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Jones Memorial Singing (Cooper Book)

Cool Springs Primitive Baptist Church, Opp, Alabama

Saturday, April 1, 2006

The annual Jones Memorial Singing was held on Saturday before the first Sunday in April at Cool Springs Primitive Baptist church in Opp, Alabama. The class was called to order by Chairman Mike Jones leading 68b and 36b. Kennon Smith led the opening prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed: Chairman—Mike Jones; Vice Chairman—John Etheridge; Secretary—Faye Jones.

Leaders: Bud Oliver 440b; Nate Green and Norma Green 527; Coy Ivey 137; Frank Hataway 558; Billy Kelly 505; Robert Walker 511t; Velton Chafin 373; Brenda Merritt 522; John Merritt 567.


Mike Jones called the class back to order leading 31b. Leaders: Sam Schofield 466; Chrissy Schofield 54t; Loretta Jones 497; Bill Hogan 27; Bill Hogan and Nancy Hogan 33; Joe Nall 477; Chip Westbrook 47b; Olivia Jones and Breanne Jones 348t; Waylon Cravey 500; Barbara Jones 471; Kennon Smith 189; Bill Aplin 163t; Aubrey Barfield 200; Tommie Spurlock 376.


The class was called to order by Mike Jones leading 76b. Leaders: Stanley Smith 123b; Buster Merrill 204; Floyd Bennett 451; Frank Strickland 488t; Faye Jones 49b; Eva Padgett 215; Alanna Blanks and Milton Oliver 503; Ernestine Pipkin 274t; Michael Jones 384; Faye Humphrey 572; Thurman Nall 77t; Marlene Hughes 174; Breanne Jones and Brittany Jones 139; Christine Gandy 143; Ernest Cockroft 563; Milton Oliver and Alanna Blanks 515; Rhonda Harrison and Chandler Wood 573; James Gardner 489; Sue Bunch 559; Chad Wood 282; Morgan Bunch 125; Joseph Norris 395t; Gerald Norris 63; Myrtle Richburg 450; Mike Jones led 369 and John Merritt offered the blessing for the noon meal.


The afternoon session was called to order by Mike Jones leading 159. Leaders: Ford Bulger 491; Alfred Jones 264b; Donna Jones 330t; Tim Jones 367 (in memory of his uncle, Jerry Kendrick, and grandmother, Ila Owens); Edd Bass 309; Vickie Aplin 122; Judy Cutts 405; John Etheridge 447t; Wayne Jones 133 (in memory of his aunt, Foy Morgan, and uncle, J.P. Jones); Cathy Parker 76b; Rochelle Wright 174; Margaret Spurlock 268t; Lois Bozeman 212; Bill Farris 111b; Amanda Martin 100; Lera Ellison 92.


The singing continued with Mike Jones leading 413. Leaders: Bud Oliver 42; Floyd Bennett 127; Coy Ivey 101t; Nate Green and Norma Green 436t; Frank Hataway 336b; John Merritt and Brenda Merritt 486, 38t; Rhonda Harrison, Donna Jones, Michael Jones, and Alfred Jones 270; Robert Walker 393b; Sue Bunch 575; Morgan Bunch 375.

Announcements were made. Mike Jones led 377b as the closing song, and James Garner dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Mike Jones; Vice Chairman—John Etheridge; Secretary—Faye Jones.