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Joe Beasley Memorial Singing

Concord Primitive Baptist Church, Winfield, Alabama

December 7-8, 2002

Saturday, December 7

Richard Schmeidler called the class to order leading song on page 34b. Marlin Beasley offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 66; Gary Smith 523, 81t; Sandie Scott 81b, 74b; Marilyn Burchett 335, 496; John Beasley 100, 101 (t? b?); Julietta Haynes 200, 215; Hugh Bill McGuire 214, 273; Cora Beasley Sweatt 145b, 111b; Travis Keeton 179, 44.

RECESS

John Merritt brought the class back to order leading song on page 131b. Leaders: John Merritt 333 (LD), 334 (LD), 298 (LD); Becky Beasley Briggs 108 (t? b?), 317; A.A. Malone 110, 203; Cathryn Baker 209, 430; Charlotte Ehrman 147t, 72b; Brenda Pena 569 (t? b?), 225t. Charles Kitchens offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

John Beasley called the class back together leading song on page 39t. Leaders: Charles Kitchens 326, 399b; Chuck Beasley 61, 33b; Tim Reynolds 566, 86; Jim Helke 112, 448 (t? b?); Sarah Smith 318, 340; Richard Schmeidler 474, 84; Corene White 314; Seth Holloway 294, 354 (t? b?); Velton Chafin 478 (CB), 225b.

RECESS

Marlin Beasley called the class back to order leading songs on pages 75 and 3 (LD). Leaders: Elsie Beasley 192, 318; Dan McCurry 62 (in Choctaw language from the Native American Indians); John Merritt 382 (LD) (for Julietta Haynes); John Merritt 194 (LD), 192 (CB).

The class was dismissed by John Beasley and Richard Schmeidler with song on page 146.

Sunday, December 8

John Beasley called the class to order leading song on page 68b. Marlin Beasley offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 38t, 475; Marlin Beasley 426t, 317; Sandie Scott 176t, 40; Gary Smith 565, 31t; Marilyn Burchett 51, 108b; Judy Caudle 85, 225b; Johnny Humber 208, 212; Cathryn Baker 455, 441; Tim Cook 81b, 344; Julietta Haynes 211, 216; Ken Tate 166, 30t.

RECESS

Richard Schmeidler brought the class back to order leading song on page 155. Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 474; Josie Hyde 200, 234; Tim Reynolds 152, 481; Edith Tate 532; Glenn Keeton 274t, 349; Brenda Merritt 142, 430; Jim Helke 229, 134; Julie Poston 145 (t? b?), 108t; Harrison Creel 498, 530; Travis Keeton 348b, 235. Ricky Beasley offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

John Beasley called the class back together leading song on page 67, followed by John Merritt leading songs on pages 352 (LD) and 522 (CB).

Gary Smith presented the memorial lesson. Warren Steel led song on page 245 in memory of Joe Beasley. Dan McCurry read the names of the deceased: Frances Beasley Lee – Florida; Frank Sills – Michigan; Doris Vickery and Clarabell Hall – Kentucky; Edis Guthrie, George Cox, Ethel McGough, and Flora Skinner – Alabama; John Bailey – Illinois; Kenneth DeLong—Georgia. Gary Smith and Dan McCurry led song on page 285 (t? b?) in memory of the deceased.

Dan McCurry honored those who were sick and shut-in, and read the list of those remembered: Steve Warner and Laquita Keeton – Illinois; Emily Boswell – Mississippi; John Hocutt, Cecile Cox, Cecil Sanders, Clearsy Rutledge, Tracy Adkins, Kim Watkins, and Lavaughn Ballinger – Alabama. Dan McCurry and Gary Smith led song on page 46 in honor of the sick and shut-ins. John Merritt closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Hugh Bill McGuire 556, 528; Seth Holloway 388; Larry Ballinger 49t.

RECESS

Larry Ballinger called the class to order leading song on page 49t. Leaders: Warren Steel 377, 375; Ashley Keeton 182; Ashley Keeton and Ashley Campbell 442; Ashley Campbell 478; Cecil Winfield 480, 170; Charlotte Ehrman 73b, 569b; Elsie Beasley 192, 460; Dorothea McGowan 159 (in memory of Aunt Frances Lee); Ricky Beasley 72b, 111b; Brenda Pena 39b, 569t; David Beasley 73t, 335; Becky Briggs 318; Cora Sweatt 59; Marlin Beasley 333 (LD).

Richard Schmeidler and John Beasley led song on page 62 as the closing song. John Merritt offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—John Beasley; Vice Chairman—Richard Schmeidler; Secretary—Sandie Scott.