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Old Flatwoods Primitive Baptist Church

Nauvoo, Alabama

Sunday, May 8, 2005

The annual Decoration Day Sacred Harp singing at Old Flatwoods Primitive Baptist Church was held on the second Sunday in May. The class was called to order by Ashley Keeton who welcomed everyone and led 72b. John Merritt offered the morning prayer. Ashley Keeton led 142 and 143.

Officers for the day were the following: Chairlady—Ashley Keeton; Secretary/Memorial—Jimmie Gilmore; Arranging—Arthur Gilmore.

Leaders: Wilton Donaldson 229, 490; Richard Walker 34b, 145b; James Wagner 354b, 63; Becky Briggs 112, 120; Clarence McCool 349, 68b; Brenda Merritt 192, 200; Gary Smith 50b, 73b; Lisa Geist 91, 151.


Ashley Keeton brought the class back to order leading 457and 30b. Leaders: John Merritt 358, 163 (t? b?); Warren Steel 74t, 411; Billy Williams 334, 213b; Henry Guthery 39b, 420; Sarah Smith 129, 318; James Wagner family 480, 340, 65.

Jimmie Gilmore conducted the memorial and led 45t for the deceased: Ivalene Donaldson, John Hocutt, Sherry Guthery, Hershell King, Rayburn Humber, Olin Keeton, Janice Keeton, the McGough family, and the Harper family.

Jimmie Gilmore and John Merritt led 294 for the sick and shut-ins: Garnsey McGough, Armmel Ritch, Hubbert Kitchens, Charles Kitchens, Furn Kitchens, Jeff Sheppard, Shelbie Sheppard, and Estelle Gilmore. The memorial was closed with prayer by Gary Smith. The noon prayer was offered by Marlin Beasley.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Ashley Keeton leading 76b and 203. Leaders: Eugene Forbes 168, 186; Elizabeth Keeton 145t, 274t; Marlin Beasley 317, 426t; Josie Hyde 224, 507; Pam Baker 189, 187; Joshua Keeton and Joyce Keeton 196, 408, 268; Lena Keeton 146, 546; Seth Holloway 294, 388; Juanita Beasley 61, 46; Travis Keeton 496, 497; Glenn Keeton, Ashley Keeton, and Josh Keeton “Joshua”, “Ashley” (both composed by Glenn Keeton); Kermit Adams 220, 78; Steve Adams and Lisa Geist 401, 101t; John Beasley 67, 335; Bunk Beasley and Linda Beasley 81t, 59; Gwen Cornelius 517 (WB), 475; Arthur Gilmore 491b (WB).

Ashley Keeton led 45b as the closing song. Glen Keeton offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairlady—Ashley Keeton; Secretary—Jimmie Gilmore.