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Cullman County Singing Convention

Cullman County Courthouse, Cullman, Alabama

July 10-11, 2004

Saturday, July 10

The annual Cullman County Courthouse Singing Convention was held at the Cullman County Courthouse, second floor courtroom, on the second Sunday and Saturday before in July. Danny Creel called the class to order leading 30t. The morning prayer was given by Marlin Beasley.

Leaders: Danny Creel 155, 313t; Corene White 171; Julianna Jett 59, 88t; Wilton Donaldson 317, 32t; John Hyde 73t, 297; David Roberson 299; Elizabeth Keeton 354b, 34b; Richard Mauldin 35, 36b; Lucy Marie Heidorn 40, 186; Hershell King 176b, 460; Charles McCravey 143, 176t.

RECESS

Danny Creel called the class to order leading 335. Leaders: Mike Thompson 436, 82 (t? b?); Margaret Keeton 276; Reedie Powell 269, 280; Travis Keeton 142, 392; Marie Guthrie 411; Glenn Keeton 274 (t? b?), 87; Josie Hyde 200; Herby Bailey 489, 503; Tyler Newman 119, 358; Don Robertson 28b, 441; Aubrey Tyree 434, 298.

LUNCH

Danny Creel called the class back to order leading 123t.

A business session was held for the purpose of electing officers. Those elected or appointed to serve were: Chairman—Danny Creel; Vice Chairman—Richard Mauldin; Secretary—Eldagene Roberson; Arranging Committee—Billy Williams. The business session was closed.

Leaders: Roscoe Knight 127; Dana Borrelli 107, 84; J.C. Rutledge 569b, 565; Clayton Ezell 490; Gordon Wilkinson 212, 475; Eddie Creel 72b; Nina Kane 61, 129; Richard Mauldin 168; Will Allred 282, 46; Richard Ivey 495, 37b; Juanita Newman and Oleta Stewart 405, 407; Cindy Tanner 137, 157; Marlin Beasley 318, 340; Buell Cobb 74b, 177; John Merritt ’‘Nothing But The Blood “; Wanda Capps 430; Jennifer Allred 203, 216; Brenda Merritt 270; Emily Creel 384, 217; Jackie Tanner 111b, 101t.

RECESS

Danny Creel called the class back to order leading 76b. Leaders: Seth Allred 192, 452; Rachel Allred 108t; Amanda Denson 107, 385b; Caleb Allred and Sarah Smith 135; Susan Allred 480, 394; Gary Smith 31t, 68b; Billy Williams 54, 496.

Announcements were made. Danny Creel and Edith Tate led 532 as the closing song, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, July 11

The Sunday session of the Cullman County Singing Convention was called to order by Danny Creel leading 47t. Chris Green offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Danny Creel 47t; Corene White 146, 403; David Roberson 408, 340; Tyler Newman 343, 30t; Will Allred 87, 45t; Caleb Allred 196, 452; Seth Allred 335, 36b; David Light 200, 318; Sandra Light 143, 354b; Rachel Allred 290, 159; Pam Green 59, 274 (t? b?).

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Charles McCravey leading 40 and 84. Leaders: Amanda Denson 137, 217; Dana Borrelli 339, 480; Susan Allred 183, 491; Bud Oliver 73t, 145b; Chris Green 460, 512; Velton Chafin 487, 521; Ramona Light 380, 192; Juanita Newman 406, 108t.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Amanda Denson who spoke about the rich tradition of Sacred Harp, about the memorial lesson, and then led 499. Brenda Merritt read the list of names of the deceased and the sick and shut-ins.

The deceased remembered were: Charlotte Hinkle, Lebron Hinton, Elvin Guthrie, Christal Crocker, Talmage Guthrie, Mavis Price, Florence Doss, Lamar Smith, Alpha Black, Avery Strickland, Carolyn Denson, Betty Haas, Susan McKathan, and Dena Morgan.

The sick and shut-ins remembered were: Gladys Bonds, Thor Parker, Gurstal Nail, Elsie Beasley, John Hocutt, Sherry Guthery, Henry Guthery, Ruth Tillman, Earthba Slosser, Nattie Elliott, Bo Caldwell, Stephanie Bailey, and Dick Mauldin. Brenda Merritt then led 146. John Merritt closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Billy Williams 403; Jackie Tanner 89, 56t.

LUNCH

Danny Creel called the afternoon session to order leading 224. Leaders: Brenda Merritt 204, 430; Jennifer Allred 542, 278b; John Merritt 268, 240; Marie Guthrie 342, 402; Emily Creel 222, 384; Cindy Tanner 327, 198; Reedie Powell 412, 496; Don Robertson 100, 215; Kermit Adams 99, 78; J.C. Rutledge 560; Aubrey Tyree 208, 358; Dana Borrelli 282; Eldagene Roberson 122; Elder J.L. Hopper 457 (by request); Adam Hale 192; Roscoe Knight 451; Ryan Hale 40; Kenneth Fannin 405; Laura Hale, Emily Holcombe, and Christy Holcombe 354 (t? b?), 565; Carol Fannin 136; Oleta Stewart 313t.

Announcements were made. Danny Creel led 46 as the closing song. Charles McCravey offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Danny Creel; Vice Chairman—Richard Mauldin; Secretary—Eldagene Roberson.