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Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church Homecoming

Ashland, Alabama

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church, Ashland, Alabama, was held on the first Sunday in May. Some singers arrived early, and sang the following hymns from the Lloyd’s Hymnal: 333 (LD), 340 (LD), 300 (LD), 530 (LD), 188 (LD) (for M.B. Forbes), 339 (LD), and 342 (LD) (in memory of Elvadie Wallace).

The class was called to order by Eugene Forbes leading 75 and 155. The opening prayer was offered by Richard Mauldin.

The class was organized by electing or appointing the following officers to serve: Chairman—Eugene Forbes; Vice Chairman—Jack Nelson; Secretary—Edna Phillips; Arranging Officer—Myrline Redmon.

Leaders: Eugene Forbes 566 (in memory of Betty Forbes); Judy Chambless 142, 318; Buell Cobb 145t, 74b; Myrline Redmon 569b, 358; Robert Chambless 143, 84; Roy Nelson 31b, 39b; Cecil Roberts 274t, 76b; Shirley Berrey 480, 373; Richard Mauldin 126, 117; Pam Anderson 490, 405.

RECESS

The class was called back together by Eugene Forbes leading 101t. Leaders: Oscar McGuire 171, 515; Jenny Acton 229 (CB), 170; Brandon Acton 36b, 53; Samuel Williams 278t, 163t.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Richard Mauldin. He led 446 in honor of the following sick and shut-ins: Mona Nelson, Floy Wilder, Willodean Barton, Edward Lawrence, Ed Henry, Joan Henry, Kermit Adams, B.M. Smith, Earlis McGraw, Louis Bowman, Tommy Futral, and Nell Estes. Richard spoke, and led 410t in memory of the following deceased: Gib Amason, Azilee Adams, George Garner, and Mary Simms. Bro. Ken Milner closed the memorial lesson, and asked a blessing on the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Eugene Forbes leading 186. Leaders: Daniel Williams 534; Ester Williams 159, 63; Jack Nelson and Ronnie Welburn 235, 438; Emma Jane Williams 74t, 77t; Robert Justice 56t, 77b; Pam Anderson and Frank Arnold 45t; Eric Cousins 135; Phillip Dudley 457; William Futral 61, 68b; Edna Phillips, Myrline Redmon, and Jenny Acton 340, 571 (CB) (in memory of Audress Gurley); Jacob Acton 282, 196; Jack Nelson “What A Day That Will Be” (by request).

Eugene Forbes and Jack Nelson led 46 as the closing song. Jack Nelson offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Eugene Forbes; Vice Chairman—Jack Nelson; Secretary—Edna Phillips