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Joe Beasley Memorial Singing

Concord Primitive Baptist Church, Winfield, Alabama

December 12-13, 2009

Saturday, December 12

The 15th annual Joe Beasley Memorial Singing was called to order by John Beasley leading 31b. Danny Creel offered the morning prayer. John Beasley and Richard Schmeidler led 45t.

A business meeting was held re-electing the current officers as follows: Chairman—John Beasley; Vice Chairman—Richard Schmeidler; Secretary—Sandie Scott; Arranging Committee—Dorothea Maynard and Brenda Pena.

Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 77b, 475; Jim Helke 346 (CHa), 143 (CHa); Velton Chaffin “Higher Ground”, 464 (CB); Tim Cook 200 (CH), 261 (CH); Gary Smith 99, 54t (CB); Hubert Nall 186, 155; Eugene Forbes 522 (CB), 551; Brenda Merritt 76b, 282.


Marlin Beasley brought the class back to order leading 460. Leaders: Marlin Beasley 80b; Danny Creel 123 (CHa), 338b (CHa); Kevin Dyess 348b, 176t; Beth Branscome 38b, 299; Nate Zwieg 111b, 138b; Eric Eliason 24b; Emily Creel 372 (CHa), 186 (CHa); Matthew Cook 274, 222; Xaris Martinez 422, 490; Jim Aaron 68b, 163b; Henry McGuire 574 (CB), 518 (CB); Harrison Creel 342. Danny Creel offered the blessing before the noon meal.


John Beasley brought the class back together by leading 333 (LD). Leaders: Hannah Tate 542, 436; Betty Baccus 396, 392; Hugh Bill McGuire 349; Sarah Smith 117 (CHa), 380t (CB); Henry Guthery 450 (CB), 64 (CHa); Mary Amelia Taylor 60 (CB), 505 (CB); Seth Holloway and Jim Helke 595 (LD); Seth Holloway 54 (CHa); Mako Cook 573 (CB), 81t (CHa), 81b (CHa); David Carlton 98 (CB), 102; Joan Aldridge 280; Travis Keeton 496, 499; Carolyn Thompson 36t, 376; Chug Beasley and Ruth Nix 235, 354b; Ken Tate 238 (CHa), 176 (CHa); Cora Sweat 159, 47b; Sandie Scott 223; Sandie Scott and Jim Helke 512 (CB); Harrison Creel 258 (CHa); Emily Creel 172 (CHa).

Announcements were made. John Beasley and Richard Schmeidler led 48t as the closing song. Danny Creel dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, December 13

The Sunday session of the Joe Beasley Memorial Singing was called to order by Richard Schmeidler leading 34b. Marlin Beasley offered the opening prayer.

Song selections are from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 474; Marlin Beasley 298; Cora Sweatt 81t; Warren Steel 360, 81b; Richard Mauldin 146 (for Anne Chalker), 378t (in memory of Dick Mauldin); Henry Guthery 511; Sarah Smith 340; Xaris Martinez 153; Judy Caudle 412; David Carlton 304; Joan Aldridge 273; Harrison Creel 111b; Buell Cobb 92, 88b; Becky Briggs 336, 318.


The class was brought back to order by Travis Keeton leading 343b.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 275; Margaret Keeton 144; Nate Zwieg 121; Angela Myers 569b; Josie Hyde 507; Steve Adams and Lisa Geist 101t; Chug Beasley and Ruth Nix 33b; Elizabeth Keeton, Isabella Keeton, Matthew Keeton, and Glenn Keeton 163b, 497; Faye Donaldson 225t; Gravis Ballinger 300; Carolyn Thompson 101b; Mary Amelia Taylor 31t; Hugh Bill McGuire 472; Larry Ballinger 327; Lena Keeton 546; Gary Smith 66; Eugene Forbes 434; Kermit Adams 157; Seth Holloway 388; Elene Stovall and Gresham Davis 564; Earl Ballinger 530. Marlin Beasley offered prayer before the noon meal.


Marlin Beasley led 480 to bring the class to order. Leaders: Bea Carnathan 205; Lisa Geist 186; Danica Thornton and Sarah Smith 401.

Judy Caudle and Warren Steel conducted the memorial lesson. Judy read a devotional from the writings of Charles H. Spurgeon and led 403 in memory of the following deceased: Charlotte Hille—Mississippi; William J. Reynolds—Tennessee; Katherine Warren—New York; Corene White, Charlotte McCarn—Alabama; Ray Tate—Arkansas; and Jerry David Harper.

Warren Steel spoke on behalf of the sick and shut-ins and led 460 in honor of Victoria Bolles, Clarence McCool, Bud Oliver, Sammie Oliver, S.T. Reed, Lessie Dean Reed, Byron Burchett, and Cathryn Bearov. Hugh Bill McGuire offered prayer to close the memorial service.

Leaders: Jim Helke 75; Eric Eliason 361; Juanita Beasley 61: Sandie Scott 408; Xaris Martinez 447; Becky Briggs 384; Eric Eliason 117; Jim Helke 428; Cora Sweatt 143; Richard Schmeidler 543; Warren Steel 214; Sandie Scott 147b (for Brenda Pena); Bunk Beasley 45t; Dorothea Maynard 421 (for her mother, Ann Ballard), 225b.

Announcements were made. Richard Schmeidler, Becky Briggs, Sarah Smith, Bunk Beasley, Chug Beasley, and Marlin Beasley led 46 as the closing song. Marlin Beasley offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—John Beasley; Vice Chairman—Richard Schmeidler; Secretary—Sandie Scott