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Mulberry River Convention

Liberty Church (McCormick), Jefferson County, Alabama

Saturday, September 2, 2006

The 101st session of the Mulberry River Convention was held at Liberty Church (McCormick) in Jefferson County, Alabama, on Saturday before the first Sunday in September. The class was called to order by Velton Chafin leading 34b. The morning prayer was offered by Harrison Creel. Velton Chafin led 60 and 30t.

The class was organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Willodean Barton; Arranging Committee—Billy Williams.

Leaders: Corene White 146; Nellie Alexander 81t, 176t; Lucy Heidorn 73t, 155; Gary Smith 31t, 565; Amanda Denson 217, 327; Wilton Donaldson 317, 100; Brenda Merritt 129, 187; Cecil Sanders and Winell Sanders 225t, 380, 460.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Velton Chafin leading 75. Leaders: Elene Stovall 440, 216; Bailey Jett 108t; Billy Williams 189, 96; Sarah Smith 335, 343; Henry Guthery III 530, 58 (in memory of his grandmother); Willodean Barton 454; Travis Keeton 421, 235; Roma Rice 318, 104; Margaret Keeton 297, 97; Henry Guthery 420, 434; Richard Mauldin 43, 143 (in memory of his mother, and for Charlotte McCarn); Danny Creel 35, 56b. Lucy Heidorn gave an interesting talk on the history of the Mulberry River Convention.

LUNCH

Velton Chafin called the afternoon session to order leading 130. Leaders: John Merritt and Richard Mauldin 358; John Merritt 4 (in the church hymnal); Velton Chafin 670 (in the church hymnal); Marlin Beasley 179, 441; Bridgett Hill 276, 209; Harrison Creel 111b, 498, 512; Amanda Denson and Richard Mauldin 477; Henry Guthery 475, 408; Richard Mauldin 124 (in memory of Teddy Creel and in honor of John Hyde), 36b (in memory of Lamar Smith); Henry Guthery III and Corene White 171, 436; Lucy Heidorn 316 (in memory of her mother); Bridgett Hill 168; John Merritt 312b; Billy Williams 425; Brenda Merritt 163b; Marlin Beasley 312t.

Velton Chafin and Harrison Creel led 521 as the closing song. Richard Mauldin dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Willodean Barton.