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J.D. Starnes Memorial

Mt. Hope Baptist Church, Northeast of Sipsey, Alabama

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The annual J.D. Starnes Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was held at Mt. Hope Baptist Church on the first Sunday in February. Ken Tate called the class to order by leading 225t. Pastor Patrick Watson offered the morning prayer. Ken Tate led 37b.

The class was organized by retaining the same officers as follows: Chairman—Ken Tate; Vice Chairman—Yancey Jett; Secretary—Margaret Keeton; Arranging Officer—Ann Jett.

Leaders: Ken Tate 102; Linda Sides 227 (in memory of Patty Brackett), 235 (for Ottis Sides); Betty Baccus 418, 329; Steve Adams 101t, 378t; Willodean Barton 454, 498, 371; Danny Creel 56b, 285t, 76b; Richard Mauldin 72b, 35, 143; Margaret Keeton 217, 155, 192; Ernestine Parker 147t, 47b.


The class resumed singing with Ken Tate leading 136. Leaders: Faye Wakefield 176b, 270, 168; Ozella Blackmon 436, 434, 426b; Elsie Moon 166, 167, 460; Heaven Watson “How Great Thou Art”. Pastor Patrick Watson welcomed everyone. Rick Ware offered the blessing before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Ken Tate leading 85. Leaders: Beth Branscome 313t, 49t, 84; Velton Chafin 31b, 30t; Ann Jett 88t, 546, 269; Linda Sides 448t; Betty Baccus 145b; Steve Adams 379; Danny Creel 145t; Richard Mauldin 100; Margaret Keeton 137; Elsie Moon 417; Beth Branscome 66; Velton Chafin 144; Ann Jett 339 (in memory of Ernie Jett); Ken Tate 547.

Following announcements, Ken Tate led 47t as the closing song. Danny Creel dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Ken Tate; Vice Chairman—Yancey Jett; Secretary—Margaret Keeton