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Labor Day Singing

Shoal Creek Church, North of Heflin, Alabama

Monday, September 4, 2000

The annual Labor Day Sacred Harp Singing met at Shoal Creek Church, Talladega National Forest, ten miles north of Heflin, Alabama on the first Monday in September.

The class was called to order by Jeff Sheppard leading song on page 36b. Felton Denney offered the morning prayer. Jeff Sheppard led song on page 87; Roy Nelson 145t; and Mary Florence Smith 63.

The class organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—Roy Nelson; Secretary—Mary Florence Smith; Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards and Josephine Denney.

Leaders: Jimmie Denney 358; Betty Wright 89; Bobby Jackson 274t; Margie Smith 373; John Plunkett 86; Charlene Wallace 283; B.J. Harris 503; Leola Smith 43; Reba Norton and Glenda Watkins 282; Bud Oliver 383; Judy Mincey 475; B.M. Smith 179 (in memory of Lee Jones); Evelyn Harris 155; Scott DePoy 146; Cassie Franklin 270.


The class resumed singing with Jeff Sheppard leading song on page 59. Leaders: Rodney Ivey 222; Paula McGray 217; Robert Handel 303; Katharine Hough 408; Nate Green and Norma Green 92; Flora Skinner 426b; Phillip Denney 120; Eunice Webb 480; Dennis George 224; Teenie Moody and daughters of Lee Jones (Martha Ann Jones and Judy Jones Green) 430; Martha Ann Jones and Judy Jones Green 127; David Hough 33b; Daphene Causey 172; Phillip Langley 436; Lou Cotney 189; George Garner 318.

In the absence of Joe Jones, Secretary and Treasurer of the Preservation Committee for Shoal Creek Church, Sonja Randall gave a report from the members of the Preservation Committee. Ten pews had been purchased and five logs were replace/installed in the church, along with additional work inside the church and outside on the grounds. Thanks were given to the Sacred Harp singers for their contribution of $252.00 to the Preservation Committee.

Louis Hughes led song on page 348t.


The afternoon session began with Roy Nelson leading song on page 354b. Leaders: Earlis McGraw 389; Katherine Benefield 405; Sonja Randall 45t; Richard DeLong 362; Mildred Patterson 119; Henry Johnson 152; Jeannette DePoy 542; Felton Denney 489b; Shelbie Sheppard 183; Everette Denney 426t; Sherrell Durand 335; Winford Kerr 339; Karen Reaves 410t; Chip Ward 112; Tommy McGraw 148; Homer Benefield 56t; Jimmie Denney 101t; Katharine Hough 294; David Hough 32t; Paula McGray 300; Robert Handel 299; Nate Green and Norma Green 76b; Flora Skinner 434; Cassie Franklin and Rodney Ivey 186.

Announcements were made. Jeff Sheppard and Roy Nelson led song on page 46 as the closing song. Lewis Norton dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—Roy Nelson; Secretary—Mary Florence Smith.