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Covington County New Year’s Singing
(Cooper Book)

Collins First Baptist Church, Collins, Mississippi

Saturday, January 1, 2005

The eighth annual Covington County New Year’s Singing was held at the Collins First Baptist Church in Collins, Mississippi on Saturday, January 1, 2005. Chairman Andrew Albers opened the singing with 500 and 58. Prayer was offered by Arlon Gardner.

The class was organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairman—Andrew Albers; Vice Chairman—John Lee Van Horn; Secretary—Etna Jean Gray; Chaplains—Emmett Harvey and Arlon Gardner.

Leaders: Andrew Albers 49t; John Lee Van Horn 39, 507b; Jean Gray 563, 344; J.A. Mosley 572, 542; Uel Freeman 571, 127; Nancy Van Den Akker 184b, 483; Morgan Bunch 171, 106.

RECESS

Andrew Albers brought the class back to order leading 107 and 75. Leaders: Bill Hogan 497, 567; Dana Merritt 392, 486; Wanda Gregg 559, 573; Sue Bunch 63, 72; Brenda Merritt 522; John Merritt, Dana Merritt, and Mike Campbell 564, 45t. Andrew Albers led 369 as the traditional song before lunch. Arlon Gardner offered the blessing on the noon meal.

LUNCH

The class was brought back to order by Andrew Albers leading 70t and 227. Leaders: Junie McNeil 503, 159; Bobby Cald-well 82, 54t; Arlon Gardner 68t, 168; Regina Marshall 203, 98; Ester Mann 38t, 484; Dana Merritt 358, 410; Mark Davis 411, 140; Andrew Albers 57 (for Emmett Harvey).

RECESS

The class resumed singing with John Van Horn leading 225t. Leaders: John Merritt 268t (by request); Uel Free-man 388; Morgan Bunch 308; Nancy Van Den Akker 515; Sue Bunch 229; Wanda Gregg 384; Bill Hogan and Nancy Hogan 143; Andrew Albers 501 (for Nelda Mitchell), 128 (for Jean Rogers); Arlon Gardner 83t; Andrew Albers 492 (for Linda Sanford); Bill Hogan 408 (for Etna Jean Gray); John Van Horn 263.

Following announcements, Chairman Andrew Albers led 496t for the closing song. Mark Davis offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Andrew Albers; Vice Chairman—John Lee Van Horn; Secretary—Etna Jean Gray.