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Mulberry River Convention

Liberty Church (McCormick), Jefferson County, Alabama

Saturday, August 31, 2002

The ninety-seventh session of the Mulberry River Convention was held at Liberty Church (McCormick) on Saturday before the first Sunday in September. Velton Chafin called the class to order at 10:00 a.m., and led song on page 108t. Charles Kitchens offered the morning prayer. Velton Chafin led song on page 111t.

The class organized and voted to retain the following officers: Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Edith Tate; Arranging Committee—Willodean Barton.

Leaders: Velton Chafin 30t; Winell Sanders 111b; Corene White 146, 379; Uel Freeman 64, 65, 317; Willie Mae Moon 225t, 217, 283; Sharon Long 35, 45t; John Hyde 314, 313 (t? b?), 297; Wilton Donaldson 335, 32t; Margaret Keeton 349, 142.

RECESS

Velton Chafin brought the class to order leading songs on pages 34b and 97 (in memory of Ira James). Leaders: Annie Lou Price 143, 535; Lucy Heidorn 343 (in memory of William Ryan), 88t (in memory of Marie Aldridge), 155 (for Fern Kitchens); Charles Kitchens 90, 336, 333 (in memory of Irene Parker Denson); Ivalene Donaldson 42; Travis Keeton 319 (in memory of Dovy Jackson), 421, 235; Billy Williams 448 (t? b?), 78, 28b.

LUNCH

Velton Chafin brought the afternoon session to order and led song on page 318. Leaders: Clarence McCool and Dessie Goodman 68b, 490, 73 (t? b?); Kenneth Tate 503, 457; Edith Tate 336, 384, 460; Harrison Creel 378b; Josie Hyde 43, 278t, 312t, 312b; Ozella Blackmon 282, 322; Willodean Barton 159, 101b; Josie Hyde 429; Velton Chafin 162, 475, 521.

Announcements were made. Billy Williams offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Edith Tate.