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Baldwin County Sacred Harp Singing Convention (Cooper Book)

Bay Minette, Alabama

January 27-28, 1996

Saturday, January 27

The Baldwin County Singing Convention was held at City Hall in Bay Minette, Alabama on the fourth Sunday and Saturday before in January. Chairman William Green opened the convention leading song on page 70t. The opening prayer was led by Lonnie Rogers. Vice Chairman J. A. Mosley led song on page 31b, and Alice Mosley, Secretary, led 45. Leaders: Bill Hogan 159, 572; Rachel Lee 392, 276; Elvin Guthrie 218, 311; Shelbie Sheppard 110, 385t; David Lee 364, 368t; Thurman Nall 285t, 38; Kathy Lee 32t, 411; William Green 437; Christine Gandy 145, 143; Emma Mosley 550b; Velton Chafin 114b, 225t; Buddy Tindal 36b, 535t; Cecil Sanders 73t; Ozella Blackmon 559; Brenda Merritt 497, 450; Keterina Sanders 572; Willie Mosley 77; Marie Guthrie 224, 192; Lonnie Rogers 186, 101; Leola Smith 217, 189; Becky Lombard 358, 40; Bud Oliver 47, 440b; Jeff Sheppard 388, 507b; Edith Tate 507t; Cindy Franklin 191, 505.

LUNCH

Jeff Sheppard and William Green led song on page 407. Leaders: Flarce Creel 384, 306; Cassie Franklin 39, 540; Harrison Creel 381, 355; Horace Batchelor 279, 289; John Merritt 264b, 539; Doug Wood 72, 283; A. C. Carter 104, 199; Murray Carter 491, 46; Jerry Schreiber 196, 137; Rachel Lee 336t; Elvin Guthrie 399; Shelbie Sheppard 54; David Lee 511b; Kathy Lee 410; Emma Mosley 84; Velton Chafin 175; Brenda Merritt 478; Marie Guthrie 434; Lonnie Rogers 377; Leola Smith 472; Bud Oliver 270; Doug Wood 145t; Harrison Creel 395b; Horace Batchelor 271b; David Lee 488. The class was dismissed with prayer by John Merritt.

Sunday, January 28

Chairman William Green opened this session leading song on page 30. Mr. Lonnie Rogers led our opening prayer. William Green led song on page 442t. J. A. Mosley, Vice Chairman, led 72, and Alice Mosley, Secretary, led 282. Leaders: Flarce Creel 559; Bud Oliver 563; Agnes Farris 410, 418; Cindy Franklin 174, 564; Bill Farris 401, 537; Vickie Aplin 411; Margaret Spurlock 268; Jeff Shepard 497, 522; Thurman Nall 550; John Etheridge 524; Harrison Creel 511b; Bill Aplin 225, 285; Velton Chafin 336b; Ozella Blackmon 282; J. A. Mosley, William Green, and two people from Montgomery Press led song on page 348. William Green announced that it was time for our Memorial Service. The committee was Cindy Franklin, Edith Tate, and Ginny Whitworth, with Cindy Franklin being the chairman. Cindy Franklin paid tribute and spoke of this service as a “Celebration Service” to our deceased singers, and for those who are sick and shut-in. Cindy’s service gave great meaning for all of our loved singers that were not with us. Edith Tate and Ginny Whitworth both led a song in memory of our deceased singers and our sick and shut-ins. Leaders: Shelbie Shepard 290, 404; John Merritt 358, 38t; Tommie Spurlock 98, 183; Jerry Schreiber 506, 112; J. A. Mosley 387; Buddy Tindal 182, 73t; Lonnie Rogers 395, 222.

LUNCH

J. A. Mosley opened the afternoon session leading song on page 570. Leaders: Willie Mosley 81; Brenda Merritt 203,196; Cassie Franklin 573, 393; Elvin Guthrie 94, 78; Emma Mosley and Crystal Menes 558, 571; Marie Guthrie 229, 280; Leola Smith 148, 185; Edith Tate 155, 371; Kate Merritt 198, 447t; Dana Merritt 392, 384; Jerry Schrieber 274; Bill Hogan 85, 58b; Alice Mosley 388, 343; Bill Farris 111t; Vickie Aplin 507t; Bill Aplin 67; Buddy Tindal 186; Thurman Nall led a print-out of “Sweet Hour of Prayer”; John Merritt 492; Tommy Spurlock 553b; Elvin Guthrie 455b; John Etheridge 482; Kate Merritt 48t; Dana Merritt 497; Bill Hogan 96; Willie Mosley 159. The closing song on page 62 was led by William Green, J. A. Mosley, and Alice Mosley. John Merritt led the closing prayer.

Chairman—William Green; Vice Chairman—J. A. Mosley; Secretary—Alice Mosley.