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J.D. Starnes Memorial

Mt. Hope Baptist Church, Northeast of Sipsey, Alabama

Sunday, February 6, 2005

The J.D. Starnes Memorial Sacred Harp singing was held at Mt. Hope Baptist Church on the first Sunday in February. The class was called to order by Velton Chafin leading 52t. The morning prayer was led by Richard Mauldin.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Ida Lee Parker Starnes; Arranging Committee—-Willodean Barton.

Leaders: Velton Chafin 108t, 75; John Hyde 63, 297; Cecil Sanders and Winell Sanders 317, 569b; Cecil Sanders 380; Butch White 74b, 77t, 30b; Sarah Smith 406, 274t; Travis Keeton 343, 400; Wilton Donaldson 100, 32t, 566; Wanda Capps 203, 216; Richard Mauldin 168, 144; Gary Smith 31t, 565.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Velton Chafin leading 111b. Leaders: Marlin Beasley 40, 104, 480; Amber Davis 224, 142; John Merritt 300, 358, 45t; Ann Jett and Flarce Creel 37b, 29b; Ann Jett 269, 327; Brenda Merritt 544, 129, 163b, 225t; Danny Creel 503, 47b, 76b; Josie Hyde 200, 477, 475. Marlin Beasley offered prayer for the noon meal.

LUNCH

Travis Keeton brought the afternoon session to order leading 499. Leaders: Harrison Creel 89, 498, 530; Willodean Barton 122, 454, 460; Sarah Smith 30t; John Hyde 482; Ann Jett 496; Richard Mauldin 66; Cecil Sanders 283; Brenda Merritt 192; Billy Williams 294, 28b (in memory of Archie Williams); Travis Keeton 452; Wanda Capps 430; Amber Davis 276; Marlin Beasley 34t; Josie Hyde 222; Gary Smith 73b; John Merritt 90; Danny Creel 112; Harrison Creel 378b; Butch White 123t.

Announcements were made. Velton Chafin led 521 as the closing song. Ronnie Stacks dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Ida Lee Parker Starnes.