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Martha Harper Nix, Lewis Keeton,
and Lavada McGough Gilmore Memorial

New Flatwoods Church, Nauvoo (Walker County), Alabama

March 2, 2003

The eighty-eighth annual Sacred Harp Memorial Singing was called to order by Travis Keeton leading 48t. Elder Ronald Gilmore offered the morning prayer.

The class was organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Ronald Gilmore; Secretary—Margaret Keeton; Arranging Committee—Willodean Barton and Josie Hyde.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 179, 159; Bobby Watkins 76b, 313t; L.H. Gilmore and Estelle Gilmore 421, 34t, 318; Huey Jones 306, 500; Alene Woodley 35, 83t; Earl Ballinger 80b, 331, 358; Ida Lee Starnes 111b, 426t; Ivalene Donaldson 129; Julietta Haynes 209, 216; Margaret Keeton 410b, 475; Joshua Keeton 408, 268.

RECESS

Ronald Gilmore and Hazel Gilmore called the class to order leading 276, 66, and 108b. Leaders: Wilton Donaldson 490, 499; Mary Ellen Jones 392, 495, 454; Gravis Ballinger 78, 300, 49t; Lisa Geist 428, 542, 189; Jayne Fulmer 299, 298, 63; Warren Steel 163t, 163b, 436; Elder Ronald Gilmore welcomed everyone. Earl Ballinger offered prayer for the noon meal.

LUNCH

Travis Keeton brought the afternoon session to order leading 235 and 343. Leaders: Clarence McCool 45t, 68b, 349; Ozella Blackmon 384 (for Lavaughn Ballinger); Larry Ballinger 50b, 34b; Anne Steel 110, 89, 224; Glenn Keeton 354t, 497, 496 (for John Hyde); Willodean Barton 480, 145t, 101t; Henry Guthery 283, 205, 380; Josie Hyde and John Hyde 566, 297; Latrive Bailey and Ottis Sides 517 (WB), 460, 294; Ila Ingle 530, 434, 500; Roland Gilmore 565, 569b; Jimmie Gilmore 61, 445, 316; Josie Hyde 507; Ottis Sides 354b, 146; Bobby Watkins 225t (in memory of his father); Travis Keeton and Ronald Gilmore 382 (in memory of Martha Harper Nix).

Joshua Keeton offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Ronald Gilmore; Secretary—Margaret Keeton.