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Joseph Jackson Beasley Memorial Singing

Winfield, Alabama

December 11 and 12, 1999

In the absence of Chairman John Beasley, the fifth Joseph Jackson Beasley Memorial Singing at Concord Primitive Baptist Church in Winfield, Alabama, was called to order by Marlin Beasley leading 82t, 104. Leaders: Chaplain George Seiler 569t, 68b; Chairman John Beasley 290, 37b; Tommy Tucker 48t, 42; Tim Reynolds 73b, 159. The invocation was then given by Chaplain George Seiler. Chairman John Beasley 100; Vice-Chairman Richard Schmeidler 34b, 84, 66; Nancy Scott 128, 40; Kathy Tucker 144, 63; Becky Briggs 343, 340.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Brenda Pena leading 77b, 229. Leaders: Jean Seiler 65, 70b; Elsie Beasley 192, 63; Cora Sweatt 30t, 145b; Seth Holloway 388, 354b; Freddie and Becky Briggs 141, 45t; Frances Lee 274 (t? b?), 59; Juanita and Marlin Beasley 36b; Gary Smith 47t, 49b; Charlie Ballard 512, 72b; Sarah Smith 129, 108t.

LUNCH

The class was called back to order by Chairman John Beasley leading 67. Leaders: Richard Schmeidler 155; Marlin Beasley 480; George Seiler 168; Cora Sweatt 127; Seth Holloway 79; Gary Smith 565; Tim Reynolds 186; Tommy Tucker 385b; Sandy Stone 452; Kathy Tucker 148; Becky Briggs 498; Brenda Pena 147t; Jean Seiler 146; Elsie Beasley 318, 58; Sarah Smith 384; John Beasley and Richard Schmeidler 46. Adjourned with prayer by Chaplain George Seiler.

Sunday, December 12

The class was called to order by Chairman John Beasley leading 285 (t? b?) and 33b. Vice-Chairman Richard Schmeidler led 120. The invocation was offered by Chaplain George Seiler. The class was then organized as follows: Chairman John Beasley, Vice-chairmain Richard Schmeidler, Secretary Gary Smith, Arranging Lena Keeton, and Memorial Committee Brenda Pena and Becky Briggs. Chaplain George Seiler then led 31t and 268. Leaders: Johnny Humber 389, 340; Fay Donaldson 284, 168; Tom Tucker 30b, 110; Cora Sweatt 73t, 64; Elmer Conwill 296, 179; Beatrice Brewer 137, 112; John Merritt 358, 76b; David Beasley 68b, 317; Sandy Scott 73b, 117; Lavon Ballinger 84, 405.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Lena Keeton leading 482. Leaders: Tim Reynolds 223, 39t; Brenda Merritt 142, 215; Marilyn Burchette 335, 133; Warren Steel 214, 150; Elsie Beasley 192, 182; Larry Ballinger 119, 98; Edith Tate 157; David “Chug” Beasley 457, 33b.

The Memorial Lesson was led by Brenda Pena and Becky Briggs. Brenda led 47t for the deceased Dr. Clyde Terrell of Alabama. Becky led 460 for the sick and shut-ins: Gene Wakefield, Mae Conwill, Cassie Franklin, Marie Aldridge and Virgil and Ruby Phillips. Becky Briggs and Elsie Beasley led 336. Grace was returned by Ricky Beasley.

LUNCH

The class was called to order by Chairman John Beasley leading 56 (t? b?) and 67. Leaders: Ricky Beasley 47b, 159; Josie Hyde 151, 361; Buell Cobb 138t, 138b; Dorothea McCowan 235, 384; Kathy Tucker 144, 106; Julietta Haynes 216, 340; Amber Springfield 378b, 391; Gary Smith 565, 569b; John Hyde 297, 63; Julia Posten 421; Travis Keeton 426 (t? b?), 270.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Marlin Beasley leading 111b, 31b. Leaders: Frances Lee 30t, 59; Jean Seiler 217, 273; Sarah Smith 35; Kermit Adams 78; Amanda Denson and Warren Steel 165, 306; Glenn Keeton 231; Ann Ballard 207; Earl Ballinger 80b; Becky Briggs 530; Brenda Pena 77b, 229. Chairman John Beasley and Vice-Chairman Richard Schmeidler led 62. The closing prayer was offered by Chaplain George Seiler. Chairman—John Beasley; Vice-Chairman—Richard Schmeidler; Secretary—Gary Smith.