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Cullman County Singing Convention

Cullman County Courthouse, Cullman, Alabama

July 13-14, 2002

Saturday, July 13

The annual Cullman County Courthouse Singing Convention was convened at the Cullman County Courthouse in Cullman, Alabama on the second Sunday and Saturday before in July. Elvin Guthrie called the convention to order leading song on page 49t. Harrison Creel offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Elvin Guthrie 52t; David Roberson 146, 274t; Marie Guthrie 192, 131t; Corene White 171, 215; Travis Keeton 129, 75; Hershell King 204, 97; Uel Freeman 65, 64; Kenneth Tate 68b, 480; Tyler Newman 358, 340.


John Merritt called the class back to order leading song on page 312b. Leaders: Gennie Nelms and Butch White 159, 74b; Charles McCravey 143; Marlin Beasley 74t, 82t; Gaston White 66, 35; Lavaughn Ballinger 84, 405; Cassie Franklin 167, 304; David Carlton 163b, 442; Ashley Keeton 475, 145b; Bud Oliver 39b, 73 (t? b?); Danny Creel 112, 76b; Lucy Heidorn 200; Wilton Donaldson 348b, 545; Bill Stewart 569 (t? b?), 48t; Juanita Newman 30t, 335; Ruth Walker 490, 298; Cindy Tanner 198; Elvin Guthrie 369. Ulysses Walker offered the blessing for the noon meal.


Elvin Guthrie called the afternoon session to order leading song on page 225t. Leaders: Henry Guthery 465, 140; Eldagene Roberson 399b, 142.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Henry Guthery; Vice Chairman—Danny Creel; Secretary—Eldagene Roberson; Memorial Committee—Marie Guthrie; Finance Committee—Billy Williams. The business session was closed.

Leaders: Henry Guthery 543; Sandie Scott 173, 408; Judy Caudle 428; Josie Hyde 302, 204; Ann Jett 546, 269; Hubert Nall 47t, 403; Rachel Allred 276; Brenda Pena 108 (t? b?), 29t; Jennifer Allred 186, 30 (t? b?); Larry Ballinger 50b; Ivalene Donaldson 343b; Amanda Denson 126, 428; Earl Ballinger 56t, 177t; Lisa Geist 532; Bobby Watkins 58, 217; Glenn Keeton 350, 178; Aubrey Tyree 434, 189; J.C. Rutledge 401; Buell Cobb 139; Elsie Moon 76t; John Merritt 123t; Billy Williams 161; Linda Thomas and Gennie Easter 31b; Brenda Merritt 436, 336.

Henry Guthery led song on page 421 as the closing song. Danny Creel offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, July 14

The Sunday session of the Cullman County Convention was called to order by Chairman Henry Guthery who welcomed everyone and then led song on page 135. Billy Williams offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: A.D. Chandler 42, 72t, 176b; Velton Chafin 535, 225t; David Roberson 220, 275b; Kenneth Tate 111b, 101t; Corene White 37b, 73 (t? b?); Amanda Denson 145t, 111t; David Light 192, 110; Hershell King 460, 426t; Aubrey Tyree 329, 208; Elvin Guthrie 298, 479, 266; Ruth Walker 340, 217.


Henry Guthery called the class to order leading song on page 358. Leaders: Guy Bankes 350, 556; Marie Guthrie 25 (JB); J.C. Rutledge 490, 105; Reedie Powell 497, 412; Danny Creel 123t, 327; Buell Cobb 31b, 138b; Edith Tate 88t, 389.

Marie Guthrie conducted the memorial lesson and read the names of the deceased and the sick and shut-ins.

The names of the deceased remembered were: Bertha Humphries, William Ryan, Bob Sawyer, Lydia Baswell, Freeman Wootten, Roie Alexander, Callie Calvert, I.V. Cockrell, George Cox, Willard Hopper, Lucille Tolbert, Lawrence Underwood, Lula Underwood, and Ethel McGough—Alabama; Frances Beasley Lee—Florida; Frank Sills—Tennessee; Linda Smart and Juan Infante—New York.

The sick and shut-ins remembered were: Kim Watkins, Charlotte Hinkle, Mavis Price, Ruth Tillman, Edgar Graves, Runyan Graves, Markus White, Chrystal Crocker, Elsie Beasley, Tressie Adkins, and Gertrude Woods. David Ivey led song on page 176t and Buell Cobb led song on page 235 for all those friends and loved ones who have passed away, and for those who are sick and shut-ins. Ulysses Walker closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Flarce Creel and granddaughter, Emily Creel 178, 480, 475; Geraldine Watkins 299, 66; Eldagene Roberson 144, 385b.


Henry Guthery called the afternoon session to order leading song on page 532. Leaders: David Ivey 121, 90; Gennie Nelms 411, 328; Judy Caudle 189, 107, 540; Beatrice Yancey 565, 452; Edis Guthrie 100, 91; Harrison Creel 498, 530; Tyler Newman 30t, 119; Juanita Newman 108t, 335; Manilia Hudson 551, 43; Sherry Guthery 58, 64; Roscoe Knight 127; Henry Guthery and Scott Guthery 153, 445; Guy Bankes 481; David Ivey 280, 67; Buell Cobb 294.

Announcements were made. Henry Guthery led song on page 521 as the closing song. Danny Creel gave the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Henry Guthery; Vice Chairman—Danny Creel; Secretary—Eldagene Roberson.