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Mr. and Mrs. Joe Myers and W.A. Parker Memorial

New Hope Primitive Baptist Church, Walker County, Alabama

October 26, 2003

The annual Sacred Harp singing held in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Myers and W.A. Parker was called to order by Marlin Beasley leading 63. Harrison Creel offered the morning prayer. Marlin Beasley led 31b.

The class organized by electing the following officers: Chairman—Marlin Beasley; Vice Chairman—Richard Mauldin; Secretary—Nora Parker; Arranging Committee—Sarah Smith.

Leaders: Richard Mauldin 32b, 168; Brenda Peña 569 (t? b?); John Hyde 313t, 566; Corene White 37b, 73t; Billy Williams 297, 448b; Ivalene Donaldson 129; Travis Keeton 343, 146; Willodean Barton 119, 460.

RECESS

The class was brought to order by Marlin Beasley leading 101t. Leaders: Gary Smith 565, 31t; Flarce Creel 475; Clarence McCool 77t, 68b; Elene Stovall 172, 222; Wilton Donaldson 490, 499; Anita Landess 540, 170; Harrison Creel 89; Josie Hyde 137, 155; Max Berueffy 123t, 121.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought to order by Marlin Beasley leading 75. Leaders: Richard Mauldin 276; Larry Ballinger 139, 133; Becky Briggs 318, 480; Ottis Sides 530, 378 (t? b?), 235; Latrive Bailey 143; Charles Kitchens 429; Elene Stovall 32t; Billy Williams 78 (for Etma Barton who is 100 years old today).

A memorial was held. Angel Woodley and Marlice Ray led 426 (t? b?) and 192 in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Myers. Josie Hyde led 442 (by request) for the Myers family. Nora Parker led 277 and 299 in memory of W.A. Parker. Richard Mauldin led 35 and 294 in memory of Willie Carolyn Denson.

Leaders: Alvin Beasley 30t, 81t; Travis Keeton 74b; John Beasley 335, 39t; Brenda Peña and the Beasley family (Marlin Beasley, Sarah Smith, Alvin Beasley, and Becky Briggs) 480 (for Elsie Beasley); Cassie Franklin 95, 83 (t? b?); Harrison Creel and Cassie Franklin 498, 512, 342; Anita Landess 441; Max Berueffy 340, 532 (for Edith Tate); Larry Ballinger 371; Richard Mauldin 358.

Marlin Beasley led 62 as the closing song. Billy Williams offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Marlin Beasley; Vice Chairman—Richard Mauldin; Secretary—Nora Parker.