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Thomas and Opal Futral Memorial Singing

Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church, Goodwater, Alabama

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The 5th annual 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 then offering the opening prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Jack Nelson; Vice Chairman—William Futral; Secretary—Virginia Futral.

Leaders: Jack Nelson 303; Robert Chambless 452, 145b; Ed Thacker 297, 546; Don Clark 33b, 32t; Floy Wilder 120, 432; Margaret Thacker 72b, 176b; Joyce Walton 37b, 348b; Tom Ingram 127, 491 (in memory of Willard Fredericks); Judy Chambless 57, 274t (for John Plunkett).


Jack Nelson called the group together leading 61, 266; Karen Clark 421, 276; Bufrey Dean 47b, 39t; William Futral 340, 341; Nell Estes 560, 371; Wendy Futral 196, 35; Denice Burleson 192, 269. Elder Bufrey Dean offered the blessing for the noon meal.


Jack Nelson called the afternoon session together leading 318.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Jack Nelson. The following deceased were remembered: Art Denson, Lora Kelley, Brenda Dean, Willard Fredericks, John Etheridge, and Hazel Nelson. The following sick and shut-ins were honored: John Plunkett, Audress Gurley, Harrison Creel, and Maudie Fredericks. Jack Nelson led 30b.

Leaders: Eugene Forbes 317, 155; Edna Ruth Phillips 200, 213b; Debra Ritch 373, 168; Myra Goss 170, 380; Virginia Futral 566, 569b; Denice Burleson 25 (by request); Wendy Futral 358; Jack Nelson 45t, 147t.

Jack Nelson led 46 as the closing song and offered the closing prayer.

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