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Joe Beasley Memorial Singing

Concord Primitive Baptist Church, Winfield, Alabama

December 8-9, 2012

Saturday, December 8

The 18th annual Joe Beasley Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Richard Schmeidler leading 34b. Marlin Beasley offered the morning prayer. Richard Schmeidler led 475.

A business meeting was held re-electing the current officers as follows: Chairman—John Beasley; Vice Chairman—Richard Schmeidler; Secretary—Sandie Scott.

Leaders: Sandie Scott 472, 512; Marilyn Burchett 335, 36b; Gosia Perycz 171, 82t; Velton Chafin 464 (CB), 68b; Cora Sweatt 159, 81t; Brenda Peña 480, 490; Tim Cook 67b (CH), 254b (CH); Sarah Beasley 76b (CH), 117 (CH).

RECESS

Henry Schuman brought the class back to order by leading 333 (LD). The class sang the following songs from the Lloyd’s Hymnal: 2, 3, 5, 188, 499, 209, 334, and 206.

LUNCH

Henry Schuman brought the class back together by leading 1 (LD). The class sang the following songs from the Lloyd’s Hymnal: 336, 411, and 333. Leaders: Gary Smith 54t (CB), 86; Becky Briggs 87, 108t; Eugene Forbes 318, 168; Betty Baccus 61, 100; Steve Helwig 186, 32t; Richard Schmeidler 474, 38t; Marlin Beasley 278b, 460; Freddie Briggs 388; 45t; Gosia Perycz 507b (CH); Steve Helwig 61t (CH); Tim Cook 346 (CH); Sarah Beasley, Marlin Beasley, Cora Sweatt, and Becky Briggs 146.

Announcements were made. Richard Schmeidler led 521 as the closing song. Marlin Beasley dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, December 9

The Sunday session of the Joe Beasley Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Richard Schmeidler leading 66. Glenn Keeton offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 474; Sandie Scott 223; Gosia Perycz 186; Juanita Beasley 61; Richard Mauldin 487; Glenn Keeton, Elizabeth Keeton, Isabella Keeton, and Matthew Keeton 235; Cora Sweatt 49b; Will McGuire and Henry McGuire 40; Angela Myers 306; Steve Helwig 318; Brenda Peña 549; Gravis Ballinger 300; Sarah Beasley 340; Henry McGuire 236.

RECESS

The class was brought to order by Richard Schmeidler leading 155. Leaders: Gary Smith 99; Lisa Geist 273; Bunk Beasley 72b; Steve Adams and Lisa Geist 378t; Betty Baccus 490; Andrew Farris 147t; Lena Keeton, Glenn Keeton, and Isabella Keeton 37t; Earl Ballinger 109; Marilyn Burchett 133; Judy Caudle 81b; Larry Ballinger 412; Becky Briggs 343; Kermit Adams 426b; Marlin Beasley 498; Glenn Keeton 349; Don Keeton 480.

Judy Caudle and Richard Mauldin conducted the memorial lesson. Judy spoke for those who are sick and homebound and led 176b for the following: John Beasley, Charlotte Keeton Gober, Josie Hyde, Bud Oliver, Sammie Oliver, Stella Pratt, S.T. Reed, Lessie Reed, Dennis Beasley, Emily Boswell, and Terry Redd.

Richard spoke on behalf of the deceased and led 339 in memory of the following: Steve Cobbs, Charles Creel, Harrison Creel, Leona Haynes, Marie Ivey, Ernie Jett, Cecil Sanders, and Wynell Sanders—Alabama; Lonnie Rogers—Georgia; Dr. Julietta Haynes—Tennessee; John Merritt—Mississippi.

LUNCH

John Beasley brought the class to order leading 67. Leaders: Sandie Scott 209; Ricky Beasley 47b, 39b; Brenda Peña 229; Chuck Beasley and Ruth Nix 33b; Lisa Geist 228; Steve Helwig and Gosia Perycz 208, 189; Judy Caudle 500; Freddie Briggs 141; Angela Myers 270; Seth Holloway 408, 388; Earl Ballinger 439; Kermit Adams 46; Marilyn Burchett 438; Andrew Farris 503; Cora Sweatt 59; Don Keeton 384; Steve Adams and Richard Mauldin101t; Richard Mauldin 146; Sarah Beasley, Gosia Perycz, and Steve Helwig 86; Henry McGuire 234; Henry Schuman and Linda Hellerich 532; Glenn Keeton 515; Richard Schmeidler 543; Gary Smith 565; Marlin Beasley 178; Becky Briggs, John Beasley, Sarah Beasley, Marlin Beasley, Cora Sweatt, and Chuck Beasley 384.

Announcements were made. Richard Schmeidler led 521as the closing song. Richard Mauldin dismissed the class with prayer.

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