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Old Flatwoods Primitive Baptist Church

Nauvoo, Alabama

Sunday, May 11, 2008

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 greeted and called to order by Arthur Gilmore and Jimmie Gilmore leading 32t and 36b. The morning prayer was offered by Ken Tate.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Co-Chairpersons—Arthur Gilmore, Jimmie Gilmore, and Pam Gilmore; Arranging Committee—Arthur Gilmore; Secretary—Jimmie Gilmore.

Leaders: Arthur Gilmore and Jimmie Gilmore 56t; Josh Keeton 30t, 108b; Travis Keeton 343, 129; Josie Hyde 137, 155; Gary Smith 66, 63; Glenn Keeton 150, 215; Sarah Smith 340, 73t; Don Keeton 378t, 317; Hugh Bill McGuire 503, 107; Carolyn Thompson 505, 106; Harrison Creel 111b, 530; Warren Steel 134, 33b.


The class was brought back together by Arthur Gilmore leading 30b. Leaders: Kermit Adams 39b, 43; Judy Caudle 138t, 314; Eric Eliason 277, 72b; Henry Guthery 101t, 58 (in memory of Sherry Guthery).

The memorial lesson was conducted by Jimmie Gilmore, Pam Gilmore, Josh Keeton, and Glenda Wright. They led 68b in honor of the following sick and shut-ins: Eugene Forbes, Mary Ann Wilkinson, and Cathryn Bearov.

Jimmie Gilmore spoke for the following deceased: Elder W.G. McGough, Lear McGough, Mamie Harper Noles, Furn Kitchens, Delores Beasley, Brenda Dean, and Milton Oliver—Alabama; Amanda Denson Brady and Myrtle Smith—Georgia. The memorial was closed with prayer offered by Eric Eliason.


The afternoon session was called to order by Josh Keeton leading 108b and 117. Leaders: Bea Carnathan 472, 80b; Ken Tate 278t, 220; Steve Adams and Gwen Cornelius 101t, 309; Pam Gilmore 336, 222; Joyce Hubbert 81t; Kevin Dyess 114, 85; Lena Keeton, Glenn Keeton, and Gwen Cornelius 89, 475, 235, 571 (CB); John Beasley 335, 445; Seth Holloway 274t, 388; John Beasley, Sarah Smith, and Seth Holloway 406; Henry Guthery 480; Eric Eliason 49t, 383; Warren Steel 376, 430; Eric Eliason and Warren Steel 268; Eric Eliason, Warren Steel, and Kevin Dyess 294; Henry Guthery 431; Ken Tate 455.

Announcements were made. Arthur Gilmore, Jimmie Gilmore, and Pam Gilmore led 46 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Harrison Creel, and the class was dismissed.

Co-Chairpersons—Arthur Gilmore, Jimmie Gilmore, and Pam Gilmore; Secretary—Jimmie Gilmore