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Sanders Memorial

Sardis Church, Walker County, Alabama

Sunday, February 19, 2006

The annual Sanders Memorial singing was held on the third Sunday in February at Sardis Church on the Warrior River in Walker County, Alabama. Velton Chafin brought the class to order by leading 32t. Richard Mauldin offered the opening prayer. Velton Chafin led 34b.

The class was organized by Velton Chafin opening the business with a plea for a younger singer to take over as Chairman. The class agreed a young Chairman would be best and so promptly re-elected Velton Chafin to be Chairman by unanimous consent. It was then unanimously agreed to keep the following officers as are currently serving: Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel, Secretary—Margaret Keeton. Willodean Barton was appointed to serve as the Arranging Committee.

Leaders: Velton Chafin 30t; Ozella Blackmon 335, 460; Travis Keeton 475, 480; John Hyde 73t, 566; Cecil Sanders and Winell Sanders 569b; Cecil Sanders 390, 380; Ken Tate 448b, 532 (for Edith Tate); Patricia Adair 63, 146; James M. Wagner 145b, 143; Margaret Gowan 358, 141.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Harrison Creel leading 498. Leaders: Lisa Geist 377, 456; Richard Mauldin 339 (in memory of L.E. Hannah and Elsie Beasley), 168; James S. Wagner 53, 299; Elizabeth Keeton 73b, 144; Gravis Ballinger 112, 120; Bridgett Hill 209, 440; Cassie Franklin Allen and Billy Allen 47t, 48t; Judy Caudle 201, 428; Margaret Keeton 276, 78; Sarah Smith 61 (in memory of Elsie Beasley, and for Chug Beasley, who is ill).

LUNCH

The class was called back to order by Velton Chafin leading 318. Leaders: Ann Jett 327, 269; Michael Thompson 179, 342; Brenda Merritt 568, 434; Glenn Keeton 178, 504; Larry Ballinger 163b, 164; Wanda Capps 203, 183; John Merritt 271t, 86; Josie Hyde 224, 200; Elsie Moon 167, 177; Earl Ballinger 212, 172; Cassie Allen 485, 368; Gary Smith 225t, 565; Harrison Creel 512, 111b; Becky Briggs 343, 336; Nancy Banks 63, 503.

Velton Chafin and Harrison Creel led 521 as the closing song. Earl Ballinger led the class in closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Margaret Keeton.