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Old Flatwoods Primitive Baptist Church

Nauvoo, Alabama

Sunday, May 14, 2006

The annual Decoration Day Sacred Harp singing at Old Flatwoods Primitive Baptist Church was held on the second Sunday in May, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The class was called to order by Ashley Keeton who welcomed everyone and led 77t and 47t. The morning prayer was offered by Arthur Gilmore.

The following officers were maintained: Chairlady—Ashley Keeton; Vice Chairlady—Pamela Gilmore; Secretary—Jimmie Gilmore; Arranging Committee—Arthur Gilmore.

Leaders: Ashley Keeton 82t; Pamela Gilmore 129, 73t; Jimmie Gilmore 36b, 32t; Arthur Gilmore 30t; Henry Guthery III 434, 380; Wilton Donaldson 75, 426t; Hugh Bill McGuire 84, 37b; Sharon Spiller 565, 108t; Bud Oliver 112, 42; Josie Hyde 361; Glenn Keeton 365, 274t; Warren Steel 375, 428, 150.


Joshua Keeton called the class back to order leading 503 and 108b. Leaders: John Hyde 297; Elizabeth Keeton 497, 67; Gary Smith 73b, 225t; Henry Guthery 225b, 359; Lisa Geist 131t, 120; Samantha Spiller 146, 101t.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Jimmie Gilmore. Pamela Gilmore, Ashley Keeton, and Ann McClusky led 348b and 45t for the following deceased: Elsie Beasley, L.E. Hannah, Hubert Kitchens, and Teddy Creel.

The following sick and shut-ins were also remembered: Clarence McCool, W.G. McGough, Mamie Noles, Adeline Hunt, and Roxie Keeton.

Jimmie Gilmore, Pam Gilmore, Ashley Keeton, and Ann McClusky led 282 in memory of Mary Keeton, Martha Harper, Ethel McGough, and Linda Gilmore. The memorial was closed. Hugh Bill McGuire offered the blessing on the noon meal.


The class was called back for the afternoon session by Ashley Keeton leading 300. Leaders: Glen Keeton 491, 79; Travis Keeton 480, 475; James Wagner 490, 102; Sarah Smith 34t, 147b; Ann McClusky 283 (for her dad, W.G. McGough, who was not able to attend), 200; Lena Keeton 224, 220; Becky Briggs 234, 460; Seth Holloway 145b, 354b; Cora Sweatt 46, 81t; Margaret Keeton 177, 499; John Beasley 335; Myrtle Ann Ballard 421, 285t; Charlie Ballard 512; Dorothea McCowan 196, 442; Dustin McCowan 294; Travis Keeton 43; Jimmie Gilmore 276; Warren Steel 268 (by request).

Announcements were made with an invitation for everyone to come back again next year. Ashley Keeton and Pamela Gilmore led 46 as the closing song. John Beasley dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairlady—Ashley Keeton; Vice Chairlady—Pamela Gilmore; Secretary—Jimmie Gilmore.