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Elder Roy Avery’s Birthday/Memorial Singing

Rocky Mount Primitive Baptist Church, Daviston, Alabama

February 9, 2003

The Elder Roy Avery Birthday/Memorial Singing was held on the second Sunday in February. The class sang 59 and 75, followed with prayer led by Elder Steve Stathelson.

The class was organized with the following officers elected: Chairman—Eugene Forbes; Secretaries—Jenny Acton and Krista Baker; Arranging Committee—Jack Nelson.

Leaders: Eugene Forbes 100; Jack Nelson 99, 30b; Bobby Jackson 348b, 290; John Merritt 268, 300; Hugh McGraw 448b, 97; Leonard Price 39b, 73 (t? b?).


Chairman Eugene Forbes led 30 (t? b?) to call the class back to order. Leaders: Elder Ben Keeble 490, 47b; Jenny Acton 25 (JB), 340; Charlene Wallace 299, 208; Mattie Perry 341, 186.

Elder Ben Keeble offered prayer, and Elder Steve Stathelson conducted a morning worship service.


Chairman Eugene Forbes bought the afternoon session to order leading 29t and 145t. Leaders: Hugh McGraw 560 (in memory of Elder Roy Avery); Eugene Forbes 489 (in memory of Elder C.V. Estes); Mary Jean Payne 99 (for her mother); Floy Wilder 187, 432; Annie Lee Price 384, 222; Curtis McGraw 278b, 225t; Nell Estes 145b, 313t; Mary Jean Payne 480, 496; Margaret Ray 127, 334; Myrline Redmon 569 (t? b?), 147t; Audress Gurley 517 (WB), 108t; Charlotte Bishop 335, 110; Eugene Forbes 405, 339 (for Mary Jean Payne’s daughter); Jack Nelson 144, 126; Jane Moran 236; John Merritt “Nothing But the Blood”; Nell Estes “A Light At The River”; Jordan Whitehead 354b, 111t; Margaret Ray 358.

Announcements were made. Chairman Eugene Forbes led 46 as the closing song, and Jack Nelson offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Eugene Forbes; Secretary—Jenny Acton.