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Salem United Methodist Church

Cedar Bluff, Cherokee County, Alabama

Saturday, June 22, 2002

The first session of the annual singing at Salem United Methodist Church in Cedar Bluff, Cherokee County, Alabama was called to order by Henry Johnson leading song on page 59. Pastor Jack Gilbreath extended a very warm welcome to everyone who came, and offered the morning prayer.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Henry Johnson; Vice Chairman—Jeffery Richardson; Secretary—Ceil Morrison; Chaplain—Jack Gilbreath; Welcoming Committee—Gayle Richardson; Arranging Committee—Jim Morrison.

Leaders: Jeffery Richardson, Jim Morrison, and Ceil Morrison 45t; Henry Johnson 125; Lamar Smith and Randall Smith 76b, 36b; Jackie Tanner 47t; Bobby Jackson 270; Elene Stovall 39b; B.M. Smith 475; Martha Beverly 383; J.L. Hopper 163t; Mary Lambert Smith 440; Don Clark 203; LaRue Allen 142; Ted Mercer 410b; Eunice Webb 434; David Yeager 64; Judy Caudle 227; Kenneth DeLong 365; Eliza Cavanaugh 350.

RECESS

Henry Johnson called the class back to order leading song on page 418, and recognized those from other states. Leaders: John Plunkett 286; Evelyn Harris 155; Eric Morgan 328; Jeannette DePoy 55; Jackson Harcrow 153; Margie Smith 499; S.T. Reed 271b; Peter Irvine 319; Nate Green and Norma Green 271 (t? b?), 80b; Don Bowen 137; Louis Hughes 496; Betty Shepherd 299; Ed Thacker 108t; Charlene Wallace 218; Darlene Dalton 454; Hugh McGraw 413; Lou Cotney 384; Milton Oliver 314; B.J. Harris 503; Teenie Moody 347; Ann Gilbreath 85.

At this time the floor was given over to Pastor Jack Gilbreath for the lunch prayer.

LUNCH

Dennis George brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 208. Leaders: Karen Clark 474; Verlon Stiefel and Mary Ruth Stiefel 348b; Jeff Sheppard 322; Laura Clawson 95; Philip Gilmore 39t; Judy Mincey 538; Tony Ivey 139; Syble Adams “Song of Praise”; Shelbie Sheppard 272; Max Berueffy 392; Cassie Franklin 349; Bud Oliver 480; Susan Harcrow 430; Shane Wootten 172; Cindy Tanner 224; Rodney Ivey 186; Lela Crowder 168; Mark Brown 277; Sarah Jenkins 222.

RECESS

Henry Johnson called the class back to order leading song on page 135. Leaders: Eloise Wootten 99; Stan Jensen and Jenny Jensen 171; Coy Ivey 486t (WB); Donna Wootten 274 (t? b?); May Witt and Lee Williams (Slonan twins) 215, 358; Eric Morgan 340; Bill Beverly 547; Eliza Cavanaugh 228; Peter Irvine 387; Janice Paulk 478; Judy Caudle 448t; Martha Beverly 269.

Announcements were made. Syble Adams led her own composition, “Song of Praise,” by request of the congregation as the closing song. Pastor Jack Gilbreath offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Henry Johnson; Vice Chairman—Jeffery Richardson; Secretary—Ceil Morrison.