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Mr. and Mrs. Joe Myers and W. A. Parker Memorial

New Hope Primitive Baptist Church, Walker County, Alabama

October 25-26, 1997

Saturday, October 25

The annual Memorial Sacred Harp singing in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Myers and W. A. Parker was brought to order by John Hocutt leading song on page 72b. The morning prayer was led by A. C. McGough.

Officers elected: Chairman—John Hocutt; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Nora Parker; Arranging Committee—Billy Williams.

John Hocutt led songs on pages 75 and 101 (t? b?). Leaders: Keterina Sanders 290, 59; Patricia Mauldin 63, 388, 146; Odie V. Horton 147t, 147b; John Hyde 39b, 73 (t? b?); Ila Ingle 29 (t? b?), 32 (t? b?), 270; A. C. McGough 410t, 410b.

RECESS

The class was reassembled with John Hocutt leading song on page 445b. Leaders: Pernie Pelfrey 74b, 399b; Travis Keeton 136, 155, 321b; Richard Mauldin and Tommye Mauldin 299, 143; Cecil Sanders 225 (t? b?); Glenn Keeton 64, 363 (?), 285 (t? b?); Nora Parker 317b, 36b; Ottis Sides 354 (t? b?), 45 (t? b?); Linda Sides 68b, 35, 47b; Elsie Beasley 336, 460.

LUNCH

John Hocutt brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 312 (t? b?). Leaders: Josie Hyde “Not Made With Hands”, 546, 454; Dorothea McCowan 328, 120, 528; Hattie Handley 235, 512; Chuck Beasley 33b, 457, 30 (t? b?); Billy Williams 448 (t? b?), 28b; Richard Mauldin 137; Josie Hyde 234; Nora Parker 186; Elsie Beasley 89; Patricia Mauldin 268; Ila Ingle 498; Dorothea McCowan 109; Cecil Sanders 475.

John Hocutt led songs on pages 104 and 62 for the closing songs. The class was dismissed with prayer.

Sunday, October 26

The class was called to order by John Hocutt leading song on page 36b. The morning prayer was led by Linton Ballinger. John Hocutt led song on page 37b, and welcomed everyone who had come in the bad weather.

Leaders: Keterina Sanders 89, 460; John Hyde 313 (t? b?), 61; Ila Ingle 112, 384; Gene Wakefield 168, 138 (t? b?); Cecil Sanders 138b; Nora Parker 276, 299; Becky Briggs 512, 388; Sara Smith 75, 318; Gary Smith 34b, 47 (t? b?).

RECESS

John Hocutt brought the class together leading song on page 30 (t? b?). Leaders: Travis Keeton 57, 56t; Lena Wakefield 44, 47b; Linton Ballinger 35, 335; Margaret Keeton 129, 58; Willodean Barton 290, 322; Josie Hyde 39b, 316; B. B. Mattox 42, 345 (t? b?), 217; Edwin Cleghorn 159, 421.

LUNCH

The afternoon session resumed with John Hocutt leading song on page 106. Leaders: Dorothea McCowan 354 (t? b?); Elsie Beasley 68b, 569b, 84; Hattie Handley 45 (t? b?), 565; Billy Williams 294, 213b; Velton Chafin 225 (t? b?), 101b, 516, 540; Margaret Keeton 99; Dorothea McCowan 91; Becky Briggs 97; Josie Hyde 499; Nora Parker 394; Gene Wakefield 495.

John Hocutt led the closing songs on pages 354 (t? b?), 319, and 46. The class was dismissed with prayer by Velton Chafin.

Chairman—John Hocutt; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Nora Parker.