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John Etheridge Singing (Memorial to
Winston Jones and Doss Bryan) (Cooper Book)

Valley Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Opp, Alabama

July 23, 2006

The class was called to order with Chairman John Etheridge leading 82. Kennon Smith offered the opening prayer. John Etheridge led 101t. Vice Chairman Wayne Jones led 54t and 36b.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—John Etheridge, Vice Chairman—Wayne Jones, Secretary—Barbara Jones.

Leaders: Barbara Jones 336t, 72; Bill Aplin 94, 567; Rodney Ivey 98, 558; Nate Green and Norma Green 453b, 84; Buster Merrill 387, 215.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Wayne Jones leading 63. Leaders: Ken Sundburg 488b, 501; Shane Wootten 416t, 38t; Janet King 282, 148; Edd Bass 64, 358; Eloise Wootten 515, 511b; Joseph Norris 176t, 540; Judy Caudle 137, 484.

RECESS

John Etheridge called the class back to order with 345t. Leaders: Frank Hataway 73t, 290; Bridgett Hill 292b, 559; Gerald Norris 451, 573; Ernestine Pipkin 110, 203; Don Clark 398b, 227; Karen Clark 563, 55; Tim Jones 285t, 553; Linda Westbrook 229. John Etheridge led 369, and James Gardner offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

John Etheridge led “Mercy Seat” as the afternoon session resumed. Wayne Jones led 497. Leaders: Ernest Cockcroft 422b, 77t; Lera Ellison 204, 92; Ford Bulger 505, 330t; Crissy Schofield 303, 449; Mike Jones 105b, 47b; James Gardner 74b, 545; Vickie Aplin 475; Michael Jones 450, 384; Paul King 395b; Wilburn Ellison 444t, 447t; Joe Nall 47t, 183.

RECESS

Wayne Jones brought the class back to order with 355. Leaders: Doris Jones 32t; Stanley Smith 31t; Loretta Jones 138t; Billy Kelly 572; Chip Westbrook 107t; Kennon Smith 189; Sam Schofield 200; Alfred Jones 283b; Breanne Jones 348t; Tim Jones 323b; Judy Caudle 408; Paul King 500; Don Clark 520; Kennon Smith 574.

Announcements were made. John Etheridge led 205 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by James Gardner.

Chairman—John Etheridge, Vice Chairman—Wayne Jones, Secretary—Barbara Jones.