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Futral, Nelson, and Henry Memorial Singing

Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church, Goodwater, Alabama

Saturday, April 16, 2011

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. The singing was renamed in memory of Thomas and Opal Futral, Hazel Nelson, and Nelda Henry. Henceforth, it will be called Futral, Nelson, and Henry Memorial Singing.

The class was called together by Jack Nelson leading 480. Elder J.D. Morris offered the opening prayer. The class voted to keep the same officers as follows: Chairman—Jack Nelson; Vice Chairman—William Futral; Secretary—Virginia Futral.

Leaders: Jack Nelson 45t; Brandon Acton 53, 40; Ed Thacker 475, 35; Jacob Acton 101b, 282; Robert Chambless 84, 145b; Eugene Forbes 186, 189; Edna Ruth Phillips 168, 490; William Futral 340, 341.


Jack Nelson brought the class back together by leading 513. Leaders: Karen Clark 415, 49b; Judy Chambless 31t, 31b; Nell Estes 172, 120; Tom Ingram 323b, 127; Mona Nelson and Jack Nelson 159, 378t; Wendy Futral 59, 369.

At this time a memorial lesson was conducted. The following deceased were remembered: Vernell Amason, Maudie Frederick, and Jean Lindsey. The following sick and shut-ins were honored: Audress Gurley, Shelbie Sheppard, John Merritt, Dona Dean Phillips, Grace Harry, Mona Nelson, and Bobbie Jean Pocken. Jack Nelson led 467. Jennie Acton led 236. Jack Nelson offered prayer before the noon meal.


Jack Nelson brought the class back together by leading 358. Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 313t, 280; Floy Wilder 187, 432; Denice Burleson 269, 196; Myra Goss 170, 318; Roy Nelson 75, 39b; Ledora Morris 235, 89; Jack Nelson 203 (by request), 147t (by request); Jenny Acton 229 (CB) (by request).

Jack Nelson led 30b as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Elder J.D. Morris, and the class was dismissed.

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