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Chestnut Grove Baptist Church

Ider, Alabama

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The 87th session of the annual Chestnut Grove Sacred Harp Singing was held on the second Sunday in October. Loretta Smith and Amy Smith called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. leading 37b. Ed Thacker offered the morning prayer. Loretta Smith and Amy Smith led 452.

Leaders: Nathan Rees 64, 78 (by request); Billy Thompson 354b, 75; Shane Wootten 147b, 119; Richard Ivey 134, 135; Henry Johnson 138b, 394 (for S.T. Reed); Margaret Thacker 39b, 303; Marty Wootten 42, 76b; Cheyenne Ivey 56t, 108t; Aaron Wootten 138t, 313t; Ed Thacker 423, 546; Jackie Tanner 425, 48t.


Loretta Smith and Amy Smith reconvened the singing leading 77t. Leaders: Rodney Ivey 53, 47t; Sara Vaughn 129, 106; Scott Ivey and Cindy Tanner 275b, 39t; Hayden Wootten 46; Karen Ivey 475, 83t; David Ivey 58 (in memory of Vester and Flossie Jones), 92 (in memory of Henry Ott); David Ivey and Karen Ivey 120 (in memory of Billy Beaty), 59 (by request).

Loretta Smith and Amy Smith conducted the memorial lesson, and led 45t for the following sick and shut-ins: Betty Wright and S.T. Reed. Loretta Smith and Amy Smith led 348b for the following deceased: Bud Oliver, Lessie Reed, Willard Wright, Jeff Sheppard, Charles Wright, Mike Dunn, and Josie Hyde.

Leaders: Winnie Blevins, Rodney Ivey, and David Ivey 136, 517 (WB); Jared Wootten 314; Max Bruce 191, 73b; Mark Brown 203, 84, “Beulah Land”. Billy Thompson offered the noon blessing.


David Ivey brought the afternoon session to order leading 312b. David Ivey recognized Joey Brackner, Folklife Director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts; Joe Wilson, former Director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts; and Joe’s wife, Cathy Wilson. David Ivey led 430 (for Cathy Wilson). Leaders: Nate Green and Norma Green 406, 347; Brian Maxwell, Anzlea Maxwell, and Isaac Maxwell 340, 492 (WB) (for Annie Bell Williams and Nina Hamrick); Joey Brackner 209, 299; Loretta Smith 282 (for Nina Hamrick); Richard Ivey 457 (for Teresa Parker); Coy Ivey 486 (WB), 384; Shane Wootten 411; Margaret Thacker and Shane Wootten 480; Rodney Ivey 472; Henry Johnson 206; Max Bruce 479; Nathan Rees 186; Daniel Williams and Ed Thacker 383; Joey Brackner 178; Cindy Tanner 192; Marty Wootten 182, 559 (CB).

The Chestnut Grove Sacred Harp Singing was founded by Mr. Henry Ott in memory of Elder C.G. (Uncle Tobe) Keith and has been held annually since 1927.

Following announcements, Loretta Smith and Amy Smith led 573 (CB), and the class was dismissed with prayer offered by Donald Murdock

Chairman—Loretta Smith; Secretary—Amy Smith