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J. D. Starnes Memorial

Mt. Hope Baptist Church, northeast of Sipsey, Alabama

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The J.D. Starnes Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was held at Mt. Hope Baptist Church on the first Sunday in February. Henry Guthery called the class to order leading 59. The morning prayer was offered by Marlin Beasley. Henry Guthery led 108t. The pastor, Patrick Watson, welcomed everyone.

Leaders: Faye Donaldson 176b, 138t; Don Robertson 99, 100; Julianna Jett 108b, 410t; Anne Chalker 146, 147t; Stella Pratt 143, 129; Leona Haynes 142, 222; Travis Keeton 343, 418; Ann Jett 37b, 47b; Lena Keeton 175, 546; Margaret Keeton 517, 276.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Henry Guthery leading 97 (for Corene White).

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Ken Tate; Vice Chairman—Henry Guthery; Secretary—Margaret Keeton; Arranging Committee—Willodean Barton.

Leaders: Ken Tate 213t; Elsie Moon 181, 104; Marlin Beasley 336, 337; Josie Hyde 507; Harrison Creel 111b, 512. Pastor Patrick Watson offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought together by Henry Guthery leading 225t. Leaders: Velton Chafin 417, 325; Richard Mauldin 378t (in memory of Dick Mauldin), 35 (in memory of Edith Tate and Amanda Denson); Don Robertson 151, 540; Heaven Watson (solo) 79, 45t; Ann Jett 327, 269; Anne Chalker 388; Elsie Moon 392, 494; Faye Donaldson 270; Julianna Jett 399b, 30t; Lena Keeton 282; Travis Keeton 285t, 335; Marlin Beasley 73t, 61; Leona Haynes 277; Harrison Creel 498; Josie Hyde 454; Richard Mauldin 43; Velton Chafin 463.

Following announcements, Ken Tate led 477 and 378b as the closing songs. Pastor Patrick Watson dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Ken Tate; Vice Chairman—Henry Guthery; Secretary—Margaret Keeton