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Thomas and Opal Futral Memorial Singing

Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church, Goodwater, Alabama

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The 4th annual Thomas Futral (now named Thomas and Opal Futral) Memorial Singing was held on Saturday before the third Sunday in April at Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church in Goodwater, Alabama. Jack Nelson called the class together leading 480 and 30b.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Jack Nelson; Vice Chairman—William Futral; Secretary—Virginia Futral. Today‚Äôs singing is dedicated to Eugene Forbes, who is absent due to illness.

Leaders: Tommy Futral 49b, 147t; Terry Futral 143, 300; Gabriel Futral 335, 77t; Jathan Futral 341, 112; Wendy Futral 96, 417; William Futral 490, 340; Virginia Futral 145b, 569b.


Jack Nelson called the class together leading 45t.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Jack Nelson leading 499. The following deceased were remembered: Opal Futral, Brenda Dean, Hazel Nelson, M.B. Forbes, Corene Laminack, LaRue Allen, and B.J. Harris—Alabama; Gladys McGraw and Amanda Denson Brady—Georgia.

The following sick and shut-ins were honored: Eugene Forbes, Lora Kelly, Howard McGuire, Audress Gurley, and Vernelle Amason.

Leaders: Stuart Ivey 171, 172; Karen Ivey 32t, 99; Floy Wilder 120, 293; Tom Ingram 127, 68b; Robert Chambless 333 (LD).


Leaders: Karen Clark 37t, 421; Judy Chambless 512, 82t; Nell Estes 551, 560; Don Clark 31t, 30t; Ben Keeble 39b, 47b, 59 (for Christine Keeble); Edna Ruth Phillips 37b (for Audress Gurley), 222 (for Eugene Forbes); James Waldrip 63, 49t; Denice Burleson 383, 192; Deborah Ritch 200, 263; Bufrey Dean 274t, 39t; Denice Burleson 318 (for her mom, Betty Culver); Gabriel Futral and Jathan Futral 358, 229 (CB) (by request); Jack Nelson 40 (by request), 489 (by request).

Jack Nelson led 218 as the closing song. Elder Bufrey Dean dismissed the class with prayer.

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