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Cross Roads Baptist Church

North of Tallapoosa, Georgia

Sunday, July 2, 2006

The ninety-third session of the annual Sacred Harp singing at Cross Roads Baptist Church was held on the first Sunday in July. Louis Hughes called the class to order by leading 31t then extended a warm welcome to everyone in attendance. Rodney Willard offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Miranel Swafford 32t; Mary L. Smith 283; Donna Bell 59 (in memory of her grandmother, Carrie Garner); Louis Hughes, Jr. 34b.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Louis Hughes; Vice Chairlady—Miranel Swafford; Secretary—Donna Bell; Arranging Committee—Charlene Wallace and Louis Hughes, Jr.

Leaders: Louis Hughes 138b (in memory of his father, Elder J.C. Hughes); Charlene Wallace 209; Henry Schuman 426b; Bud Oliver 145b; Martha Beverly 171; B.J. Schnorenberg 354b; Chris Chandler 282; Gabriel Pline 49t; Robert Chambless 452; Mel Kersey 354t; birthday wishes were sung to Phillip Langley on his thirtieth birthday; Lela Crowder 436; Allison Dodson, Katie Curry, and Sarah Curry 59; Alex Chandler 60.


Louis Hughes, Jr., Katie Curry, and Sarah Curry brought the class back to order leading 77b. Leaders: Carlene Griffin 448b; Stanley Edwards 84 (in memory of Sherri Edwards); Karen Willard 183; Kelsey Campbell 127; Lonnie Rogers 298; Cecil Roberts 84; Mike Grimes 128; Bill Beverly 547; Judy Chambless 111t; Tom Owen 500; Hugh McGraw 94; Shelbie Sheppard 372; Kaley Morris 119; Liz Owen 430; Rodney Willard, Barbara Willard, and Karen Willard 63; Jeremy Shipp 133; Phillip Langley 215; Aaron Little 460.

Mary L. Smith conducted the memorial lesson. Oscar McGuire led 163b and 229 for the following deceased: the men and women serving in our military, I.V. McWhorter, Alice Edwards, Nancy Allen, Sherri Edwards, Lee Sloman, Lois Stanson, Donnie McGraw, Carolyn Huckeba, Kelly Beard, Joyce McCray, Sgt. Phil Dodson, Hettie Wood Saxon, and Claude Garner.

Lela Crowder led 68b for the following sick and shut-ins: Richard DeLong, Felton Denney, Josephine Denny, Evelyn Harris, Dale Harris (the son of B.J. and Evelyn Harris), Myrtle Smith, Ceford Wood, and Mary Hackney. Cecil Roberts closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: John Plunkett 308; Tony Hammock 186; Jeb Owen 472; David Yeager 178; George Garner 192; Jeff Sheppard 121; B.J. Schnorenberg 87. Pastor Elder Gerald Sloman offered prayer for the noon meal.


Louis Hughes and Will Dodson called the class back to order leading 101t. Leaders: Bud Oliver 42; Mike Grimes 146; Allison Dodson 335; Donna Bell 568 (in honor of Bobby Jackson); James Newman and Elaine Newman 61; Chris Chandler 124; Alex Chandler 287; Henry Schuman 532; Lonnie Rogers 348b; Bill Beverly 191; Karen Willard 26; Jeb Owen 454; Martha Beverly 383; Liz Owen 208; Louis Hughes and his grandchildren (Allison Dodson, Will Dodson, Katie Curry, and Sarah Curry) 45t; Amanda Owen 99; James Hughes and Cecil Roberts 57; Tom Owen 176b; Mel Kersey 73b; David Yeager and Dale Brumbelow 148; Jeremy Shipp 495; Judy Green 384; Mike Grimes and Jo Ann Grimes 236.

Announcements were made. Louis Hughes and Miranel Swafford thanked everyone for coming and invited everyone to come back next year then led 347 as the closing song. Mike Grimes offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Louis Hughes; Vice Chairlady—Miranel Swafford; Secretary—Donna Bell.