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Independence Day Singing

Muscadine Methodist Church, Muscadine, Alabama

Wednesday, July 4, 2001

The eighteenth session of the Independence Day Singing met at Muscadine Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 4, 2001. In the absence of Chairman Jeff Sheppard, the class was called to order by B.M. Smith, acting Chairman, leading song on page 36b. Felton Denney offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: B.M. Smith 448b; Shelbie Sheppard 242; Mary Florence Smith 40; Margie Smith and Nancy Allen 313t; Pam Nunn 269.

A business session was held and the class voted to retain the following officers: Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—B.M. Smith; Secretary—Mary Florence Smith; Arranging Committee—Margie Smith. B.M. Smith will act as Chairman for Jeff Sheppard who is in the hospital awaiting heart surgery.

Leaders: B.M. Smith 112; Bobby Jackson 568; Teenie Moody 303; Kenneth DeLong 34t; Lynne deBenedette 192; Earlis McGraw 148; LaRue Allen 200; Jerry Schreiber 394; Melanie Hauff 464; Nate Green and Norma Green 479; Tommy McGraw 477; Carla Smith 70t; Roy Nelson 380; Marcia Johnson 178.

RECESS

B.M. Smith brought the class to order leading song on page 81t. Leaders: Thomas Willard and Allison Dodson 378t; Max Berueffy 137; Kelly House Dunn 57; Ted Johnson 348b; Jenny Willard 564; Jesse Roberts 120; Leola Smith 234; Bill Dunn 101t; Pearl Guier 503; Kelly House Dunn and Rodney Ivey 430; Carlene Griffin 283; Keith Willard 100; Elene Stovall 389; Louis Hughes 76b; Charlene Wallace 146; Philip Denney 440; Henry Johnson 414b; Josephine Denney 45t; Richard DeLong 202.

In observance of this holiday, Lonnie Rogers gave a short talk on the importance and meaning of this day. He reminded us of what it should mean to each of us to have the freedom to meet together to sing and enjoy the fellowship of one another. In closing, he led song on page 225t and the class was dismissed for lunch.

LUNCH

B.M. Smith brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 123t. Leaders: Felton Denney 523; Susan Roberts 155; Eunice Webb 474; Everette Denney 405; Reba Norton 328; John Plunkett 346; Laura Clawson and Kelly House Dunn 282; Homer Benefield 56t; Janice Paulk 478; Mildred Patterson 89; Betty Wright 515b; Joyce Clackum 127; Lou Cotney 384; Martha Ann Stegar 275t; Jimmie Denney 46; Mary Lee Smith 358; Keith Willard 144; Marcia Johnson 436; Jerry Schreiber 198; Jenny Willard 271b; Ted Johnson 222; Melanie Hauff 203; Carla Smith 185; Kelly Dunn and Bill Dunn 48t; Lynne deBenedette 216; Jesse Roberts 212; B.M. Smith and Shelbie Sheppard 448t (for Jeff Sheppard who will have heart surgery on Thursday, July 5, 2001), 110.

Announcements were made. B.M. Smith led song on page 213 (t? b?) as the closing song. Lonnie Rogers dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—B.M. Smith; Secretary—Mary Florence Smith.