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J.D. Starnes Memorial

Mt. Hope Baptist Church, Northeast of Sipsey, Alabama

Sunday, February 2, 2014

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 39b. Danny Creel offered the opening prayer.

The class 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; Don Keeton 57, 58; Faye Donaldson 78, 176b; Richard Mauldin 341, 446; Betty Baccus 100, 45t; Gravis Ballinger 182, 222; Ernestine Parker 282, 74b; Earl Ballinger 283, 200; Amber Davis 87, 206; Larry Ballinger 207, 208; Willodean Barton 454, 480. Pastor Patrick Watson welcomed everyone.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Ken Tate leading 37b. Emma Starnes sang “Silent Night”. Leaders: Wanda Capps 36b, 546; Jerry Kitchens 378t, 337; Margaret Keeton 300, 349; Amber Davis and Steve Adams 101t, 129; Danny Creel 145t, 383; Ann Jett 512 (in memory of Harrison Creel), 498; Don Keeton 235, 317; Faye Donaldson 270, 299; Richard Mauldin 551, 146. Patrick Watson offered the blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Ken Tate leading 123t. Leaders: Brenda Chafin 217, 336, 436; Velton Chafin 227, 573; Gravis Ballinger 215; Ernestine Parker 147t; Earl Ballinger 376; Amber Davis 216; Larry Ballinger 209; Wanda Capps 298; Jerry Kitchens 82t; Steve Adams 401; Danny Creel 530; Ann Jett 269.

Ken Tate led 33b as the closing song. Danny Creel offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

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