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J.D. Starnes Memorial

Mt. Hope Baptist Church, Northeast of Sipsey, Alabama

February 2, 2003

The J.D. Starnes Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was held at Mt. Hope Baptist Church on the first Sunday in February. Velton Chafin called the class to order leading 31t. Brother Phillip Starnes offered the morning prayer. Velton Chafin led 32t and 30t.

The class organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Velton Chafin; Secretary—Josie Hyde; Arranging Committee—Willowdean Barton.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 73t, 61; Margaret Keeton 129, 499 (for her mother, Gladys Bonds), 144 (for John Hocutt); John Hyde 68b, 90, 124; Wilton Donaldson 225t, 490, 503; Billy Williams 213b, 147t, 299; Marlin Beasley 166, 566, 285t.

RECESS

Travis Keeton called the class back to order leading 343 and 235. Leaders: Ann Jett 141, 37b, 339; Ida Lee Starnes 111b, 378t, 31b; Julie Poston 108t, 88t, 145b; Josie Hyde 99, 183, 182; Flarce Creel and Ann Jett 39b, 475.

Brother Phillip Starnes, pastor of the church, welcomed everyone, read scripture form Exodus 15:1-8, and offered the blessing on the noon meal.

LUNCH

Travis Keeton brought the afternoon session to order with 131b and 146. Leaders: Harrison Creel 335, 317; Edith Tate 89, 35; Ken Tate 477, 426b; Wilton Donaldson 348b; Willodean Barton 460, 119; Marlin Beasley 482, 498; John Hyde 544; Velton Chafin 75; Margaret Keeton 543; Ann Jett 546, 327, 269; Josie Hyde 234, 507; Edith Tate 532; Harrison Creel 512; Ken Tate 73b; Harrison Creel and Ken Tate 342.

Travis Keeton led 45t as the closing song. Harrison Creel offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Velton Chafin; Secretary—Josie Hyde.