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Antioch Baptist Church - Birthday Singing

South of Tallapoosa, Georgia, on Old 100 Highway

Friday Night, April 6, 2001

The ninth session of the Birthday Singing was held on Friday night before the second Sunday in April at Antioch Baptist Church. Birthday honorees were Mildred Johnson, who was unable to attend due to illness, and Elder Homer Benefield.

Hugh McGraw called the class to order at 6:30 p.m. for Johnny Wright who was unable to attend due to his father’s illness. Hugh McGraw led song on page 324, and Elder Homer Benefield offered the evening prayer. Hugh McGraw led song on page 350.

A business session was held with the class voting to retain the following officers: Chairman—Johnny Wright; Vice Chairman—Everette Ellis; Secretary—Charlene Wallace; Arranging Committee—Mary Florence Smith.

Leaders: Everette Ellis 108b; Charlene Wallace 168; Mary Florence Smith 155; Joyce Clackum and Leonard Benefield 127; Joyce Clackum, Leonard Benefield, Katherine Benefield, and Elder Homer Benefield 56t; Felton Denney 31t, 73t; Josephine Denney 143, 101t; B.M. Smith 475, 222; Eleanor Haase 503, 352; Henry Schuman 32t; Jeff Bell 481, 290; Jan House 178, 361; Lonnie Rogers 33b, 348b. The class was dismissed for the evening meal.


The class resumed singing with Hugh McGraw leading song on page 175. Leaders: Eunice Webb 208, 569b; Myron House 291; Margie Smith 313t; Bob Meeks 276; Lou Cotney 218; William Shetter 373; Karen Reaves 335; Lois Owens 480, 349; Lenna Davidson 164; Mildred Patterson 146, 340; Charolette Kiker and Jennifer Kiker 72b (in memory of their grandfather, Joe Warren), 358 (in memory of their aunt, Faye Warren); Daphene Ray and Diane Clayton 127, 159; Inez Chandler 405, 457.

Announcements were made. Hugh McGraw led song on page 267 as the closing song. Elder Homer Benefield dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Johnny Wright; Acting Chairman—Hugh McGraw; Vice Chairman—Everette Ellis; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.