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Futral, Henry, and Nelson Memorial Singing

Smyrna Primitive Baptist Church, Goodwater, Alabama

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The annual Futral, Henry, and Nelson Memorial Singing was held on Saturday before the third Sunday in April. The class decided to keep the same officers as follows: Chairman—Jack Nelson; Vice Chairman—William Futral; Secretary and Arranging Officer—Virginia Futral.

Jack Nelson led 35 and 32t. Elder Durwood Hornsby offered the morning prayer. Leaders: Winfred Kerr 36b, 225t; Richard Mauldin 203, 168; Rebecca Over 176b, 186; Daniel Williams 48 (LH), 123b; Terry Futral 300, 378t; Daniel Dean 77t, 127; Denice Burleson 196, 358; Gabriel Futral 335, 192.


Jack Nelson and Mona Nelson brought the class back together leading 369 and 236. Leaders: Bert Collins and Glenda Collins 472, 340; Nathan Rees 187, 172.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Jack Nelson. The following sick and shut—ins were mentioned: Floy Wilder, Hugh McGraw, Ottis Sides, Anne Mauldin Chalker, Betty Shepherd, Karen Rollins, Elder Arnold Ritch, Mary Shivers, Christine Keeble, and Tom Ingram. The following deceased were remembered: Toney Smith, Lavoy Smith, Edna Ruth Phillips, J.D. Morris, Azilee Adams, Elsie Moon, Steve Adams, Kermit Adams, Gail Jackson, Gravis Ballinger, Sam Chalker, and Lisa Loomis—Alabama; Janelle Davis—Illinois; Joe Nall—Florida; Geneva Prichard and Earlis McGraw—Georgia. Jack Nelson led 143. Elder Ken Milner closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Wendy Anderson 98, 36b; Taylor Kennedy 45t, 517; Debra Ritch 373, 200; Roy Nelson 12 (LH), 188 (LH), 339. Elder Louis Culver asked a blessing before the noon meal.


Jack Nelson brought the class together leading 318. Leaders: Nathan Rees 208 (for Eugene Forbes), 88t; Mary Ann Waters and Jack Nelson 59; Ken Milner 31b, 39b; Virginia Futral 569b, 145b; Richard Mauldin 446; Winfred Kerr 314; Nathan Rees 230; Bert Collins and Glenda Collins 282; Daniel Williams 74t; Debra Ritch 385b; Rebecca Over 384; Denice Burleson 288; Daniel Dean 47b; Wendy Anderson 100; Jack Nelson 147t; Taylor Kennedy 27; the class sang “What A Day That Will Be” (requested by Sara Nelson).

Jack Nelson led 46 as the closing song. Elder Ken Milner offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Jack Nelson; Vice Chairman—William Futral; Secretary—Virginia Futral