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Mulberry River Convention

Liberty Church (McCormick), Jefferson County, Alabama

Saturday, September 2, 2000

The ninety-fifth session of the Mulberry River Convention was held at Liberty Church (McCormick) on Saturday before the first Sunday in September, and was called to order at 9:40 a.m. by Velton Chafin leading songs on pages 83b and 33b. Harrison Creel offered the morning prayer. Velton Chafin led songs on pages 39b and 56 (t? b?).

A business session was held and the class voted to retain the following officers: Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Edith Tate. The Mulberry River Convention will be held at Sardis Church next year, 2001.

Leaders: Willodean Barton 82 (t? b?), 101t; Furn Kitchens 378t, 378b; Billy Williams 154, 310; Bud Oliver 32t, 30t; Josie Hyde 155, 43; Paula McGray 37b, 200; S.T. Reed 40, 42.


Velton Chafin brought the class to order leading song on page 111b. Leaders: David Hough 28b, 270; John Merritt 268, 217 (in memory of Marie Aldridge); Bill Stewart 36b, 68b; Brenda Merritt 216, 396, 475 (for Flarce Creel); Ivalene Donaldson 77t, 81t; Robert Handel 490, 153; Katharine Hough 569b, 269; Travis Keeton 183, 343; Jerry Ryan 345t (in memory of his mother, Marie Aldridge), 145t; Euell Freeman 64, 65; Kenneth Tate 145b, 480; Cecil Sanders 460.


The afternoon of singing began with Velton Chafin leading song on page 494. Leaders: Edith Tate 389 (in memory of Marie Aldridge and Hadyn Creel), 75; Elsie Moon 73t, 144 (for John Hocutt); John Hyde 61, 168 (for Gene Wakefield); Wilton Donaldson 319, 566; Ann Jett 327, 546; Katharine Hough 114; David Hough 370; Paula McGray 111t; S.T. Reed 425; Bud Oliver 383 (for Lawrence Underwood); Robert Handel “Delusion”; John Merritt 422 (for Tressie Adkins); Bill Stewart 186; Furn Kitchens 143 (for Belton Nix); Travis Keeton 410b (for Belton Nix); Velton Chafin 201 (for Charles Kitchens), 103 (for Gene Wakefield).

After announcements, the class sang the song on page 521 as the closing song. S.T. Reed dismissed the class with prayer.

The convention will meet at Sardis Church, Walker County, on the river in 2001.

Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Edith Tate.