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Joe Beasley Memorial Singing

Concord Primitive Baptist Church, Winfield, Alabama

December 8-9, 2018

Saturday, December 8

The 24th annual session of the Joe Beasley Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was held on the fourth Sunday and Saturday before in December. The class was called to order by Richard Schmeidler leading 66. Marlin Beasley offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 34b; Becky Briggs 108t, 141; Margaret Keeton 33b, 39b; Brenda Pena 480, 523; Mary Huffman 32t, 47t; David Carlton 98 (CB), 341 (CH); Linda Booth 81b, 77t; Julie Poston 30t, 30b; Betty Baccus 317, 329.

RECESS

The class was brought back to order by Richard Schmeidler leading 155. Leaders: Cora Sweatt 159, 45t; Marlin Beasley 75, 129; Stephen Huffman 283, 464 (CB); Tom Booth 333 (LD), 511b (CB); Sarah Beasley 145 (LD). Marlin Beasley asked a blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Richard Schmeidler leading 474. Leaders: Sarah Beasley 687 (LD), 184 (CH); Louise Yeager 569b, 143; Chug Beasley 571 (CB), 111b; Juanita Beasley 61, 63; Irv Landau 159, 341; Ruth Nix 354b, 128 (CB); Seth Holloway 388, 236, 268.

Richard Schmeidler led 566 as the closing song. Marlin Beasley offered the closing prayer.

Sunday, December 9

The Sunday session of the Joe Beasley Memorial Singing was called to order by Ricky Beasley leading 317. Marlin Beasley offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Ricky Beasley 277; Margaret Keeton 57, 129; Lisa Geist 546, 120; Nicholas Thompson 85, 434 (for Hayden Arp); Earl Ballinger 204, 403; Julie Poston 343, 145b; Betty Baccus 319 (in memory of Myrtle Ann Beasley), 192 (for Ozella Blackmon); Cora Sweatt 81t (for Bunk Beasley), 72b; Amber Davis 224, 391 (in memory of Sandra Spradlin and Helen Langston); Louise Yeager 426b, 503.

RECESS

The class was brought back to order by Ricky Beasley leading 49b. Leaders: Mike Hankins 31b, 34b; Sarah Beasley 408, 384; Larry Ballinger 56t, 50b; Isaac Green 493, 483; Marlin Beasley 335, 33b; Richard Schmeidler 268, 543.

The memorial lesson was held at this time. Lisa Geist spoke on behalf of the following sick and shut-ins: Bunk Beasley, Charlene Wallace, John Beasley, Velton Chafin, Brenda Chafin, Ozella Blackmon, Loretta Whitman, Roy Davis, Ottis Sides, and Wayne Wakefield. She led 472.

Nicholas Thompson spoke in memory of the following deceased: Freddie Briggs—Florida; Daphene Causey, Glenda Hopper, Lilly Hopper, and Willodean Barton—Alabama; Darrell Swarens—Indiana; Steve Helwig—Oregon; Louise Holland—Georgia. He led 544. Earl Ballinger closed the memorial service with prayer.

Brenda Pena led 490 and 39b. Marlin Beasley asked a blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Ricky Beasley leading 101t. Leaders: Jerry Kitchens 112, 475; Becky Briggs 179, 318; Brenda Pena 77b; Margaret Keeton 402; Lisa Geist 273; Nicholas Thompson 216 (for Betty Shepherd); Earl Ballinger 299; Julie Poston 201; Betty Baccus 40 (for Faye Donaldson); Cora Sweatt 312b; Sarah Beasley 146; Louise Yeager 480; Mike Hankins 63; Irv Landau 68b; Juanita Beasley 270; Larry Ballinger 97; Isaac Green 422; Marlin Beasley 34t; Richard Schmeidler 155, 84; Brenda Pena 73b, 569t; Ricky Beasley 62; Ricky Beasley and Seth Holloway 388, 236. Marlin Beasley dismissed the class with prayer.

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