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Chestnut Grove Baptist Church

Ider, Alabama

October 13, 2002

The seventy-sixth session of the annual Chestnut Grove Sacred Harp Singing was held on the second Sunday in October. The singing is held in memory of its founder, Elder C. G. (Uncle Tobe) Keith, and long-time singing school teacher, Henry Ott. The singing was called to order by Co-Chairs Loretta Smith and Amy Smith leading song on page 37b. Pastor Steve Lea welcomed the congregation. The morning prayer was offered by Donald Carroll.

Leaders: Billy Thompson and Steve Lea 563 (CB), 75; Carla York 572 (CB); the class sang “Happy Birthday” for Rodney Ivey; Rodney Ivey 39b, 142; David Ivey 72b, 81t; Aaron Wootten 270; Ed Thacker, Margaret Thacker, Chris Murdock, and Donald Murdock 48t, 235, 565; Betty Wright 347; Dennis George 133, 408.


The class resumed singing with Chris Carroll leading song on page 143. Leaders: Mark Brown 68b; Loretta Smith 452 (in memory of Henry Ott), 505 (CB); Shane Wootten 225t, 176b; Bill Gifford 45t; Terry Wootten 77t, 108t; Hillary Brown 111t; Chris Green 388, 418; Floyd Peters 82t, 335; Milton Oliver 321 (CB), 54b (CB); Brenda Carroll 299, 384; Marty Wootten, Jared Wootten, and Jamey Wootten 99.

Loretta Smith and Amy Smith led song on page 573 (CB) for the memorial lesson and for the sick and shut-ins. Brother Leonard Smith asked the blessing for the noon meal.


The class was called to order by Loretta Smith and Amy Smith leading song on 492. Leaders: Rodney Ivey and Rita Downer 571 (CB); Billy Thompson 540 (CB) (in memory of Grandmother Hunt); Eddie Brown and Mary Brown 138t (CB), 312b; Betty Shepherd 216; Alan Pritchett 101t; Randall Smith and Lamar Smith 36b, 76b; Tony Ivey 139; Bobby Watkins 32t; Britt Mann and Jenny Mann 559 (CB); Norma Green 147t; Wayne Wootten 47b; Wayne Wootten and Shane Wootten 454; Mark Brown “Sweet Beulah Land”; Myra Dalton, Billy Thompson, and Genora Meadows 348b (in memory of Warren G. Meadows), 566; Coy Ivey and Karen Ivey 358, 486t (WB); Dewayne Wootten 42; Levon Wootten 460; Lela Crowder 374; Loyd Ivey 282; the class sang “Happy Birthday” to Stuart Ivey; Stuart Ivey 479; Charles Stiefel 448t; Donna Wootten 217; Billy Williams 286b (CB), 38t (CB); Hobert Ivey and Sylvia Ivey 511t (CB), 490; Sandy Ivey 83t.

Announcements were made. Loretta Smith and Amy Smith led songs on pages 37b and 62 as the closing songs. Chris Green dismissed the class with prayer.

Co-Chairmen—Loretta Smith and Amy Smith; Secretary—Amy Smith.