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Joe Beasley Memorial Singing

Concord Primitive Baptist Church, Winfield, Alabama

December 7-8, 2019

Saturday, December 7

The 25th annual session of the Joe Beasley Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was held on the second Sunday and Saturday before in December. The class was called to order by Marlin Beasley leading 82t. Butch White offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Marlin Beasley 33b; Ricky Beasley 111b, 101t; Richard Schmeidler 77b, 66; Beth Branscome 565, 32t. In a business session, the following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Ricky Beasley; Vice Chairman—Richard Schmeidler; Secretary and Arranging—Nicholas Thompson.

Leaders: Butch White 86, 535; Nicholas Thompson 329, 318; Stephen Huffman 31b, 354t; Cora Sweatt 30t, 49b; Brenda Pena 569b, 68b.


Ricky Beasley led 457 to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Mary Huffman 81t, 566; Louise Yeager 503, 480; Tom Booth 235, 35; Sarah Beasley 117 (CH), 572 (CB); Linda Booth 571 (CB), 78 (CB); Becky Briggs 108t, 317. Marlin Beasley asked a blessing before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Ricky Beasley leading 492 (LD). Leaders: Nicholas Thompson 175 (CB); Richard Schmeidler 38t (CB); Mary Huffman 45b (CB); Linda Booth 306; Cora Sweatt 145b; Stephen Huffman 54 (CH); Butch White 408 (LD); Beth Branscome 505 (CB); Sarah Beasley, Becky Briggs, Bunk Beasley, Cora Sweatt, Marlin Beasley, and Ricky Beasley 333 (LD); Brenda Pena 393 (CB); Tom Booth 61 (for Juanita Beasley); Bunk Beasley 72b. Announcements were made.

Ricky Beasley led 45t as the closing song. Marlin Beasley dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, December 8

The Sunday session of the Joe Beasley Memorial Singing began with Ricky Beasley leading 348b. Marlin Beasley offered the opening prayer. Leaders: Ricky Beasley 335; Betty Baccus 192, 166; Butch White 467, 77t; Loretta Whitman 48t, 129; Earl Ballinger 75, 127; Cora Sweatt 73t, 59; Isaac Green 567, 419 (for Ozella Blackmon); Henry Guthery 189, 269; Roma Rice 49t, 566; Warren Steel 32b, 211.


Ricky Beasley led 74b to bring the class together. Leaders: Will Gatewood 223, 159; Brenda Pena 49b, 73b; Larry Ballinger 306, 81b; Sarah Beasley 340, 61; David Jackson 39b, 235; Richard Schmeidler 155, 474; Becky Briggs 179, 176b.

The memorial lesson was held at this time. Butch White spoke for the following sick and shut-ins: Jerry Kitchens, Velton Chafin, Judy Mincey, Roy Davis, Desmond O’Flynn, Juanita Beasley, and Richard Mauldin. He led 86.

Marlin Beasley spoke in memory of the following deceased: Ottis Sides, John Beasley, Joyce Hubbert, Eugene Forbes, Wilda Holmes, Patsy Beasley, Wayne Wakefield, and Allene Wakefield—Alabama; Charlene Wallace and Norma Mincey—Georgia; Concetta Branson—Oregon; Paul Luther Wilson—Minnesota; Mary Chrestman—Mississippi. Marlin led 111b in memory of the deceased. Earl Ballinger closed the memorial service with prayer.

Leaders: Glenn Keeton 475, 216; Buell Cobb 274t, 42; Lisa Geist 186 (in memory of Hamilton Ballinger), 472. David Jackson asked a blessing before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Ricky Beasley leading 47b. Leaders: Seth Holloway 354b, 388 (in memory of Freddie Briggs); Henry McGuire 38b, 298; Marlin Beasley 314, 460; Louise Yeager 100, 480; Bunk Beasley 45t, 81t; Isaac Green 422, 498 (for Ozella Blackmon); Warren Steel 522 (for Margaret Keeton); Will Gatewood 145b, 203 (for Julia Poston); Marlin Beasley 111b (for Chug Beasley); Sarah Beasley, Becky Briggs, Cora Sweatt, Bunk Beasley, Richard Schmeidler, and Ricky Beasley 146, 571 (CB).

Ricky Beasley led 267 as the closing song, and then dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Rickey Beasley; Vice Chairman—Marlin Beasley; Secretaries—Nicholas Thompson and Lisa Geist