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Roy Avery Birthday Singing

Rocky Mount Primitive Baptist Church, Daviston, Alabama

February 8, 1998

Eugene Forbes brought the class to order leading song on page 345 (t? b?). The morning prayer was offered by Elder Ben Keeble.

The class organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Elder Roy Avery; Vice Chairman—Eugene Forbes; Secretary—Edna Phillips; Arranging Committee—Nell Estes and Annie Lee Price.

Eugene Forbes led song on page 100. Leaders: Elder Ben Keeble 490, 39t; Bobby Jackson 72b, 37t; Elder Vernon Estes 143, 489; Felton Denney 31t, 523b; Linda Fagon 147 (t? b?); Audress Gurley 108 (t? b?), 36b; Jordan Whitehead 354 (t? b?).


Eugene Forbes brought the class to order leading song on page 32 (t? b?). Leaders: Eloise Avery 426b, 35; Everette Denney 335, 426t; Sharon Whitehead 110 (in memory of Ila McGhee), “The Great Roll Call”; Floy Wilder 402, 383; Shelbie Sheppard 277, 28b (in honor of Myrtle Smith, and in memory of Jimmie Causey); Jeff Sheppard 75, 290 (for Roy Avery), 392; Carla Smith 408, 358.

The class was then turned over to Elder Roy Avery for the morning sermon.


The afternoon session began with Eugene Forbes leading songs on pages 189, 322, and 186. Leaders: Annie Lee Price 192, 318; Roy Nelson 432, 128; Maxine Marlett 449, 250; Myrline Faircloth 365.

A memorial lesson was led by Elder Roy Avery for all singers who have passed away, and song on page 111 (t? b?) was sung in their memory.

Leaders: Annie Lee Price 99; Edna Ruth Phillips 480, 164; Isabelle Green 270, 282; Charlotte Bishop 268, 143; Lonnie Price 560, 343; Louise Nelson 145 (t? b?); Leonard Price 100, 72 (t? b?); Waymond Price 177, 176 (t? b?); Lula Lowrey 434, 155; George Marlett 111t; Jeff Sheppard 543 (for Roy Avery), 512; Nell Estes 269.

Announcements were made. Eugene Forbes led songs on pages 566 and 56t for the closing songs. The class was dismissed with prayer by Elder Vernon Estes.

We would like to thank the class for $37.50 for minute money, and to wish Elder Roy Avery a very happy ninety-second birthday.

Chairman—Elder Roy Avery; Vice Chairman—Eugene Forbes; Secretary—Edna Ruth Phillips.