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Walker County Convention

New Hope Primitive Baptist Church, Walker County, Alabama

Saturday, July 17, 2004

The ninetieth session of the Walker County Convention was held at New Hope Primitive Baptist Church in Walker County, Alabama on Saturday before the third Sunday in July. Velton Chafin brought the class to order leading 31b and 39b. Marlin Beasley offered the morning prayer.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary—Brenda Merritt; Arranging Committee—Billy Williams; Memorial Committee—Josie Hyde and Marlin Beasley.

Leaders: Velton Chafin 35; Corene White 37b, 379; Mike Jones 400, 332; Gary Smith 503, 565; John Hyde 566, 61; Delone Cobbs 288, 168; Jimmie Gilmore 276, 383; Wilton Donaldson 30t, 32t; Richard Maudlin 147t, 178.


Glenn Keeton brought the class to order leading 64 and 47b. Leaders: Cecil Sanders and Winell Sanders 569b; Kenneth Fannin 192, 390; Arthur Gilmore 378t, 491b (WB); Flarce Creel 384; Coy Ivey 137, 222; Sarah Smith 146; Marlin Beasley 176t; Tommie Spurlock 446, 430.


The class resumed singing with Velton Chafin leading 354b.

Josie Hyde conducted the memorial lesson and led 129 for the deceased. Those remembered were: Bruce Randolph, J.C. Hardin, Clearcy Rutledge, Dessie Goodman, Mavis Price, Crystal Crocker, Elvin Guthrie, A.A. Malone, Lebron Hinton, Willie Carolyn Denson, E.R. Graves, and F.L. Parnell.

Marlin Beasley led 480 for the sick and shut-ins: Gladys Bonds, Elsie Beasley, Cecile Cox, John Hocutt, Cassie Franklin, L.E. Hannah, Ruth Aaron, Vicky Aplin, and Sherry Guthery. The memorial was closed.

Leaders: Latrive Bailey 517 (WB); John Etheridge 499, 498; Will Allred 282, 45t; Danny Creel 182.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Velton Chafin leading 564. Leaders: Travis Keeton 388, 189; Pam Baker 171, 220; Rachel Allred 421, 300; John Merritt 65 (for Uel Freeman); Richard Mauldin 358; Clarence McCool 349, 428; Jennifer Allred 269; Wilburn Ellison 341, 452; Butch White 30b; Margaret Keeton 327; Elizabeth Keeton 274t; Stanley Smith 302; Caleb Allred 87, 197; Edith Tate 532; Wayne Jones 76b, 36b; Seth Allred 335; Harrison Creel 342; Susan Allred 491; Brenda Merritt 426b; Amber Davis 442; M.O. Sides 144; Josie Hyde 507; Billy Williams 24 (t? b?); Velton Chafin, Howard Denson, III, and David Denson 340.

Announcements were made. Velton Chafin dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary—Brenda Merritt.