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Thomas Futral Memorial Singing

Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church, Goodwater, Alabama

Saturday, April 15, 2006

The second annual Thomas Futral Memorial Singing was held at Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church in Goodwater, Alabama, on Saturday before the third Sunday in April. Jack Nelson brought the class to order with 59. Elder Joe Burcham offered the morning prayer. Jack Nelson led 480.

A business session was held with the following officers elected: Chairman—Jack Nelson; Vice Chairman—William Futral; Secretary—Virginia Futral.

Leaders: Stanley Edwards 42, 29t; Gabriel Futral 147t, 335; Eugene Forbes 89, 137; Floy Wilder 182, 383; Nell Estes 313t, 551; Terry Futral 489, 300; William Futral 341, 390; Edna Ruth Phillips 236, 452.

RECESS

Jack Nelson called the class back together with 438. Leaders: Richard Ivey 30b, 30t; Howard McGuire 192, 45t; Brenda Dean 47b, 28b; Bufrey Dean 77t, 46; Denise Burleson 196, 269.

Memorial comments were made by Jack Nelson, Terry Futral (son of Thomas Futral), Bufrey Dean, Eugene Forbes, Howard McGuire, and grandchildren of Thomas Futral (Gabriel Futral, Jathan Futral, April Wilbanks, Virginia Futral, and Roy Nelson). Jathan Futral led 143, 112; April Wilbanks led 358, 340. These songs were in memory of their grandfather.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called together by Jack Nelson with 274t. Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 87, 101t, 208; Margaret Ray 155, 334; Wendy Futral 100, 291; Myrline Redmon 569b, 108t; Debra Ritch 200, 183, 209; Virginia Futral 544, 145t; Denise Burleson 25 (JB); the class sang all requests: 186, 530, 560, 318, 316, 216, 212, 203.

Announcements were made. Jack Nelson led 62 as the closing song, and dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Jack Nelson; Vice Chairman—William Futral; Secretary—Virginia Futral.