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Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church

Morgan County, Alabama

September 28, 2003

The September Sacred Harp singing held at Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Chairman Milford Cobbs who welcomed everyone and led song on page 46. Elder J.L. Hopper offered the morning prayer. Leaders and selections were as follows: J.L. Hopper 171, 145t; Eunice Kimbrell 129; Arvid Holmes 64; Judy Caudle 273, 276; Jonathon Thompson 68b, 45t; Ramona Light 155, 421; Delone Cobbs 52t, 40; Sarah Smith 290, 73t; Clayton Ezell 231, 390; Nancy Thompson 145b, 203.

RECESS

The class was reassembled by Milford Cobbs leading 358. Leaders and selections: Brandon Thompson 274t, 335; Sandra Light 143, 354b; Milton Oliver 32t, 270; Lomax Ballinger 168, 299; Carol Newman 378t, 373; Steve Cobbs 285t, 460; Robert Walker 480, 452; Sandie Scott 235b, 159; Gary Smith 523, 503; Dexter Cobbs 61.

LUNCH

After enjoying a bountiful lunch and sweet fellowship, the class was called back to order for the afternoon session by Milford Cobbs leading 127.

A memorial session was held. Jonathon Thompson and Brandon Thompson led 383 in memory of Willard and Annie Mae Holmes, and 384 in memory of Willard Hopper. Judy Caudle led 459 in memory of Bera Bradford, A.A. Malone, Lavaughn Ballinger, and Ruth Brown.

Ben Bradford gave a short history of the September singing at this place, quoting information he had received from Uncle Herbert Cobbs. He said the singing was begun in 1886 after the school building was constructed on this site. The first chairman of this singing was 18-year-old Jess Woodard. The singing held on this date, September 28, 2003, is the 118th session to be held at Gum Pond. Thank you, Ben.

Leaders and selections were as follows: Bud Oliver 345t, 343b; Marilyn Burchett 42, 72b; S.T. Reed 277, 278b; Pininia Kane 426t, 345b; Linton Ballinger 146, 144; Susan Holmes 313t, 441; Herby Bailey 489, 34b; Hershell King 176b, 389; Carmon Brothers 108t, 348b; Althea Gibbs 569b, 47t; Craig Holmes 36b; Glenda Hopper 297, 120; Dan Hopper 449; Dan Hopper and Carol Newman 220; Dan Hopper 91 (by request for Ramona Light), 61 (for Margie); Judy Caudle 358 (by request for Cotton Shaddix); J.L. Hopper 270 (by request for Marlin Beasley), 75 (for Faye Cobbs).

Milford Cobbs led 62 as the closing hymn, and the class took the parting hand. The class was dismissed with prayer offered by Elder Daniel Hopper.

Chairman—Milford Cobbs; Vice Chairman—Arvid Holmes; Secretary—Judy Caudle.