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Walker County Convention

Boldo United Methodist Church, Boldo, Alabama

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The 103rd session of the Walker County Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order by Glenn Keeton leading 31b. Jim Aaron offered the morning prayer. The class organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Honorary Vice Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Brenda Chafin; Secretary—Lisa Geist; Arranging Officer—Amber Davis; Chaplain—Jim Aaron; Memorial Lesson—Nicholas Thompson.

Leaders: Glenn Keeton 59; Lisa Geist 187 (remembering Greg and Susan Allred), 273; Amber Davis 454 (for Willodean Barton), 192; Jim Aaron 47b, 231; Nicholas Thompson 387 (in memory of Caleb Allred), 327; Mike Hankins 143, 480; Ronald Gilmore and Hazel Gilmore 111b, 348b; Richard Mauldin 388 (for his sister, Anne Chalker), 126; Lauren Allen 323b, 208; Earl Ballinger 209, 200.


Glenn Keeton led 144 to call the class back to order. Leaders: Beth Branscome 31t, 228; Brenda Chafin 225t (for her dad, Velton Chafin), 277; Danny Creel 89, 503; Linda Booth 489 (for the Allred family); Don Keeton 354t, 127; Bea Aaron 568, 175; Larry Ballinger 164, 162; Linda Sides 276, 530 (for her dad, Ottis Sides).


The class was brought together by Brenda Chafin leading 30t. The memorial lesson was conducted by Nicholas Thompson leading 404 for those the following sick and shut-ins: Lena Keeton, Ottis Sides, Velton Chafin, Johnnie Chafin, Henry Guthery, Hubert Nall, Lorene Gray, Emily Jones, Anne Chalker, Eloise Wootten, Verlon Stiefel, Betty Shepherd, Karen Rollins, Charlene Wallace, and Chris Holley.

Nicholas Thompson then led 30b in memory of the following deceased: Caleb Allred, Gravis Ballinger, Toney Smith, Lavoy Smith, Kenneth Fannin, Levon Wootten—Alabama; B.M. Smith and Hugh McGraw—Georgia. The memorial lesson was closed with prayer.

Leaders: Nancy Phillips 146, 117; Hayden Arp 140, 181; Brittany Thompson 77t, 72b; Tom Booth 147t, 68b. The Chaplain returned thanks before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Glenn Keeton leading 385b. Leaders: Daniel Bearden 88b, 308; Marlin Beasley 217, 460; Angela Myers 500, 498; Wanda Capps 216; Wanda Capps and Brenda Chafin 203; Juanita Beasley 61, 63; Lisa Geist 527; Amber Davis 78 (in memory of Gravis Ballinger); Jim Aaron 163b; Nicholas Thompson 189; Brenda Chafin 336; Hayden Arp 434; Lauren Allen 171; Earl Ballinger 403; Bea Aaron 475; Don Keeton 512; Beth Branscome 196; Daniel Bearden 465; Nancy Phillips 79; Mike Hankins 155; Marlin Beasley 40; Danny Creel 170; Tom Booth 501; Richard Mauldin 551; Nicholas Thompson 569b (for Louise Yeager).

After announcements, Glenn Keeton and Brenda Chafin led 267 as the closing song. Jim Aaron dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Vice Chairman—Brenda Chafin; Secretary—Lisa Geist