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Joseph Jackson Beasley Memorial

Concord Primitive Baptist Church, Winfield, Alabama

December 7-8, 1996

Saturday, December 7

The second annual Joseph Jackson Beasley Memorial was called to order by John Beasley leading songs on pages 31b, 33b, 32t, and 81t. The morning prayer was led by George Seiler. The class organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—John Beasley; Vice Chairman—Richard Schmeidler of Brooklyn, New York; Secretary—Dorothea McCowan; Arranging Committee—Lena Wakefield and Gene Wakefield; Chaplain—George Seiler of Glen Ridge, New Jersey; Memorial Committee—Jean Seiler of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and Cora Sweatt; Resolutions Committee—Gary Smith. Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 84, 287; Jean Seiler 106, 47t; Gary Smith 34b, 49t; Cora Sweatt 29b, 127, 145b; Travis Keeton 425, 290, 57; Dr. Julietta Haynes 42, 371, 405; Gene Wakefield 460, 168, 56t.

RECESS

The class was called to order by John Beasley leading songs on pages 317b and 318. Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 148, 31t, 122; Mae Conwill 63, 206, 208; Sarah Smith 354b, 406; Tim Reynolds of Nashville, Tennessee 39t, 171, 440, 163 (t? b?).

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by John Beasley leading songs on pages 317b and 318. Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 155, 146; Dustin McCowan 30t; Dorothea McCowan 384, 218, 382; Elmer Conwill 500, 498, 475; David Carlton of Nashville, Tennessee 495, 133, 551; Marilyn Burchett of Nashville, Tennessee 64, 72b, 143; Marlin Beasley 480, 111b, 335; Frances Lee 59, 278 (t? b?), 159; Becky Briggs 45t, 388; Freddie Briggs 141; Brenda Pena of New York 229, 317b, 39b; Lena Wakefield and Juanita Beasley 348b, 392, 373; Tim Reynolds 223; David Carlton 102; Marilyn Burchett 178; John Beasley and Richard Schmeidler led song on page 46 for the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by George Seiler.

Sunday, December 8

The Sunday morning session was called to order by John Beasley leading songs on pages 37b and 40. The morning prayer was led by George Seiler. Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 34b, 276; Charlene Wallace 171, 192; Gravis Ballinger 475; Ann Ballard 106; Buell Cobb 42, 330 (t? b?); Jean Seiler 48t, 299; Hugh McGraw 312b, 313t; Carlene Griffin 270, 332; Harrison Creel 530, 500; Brenda Pena 523b, 569b; Warren Steele 74t, 83 (t? b?); Elsie Beasley 63, 460; Thurman Nall 480, 503b.

RECESS

Richard Schmeidler call the class to order leading song on page 28b. Leaders: Flarce Creel 389, 229; Dr. Doyle Williams 29t, 186; Pernie Pelfrey 371; George Seiler 347, 146; Mae Conwill 314; Joshua Keeton 342, 189; Becky Briggs 345t, 45t. The memorial Lesson was led by Jean Seiler. Jean Seiler led song on page 288 for the deceased, and Cora Sweatt led song on page 400 for the sick and shut-in. Buell Cobb presented a plaque from The Sacred Harp Publishing Company to The Beasley Family in honor of Joseph Jackson Beasley, and for his support and dedication to the cause of Sacred Harp. The memorial was closed with prayer led by George Seiler.

LUNCH

The class was called to order by John Beasley leading songs on pages 108 (t? b?) and 290. Leaders: Gene Wakefield 56 (t? b?), 57; Edith Tate 98, 532; Larry Ballinger 78; Dorothea McCowan 196, 304; Beverly Beasley and Alvin Beasley 499; Josie Hyde 507; Travis Keeton 349; Sarah Smith 30t; Johnny Umber 208; Dr. Julietta Haynes 216; Carl Horton 452; David Beasley 348b, 317; Glenn Keeton 225 (t? b?), 365; Elmer Conwill 379.

RECESS

Richard Schmeidler called the class to order leading song on page 28 (t? b?). Leaders: Gary Smith 49b, 49t; Patsy Kelley “Not Made With Hands”, 72b; John Hyde 73b; Lena Wakefield 220; Kermit Adams 120, 31b; Cora Sweatt 274t; Charles Ballard 512, 388; Marlin Beasley 325; John Beasley 335. Gary Smith presented the Resolutions Committee report. Richard Schmeidler led song on page 46 for the closing song. George Seiler closed the session with prayer. The Beasley Family would like to express their gratitude to The Sacred Harp Publishing Company for its recognition and dedication.

Chairman—John Beasley; Vice Chairman—Richard Schmeidler; Secretary—Dorothea McCowan.