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Martha Harper Nix, Lewis Keeton, and Lavada McGough Gilmore Memorial

New Flatwoods Church - Nauvoo (Walker County), Alabama

March 7, 1999

The eighty-fourth annual Sacred Harp memorial singing was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by John Hocutt leading song on page 317. The morning prayer was led by Glenn Keeton.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—John Hocutt; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Pam Keeton; Arranging Committee—Glenn Keeton and Joshua Keeton.

Leaders: John Hocutt 31b; Pam Keeton 215, 382 (in memory of Martha Harper); A.C. McGough “Not Made With Hands” (for Olen Keeton who is in the hospital), 147t (for Bernice); Cassie Franklin 74b; Elmer Conwill 500, 498; L.E. Hannah 349, 212; Odie Horton 200, 192; Gladys Bonds 186, 277; Edith Tate 106, 532; Arnold Moore 460; Willodean Barton 274t, 475 (for Flarce Creel who is sick); Cindy Franklin 123t, 56t.


The class was called back to order by John Merritt leading songs on pages 76b and 491. Leaders: Brenda Merritt 225t, 499b; Parnell Berry 283, 298; Ashley Keeton 196, 222; Clarissa Springfield 343, 166; Joshua Keeton 340, 108t; Amber Springfield 391, 58; Anne Steel 203, 47t; Travis Keeton 387 (in memory of his grandfather, Lewis Keeton), 182; Anita Naramore and Ronald Gilmore 142 (in memory of her mother, Lavada), 145b; Huey Jones 306, 224.

The blessing of the food for the noon meal was offered by Ronald Gilmore.


The afternoon of singing began with Travis Keeton leading song on page 348t. Leaders: Rachel Jones 569b, 30t; Juanita Whitman 480, 39b; Warren Steel 67, 183; Alene Woodley 35, 83t; Lena Keeton 146, 48t; Marie Aldridge 217, 336; Gene Wakefield 168, 284; Mae Conwill 34b, 44; Paula Springfield 170, 380; Ivalene Donaldson 77t, 32t; Mary Ellen Jones 454, 457; Ronald Gilmore and Hazel Gilmore 30b, 45t; Josie Hyde 234, 434 (for Ila Ingle who is sick); Janet Jones 490 (for her aunt, Martha Hicks, who is sick), 418 (for Dovey Jackson); Julia Posten and Betty Baccus 477, 421 (in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sim Wakefield); Clarence McCool 318, 73t; Jimmie Gilmore 68b (for her parents, Elder Garnsey and Ethel McGough who are in the nursing home), 378 (t? b?) (for L.H. Gilmore, Estelle Gilmore, and her sister, Lavada); Arthur Gilmore and Jimmie Gilmore “Jesus Died For Me”; Glenn Keeton 88t.

John Hocutt, Travis Keeton, and Ronald Gilmore led song on page 62 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Elder Ronald Gilmore.

Chairman—John Hocutt; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Pam Keeton.