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Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church

Eva, Morgan County, Alabama

May 27, 2001

The May Decoration Day Sacred Harp Singing held at Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church was called to order by Chairman Milford Cobbs leading songs on pages 75 and 46. The morning prayer was offered by Henry Guthery.

Leaders and selections were as follows: Arvid Holmes 460; Judy Caudle 33b, 28b (by request); Jonathon Thompson 39b, 68b; Eddis Guthrie 36b, 34b; Henry Guthery 225t, 101t, 30t; Eldagene Roberson 89, 81t; Brandon Thompson 274t, 335; Wilda Holmes 501 (CB), 295; Judy Caudle 108b (for Mrs. Lessie Grant).

RECESS

Singing resumed with Milford Cobbs leading song on page 127. Leaders: David Roberson 340, 63; Nancy Thompson 45t, 49b; Linton Ballinger 32t, 35; Rhoda Norris 317, 384; Hershell King 163t, 348b; Susan Holmes 313t, 441; Milford Cobbs 143, 358; Arvid Holmes 312b; Judy Caudle 76t, 133; Jonathon Thompson 146; Eddis Guthrie 269, 186. Hershell King offered prayer and the blessing for lunch.

LUNCH

After enjoying lunch and fellowship, the class was called to order by Milford Cobbs leading song on page 323 (t? b?).

A memorial session was held at this time. Milford Cobbs made remarks of remembrance of those who have passed from this life and admonished all to remember the veterans of the wars of our country, both those who gave their lives and those who returned, for they, too, gave of themselves for our freedoms.

Judy Caudle led song on page 141 in memory of Aubrey Holmes and song on page 459 in memory of Bera Bradford, Mamie Buckelew, and Leon Holmes. Jonathon Thompson and Brandon Thompson led song on page 448t in memory of Willard Hopper, L.E. Hopper, and the others of the Hopper family who have passed away. The memorial session was closed with prayer offered by Elder J.L. Hopper.

Leaders: Henry Guthery 205, 383; Marie Guthrie 434, 322; Craig Holmes 111t; Linton Ballinger 110; Daniel Hopper 201, 268; Eldagene Roberson 300; Susan Holmes and Jane Long 100 (remembering Aunt Teenie, who has a broken hip and could not be at the singing), 142; J.L. Hopper 218, 376, 304, 306. Announcements were made. Milford Cobbs and J.L. Hopper led song on page 389 as the closing song. Elder Daniel Hopper offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Milford Cobbs; Vice Chairman—Arvid Holmes; Secretary—Judy Caudle.