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Jack Kerr and Henry Kerr Memorial

Camp Ground Methodist Church, north of Fruithurst,
Cleburne County, Alabama

Sunday, January 9, 2005

The annual memorial singing for Jack Kerr and Henry Kerr was held on the second Sunday in January at Camp Ground Methodist Church. Chairman Henry Johnson brought the class to order, welcomed everyone, and then led 61. Ed Thacker offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Henry Johnson 123t; Evelyn Harris 47t, 59; Mary L. Smith 227, 99; Stanley Edwards 410t (in memory of Henry Kerr, Jack Kerr, and for his grandfather, Arnold Edwards); Donna Bell 283, 475; Eugene Forbes 78 (for his brother, M.B. Forbes, who is in a rest home), 328; Reba Norton 373, 282; Robert Chambless 154, 452; Charlene Wallace 327, 168; Floy Wilder 350, 187; Rodney Ivey 383, 564; Billy Joe Harris 348b, 503.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Henry Johnson; Vice Chairman—Stanley Edwards; Secretary—Mary L. Smith; Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards and Donna Bell.


The class resumed singing with Stanley Edwards leading 76b. Leaders: Cecil Roberts 124, 457; Rachel Spears 89, 142; Myrline Redman 147t, 569b.

Members of the Kerr family were asked to come forward, give comments about the Kerr’s, and then lead a song. Lois Bowman, daughter of Jack Kerr, welcomed everyone, gave a brief report with expressions of gratitude to those who came to make this such a special day, and extended a welcome to come again next year. The group then led 45t in memory of all the deceased Kerr family members.

Leaders: LaRue Allen 396, 446; Tom Schultz 34b, 148; Audress Gurley 32t, 108t; Bud Oliver 42, 39t; Jo Schultz 472, 532.


The afternoon session was called to order by Henry Johnson leading 375. Leaders: Judy Chambless 60, 213b; Jeff Sheppard 263, 212; Eunice Webb 436, 229; John Plunkett 470, 467; Carlene Griffin 70t, 448b; Lonnie Rogers 97, 318; Susan Rice 345t, 343; Ed Thacker 354t, 298; Teenie Moody 274t (in memory of Mozelle Sheppard), 275b; Mark Fuller 72b, 63; Virginia Dyer 340, 200; Tony Hammock 201, 312b; Bridgett Hill 440, 384; Earlis McGraw 225t, 284; Fallon Dyer 146, 380; Oscar McGuire 155, 276; Phillip Langley 215, 442; Andy Anderson 535, 510; Corene Laminack 186, 143.

After announcements were made, Henry Johnson led 45b as the closing song. Billy Joe Harris offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Henry Johnson; Vice Chairman—Stanley Edwards; Secretary—Mary L. Smith.