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The Godsey Sisters Memorial Singing

Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Double Springs, Alabama

March 16, 2003

The Godsey Sisters Memorial Singing in honor of Leona Horton, Maude Adams, Delia Watts, and Mina Adams was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Travis Keeton leading 48t. John Merritt offered the morning prayer. Travis Keeton led 129.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Arranging Committee—Josie Hyde and Margaret Keeton; Secretary—Roma Rice.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 300; John Hyde 566, 297; Josie Hyde 442, 220; Roma Rice 166, 225t; Ivalene Donaldson 138b; Cecil Wakefield 282, 318; Corene White 314, 403; Clarence McCool 111t, 111b; Stella Pratt 452, 147t; Ida Lee Starnes 30t, 31b; Flarce Creel 299, 475; Kermit Adams 426t, 428.

RECESS

John Hyde called the class back to order leading 39b. Leaders: Dawson Adams 68b, 328; Wilton Donaldson 32t, 317; Willodean Barton 460, 274t; Parnell Berry 283, 298; Ozella Blackmon 112; Max Berueffy 209, 411; Carla Morris 145t, 183; Chris Rice 425 (in memory of Milford Watts), 480.

A memorial lesson was held. Roma Rice led 45t for the following deceased: Dovy Jackson, Milford Watts, Tressie Adkins, Nell Adams, and Lucille Tolbert.

LUNCH

Travis Keeton called the class back for the afternoon session with 74b in memory of Mae Conwill, and 371 in memory of Maude Adams.

Leaders: Earl Ballinger 171, 187; Harrison Creel 89, 530, 498; Gladys Bonds 67, 43; Bernice Phillips 143, 40; Larry Ballinger 133, 139, 167 (for Lavaughn Ballinger); Edith Tate 119, 137, 88t; John Merritt 65, 240; Lera Pollock and Chris Rice 75, 128; Ken Tate 448t, 457; Margaret Keeton 338; Margaret Keeton, Kathryn Weaver, Lera Pollock, Mary Godsey, and Roma Rice 146; Sara Berry and Margaret Keeton 79, 59.

Travis Keeton led 206 as the closing song. Cecil Wakefield offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Secretary—Roma Rice.