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Chestnut Grove Baptist Church

Ider, Alabama

Sunday, October 10, 2004

The seventy-eighth session of the annual Chestnut Grove Sacred Harp singing was held on the second Sunday in October. The singing is held in memory of its founder, Elder C.G. (Uncle Tobe) Keith, and long time singing school teacher in this area, Henry Ott. Co-Chairs Loretta Smith and Amy Smith called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Steve Lea offered the morning prayer.

Loretta Smith and Amy Smith led 37b and 39b. Leaders: Billy Thompson 278b, 535; Ed Thacker 456, 344; Carla York 43; Kathy James 30b, 542; Brenda Carroll 28b, 155; Linda Sides 32t, 328; Drew Smith 229, 38b; Shawn Carroll 48t, 163t; Milton Oliver 54 (CB), 503 (CB); Betty Wright 49b; Aaron Wootten 480, 101t.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Jeffrey Wootten leading 276 and 76b. Leaders: Michael Thompson 436; Michael Thompson and Floyd Peters 82t, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”; Eschol Hughes 146, 135; Henry Johnson 29b, 70b.

Loretta Smith and Amy Smith conducted the memorial lesson and led 452, 505 (CB), and 457 for the sick and shut-ins and for the deceased. The memorial lesson was closed.

LUNCH

Drew Smith brought the afternoon session to order leading 45t. Leaders: Drew Smith and Aaron Wootten 393 (CB); Lauren Hall 300; Jared Wootten, Hayden Wootten, and Jamey Wootten 171, 511 (CB); Dennis George 317, 316; Eloise Wootten 426b; Stuart Ivey 336; Karen Ivey 187; Charles Stiefel and Shane Wootten 445, 343; Shelia Wootten 492 (WB); Verlon Stiefel and Marlon Wootten 572 (CB); Chris Green and Pam Green 129, 274t; Jackie Tanner 47t; Marty Wootten 182; Norma Green and Alex Makris 388; Mary Ruth Stiefel 274b; Lavon Wootten 421; Margaret Thacker 34b; Donna Wootten 335; Hobert Ivey 511 (CB); Sylvia Ivey and Jared Wootten 282; Terry Wootten 571 (CB); David Ivey, Winnie Blevins, and Rodney Ivey 58 (in memory of Vester Jones), 136; David Ivey and Rodney Ivey 99 (by request); Rodney Ivey 540 (CB) (for Joyce Bryant); Coy Ivey 486t (WB).

Following announcements, Loretta Smith and Amy Smith led 62 as the closing song. Chris Green offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Co-Chairs—Loretta Smith and Amy Smith; Secretary—Amy Smith.