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Harper Memorial Singing and Reunion

Old Flatwoods Primitive Baptist Church, Nauvoo, Alabama

October 13, 2002

The annual Harper Memorial Sacred Harp Singing and Reunion was held at Old Flatwoods Primitive Baptist Church on the second Sunday in October. Jimmie Gilmore called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. and extended greetings to everyone. Jimmie Gilmore and Ashley Keeton led song on page 36b. Garry Baker offered the morning prayer. Jimmie Gilmore and Ashley Keeton led songs on pages 39b and 32t.

Officers: Chairpersons—Jimmie Gilmore and Ashley Keeton; Vice Chairmen—Arthur Gilmore and Joshua Keeton; Secretary—Jimmie Gilmore; Arranging Committee—Arthur Gilmore.

Leaders: Arthur Gilmore and Joshua Keeton 491b (WB), 517 (WB), 30t; Joshua Keeton and Joyce Elliott 448 (t? b?) (by request of Jimmie Gilmore, grandmother, because of their upcoming marriage in November, 2002); Joshua Keeton 108t; A.A. Malone 68b, 565; John Hyde 566, 297, 63; Ashley Keeton 37b, 49b; Clarence McCool 569b, 317; Margaret Keeton 97, 74b.

RECESS

Arthur Gilmore called the class back together leading song on page 378t. Leaders: L.H. Gilmore and Estelle Gilmore 421, 318, 73t; Cora Sweatt 81t, 445b, 159; Pamela Gilmore Keeton 192 (in memory of her grandmother, Ethel McGough, who passed away on January 20, 2002), 283 (in honor of her grandfather, Garnsey McGough, who was ill); Travis Keeton 290 (for A.C. McGough), 235; Faye Donaldson 40, 78.

Jimmie Gilmore, daughter of Garnsey and Ethel McGough, conducted the memorial lesson, and read scripture from Proverbs 31 (t? b?):10, 28 (t? b?). The last song that Ethel McGough sang before she passed away was 192, and the last song that Jimmie Gilmore sang to her dying mother was 153. Jimmie Gilmore, Arthur Gilmore, Pam Keeton, Joshua Keeton, and Ashley Keeton led songs on pages 45t and 153 for the deceased Harper family members and singing friends. The memorial was concluded with prayer.

Dwight Ingle offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

The class was called to order by Jimmie Gilmore and Dwight Ingle who led the class in singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” in honor of our country and in remembrance of September 11, 2001.

Leaders: Josie Hyde 155, 200, 434; Glenn Keeton 231, 163 (t? b?), 274t (in memory of the Harper family); Ila Ingle 335, 145t, 87; Alex Baker and Pam Keeton 146, 343, 354 (t? b?); Dwight Ingle 282, 349, 82t; Bunk Beasley 72b; Bunk Beasley and Cora Sweatt 59; Letrieve Bailey 358, 111t; Ottis Sides 111b, 73b, 486; Pamela Keeton and Garry Baker 143.

Announcements were made. Thanks were given to everyone for their support in this singing, and all were invited back again a year from today.

Arthur Gilmore and Jimmie Gilmore led song on page 47 (t? b?) as the closing song, Joshua Keeton offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairpersons—Jimmie Gilmore and Ashley Keeton; Vice Chairmen—Arthur Gilmore and Joshua Keeton; Secretary—Jimmie Gilmore.