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Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church

Eva, Morgan County, Alabama

May 26, 2002

The May Decoration Day Sacred Harp Singing held at Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church was called to order by Elder J.L. Hopper leading songs 145t, 145b (for Wilda Holmes), and 166. The morning prayer was offered by Elder J.L. Hopper. Leaders and selections were as follows: Jonathon Thompson 84, 313t; Brandon Thompson 274t, 335; Nancy Thompson 45t; Marlin Beasley 101t, 512; David Light 200, 192; Ivalene Donaldson 343; Bud Oliver 32t, 39b; Randall Smith 76b, 73t; Rhoda Norris 460; Rodney Ivey 461, 475; Josie Hyde 434, 477; Eddis Guthrie 99, 171.

RECESS

The singing resumed with Chairman Milford Cobbs leading song on page 75. Leaders and selections: Arvid Holmes 155; John Hyde 566, 297; Wilton Donaldson 565, 348b; Linton Ballinger 110, 81t; Richard Ivey 183t, 217; Stuart Ivey 186, 222; Karen Ivey 300, 112; Susan Holmes 137, 47b; Hershell King 384, 426t; Larry Ballinger 425, 224; Elene Stovall 208, 480; Milford Cobbs 143. Prayer was offered by Hershell King.

LUNCH

After enjoying lunch and fellowship, the class was called to order by Milford Cobbs leading song on page 127.

A memorial session was held at this time. Jonathon and Brandon Thompson led song on page 448t in memory of their grandfather, Willard Hopper. Judy Caudle led song on page 459 in memory of Aunt Bera Bradford, and song on page 499 in memory of Nelda Nelson, Aubrey Holmes, Arthur Cobbs, and Frances Beasley Lee. Also, remembering the sick or shut in: Herbert Cobbs, Kimmie Holcomb, Wilda Holmes, Marie Guthrie, and Eldagene Roberson, Judy Caudle led song on page 406. The memorial session was closed with prayer offered by Elder J.L. Hopper.

Leaders and selections: Max Berueffy 278b, 411; Susan Harcrow 126, 35; Lavaughn Ballinger 294; Philip Gilmore and Paula Gilmore 270, 30b; Craig Holmes 438; J.C. Rutledge 569b; Buckley Hopper 47t, 49b; David Ivey 114; Dan Hopper 535; J.L. Hopper 295, 36t. Announcements were made. Milford Cobbs and others led song on page 62 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Elder Daniel Hopper.

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