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Martha Harper Nix - Lewis Keeton Memorial

New Flatwoods Church - Nauvoo, Alabama - Walker County

March 2, 1997

The eighty-second annual Sacred Harp Memorial singing was called to order by Ronald Gilmore leading songs on pages 32t and 36b. The morning prayer was led by Harrison Creel. Ronald Gilmore led song on page 73t.

The class organized by electing the following officers: Chairman—Ronald Gilmore; Secretary—Lena Keeton Wakefield; Arranging Committee—Glenn Keeton.

Leaders: John Hyde 103; Edith Tate 35, 37b; Travis Keeton 387 (in memory of his grandfather, Lewis Keeton), 382 (in memory of Martha Harper Nix); Josie Hyde 39b, 297 (for her husband, John Hyde); John Hocutt 30t, 31b; Lena Keeton Wakefield 129 (in memory of her brother, Alvin Keeton), 99 (in memory of her grandfather, Lewis Keeton, and for her brother Leonard Keeton who is present); Joshua Keeton 189, 108t; Keterina Sanders 290, 460; Gravis Ballinger 300, 34b; Ila Ingle 441, 442 (in memory of her father, Tom Harper); Parnell Berry 371, 208.


The class was called back to order by Lewis Gilmore leading songs on pages 34t and 376 (for his wife Estelle Gilmore). Leaders: Flarce Creel 384, 299; Larry Ballinger 112, 338 (in memory of Mrs. Haley Armstrong, whose funeral is today); Willie Mae Moon 48t, 217 (for Mae Seymour who is unable to attend); Earl Ballinger 155, 187; Warren Steel 131t, 411; Mae Conwill 154, 81t (for Estelle Napier who is unable to be here); Harrison Creel 111b, 342; Cecil Sanders 390, 569 (t? b?) (in memory of his parents); Willodean Barton 391, 314 (in memory of Uncle Tom Harper); Elmer Conwill 44, 179; A. C. McGough 147t (for his wife, Bernice McGough), 475; Ronald Gilmore and Hazel Gilmore 421 (for Dovie Jackson, Maxine Keeton who is in the hospital, and Clarence Dutton who is present).


The class was called to order by Glenn Keeton leading songs on pages 535 and 64. Leaders: Gene Wakefield 56t, 108b; Alene Woodley 399b, 83t; Odie Horton 159 (for Amanda Denson who is unable to attend), 200, 284; Beatrice Brewer 373; Flora Otwell 47t, 47b; Dovie Jackson 319, 170.

Ronald Gilmore led song on page 46 for the closing song, and invited everyone to come back next year. The closing prayer was led by Odie Horton.

Chairman—Ronald Gilmore; Secretary—Lena Keeton Wakefield.