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Liberty Decoration Singing

Liberty Church, Henagar, Alabama

June 1, 2003

The annual Decoration Day Sacred Harp Singing held at Liberty Church was called to order with Chairman David Ivey leading 82t and 101t (in memory of Leonard Lacy). Phil Summerlin led the morning prayer. Jackie Tanner was appointed as the Arranging Committee. The singing continued with Vice Chairman Shane Wootten leading 378t (in memory of Woodie Walker).

Leaders: Secretary Norma Green 494 (in memory of Jewell Lea, who was buried today); Jackie Tanner 421 (in memory of his grandmother, Minnie Tanner); Rex Wilks 378b (in memory of his parents, J.B. and Ruby Wilks); Floyd Peters 541 (CB); Mattie Townsel 176b; Robert Walker 480; Loretta Smith 39t; Alexandra Makris 153; Sally House 540; Tommy George 300; Mike Dunn 424; Lisa Geist 276; Ed Thacker and Margaret Thacker 490; Betty Wright 569b; Aaron Wootten 282.

The memorial lesson was held in the cemetery with the class singing 340, 235, 540 (CB), 517 (WB), and 45t.


Chairman David Ivey called the class together leading 34t. Leaders: Lela Crowder 283; Larry Ballinger 50b; Allison Ivey 120; Milton Oliver 403; Richard Ivey and Stuart Ivey 192; Kelly House 383; Kathy James 542 (in memory of her grandmother, Margie Lacy); Scott Ivey 186; Barrett Patton and Rodney Ivey 371; Hunter Hale 163b; Jackson Harcrow 278b; Joel Jenkins 35; Joan Aldridge 110; Gravis Ballinger 220; Phil Summerlin 159 (by request); Bill Dunn 145b.

Chairman David Ivey recognized Aunt Bob Greeson, the oldest living member of Liberty Church (92 years of age); Hunter and Suzanne Hale, who serve in the Foreign Service in Japan; and a group from Trinidad who are on a work assignment in Fort Payne. Chris Green asked the blessing for the noon meal.


The afternoon session was called together with Rodney Ivey leading 217. Leaders: Henry Johnson 326; Sarah Harcrow Jenkins 208; Nate Green and Norma Green 168; Laura Clawson 362; Wayne Wootten 268; Chris Green 418; Karen Ivey 475; Lomax Ballinger 430; Betty Shepherd 216; Blake Sizemore 59; the Ivey First Cousins 491b (WB), 486t (WB); Jared Wootten, Jamey Wootten, and Hayden Wootten 478t (WB); Chris Ballinger 342; Mark Brown “Sweet Beulah Land”; Marty Wootten and Lorrie Wootten 559 (CB); Sandy Ivey 503.


The singing resumed with Hobert Ivey and Tony Ivey leading 47t. Leaders: Hobert Ivey, Tony Ivey, and Lorrie Wootten 410t (in memory of Andrew Ivey, whose 100th birthday was today); Max Berueffy 530; Dennis George 532; Marian Biddle, Teresa Bethune, Martha Underwood, Loyd Ivey, and Doug Ivey 501 (CB) (in memory of Ester Ivey), 454; Cindy Tanner and Cassie Franklin 269; Myra Dalton and Darlene Dalton 488 (CB); Bud Oliver and Jack Stiefel 56b (in memory of Andrew Stiefel); Karen Travis and Tim Travis 312b; Sylvia Ivey 138b; S.T. Reed 385t; Amber Springfield 142; Cassie Franklin 224.

Following announcements, David Ivey, Shane Wootten, and Tony Ivey led 146 as the closing song. Pastor Tony Ivey dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—David Ivey; Vice Chairman—Shane Wootten; Secretary—Norma Latham Green.