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Mulberry River Convention

Liberty Church (McCormick), Jefferson County, Alabama

Saturday, September 6, 2003

The ninety-eighth session of the Mulberry River Convention was held at Liberty Church (McCormick) in Jefferson County, Alabama on Saturday before the first Sunday in September. Velton Chafin called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. leading 62. Harrison Creel offered the morning prayer. Velton Chafin led 30t.

The class organized with the class voting to retain the same officers: Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Edith Tate; Arranging Committee—Willodean Barton.

Leaders: John Hyde 63, 297; David Robertson 220, 222; Ellis Shipp 108b, 457; Corene White 37b, 403; Winell Sanders 111b; Ila Ingle 434, 436; Billy Williams 189, 54; Janet Shipp 215, 126; Ivalene Donaldson 146; Charles Kitchens 418, 317; Flarce Creel 499, 314; Max Berueffy 300, 278 (t? b?), 411, 217 (in memory of Marie Aldridge); Marie Guthrie 280, 389.

RECESS

Harrison Creel reassembled the class leading 335. Leaders: Naomi Haygood 480; Travis Keeton 477, 482, 172; Margaret Keeton 78 (in memory of Tressie Adkins), 572; Milton Oliver 378b, 224; Eldagene Roberson 313t, 385 (t? b?); Josie Hyde 200, 361; Henry Guthery 511, 527, 158; Amber Springfield 197, 349; Gary Smith 532, 503, 515; Velton Chafin 150. Charles Kitchens offered the blessing on the noon meal.

LUNCH

The class resumed singing for the afternoon session with Velton Chafin leading 57. Leaders: Willodean Barton 390, 391; Cassie Franklin 138b, 432; Sarah Smith 73t, 100; Edith Tate 137, 139; Ellis Shipp 426 (t? b?); Charles Kitchens 81 (t? b?), 42; Milton Oliver 403; Naomi Haygood 460; John Hyde 566; Corene White 379; David Roberson 76 (t? b?); Amber Springfield 270; Henry Guthery 149; Gary Smith 565; Josie Hyde 507; Marie Guthrie 166; Billy Williams 96, 45t; Travis Keeton 340; Cassie Franklin and Flarce Creel 475; Henry Guthery 541; Velton Chafin 519 (WB).

Announcements were made. Harrison Creel offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Edith Tate.