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Antioch Baptist Church Birthday Singing

South of Tallapoosa, Georgia, on Old 100 Highway

Friday Night, April 9, 2004

The twelfth session of the Birthday Singing on Friday night before the second Sunday in April was held at Antioch Baptist Church. The class was called together by Johnny Wright leading 59. Everette Ellis offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Johnny Wright 335; Joyce Benefield Lambert 127; birthday honorees, Mildred Johnson 548 and Homer Benefield 56t; Stanley Edwards 445; Josephine Denney 31b; Lonnie Rogers 225t; Lou Cotney 222; Randy Garrett 274t; Helen Brown 278t; Myron House 191; Felton Denney 489; Pleasance Crawford 34b; Louise Holland 37b; Ginnie Prater 318; David Richardson 370; Jan House 300; Brenda Scott 143; Evelyn Harris 155; Hugh McGraw 369; Margaret Gillander 523; Cecil Roberts 235; Earlis McGraw 148; Elaine Sapp 358; Karleen Williams 137; Charlene Wallace 168; Mildred Patterson and Jacob Patterson 45t.

The class sang “Happy Birthday” to honorees Mildred Johnson (age 95) and Homer Benefield. Johnny Wright led 146, and the class was dismissed with David Ginn, pastor, blessing the food for the evening meal.

Johnny Wright and the “Cross Ties” played and sang during the break, and invited everyone to stay after the singing to listen while they rehearsed for Sunday.


The class was called together by B.M. Smith leading 475. Leaders: B.J. Harris 503; Jenny Wright 358 (played on the piano, by request); Felton Denney 31t; Helen Brown 500; David Richardson 345 (t? b?); Pleasance Crawford 65; Margaret Gillander 36b; Daphene Ray 294; Mary L. Smith 63; Brenda Scott 100; Myron House 415.

After announcements were made, Johnny Wright led 46 as the closing song. Lonnie Rogers dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Johnny Wright; Vice Chairman—Everette Ellis; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.