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Joe Beasley Memorial Singing

Concord Primitive Baptist Church, Winfield, Alabama

December 11-12, 2004

Saturday, December 11

The tenth annual Joe Beasley Memorial Singing was called to order by Marlin Beasley leading 32t. The morning prayer was offered by Elder J.L. Hopper.

Marlin Beasley explained the order of singing for the day: the first session would be from “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition”; the second session from “The B.F. White Sacred Harp, 1992 Revised Cooper Edition”; the third session from the “Christian Harmony”; and the fourth session from the “Lloyd Hymnal”; closing with “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition” as time allowed. Marlin Beasley then led 40t.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—John Beasley; Vice Chairman—Richard Schmeidler; Secretary—Sandie Scott; Arranging Committee—Josie Hyde.

Leaders: John Beasley 33b; Richard Schmeidler 66; Sandie Scott 282; Loretta Whitman 106, 124; Ivalene Donaldson and Wilton Donaldson 145b; Brenda Merritt 142; Tim Reynolds 81b; Nellie Reynolds 81t; Lee Bradley 35; Cathryn Baker and Marlin Beasley 270; Travis Keeton 75, 129; Charlotte Ehrman 448b; Jim Helke 212; Julietta Haynes 200, 216; Tim Cook 152.


“The B.F. White Sacred Harp, 1992 Revised Cooper Edition” was used in the second session. Leaders: John Merritt 386; Sarah Beasley Smith 519b; Gary Smith 507b; Jimmie Gilmore and Pam Baker 505; George Seiler 488; Becky Beasley Briggs and David (Chug) Beasley 571; Elder J.L. Hopper 149; Judy Caudle 98; John Redman 303, 196 (LD); Glenda Hopper 410. The blessing for lunch was offered by Elder J.L. Hopper.


The “Christian Harmony, Alabama Edition” was used in this session. Marlin Beasley called the class to order leading 216. Leaders: Mako Cook 70b, 67b; Roy Turrentine 59t; Brenda Merritt 131; Elder J.L. Hopper, Glenda Hopper, and Judy Caudle 172; Velton Chafin 59b, 117; Dorothea McGowan 248; Josie Hyde and John Hyde 77; Tim Cook 36t, 322; Mako Cook 82b.


The “Lloyd’s Hymnal” was used for the final session. Leaders: Jimmie Gilmore and Pam Baker 333; Jim Helke 305; Marlin Beasley 424, 382, 440; Elder J.L. Hopper 6; Ann Beasley Ballard 380; Cora Beasley Sweatt 151 (NHC); Jean Seiler 217 (SH); John Beasley and Richard Schmeidler 46 (SH).

After announcements were made, Elder J.L. Hopper dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, December 12

Richard Schmeidler called the class to order leading 34b. The morning prayer was offered by Danny Creel. Leaders: Sandie Scott 176t; Josie Hyde 475; Wilton Donaldson 229; Becky Beasley Briggs 460; Robert Chambless 63; Cathryn Baker 186; James Wagner and sons (James and John) 79, 480; Amanda Denson 142; David Carlton 134; Brenda Pena 99; John Hyde 124; Virginia Douglas 268; Lee Bradley 334; Elizabeth Keeton 335; Max Berueffy 517; Charlotte Ehrman 344; Jim Helke 532; Emily Creel 384; John Plunkett 225b; Faye Donaldson 406; Guy Bankes 54; Jean Seiler 273; John Merritt 196; Bridgette Hill 383; Ricky Beasley 39t.


The class resumed singing with John Beasley leading 67. Leaders: Danny Creel 222; Judy Chambless 55; George Seiler 159; Brenda Merritt 192; John Redman 57; Jayne Fulmar 300; Richard Mauldin and Ruby Mauldin 358; Sarah Beasley Smith 129; Glenn Keeton 285t; Julietta Haynes 172; David Beasley 47b; Travis Keeton 392; Richard Schmeidler 254; Marlin Beasley 498. The blessing for the noon meal was offered by George Seiler.


Travis Keeton brought the afternoon session to order leading 343. Leaders: Earl Ballinger 270; Dorothea McGowan 218; David (Chug) Beasley 61; Amber Davis 440; Larry Ballinger 223.

The memorial lesson was held with Sarah Smith speaking for the deceased, and Jim Helke leading 235 in their memory.

Gary Smith spoke for the sick and shut-ins, and John Plunkett led 330b in their honor. Amanda Denson led 385b, by special request. Danny Creel closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Warren Steel 376; Cora Beasley Sweatt 127; Ila Ingle 145b; Alvin (Bunk) Beasley 81t; Lisa Geist 546; Dustin McGowan and James Wagner, Jr. 354b; Nellie Alexander 340; Loretta Whitman 143; Gary Smith and his father (Floyd Smith) 565; Ann Beasley Ballard 318; Juanita Beasley and Marlin Beasley 152; Seth Holloway 388.

After announcements were made, John Beasley and Richard Schmeidler led 146 as the closing song. George Seiler offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—John Beasley; Vice Chairman—Richard Schmeidler; Secretary—Sandie Scott.