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Rock Creek-Mountain Home and
Ryan Creek Convention

New Hope Church, Cullman, Alabama

Saturday, August 17, 2002

The one hundred-sixth session of the Rock Creek-Mountain Home and the one hundred twenty-ninth session of the Ryan Creek Convention was held at Mt. Hope Church in Cullman, Alabama on Saturday before the third Sunday in August. Billy Williams opened the convention leading songs on pages 33b and 39b. Uel Freeman offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Billy Williams 76b; Cecil Sanders and Juanita Sanders 225t; Stella Pratt 335, 317; Clarence McCool 569b, 68b; Corene White 37b, 146; Don Robinson 215, 212; John Hyde 124, 566; Charles McCravey 143, 176b; Wilton Donaldson 30t, 32t; Ivalene Donaldson 426t.

A business session was held, and the class voted to retain the same officers: Chairman—Billy Williams; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Eldagene Roberson.


John Merritt called the class back to order leading song on page 176t. Leaders: Uel Freeman 65, 64; Sarah Smith 29 (t? b?), 288; Edith Tate 336, 389; Judy Caudle 97 (by request), 57, 78; Brenda Merritt 340, 172; Elvin Guthrie 186, 266.


Velton Chafin called the class back to order leading song on page 43.

A memorial lesson was held. Billy Williams read a verse from the Bible, and Josie Hyde read the list of the deceased who have passed away since the last convention. Those remembered were: Callie Calvert, William Ryan, David Holcomb, Lucille Tolbert, Harold Calvert, Dovy Jackson, Silas Curtis, Doris Vickery, Elbert Hale, Bernice McGough, Lessie Grant, Bertha Humphries, Irene Hipp, Freeman Wootten, and George Cox. Josie Hyde led song on page 129 in memory of the deceased.

Marie Guthrie read the list of the sick and shut-ins and led song on page 373 for these friends and loved ones who were unable to attend. Those remembered were Mavis Price, Chrystal Crocker, Ruth Price, Charlotte Hinkle, Ulys Walker, Tressie Adkins, Sharon Doe, Elsie Beasley, and John Hocutt. Velton Chafin closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: John Merritt 28b, 360; Hershell King 67, 175; Uel Freeman and Sharon Long 35, 45t.


Brenda Merritt called the afternoon session to order leading song on page 76b. Leaders: Aubrey Tyree 358, 434; Brenda Pena 325, 231; Josie Hyde 507; Marie Guthrie 189, 446; Eldagene Roberson 89, 29t; Travis Keeton 53, 392; Harrison Creel 348t; Margie Lee and Willodean Butler 36b, 445; Judy Caudle 412 (for Reedie Powell), 369; Brenda Merritt 475 (for Flarce Creel and John Hocutt).

Announcements were made. Billy Williams led song on page 46 as the closing song. John Merritt offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Billy Williams; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Eldagene Roberson.