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Joe Beasley Memorial Singing

Concord Primitive Baptist Church, Winfield, Alabama

December 11-12, 2010

Saturday, December 11

The 16th annual Joe Beasley Memorial Singing was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by John Beasley leading 31b. Velton Chafin offered the morning prayer. John Beasley led 32t.

A business meeting was held re-electing the following officers: Chairman—John Beasley; Vice Chairman—Richard Schmeidler; Secretary—Sandie Scott; Arranging Committee—Henry Schuman; Memorial Committee-Buell Cobb.

Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 66, 474; Sandie Scott 223, 270; Kermit Adams 192, 390; Brenda Peña 68b, 317; Sarah Beasley 518 (CB), 117 (CH); Gary Smith 204t (CH), 30b (CH); Virginia Douglas 178.


The class was called to order by John Beasley leading 354b. Leaders: Don Keeton 336t (CB), 478 (CB); Becky Briggs 405, 318; Travis Keeton 179, 340; Chug Beasley and Ruth Nix 235, 45t; Henry Schuman 333 (LD); Hugh Bill McGuire 612 (LD); Becky Briggs 330 (LD); Sarah Beasley, Chug Beasley, and John Beasley 411 (LD); John Beasley 5 (LD); Virginia Douglas and John Beasley 337 (LD)


John Beasley brought the class back together by leading 570 (LD). Leaders: Butch White 408 (LD), 503, 30b; Cora Sweatt 143, 274t; Hugh Bill McGuire 273, 36b; Betty Baccus 329, 151; Velton Chafin 68b, 30t; Joan Aldridge 505 (CB); Steve Adams 331, 378t; Henry McGuire 111b, 138b; Bunk Beasley and Linda Beasley 72b, 81t; Matthew Cook 87, 224; Amber Davis 448b, 49b; Henry Schuman 571 (CB), 184 (CH); Richard Schmeidler 155; Brenda Peña 393t (CB); Sandie Scott 346 (CH).

Announcements were made. John Beasley and Richard Schmeidler led 46 as the closing song. Butch White dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, December 12

The Sunday session of the Joe Beasley Memorial Singing was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Richard Schmeidler leading 34b. Marlin Beasley offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 84; Sandie Scott 472, 267; Linda Hellerich 45t, 457; Seth Holloway 146, 236; Brenda Peña 480, 39b; Ross Brand 39t, 131t; Hugh Bill McGuire 85, 86; Virginia Douglas 49b; Don Keeton 73t, 77t; Harrison Creel 342, 530; Wanda Capps 542, 546.


The class was brought to order by Henry Guthery leading 101t. Leaders: Sarah Beasley and Sandie Scott 340; Yancy Jett 440, 430; Bunk Beasley and Brooke Beasley 72b; Chuck Howell 354b, 32t; Emily Burleson 348b, 442; Gravis Ballinger 215; Cora Sweatt and Hannah Tate 47b, 127; Warren Steel 411, 376; Travis Keeton 566, 460.

Buell Cobb conducted the memorial lesson. Buell spoke about the deceased and led 153 in memory of the following: Clinton Ivey, H.J. Jackson, Willie Mae Moon, Thurman Nall, Rhoda Norris, and Billy Williams—Alabama; Ray Tate—Arkansas; Mary Florence Smith and Lucille Thomas—Georgia; Jerry Enright—Illinois; Victoria Bolles—Massachusetts; George Seiler—New York.

Buell Cobb spoke about those who are sick and homebound and their families. Becky Briggs led 421 in honor of the following: T.C. Bailey, Ann Ballard, Johnnie Chafin, Clarence McCool, Bob Meek, Bud Oliver, Sammie Oliver, Sandie Scott, and Bo Wilbanks. The memorial lesson was concluded with prayer offered by Marlin Beasley.

Leaders: Dorothea Maynard 57 (for Ann Ballard); Dorothea Maynard and Marlin Beasley 186 (in memory of Rhoda Norris); Gary Smith 99, 66.


John Beasley brought the afternoon session to order by leading 30t. Leaders: Larry Ballinger 349 (for Clarence McCool); Hannah Tate 436, 124; Buell Cobb 92.

Dorothea Maynard acknowledged Richard Schmeidler for his service to the Beasley Foundation.

Leaders: Faye Donaldson 270; Ken Tate 455, 148; Henry McGuire 362, 269; Becky Briggs 358; Chug Beasley and Ruth Nix 111b, 33b; Lisa Geist 273; Bunk Beasley 59; Judy Caudle 214, 564; Danny Creel 386, 399b; Sarah Beasley 129; John Beasley 81t; Marlin Beasley 137, 448t; Bunk Beasley, Chug Beasley, John Beasley, Marlin Beasley, Becky Briggs, Cora Sweatt, and Sarah Beasley 61; Henry Guthery 456, 527; Juanita Beasley 63; Henry Schuman 532; Brenda Peña 379; Richard Schmeidler 475.

Announcements were made. John Beasley and Richard Schmeidler led 62 as the closing song. Marlin Beasley dismissed the class with prayer.

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