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Old Flatwoods Primitive Baptist Church

Nauvoo, Alabama

Sunday, May 13, 2007

The annual Decoration Day Sacred Harp singing was held at Old Flatwoods Primitive Baptist Church on the second Sunday in May, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The class was called to order by Ashley Keeton and Pamela Gilmore leading 77t, 73t and 72b. The morning prayer was offered by Andrew Farris. Ashley Keeton and Pamela Gilmore led 129.

The class organized by electing or appointing the following officers to serve: Chairperson—Pamela Gilmore; Vice Chairman—Andrew Farris; Arranging Committee—Arthur Gilmore; Secretary—Jimmie Gilmore.

Leaders: Eugene Forbes 75, 182; Hugh Bill McGuire 183; James Welsch 105, 68b, 385t; Sarah Smith 340, 318; Don Robertson 78, 460; Warren Steel 67, 411, 66; Lisa Geist 546, 131t.


Arthur Gilmore brought the class back to order leading 30t and 30b. Leaders: Andrew Farris 186, 178, 163b; Elizabeth Keeton 50b, 34b; Josie Hyde 200, 224; Seth Holloway 145b, 388, 274t.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Jimmie Gilmore. The following deceased were remembered: Florence Farris, Flarce Creel, Dwain Dreber, Roy McGough, John Hyde, and Cecil Wakefield—Alabama; Jeanie Dickerson, Mryle Jordan, and Myrtle Browning—Arkansas; Mary Ballinger—Texas.

The following sick and shut-ins were honored: Elder W.G. McGough, Mamie Noles, Beau Caldwell, and Bruce Rye. Jimmie Gilmore, Pamela Gilmore, and Glenda Wright led 45t and 192. The memorial was closed with prayer.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 392. Gary Smith offered prayer for the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Andrew Farris leading 49b and 147t. Leaders: Gary Smith 503, 225t; Glenn Keeton and Lena Keeton 504, 475, 294, 297; Steve Adams and Lisa Geist 309, 401, 101t; Stella Pratt 100, 61; Gwen Cornelius 490, 146; Billy Williams 39b, 445; Joyce Hubbert 124, 155 (for her deceased mother); Travis Keeton 308, 343; Kermit Adams 99, 288; James Welsch 179, 282; Jimmie Gilmore 383 (for Syd Caldwell); Arthur Gilmore and Jimmie Gilmore 283 (for Garnsey McGough); Don Robertson 441; Lena Keeton 82t.

Announcements were made. Pamela Gilmore and Andrew Farris led 46 as the closing song. Billy Williams offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairperson—Pamela Gilmore; Vice Chairman—Andrew Farris; Secretary—Jimmie Gilmore