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Calhoun County Convention

Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church,
Between Anniston and Jacksonville, Alabama

September 14-15, 2002

Saturday, September 14

The eighty-eighth session of the Calhoun County Sacred Harp Convention met at Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church in the Four Mile Community between Anniston and Jacksonville, Alabama on the third Sunday and Saturday before in September.

B.J. Harris brought the class to order and led song on page 82t. S.T. Reed offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: B.J. Harris 32t; B.M. Smith 101t, 123t; Pearl Guier 40, 127; Evelyn Harris 155, 47t.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—B.J. Harris; Vice Chairman—B.M. Smith; Secretary—Evelyn Harris; Arranging Committee—Pearl Guier and Hester Edwards; Memorial Committee—Ruth Brown.

Leaders: B.J. Harris 303; Rodney Ivey 208, 318; Daphene Causey 222, 422; Milton Oliver 430, 224; Eunice Webb 460, 499; Lonnie Rogers 298, 389; Anita Landess and Rodney Ivey 170; Anita Landess 540; John Plunkett 297, 417; Kenneith Calvert 143, 87.

RECESS

B.M. Smith brought the class to order and led song on page 145t. Leaders: Coy Ivey 59, 270; Louise Holland 43, 273; Pauline Kilgore and Roy Nail 354b, 335; Andrew Snyder 189, 142; Norma Green 108t, 164; S.T. Reed 381, 275t; Karleen Williams 268, 146; Wilton Donaldson and Ivalene Donaldson 225t, 348b; LaRue Allen 217, 36b; Hershell King 80b, 35.

LUNCH

Rodney Ivey called the afternoon session to order and led song on page 81t. Leaders: David Yeager 102, 330b; Charlene Wallace 276, 299; Linda Thomas 32t; Bud Oliver 332, 42; Reba Norton 373, 282; Carlene Griffin 283, 517; Shelbie Sheppard 202, 203; Ruth Daniel 127, 378t; Henry Johnson 29b, 539; Lou Cotney 384, 358; Jeff Sheppard 192, 152 (in memory of Flora Skinner), 303 (by request); Anita Landess 551; David Yeager 504; Andrew Snyder 300; B.M. Smith 313t (for Margie Smith); Pearl Guier 45t; Pearl Guier and Hester Edwards 73b (for Alice Edwards).

Announcements were made. B.J. Harris and B.M. Smith led song on page 46 as the closing song. Lonnie Rogers offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, September 15

B.J. Harris brought the Sunday morning session to order leading song on page 63. Lamar Smith offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Evelyn Harris 32t, 30t; Pearl Guier 49b, 59; Pearl Guier and Hester Edwards 274t, 73b (for Alice Edwards); Milton Oliver 329, 325; Eunice Webb 100, 298; Bud Oliver 90, 39b; Lou Cotney and Coy Ivey 222, 300, 137, 196; Stuart Ivey 84, 270; Stuart Ivey and Coy Ivey 384; Daphene Causey 73t, 77t; S.T. Reed 278b, 345b, 345t; Karen Ivey 421, 405.

RECESS

B.J. Harris brought the class to order and led song on page 82t. Leaders: Randall Smith and Lamar Smith 36b, 76b; Amanda Denson 29t, 160b; David Ivey 121, 120; Joan Aldridge 182, 327; Buell Cobb 326, 320; Stanley Edwards 318, 340.

Ruth Brown conducted a very moving memorial lesson with comments about the tragedies and sorrows we have to face in our daily lives, and the comfort only God, who sustains us, can give.

S.T. Reed led song on page 285t for the deceased. Karen Ivey led song on page 312b for the sick and shut-ins. Ruth Brown and Karen Ivey led song on page 45t, and B.J. Harris closed the memorial with prayer.

LUNCH

Jeff Sheppard called the class to order for the afternoon session and led songs on pages 87 and 97. Leaders: Pam Nunn 147t, 186, 269; Randall Smith 155, 454; Shelbie Sheppard 114, 242, 245; Robert Walker and Buell Cobb 72b; Stanley Edwards 81t; Pam Nunn 216; Pearl Guier 68b (for Ruth Brown and in memory of Henry Burnham), 448b; David Ivey, Karen Ivey, and Stuart Ivey 475; Amanda Denson 250.

Announcements were made. B.J. Harris led song on page 69t as the closing song, and then dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—B.J. Harris; Vice Chairman—B.M. Smith; Secretary—Evelyn Harris.