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Labor Day Singing

Shoal Creek Church, North of Heflin, Alabama

Monday, September 1, 2003

The annual Labor Day Singing met at Shoal Creek Church, Talladega National Forest, ten miles north of Heflin, Alabama, on the first Monday in September (Labor Day). Jeff Sheppard brought the class to order at 9:30 a.m. and led 59. Samuel Sommers offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 82t; Richard DeLong 60; Charlene Wallace 79; John Plunkett 133; LaRue Allen 220.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—Richard DeLong; Secretaries—Charlene Wallace and Shelbie Sheppard; Arranging Committee—Josephine Denney and Hester Edwards.

Leaders: Earlis McGraw 225t; Lee Rogers 327; Scott DePoy 74b; Felton Denney 73t; Kelsey Wessels 129; Tommy McGraw 33b; Eunice Webb 512; Philip Denney 84; Daphene Causey 222; Allison Schofield 440; Dennis George 128; Lonnie Rogers 348b; Jenna Strizak 81t; Samuel Sommers 434; Matt Wojcik 218; Rosie Wojcik 475.


Richard DeLong reassembled the class leading 430. Leaders: Rodney Ivey 560; Reba Windom 299; Winfred Kerr 89; Floy Wilder 297; B.M. Smith 318; Bridgett Hill 276; Oscar Brown 460; Shelbie Sheppard 216; Oscar McGuire 573; Lou Cotney 189; Nate Green and Norma Green 378b, 378t (for Bill Green, Beufa Green, and Eldora Moody); Don Bowen 388; Glenda Collins and Bert Collins 124; David Hokansan 47b; Sandra Wilkinson 300.


The class resumed singing with Jeff Sheppard leading 335 (in honor of Harvey Austin who is in the hospital). Leaders: Phillip Langley 442; Virginia Dyer 193; Stanley Edwards 101t; Corene Laminack 459; Wilton Donaldson 565; Ivalene Donaldson 56t; Les Scott 155; Louise Holland 49b; Billy Joe Harris 303.

Sonja Randall gave a report on behalf of the Preservation Society of Shoal Creek Church. A collection of $171.00 was presented to the Society from the Sacred Harp Singers.

Jeff Sheppard led 122 in memory of Ruth Brown and for the sick and shut-ins.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Jeff Sheppard leading 97. Leaders: Jeannette DePoy 362; Henry Schuman 195; Bethanne Hill 39t; Judy Mincey 501; Debra Gross 448b; Joan Durdin 148; Anita Hill 30t; Ruth Daniel 127; Erica Hinton 178; Matt Hinton 63; Evelyn Harris and Rodney Ivey 47t; Kelsey Wessels 448t; Allison Schofield 274t; Jenna Strizak 270; Rosie Wojcik 144; Matt Wojcik 542; Reba Windom and Dennis George 358 (in memory of Annie Holley, Virgil Holley, Ida Holley, and Herman Holley); Samuel Sommers 380; Lonnie Rogers and Rodney Ivey 45t.

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

Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—Richard DeLong; Secretaries—Charlene Wallace and Shelbie Sheppard.