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Velton Chafin Birthday Singing

Old Sardis Church, Lynn Park, Alabama

Saturday, November 1, 2003

This singing was held in celebration of Velton Chafin’s eighty-first birthday. The morning sessions were held from “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition,” and the afternoon session was held from the “Cooper Book.

Velton Chafin brought the class to order leading 31b. John Merritt offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Velton Chafin 30t, 35; Corene White 37b, 146; John Hyde 544, 297; S.T. Reed 27, 176b; Travis Keeton 400, 290; Thurman Nall 49b, 348b; Marie Guthrie 192, 411; Marlin Beasley 175, 336.

RECESS

Velton Chafin brought the class to order leading 426b. Leaders: Latrive Bailey 300, 384; Gary Smith 503, 34b; Margaret McGowan 141, 358; Sarah Smith 32t, 75; Julie Poston 111t; Margaret Keeton 511, 517; Max Berueffy 436, 530; Eldagene Roberson 142, 385b; Velton Chafin 437; Henry Guthery 97, 460; J.A. Mosley 341, 282; Milton Oliver 270, 76b; Larry Ballinger 76t, 77b; Edith Tate 73t; Elvin Guthrie 298, 266; John Merritt 245; Brenda Merritt 340.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought to order by Velton Chafin leading 225. Leaders: Billy Williams 498b, 468; Thurman Nall 336, 292b; Milton Oliver 505; Larry Ballinger 39; J.A. Mosley 572; Ozella Blackmon 522, 559; S.T. Reed 569; John Merritt 45b; Max Berueffy 54t, 344; Henry Guthery 86, 497; Edith Tate 404; Velton Chafin 478; Marlin Beasley 571, 563; Brenda Merritt 54, 488. Marlin Beasley dismissed the class with prayer.

Secretary—Brenda Merritt.