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Cooper Book Singing

Shady Grove Baptist Church, Dutton, Alabama

Saturday, October 5, 2002

The class was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Syble Adams who greeted and welcomed the crowd, and encouraged all to participate. She especially thanked the faithful visitors (singers and listeners) from south Alabama, Florida, Minnesota, and area churches and singing groups, without whom this singing would not survive. The singing started with about 45 minutes of “no leader” style singing. Participants and listeners called out their selections, and John Etheridge keyed and set the pace. Selections included 512, 537, 74b, 564, 77t, 519t, 47t, and 498b. Pastor Dennis Hall offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Darlene Dalton 406; Loyd Ivey 288; Tommie Spurlock 503; Milton Oliver 505; Stanley Smith 140; Frank Hataway 138t; Mike Jones 225t; Keith Willard 572; Ed Thacker 29t.


Syble Adams brought the class back to order leading song on page 68t. Leaders: Bud Oliver 563; John Etheridge and Myra Dalton 133; Wilton Donaldson 285t; Hershell King 571; Aubrey Barfield 404; S.T. Reed 567; Dennis George 147; Betty Wright 511b; Jenny Willard 478; Don Clark 30t; Jarrod George 63; Shane Wootten 558, 559; Terry Wootten 539; Karen Clark 336t; Cindy Tanner 486; Alex Makris expertly led both 455t and 455b together as one song; Tommy George 300; Rodney Dalton 76b; Rhonda Arnold 31t; Pam Wilkerson 541.


Terry Wootten and Syble Adams brought the class back from lunch with a beautiful rendition of Syble’s original composition “Song of Praise.” Leaders: Cassie Franklin 98; Norma Green 573; Billy Williams 54t; Myra Dalton 497; Eloise Wootten 229; April Hall 515; Loretta Smith 282; Karen Travis 85; Melvin Stiefel 395b; Tim Dalton 543; Keith Willard and Jenny Willard 84; John Etheridge 408; Aubrey Barfield 522; Tommie Spurlock 183, 574; Frank Hataway and Cassie Franklin 270; Cassie Franklin 393t (by request); Mike Jones 384; Don Clark and Karen Clark 434; Stanley Smith 156 (by request); Terry Wootten 515 (WB), 543 (WB), 486t (WB); Stanley Smith 268t (by request).

Announcements were made. Syble Adams and Jenny Willard led song on page 367. Terry Wootten led song on page 62 as the closing song while we took the parting hand with friends and kindred dear to hold us over until we meet again to sing. Loyd Ivey offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairperson/Arranging—Syble Adams; Secretary—Darlene Dalton.