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Thomas and Opal Futral Memorial Singing

Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church, Goodwater, Alabama

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The 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 by leading 480. William Futral offered the opening prayer.

In a business session, a motion was made to keep the same officers as follows: Chairman—Jack Nelson; Vice Chairman—William Futral; Secretary—Virginia Futral.

Leaders: William Futral 341, 340; Virginia Futral 145b, 569b; Tom Ingram 127, 68b; Don Clark 232; B.M. Smith 111b, 222; Edna Ruth Phillips 147t, 517; Ed Thacker 147b, 192; Margie Smith 373, 313t.


Jack Nelson led 318 to bring the class back together. Leaders: Robert Chambless 452, 479; Stanley Edwards 500, 296; Roy Nelson 128, 314; Judy Chambless 560, 300; Jeff Sheppard 176t, 492.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Tommy Futral (son of Thomas and Opal Futral). Tommy led 49b for the deceased, sick and shut-ins, and in memory of his mother, Opal Futral. The deceased remembered were Reba Norton and Jimmy Denney. The sick and shut-ins honored were Shelbie Sheppard, Madelyn LeFevre, Ladora Morris, Gracy Harry, Audress Gurley, Bud Oliver, Sammie Oliver, S.T. Reed, Lessie Dean Reed, Mona Nelson, Gib Amason, Vernelle Amason, Carol Hawk, Jean Payne, and Susan Monroe. Elder Louis Culver offered prayer to close the memorial service.

Leaders: Floy Wilder 389, 299; Wendy Futral 35, 356 (?); Nell Estes 120, 551; Denise Burleson 412, 229 (CB); Eugene Forbes 155, 168.


Jack Nelson led 513 to bring the class back together. Leaders: Debra Ritch 294, 385b; Myra Goss 380, 170; Charlotte Bishop 496, 335; Ed Thacker 112; Roy Nelson 460; Robert Chambless 384; Stanley Edwards 378t; B.M. Smith 225t; Floy Wilder 227; Debra Ritch 108b; Nell Estes 84; Denise Burleson 218; Tommy Futral 45t; Wendy Futral 369; William Futral 490; Myra Goss 242; Jack Nelson 203.

After announcements, the class sung 46. Elder Louis Culver dismissed with prayer.

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