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Chafin, Harbinson, and Hollis Memorial

New Prospect Church, Cullman County, Alabama

July 16, 2000

The one hundred twenty-seventh session of the Chafin, Harbinson, and Hollis Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was called to order by Velton Chafin leading songs on pages 33b, 35, and 42. Harrison Creel offered the morning prayer.

The class organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Ozella Blackmon.

Leaders: Sherry Guthery 340, 58; Lamar Smith and Randall Smith 36b, 76b; Henry Guthery 120, 112; Tommie Spurlock 430; Bill Farris 176t, 87; S.T. Reed 495, 567; Jarrod George 270, 300; Jarrod George and John Merritt 240, 503; Agnes Farris 491, 274t.

RECESS

Harrison Creel brought the class to order leading song on page 30t. Leaders: Larry Ballinger 91 (for Marie Aldridge), 101t; Ivalene Donaldson 145b; Margaret Spurlock 89, 186; Milton Oliver 314; Clayton Ezell 182, 380; Dewayne Hawthorn 39t, 349; Elsie Moon 348b, 434; Gordon Wilkinson 100, 436; Jewel Wootten 123t; John Hyde 75; Edith Tate 532; Buell Cobb 81b; Wilton Donaldson 566; Eldagene Roberson 215, 222; Marie Guthrie 280, 411; Sumner Ellis 82t.

RECESS

John Merritt brought the class to order leading song on page 438. Leaders: Beatrice Phillips 168; Beth Odell 560, 500; Lavaughn Ballinger 405; Travis Keeton 496; Shelley Capps 84; Willodean Barton 159; Coy Ivey 546, 384; Richard Mauldin 299, 34b; Amanda Denson 421, 277; Andy Grayson 45t, 40; Earl Ballinger 460; Velton Chafin 175b. Richard Mauldin offered prayer for the blessing of the food.

LUNCH

Velton Chafin brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 318. Leaders: John Etheridge 114; Dennis George 196, 448 (t? b?); Linton Ballinger 81t; Flarce Creel 475; Jackie Tanner and Cindy Franklin 172, 454; Wanda Capps 208; Elene Stovall 142, 192 (for Marie Aldridge); Bud Oliver 345t, 482; Josie Hyde 189, 477; Ann Jett 327, 269; Cassie Franklin 217, 224; Cynthia Franklin 336, 198; Fred Bledsoe 166b, 335; Harrison Creel 378b, 512; Brenda Merritt 376, 137; Henry Guthery 140; Buell Cobb 390, “Mercy Seat”.

Announcements were made. Velton Chafin led song on page 521 as the closing song. Lamar Smith dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Ozella Blackmon.