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Baldwin County Singing Convention

City Hall - Bay Minette, Alabama

January 21-22, 1995

Saturday, January 21

The Baldwin County Singing Convention was opened with the Chairman, William Green, leading song on page 70, followed by Mr. Lonnie Rogers giving the opening prayer. Chairman William Green led song on page 217; Vice Chairman J. A. Mosley 82, 101. Leaders: B. M. Smith 507b, 155; Lonnie Rogers 186, 395; Ann Jett 192, 573; Elvin Guthrie 172, 297; M. H. Creel 335; Marie Guthrie 434; Alice Hochstetler 105b, 567.

RECESS

William Greene called the class to order leading song on page 423. Leaders: S.T. Reed 478, 344; Ruby Phillips 522, 528b; Bill Aplin 68, 88; W. M. Oliver 515, 505; Kim Cagle 442t, 371; Buddy Tindal 535t, 543b; Lurleen Heath and Mrs. Skipper 45t, 290; Ralph Heath 414, 559; Elder Marshall Avery 85, 74b.

RECESS

William Green and John Etheridge led 569 to resume the singing. Leaders: Velton Chafin 225t, 86; Cassie Franklin 200; Wanda Capps 39, 547; Cindy Franklin 507t, 411; Thurman Nall 570; John Merritt 38t; Edith Tate 75, 491; J. A. Mosley 542; Flarce Creel 384; Geneva Prichard 31, 87; Phillip Langley 300, 215.

LUNCH

Singing resumed after lunch with J. A. Mosley leading song on page 341. Leaders: Buna Mae Purvis and sisters 440b, 563; Eloise Avery 571, 137; Willie Mosley 77; Kate Merritt 392, 168; Murray Simmons 67, 373; Brenda Merritt 381t, 133; Charlene Wallace 276, 171; John Etheridge 76; Eva Padgett 536; Stanley Smith 153; Emma Lou Grayson 447t; Don Clark 110; Horace Batchelor 289; Deborah Langley 449, 497; Albert Probst 489; Doug Wood 283, 72; Coy Ivey 515; Alice Mosley 500; Margie and B. M. Smith 422; Leola Smith and William Green 185; Chairman William Green, Vice Chairman J. A. Mosley, and Secretary Alice Mosley led the closing song for the day with Elder Marshall Avery leading the closing prayer.

Sunday, January 22

The session was opened with William Green, Chairman, leading song on page126. The opening prayer was offered by Elder Marshall Avery. Vice Chairman J. A. Mosley led 72. Leaders: S. T. Reed 271; Eloise Avery 515; Coy Ivey 63; Kim Cagle 32t, B. M. Smith 127; Elder Avery 159; Lonnie Rogers 377; Keterina Sanders 572; Bill Aplin 466; Velton Chafin 478; W. M. Oliver 505; Ann Jett 518; Cassie Franklin 42; Flarce Creel 270; Ruby Phillips 345t; M. H. Creel 355; Alice Hochstetler 426t; Cindy Franklin 559; John Etheridge 410; David Lee 336t; Kathy Lee and Stanley Smith 38t; Clark Lee 45t; Julie Lee 553b; Chris Harper 573; Edith Tate 404; Marie Guthrie 189; Elvin Guthrie 193; Don Clark 272; Regina Clark 183; Mike Jones 225t.

RECESS

The memorial lesson was given at this time. Eloise Avery, Regina Clark, and Don Clark were on the committee. Eloise Avery gave a beautiful memorial in memory of our loved ones that have passed away and for the sick and shut-ins. The memorial paid a beautiful tribute to the “Sacred Harp Singers” and their love for each other. Don Clark led 229. This service touched each one of us in a way that will never be forgotten. Singing was resumed with J. A. Mosley leading 59. Leaders: Winston Jones 47b; Albert Probst 220; Ralph Heath 235; Buddy Tindal 447t; Lurleen Heath 222; Stanley and McKenzie Smith 528; Phillip Langley 196; Deborah Langley 300; Cecil Sanders 145; Horace Nall 501; Thurman Nall 444t; Brenda Merritt 567; John Merritt 138. William Green and Alice Mosley led 343 to dismiss for lunch, and Lonnie Rogers gave the blessing.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was resumed.with singing. Leaders: Dana Merritt 220; Kate Merritt 217; Edith Tate 73t; Cindy Franklin 39; John Etheridge 98; Marie Guthrie 192; Elvin Guthrie 340; Ralph Heath 240; Stanley Smith 288; David Lee 563; Kathy and David Lee 199; Julie Lee 511b; Clark Lee 488b; Mike Jones 395b; Winston Jones 68b; Don Clark 171; Regina Clark 77b; Thurman Nall 287; Alice Hochstetler 145b; David Lee 188; Kim Cagle 470; Lurleen Heath 384; Brenda Merritt 298; John and Dana Merritt 486; Horace Nall 433; Buddy Tindal 383. The Sunday afternoon session was brought to a close and Elder Marshall Avery led the closing prayer.

Chairman—William Green; Vice Chairman—J. A. Mosley; Secretary—Alice Mosley.