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H.R. Avery Memorial Singing

Rocky Mount Primitive Baptist Church, Daviston, Alabama

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The class was called to order by Jack Nelson leading 480, 300, and 32t. Jack Nelson offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Philip Denney 100, 120; Wanda Lucas 45t, 73t; Stanley Smith 72b, 129; Karen Rollins 168, 77t; Gavin Blakeley 335, 277; Gayle Denney 47b, 354b; Oscar McGuire 171, 515.

The class convened in business session. Charlotte Bishop moved to keep the same officers. The motion carried, and the business session was closed.


Jack Nelson brought the class back to order by leading 399b. Leaders: Chita Blakeley 29t, 430; Winfred Kerr 282, 65; Charlotte Bishop 25, 268; Jasmine Anderson and Jack Nelson 57, 358; Wendy Anderson 340, 341.


Jack Nelson brought the class back together by leading 535. The memorial lesson was held. Charlotte Bishop led 39b in memory of Charlene Wallace, Sarah Nelson, Betty Culver, Eugene Forbes, Jean Henry, Sonny Erwin, Frances Treadwell and Charles Estes. She led 560 for H.R. Avery’s living daughters Mattie Perry and Nellie Estes and for Maggie Wood, Margaret Thacker, William Nappies and Debra Zeigler, who were sick. Philip Denney offered the memorial prayer.

Leaders: Sharon Whitehead 186, 569b; Diane Avery 145b, 124; Waylon Blakeley 123t, 172; Jordan McGuire 111t, 143; Lynda Fagan 390, 68b; Carla Hudson 274t, 388; Douglas Hubbard 77b, 288; Philip Denney and Gayle Denney 84; Winfred Kerr 89; Oscar McGuire 229; Jack Nelson 180; Gavin Blakeley 81t; Chita Blakeley 42; Lynda Fagan 36b; Charlotte Bishop 196; Carla Hudson 159; Douglas Hubbard 72b. Following announcements, Jack Nelson led 46 as the closing song, and offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Jack Nelson; Vice Chairman—Charlotte Bishop; Secretary—Sharon Whitehead