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Joe Beasley Memorial Singing

Concord Primitive Baptist Church, Winfield, Alabama

December 9-10, 2017

Saturday, December 9

The 23rd annual session of the Joe Beasley Memorial Singing was called to order by Richard Schmeidler leading 66. Marlin Beasley offered the opening prayer.

In a business meeting, the following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—John Beasley; Vice Chairman—Richard Schmeidler; Secretary—Becky Briggs; Arranging—Margaret Keeton.

Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 474; Marlin Beasley 32t, 40; Mary Huffman 31t, 47t; Don Keeton 134, 317; Ricky Beasley 566, 49b; Juanita Beasley 61, 30t; John Beasley 335, 480.


Richard Schmeidler led 84 to bring the class back together. Leaders: Stephen Huffman 99, 354t; Jerry Kitchens 33b; Brenda Chafin 123t, 76b; Brenda Pena 145b, 186; Bunk Beasley 45t, 81t; Louise Yeager 569b, 143. Ricky Beasley asked a blessing before the noon meal.


The class was called to order by John Beasley leading 445 and 144. Leaders: Brenda Pena 325, 225t; Becky Briggs 5 (LD); Freddie Briggs 333 (LD), 388; Brenda Chafin 274t, 76t, 89; Mary Huffman 2 (LD); Ricky Beasley 334 (LD); John Beasley 411 (LD); Stephen Huffman 139 (LD); Marlin Beasley 141 (LD), 571 (CB); Stephen Huffman 572 (CB), 393.

Richard Schmeidler led 323t as the closing song. Marlin Beasley dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, December 10

The Sunday session of the Joe Beasley Memorial Singing began with Marlin Beasley leading 36b. The opening prayer was offered by Danny Creel.

Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 38t, 475; Seth Poston 275b, 358; Betty Baccus 273, 390; Nicholas Holmes 37b, 47t; Mike Hankins 168, 299; John Beasley 290, 480; Warren Steel 223, 211; Cora Sweatt 312b, 59; Tina Marquez 40, 30t; Brenda Pena 228, 229; Drew McGuire 416, 512; Henry McGuire 513, 93; Henry Guthery 240, 511.


The class was brought back to order by Marlin Beasley leading 146. Leaders: Becky Briggs 460, 336; Amber Davis 440, 216; Judy Caudle 313t, 314; Danny Creel 269 (in memory of Daphene Causey), 182; Bella Keeton 282, 235; Earl Ballinger 389, 403; David Jackson 61, 39b.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Lisa Geist and Amber Davis. Amber spoke for the sick and shut-ins, and read the following list of names: Sarah Beasley, Ozella Blackmon, Eugene Forbes, Anne Mauldin Chalker, Velton Chafin, Bea Aaron, Chug Beasley, Ruth Nix, Willodean Barton, and Clark Beasley. She led 129 in their honor.

Lisa Geist spoke in memory of the deceased, referring to Psalm 96:1 and Psalm 108:1. She read the following list of names of the deceased: Johnnie Chafin, Gravis Ballinger, Kirby Sweatt, Sr., Daphene Causey, Hugh McGraw, Caleb Allred, Kenneth Fannin, Toney Smith, Lavoy Smith, and Libby Hankins. She led 549 in their memory. Drew McGuire closed the memorial lesson with prayer. Marlin Beasley made remarks about the people who have passed away in the last year. Henry McGuire offered prayer before the midday meal.


The afternoon session began with Marlin Beasley leading 317. Leaders: Isaac Green 419, 411; Ricky Beasley 348b, 33b; Corissa Sweatt 445, 145b; Richard Mauldin 43, 446; Julie Poston 166, 100; Ken Tate 280, 547; Juanita Beasley 63, 45t; Larry Ballinger 120, 151; Glenn Keeton 365, 507; Bunk Beasley 354b, 72b; Freddie Briggs 388, 343; Lisa Geist 304 (in memory of Daphene Causey), 472; Marlin Beasley 318; Marlin Beasley and Jonathan Marquez 294.

Announcements were made. Marlin Beasley led 323t as the closing song. Ricky Beasley offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—John Beasley; Vice Chairman—Richard Schmeidler; Secretary—Becky Briggs