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Chestnut Grove Baptist Church

Ider, Alabama

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The 83rd session of the annual Chestnut Grove Sacred Harp singing was held on the second Sunday in October. Loretta Smith called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. leading 32t. Ed Thacker offered the morning prayer. Loretta Smith and Amy Smith led 46.

Leaders: Bridgett Hill 564; Tom George 496; Eschol Hughes 58; Dennis George 142, 128; Jonathon Smith 129, 186; Terry Wootten 74t, 324; Scott Kennedy 276, 547; Billy Thompson 565, 480; Nathan Rees 82t, 475; Ed Thacker 149, 472; Brenda Carroll 155, 299; Linda Sides 277, 448t; Marty Wootten 73t.


Loretta Smith and Carla York reconvened the class leading 49b. Loretta Smith and Carla York led 452 and 505(CB) (by request) (in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ott and for Donna Hartsell), 358 and 49t (by request). Leaders: David Killingsworth 120 (in memory of Billy Beaty); Joyce Whittington, Joshua Sandlin, and Christopher Byrd 268, 68b; Jared George 127, 270; Cheyenne Ivey, Jessica Ivey, and Ainslie Allen 146, 77t; Elene Stovall 298, 422.

Loretta Smith and Amy Smith conducted the memorial lesson and led 147t for the following deceased: Don Durden, Precious Honea, Eliza Harris, Alan Posey, Genora Meadows, Gertha Wootten Parker, and Elbert Harris.

Loretta Smith and Amy Smith led 403 for the following sick and shut-ins: O.O. (Toad) Smith, Justin Lea, Caleb Higdon, Billy Gray, Randall Black, Nannie Jo Crabtree, Ralph Brown, Dot Williamson, Linnie Ruth Phillips, Ed Whitten, Myrtle Wootten, Bill Tanner, Joyce Cowart, Bud Oliver, Sammie Oliver, S.T. Reed, Lessie Reed, and Winnie Blevins. Donald Carroll offered the memorial prayer.


Rodney Ivey brought the afternoon session to order leading 56t and 136 (for Winnie Blevins). Leaders: Jenny Mann 65, 546; Brian Maxwell, Jaren Maxwell, Isaac Maxwell, Avalea Maxwell, Gavin Maxwell, and Rian Maxwell 421, 518(WB); Betty Wright and Anzlea Maxwell 569b; Cassie Allen 90, 72t; Blake Sizemore 113, 30b; Charles Stiefel 39b; Jamie Wootten and Hayden Wootten 29t; Claudine Townsend and Marlon Wootten 74b, 45t; Norma Green 175; Jackie Tanner 138t, 101t; David Ivey 33b; Cindy Tanner 157, 332; Hobert Ivey 426t.

Following announcements, Loretta Smith and Amy Smith led 62, and the class was dismissed with prayer offered by Leonard Smith.

Chairperson—Loretta Smith; Secretary—Amy Smith