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The Godsey Sisters Memorial Singing

Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Double Springs, Alabama

March 19, 2000

The Godsey Sisters Memorial Singing in honor of Leona Horton, Maude Adams, Delia Watts, and Mina Adams was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Kermit Adams leading song on page 47t. Velton Chafin led the class in morning prayer.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Arranging Committee—Josie Hyde; Secretary—Roma Rice.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 343b, 392; Cecil Sanders 294; Mary Alice Wakefield 82t; Wilton Donaldson 30t, 566; Faye Donaldson 432, 371; Gladys Bonds 546, 499; David Ballinger 123t, 300; Juanita Whitman 48t, 480; Dawson Adams 134, 77t; Julie Postom 76b, 101t; Velton Chafin 402, 78.


The class was called to order by John Hyde leading songs on pages 73t and 179. Leaders: Gene Wakefield 102, 103; Ashley Keeton 168, 196; John Merritt 278b, 240; Lena Keeton 64, 145b; Jayne Fulmer 63, 186; Linton Ballinger 141, 144; L.E. Hannah 310, 83t; Chris Rice 384, 282.

A memorial lesson was held in memory of the following deceased who passed away this last year: Mertice Hood Graham, Claudie Freeman, Ester Brown, Lela Crider, and E.E. Kilgo. Also remembered were the four sisters for whom the singing is named. Roma Rice led songs on pages 321b, 34t, and 317b for the deceased.

Nell Adams read a tribute to the four sisters, and for the day of memorializing, and asked for prayer for the family of Emily Jones. Lavaughn Ballinger led the class in prayer.


Travis Keeton brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 176b. Leaders: Earl Ballinger 331, 217; Lisa Geist 276, 273; Glenn Keeton 117, 231; Julietta Haynes 211, 216; Tim Gilmore 209, 215, 312t; Brenda Merritt 142, 183; Larry Ballinger 425, 410t; Amber Springfield 229, 389; Lavaughn Ballinger 147t, 84; John Merritt 48t, 45t; Billy Williams 297, 154; Pernie Pelfrey 426t (for Rose Altha Taylor), 74b; Kenneth Tate 75, 275b; Josie Hyde 475, 477.

Travis Keeton and John Hyde led song on page 46 as the closing song. Glenn Keeton dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Secretary—Roma Rice.