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Elder Roy Avery Memorial Singing

Rocky Mount Primitive Baptist Church, Daviston, Alabama

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The annual Elder Roy Avery Memorial singing was held on the second Sunday in February at Rocky Mount Primitive Baptist Church in Daviston, Alabama. Jack Nelson and Jacob Acton called the class to order by leading 282.

The class elected the following officers for the day: Chairman—Jack Nelson; Secretary—Jenny Acton; Arranging Committee—Charlotte Bishop. The morning prayer was offered by Stanley Edwards.

Leaders: Jack Nelson 480; Jenny Acton 340, 229 (CB); Jack Nelson 318, 268; Don Clark 30t; Stanley Edwards 58, 59; Jacob Acton 44; Judy Chambless 28b, 565; Floy Wilder 475, 382; Oscar McGuire 171, 336; John Merritt 312b, 274t.


Jack Nelson led 438 to call the class back to order. Leaders: Myrline Redmon 147t, 358; Robert Chambless 39b, 32t (dedicated to Connie Rogers, who was unable to attend due to family illness); Carla Smith 143, 354b; Ted Price 290, 196 (by request); Marion Patrick 100, 388. Jack Nelson led 45t. Elder Keeble offered prayer, and then Elder Staphelson preached.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Jack Nelson leading 314.

The memorial lesson was held at this time. Nell Estes and Mary Jean Payne led 560 in memory of their dad, Elder R.H. Avery. Jean Payne led 490. Stan Perry spoke about her grandfather, Elder Avery.

Jack Nelson led 30b for following deceased: John Etheridge-Florida; William Frederick, Milton Oliver, Becky Merritt, and Waymond Price-Alabama; and for the following sick and shut-ins: Audress Gurley, Eugene Forbes, Harrison Creel, Mrs. Nelson, Lonnie Rogers, and Virginia Futral. The memorial lesson was closed with prayer offered by John Merritt.

Leaders: Diane Avery 186, 300; William Futral 68b, 341; Wendy Futral 35, 491; Charlotte Bishop 229 (CB), 339 (for Susan, Mary Jean Payne’s daughter); Jonathan Blakely 123t, 146; John Merritt “Talitha Cumi”; Jacob Acton 282; Jack Nelson 569b, 47b.

Announcements were made. Jack Nelson led 46, and Elder Keeble dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Jack Nelson; Secretary—Jenny Acton