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Joe Beasley Memorial Singing

Concord Primitive Baptist Church, Winfield, Alabama

December 13-14, 2014

Saturday, December 13

The 20th annual Joe Beasley Memorial Singing was called to order by Marlin Beasley leading 32t. The opening prayer was offered by Darrell Swarens. Gary Smith was appointed Secretary/Arranging Officer.

Leaders: Marlin Beasley 101t; Jerry Kitchens 30t, 56t; Gary Smith 565, 31t; Chesaree Leonard 45t; Drew McGuire 117 (CH), 281b (CH); Margaret Keeton 59, 217; Becky Briggs 179, 108t; Bobby Neyman 347, 479; Darrell Swarens 314, 72b.

RECESS

The class was called back together by Marlin Beasley leading 75. Leaders: Velton Chafin 373 (CB), 464 (CB), 54t (CB); Sarah Beasley 333 (LD), 334 (LD); Loretta Whitman 373, 454, 337; Steve Adams 99, 331. Grace for the meal was offered by Drew McGuire.

LUNCH

The class was called to order by Marlin Beasley leading 418. Leaders: Jerry Kitchens 480; Gary Smith 128 (CH), 264 (CH); Chesaree Leonard 178, 107; Drew McGuire 261t (CH), 188 (CH); Becky Briggs 34t; Bobby Neyman 146; Darrell Swarens 107 (CH), 293 (CH) (in memory of Hugh Bill McGuire); Velton Chafin 258 (CH); Sarah Beasley 518 (CB); Loretta Whitman 36b; Steve Adams 378t; Chug Beasley and Ruth Nix 235.

Marlin Beasley led 62 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Darrell Swarens.

Sunday, December 14

The Sunday session of the Joe Beasley Memorial Singing was called to order by Richard Schmeidler leading 66. The opening prayer was offered by Darrell Swarens.

The following officers were elected or appointed: Vice Chairman—Richard Schmeidler; Secretary—Gary Smith; Arranging Officer—Margaret Keeton.

Leaders: Marlin Beasley 460, 318; Don Keeton 477, 457; Gary Smith 99, 565; Henry McGuire 98, 234; Betty Baccus 499, 487 (in memory of Stella Pratt); Juanita Beasley 61, 56t; Gravis Ballinger 500, 182; Chug Beasley and Ruth Nix 354b, 235; Sarah Beasley 129, 335.

RECESS

The class was called back together by Richard Schmeidler leading 474. Leaders: Earl Ballinger 200 (in memory of Johnny Humber), 217; Julia Poston 108t, 373, 109; Jerry Kitchens 112, 421; Drew McGuire 65, 133; Willodean Barton 159, 454.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Darrell Swarens. He read the following list of names of the sick and shut-ins: Henry Schumann, John Beasley, Freddie Briggs, Loraine Bayer, Richard Humber, James Mahn, Nicky West, Dawson Adams, and Kermit Adams. He then read the following list of names of the deceased: Hugh Bill McGuire, David Rust, Raymond Hamrick, Dennis Beasley, Johnny Humber, Rena Humber, Joan Pelfrey Gilbreath, and Nadine Willis. Darrell then led 176t. The memorial service was closed with prayer offered by Drew McGuire.

Leaders: Lisa Geist 228, 273; Amber Davis 122, 192. The blessing before lunch was offered by Marlin Beasley.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Marlin Beasley leading 317. Leaders: Warren Steel 57 (in memory of Myrtle Ann Beasley), 411; Darrell Swarens 36b, 507 (in memory of Josie Hyde); Steve Adams and Amber Davis 331, 378t; Larry Ballinger 422, 306; Ricky Beasley 30b, 476; Haley Beasley and Marlin Beasley 30t; Seth Holloway 236, 383 (for Freddie Briggs); Becky Briggs 480, 384; Richard Schmeidler 490, 475; Sarah Beasley, Marlin Beasley, Chug Beasley, Haley Beasley, Becky Briggs, Brooke Beasley, Ricky Beasley, and Seth Holloway 436, 146.

After announcements, Richard Schmeidler led 46 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Darrell Swarens.

Chairman—John Beasley; Vice Chairman—Richard Schmeidler; Secretary—Gary Smith