 37 (t? b?); Sue Aaron 335, 318, 171, 45 (t? b?); A. C. McGough 36b, 47b, 111b; Charlene Wallace 59, 49 (t? b?), 503b.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Velton Chafin leading songs on pages 77b, 76b, and 101 (t? b?). Leaders: Audie Bailey 274 (t? b?), 89; Gene Wakefield 100, 89, 108b; Nora Parker 317; Elsie Beasley 336, 460, 432; Travis Keeton 268, 471.

DISMISSED FOR LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought to order by Billy Williams leading song on page 34b. Leaders: A. C. McGough 290, 274 (t? b?); Gene Wakefield 109, 168; Sue Aaron 46; Hattie Handley 146, 45 (t? b?); Gertrude Wood 426 (t? b?); Velton Chafin 35; Charlene Wallace 106; Elsie Beasley 512, 129; Travis Keeton 179; Velton Chafin led 170 in memory of Bertha Parker Henson who passed away this year; Billy Williams led song on page 378 (t? b?) in memory of Wilma Palmer, and 62 for the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by A. C. McGough.

Sunday, October 22

The Sunday session was called to order by Cecil Sanders leading song on page 32 (t? b?). The morning prayer was led by Harrison Creel. Cecil Sanders led song on page 145 (t? b?). Leaders: Essie Calvert 340, 389; B. B. Mattox 129, 168; Keterina Sanders 59, 454; Sue Aaron 143, 46; Tressie Adkins 298; Beatrice Brewer 112, 176b; Lola Roberson 475, 187; Ila Ingle 63, 87; Nora Parker 394, 36b.

RECESS

The class reassembled with John Hocutt leading song on page 30 (t? b?). Leaders: Mae Conwill 179, 348 (t? b?); Tom Harper 172, 300, 384; John Hyde 159, 75; Elmer Conwill 74b, 142; L. E. Hannah 336, 500; Hattie Handley 274 (t? b?), 490 in memory of Flora Mae McClendon; Marlin Beasley 335, 480 in memory of Joe Beasley; Flarce Creel 498, 546; Larry Ballinger 137, 127; Elsie Beasley 166, 345 (t? b?), 460.

DISMISSED FOR LUNCH

The afternoon session resumed with John Hocutt leading song on page 272. Leaders: Josie Hyde 530, 434; Dorothea McCowan 218, 343; Margaret Keeton 225 (t? b?), 297; Edith Tate 35, 73 (t? b?); Chris Bell 385 (t? b?), 124; Gertrude Wood 110, 186; Harrison Creel 111b, 512, and 277 in memory of W. A. Parker; Kermit Adams 276, 376; Charles Kitchens 314, 282; Mary Gardner 43, 234; Charles Kitchens 294. Billy Williams led song on page 62 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Marlin Beasley.

Chairman—John Hocutt; Vice Chairman—Cecil Sanders; Secretary—Mrs. W. A. Parker.