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Harper Memorial Singing

Old Flatwoods Primitive Baptist Church, Nauvoo, Alabama

October 12, 1997

The annual Harper Memorial Sacred Harp singing was held at Old Flatwoods Primitive Baptist Church on the second Sunday in October, and was called to order by Glenn and Pamela Keeton leading songs on pages 59 and 72b.

The class organized by electing the following officers: Co-Chairpersons—Glenn Keeton and Pamela Keeton; Secretary—Ashley Keeton; Arranging Committee—Joshua Keeton and Arthur Gilmore; Chaplain—Elder Philip Gilmore; Memorial Committee—Jimmie Gilmore.

Elder Philip Gilmore led the morning prayer. Glenn Keeton and Pam Keeton led song on page 143. Leaders: Joshua Keeton 268, 189; Ashley Keeton 159, 274t; Jimmie Gilmore 348b, 378t; Travis Keeton 379, 235; A. A. Malone 34t, 565b; Arthur Gilmore “Jesus Died For Me”, 217; Ila Ingle 434, 436; George Claghorn 63, 445b; Mae Conwill 123 (t? b?), 129.


The class was called to order by Pam Keeton leading song on page 32t. Leaders: Clarence McCool 39b, 328; Philip and Paula Gilmore 39t, 285t; Philip Gilmore 441; B. B. Mattox 168, 186.

The memorial lesson was held. Jimmie Gilmore and Garnsey McGough led 61 for Ethel McGough who is sick, 145 (t? b?) in memory of Lavada Gilmore, and 153 in memory of the Harper family; Glenn Keeton 317 in memory of J. L. Abrams; Gene Wakefield 138t in memory of Sim Wakefield; A. C. McGough and Butch McGough 290 in memory of Robert and Lily McGough; Pamela Keeton 382 in memory of Martha Harper; Jimmie Gilmore, Philip Gilmore, and Pam Keeton 177 in memory of Joe Harper; Elmer Conwill 500 in memory of Tom Harper.


Glenn Keeton called the class back leading song on page 231. Dorothea McCowan led 421 for the sick and shut-ins: Myrtle Ann Ballard, Mae Seymour, and Ethel McGough.

Leaders: John Hocutt 144, 27; Larry Ballinger 119, 139; Willodean Barton 454; Lena Wakefield 121, 546; Josie Hyde 225 (t? b?), 183; Billy Williams 78, 299; Marlin Beasley 146, 68 (t? b?); Elmer Conwill 411; Dorothea McCowan 490, 529 (?); Chuck Beasley 30t, 33 (t? b?); Dwight Ingle 373, 530.


John Beasley called the class back together leading songs on pages 100 and 101 (t? b?). Leaders: Dustin McCowan 354 (t? b?); Odie V. Horton 97, 403; Amanda Denson 270, 322; Clifford Wakefield 40, 43; Kermit Adams 426 (t? b?), 220; Janet Jones 32 (t? b?), 283. Glenn Keeton led songs on pages 316 and 62 for the closing songs as the class shook hands. The class was dismissed with prayer by Glenn Keeton.

We would like to thank everyone for helping make this comeback singing possible. Hope to see all of you next year.

Co-Chairpersons—Glenn Keeton and Pamela Keeton; Secretary—Ashley Keeton.