Minutes of Sacred Harp Singings

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Chesnut Grove Church

Ider, Alabama

October 12, 1997

The seventy-first session of the annual Chesnut Grove Sacred Harp Singing was held on the second Sunday in October. The singing was called to order by Co-Chairmen Shawn Carroll and Billy Thompson leading songs on pages 45t, 47t, and 335. Pastor Ralph Heard welcomed the congregation, and Brother Jeffrey Wootten led the class in prayer. Shawn Carroll and Billy Thompson led song on page 31t. Leaders: Jeffrey Wootten 101t; Vickie Mitchell 29t and 136 (for Winnie Blevins); Lamar Smith 76b, 343b; Jenny Wootten 300, 559 (Cooper Edition); Rex Wilks 47b; Bud Oliver 42, 332; Jackie Tanner 56t, 108t.


Singing resumed with Shawn Carroll and Billy Thompson leading songs on 155 and 448b. Leaders: Lorene Gothard and Alice McCurdy 123b, 201b; Dewayne Wootten 348b, 138b; Mark Brown, Andrew Brown, and Matthew Brown 128, 145b; Rodney Ivey 270, 475; Carla Thumre, Loretta Smith, and Amy Smith 37b; Chris Carroll 48t; Marty Wootten 312b, 100; John Henry Busby “Jesus Died For Me”, 319; Phil Summerlin 142; Cindy Franklin 198, 220; Coy Ivey “Trusting”, 449 (Cooper Edition); Steve Schmidgall 505 (Cooper Edition), 369. Pastor Ralph Heard asked the noon blessing for lunch.


The afternoon session was called together with Co-Chairmen Shawn Carroll and Billy Thompson leading songs on 28b and 501 (Cooper Edition).

For the Memorial Lesson, Terry Wootten led “Love At Home” in memory of Beulah Lea and Dick Blevins.

Leaders: Terry Wootten 345b; Levon Wootten 350, 448t; Karen Ivey 120, “Willie”; Erika Mitchell 87; Cassie Franklin 436b (Cooper Edition), 140 (Cooper Edition); David Ivey “Brown”; Vester Jones and grandsons, Rodney Ivey and David Ivey 58; Rodney Ivey and David Ivey 441 (for Vester Jones); Freeman Wootten 277; Myra Dalton 48b, 49b; Brenda Carroll 163t, 384; Richard Ivey and Niels Hauff 145t, 222; Christy Blevins 84; Shane Wootten 56b, 213b; Allison Ivey 215, 546; Floyd Peters 282, “Land of Beulah” (“Angel Band”); Stuart Ivey 137, 480; Norma Latham 573 (Cooper Edition); Charles Stiefel 290; Mark Brown “Beulah Land” by request and 490 for Kim Hall who is shut-in; Melvin Stiefel 385b; Terry Wootten and Mark Brown 571 (Cooper Edition).

Coy Ivey and David Ivey were selected as Co-Chairmen for the 1998 session. Co-Chairmen Billy Thompson and Shawn Carroll led 572 (Cooper Edition) as the closing song, and the singing was dismissed with prayer by Brother Donald Carroll.

Co-Chairmen—Shawn Carroll and Billy Thompson; Secretary—Myra Dalton.