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Labor Day Singing

Shoal Creek Church, North of Heflin, Alabama

Monday, September 2, 2002

The annual Labor Day Sacred Harp Singing met at Shoal Creek Church, Talladega National Forest, ten miles north of Heflin, Alabama on the first Monday in September.

Jeff Sheppard called the class to order and led song on page 32t. Harvey Austin offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 61; Richard DeLong 166, 81t; Mary Lambert Smith 63, 37b.

A business session was held, and the class voted to retain the same officers: Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—Richard DeLong; Secretary—Mary Lambert Smith; Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards.

Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 217; Bobby Jackson 480, 112; Teenie Moody 384, 222; Earlis McGraw 568, 435; Les Scott 153, 117; Felton Denney 385b, 565; LaRue Allen 428, 350; Jeannette DePoy and Lynn Allen 457, 318; Harvey Austin 40; Corene Laminack 75.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Jeff Sheppard leading song on page 45t. Leaders: B.J. Harris 225t, 303; Frances Jones 147t; Oscar Brown 335, 339; Charlene Wallace 171, 299; S.T. Reed 393, 403; Sonja Randall 87; Henry Johnson 535, 570; Lee Rogers 448t, 424; Lonnie Rogers 389, 348b; Laura Ackerman 218, 83b; John Plunkett 123b, 133.

Joe Jones gave some of the history of Shoal Creek Church, read the list of the trustees of the Preservation Society of Shoal Creek Church who must be a descendant of the settlers of that community, and told of some of the activities held at the church during the year.

Jeff Sheppard led song on page 35, and the class was dismissed for lunch.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Richard DeLong leading song on page 337. Leaders: Jimmie Denney 155, 313t; Mary Smith 294, 358; Nate Green and Norma Green 319, 154; Louise Holland 137, 144; Curtis Hamrick 436, 196; Martha Ann Stegar 198, 268; Ivalene Donaldson and Wilton Donaldson 503; Shelbie Sheppard 440; Everette Denney 405, 146; Judy Mincey 501, 475; Bud Oliver 224, 434 (in memory of Flora Skinner); Ted Mercer 345b, 209; Eunice Webb 229, 284; Scott DePoy and Jeannette DePoy 203; Lou Cotney 300; Virginia Dyer 454, 340; Ginnie Prater 460, 220; Glenda Collins and husband 124, 282.

Announcements were made. Jeff Sheppard led song on page 46 as the closing song. Lonnie Rogers offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

A donation of $215.00 was given to Shoal Creek Church from the Sacred Harp Singers.

Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—Richard DeLong; Secretary—Mary Lambert Smith.