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Independence Day Singing

Muscadine Methodist Church, Muscadine, Alabama

Thursday, July 4, 2002

The nineteenth session of the Independence Day Singing met at Muscadine Methodist Church on Thursday, July 4, 2002. Chairman Jeff Sheppard called the class to order leading song on page 76b. Louis Hughes offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: B.M. Smith 28b (for his mother, Myrtle Smith); Mary Lambert Smith 318; Shelbie Sheppard 242; Margie Smith 373.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—B.M. Smith; Secretary—Mary Lambert Smith; Arranging Committee—Margie Smith.

Leaders: Tommy McGraw 475; Martha Beverly 492; Keith Willard 32t; Teenie Moody 171; Shane Wootten 37b; Jenny Willard 422; Rodney Ivey 436; Donna Wootten 274t; Wilton Donaldson and Ivalene Donaldson 335; Reba Dell Windom 441; Allison Dodson 145b; Henry Johnson 138b; Thomas J. Willard 106; Bobby Jackson 568; LaRue Allen 306; Bill Beverly 86.


B.M. Smith brought the class together leading song on page 30t. Leaders: Laura Clawson 110; Lela Crowder 224; David Yeager 137; Elene Stovall 430; Jerry Enright 168; Bud Oliver 145t; Liz Bryant 542; Louis Hughes 384; Karen Freund 411; Kenneth DeLong 560; Carlene Griffin 155; Max Berueffy 392; Charlene Wallace 396; Dennis George 240; Nancy Yeager 487; Gaston White 66; Lynne deBenedette 300; Philip Denney 55; Evelyn Harris 47t; S.T. Reed 397; Eunice Webb 512; Milton Oliver 222; Lois Owen 75; Lonnie Rogers 97, 225t.

In observance of this day, July 4th, 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 our freedom to meet together to sing and enjoy the fellowship of one another.


Jeff Sheppard brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 82 (t? b?). Leaders: Bob Goodwin 84; Pam Nunn 269; Harvey Austin 108t; Lou Cotney 172; Earlis McGraw 284; John Plunkett 346; Susan Roberts 40; Martha Ann Stegar 479; Felton Denney 448b; Everette Denney 179; Bill Hogan 420; C.W. Garner 63; Jesse Roberts 227; Mary Lee Smith 358; Lewis Norton 418; Ted Mercer 36t; B.M. Smith 408.


The singing resumed with Jeff Sheppard leading song on page 186. Leaders: Keith Willard and Jenny Willard 112; Nancy Yeager and David Yeager 163b; Liz Bryant and Bob Goodwin 178; Jerry Enright and Karen Freund 101b; Martha Beverly and Bill Beverly 497; Donna Wootten and Shane Wootten 217; Elene Stovall and Max Berueffy 182; Reba Dell Windom and Bill Windom 196; Bill Hogan 501; Susan Roberts and Jesse Roberts 430; Bud Oliver and Rodney Ivey 270; Jeff Sheppard, Shelbie Sheppard, Rene Greene, and Pam Nunn 220.

Announcements were made. Jeff Sheppard and B.M. Smith led song on page 46 as the closing song. Donald Payne, pastor of the church, dismissed the class with prayer.

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