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Walker County Convention

Boldo United Methodist Church, Boldo, Alabama

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The 104th session of the Walker County Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order by Glenn Keeton leading 39t. Tom Booth offered the morning prayer. Glenn Keeton led 163b, and then 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—Nicholas Thompson; Chaplain—Tom Booth; Memorial Committee—Rebecca Over. Brenda Chafin led 31b and 426b.

Leaders: Lisa Geist 273, 120 (both in memory of Gravis Ballinger); Nicholas Thompson 269, 436; Tom Booth 36b, 441; Rebecca Over 399t, 564; Mike Hankins 34b, 168; Henry Guthery 488, 465; Nancy Phillips 274b, 93.


Brenda Chafin led 76b to call the class back to order. Leaders: Larry Ballinger 76t, 77b; Richard Mauldin 77t, 43; Darlene Reynolds and Bentley Rose 282, 454; Linda Booth 496, 489 (in memory of Caleb Allred); Earl Ballinger 283, 439; Blake Sisemore 186, 411; Hayden Arp 181, 177.


The class was brought back together by Glenn Keeton leading 270. Leaders: Justin Bowen 112, 215 (both in memory of Gravis Ballinger); Stanley Smith 498 (for Willodean Barton), 530.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Rebecca Over leading 340 for the following list of sick and shut-ins: Margaret Keeton, Velton Chafin, Ottis Sides, Bea Aaron, Ozella Blackmon, Anne Mauldin Chalker, Christie Allen, Earnestine Parker, Darrell Parker, Charlene Wallace, Willodean Barton, Aubrey Barfield, Mike Jones, and Geraldine Sharpton.

Rebecca Over spoke and led 285t in memory of the following list of deceased: Darrell Swarens—Indiana; Steve Helwig—Oregon; Wawena Entrekin Miles, Louise Holland, Florice Akin, and Audrey Ruth Garner—Georgia; Daphene Causey, Glenda Hopper, Johnnie Chafin, Eloise Wootten, and Lilly Hopper—Alabama; Linda Domholt—California. The memorial lesson was closed with prayer.

Leaders: Emily Stutzman 328; Beth Branscome 442, 299; Daniel Bearden 55, 161. Tom Booth returned thanks before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Glenn Keeton leading 86. Leaders: Stephen Huffman 447, 446; Betty Baccus 72b, 45t; Tommy Spurlock 430, 84; Lena Keeton 480, 475; Emily Stutzman 276 (for Margaret Keeton), 178; Justin Bowen 527; Hayden Arp 216; Blake Sisemore 192; Tommy Spurlock 546; Darlene Reynolds 145t; Rebecca Over 176b; Daniel Bearden 188; Beth Branscome 460; Stephen Huffman 556; Daniel Bearden 505. After announcements, Glenn Keeton led 267 as the closing song. Tom Booth dismissed the class with prayer.

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