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Alabama Collegiate Singing

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Saturday, February 17, 2001

The third annual session of the Alabama Collegiate Singing was held in the hall of the Wesley Foundation Methodist Student Center on the campus of the University of Alabama. The class was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Tim Cook leading song on page 59. Elder Donald Smith offered the morning prayer.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Tim Cook; Secretary—Tish Crocker.

Leaders: Tim Cook 37b; Bill Stewart 68b, 452b; Ashley Keeton 442, 196; Glenn Keeton 225t, 278t; J.L Hopper 198, 412; Amber Springfield 337, 192; Donald Smith 175, 448t; Nate Green and Norma Green 32t, 74b; Judy Caudle 180, 385b; Talley Kitchens 176b, 143; George Cox 303, 569b; Sarah Beasley Smith 108 (t? b?).

RECESS

Tim Cook brought the class to order leading song on page 47t. Leaders: Gary Smith 31t; Toney Smith 35, 565b; Ola Meadows 378t, 388; Ivalene Donaldson 146; Cecile Cox 282; Edward Howton 101 (t? b?), 318; Wilton Donaldson 111t, 111b; Tish Crocker 47b, 490; Travis Keeton 56t, 57; Warren Steel 150, 183. Donald Smith offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

A memorial lesson was presented by Donald Smith and Ruth Wyers leading song on page 274 (t? b?) for the deceased: Walter Wyers, Gene Wakefield, Arthur Phillips, Woodie Walker, Mae Ola Nelson, Marie Aldridge, Eron White, Hubert Hood, and A.C. McGough.

Donald Smith and Ruth Wyers led song on page 58 for the sick and shut-ins: Dr. James Howell, Martha Howell, Bill Green, Beufa Green, Col. Rupert Yarbrough, and Gladys Bonds. Donald Smith closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Ruth Wyers 206; Ruth Wyers and Judy Caudle 393; Rashmi Becker and Andrew Grace 335; Gravis Ballinger 78, 34b; Earl Ballinger 299, 155; Larry Ballinger 425, 109; Lisa Geist 460, 532; Andrew Albers 160t, 173; Peggy Bergman, Maxine Lacy, and Edward Howton 436, 434 (in memory of their father, G.E. Howton, who in 1923 began the forerunner to this singing, the fifth Sunday Tuscaloosa County Courthouse singings, a tradition which, after the loss of the venerable structure to the wrecking ball in 1961, continued at the Rosedale Community Center in Tuscaloosa until 1995); J.L. Hopper 188; Amber Springfield 391; Ivalene Donaldson 129; Glenn Keeton 267; Nate Green and Norma Green 145 (t? b?); Ashley Keeton 504; Andrew Albers 551; Warren Steel 218; Travis Keeton 142; Sarah Beasley Smith 290; Judy Caudle 31 (t? b?); Mako Cook 503, 347; Bill Stewart 480; Talley Kitchens 327; Gary Smith 514 (?); Gravis Ballinger 120; Lisa Geist 269; Tim Cook 30t (by request of Donovan Brown).

Announcements were made. Tim Cook led song on page 62 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Elder J.L. Hopper.

Chairman—Tim Cook; Secretary—Tish Crocker.