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Jack Kerr and Henry Kerr Memorial

Camp Ground Methodist Church, north of Fruithurst,
Cleburne County, Alabama

Sunday, January 14, 2007

The annual memorial singing for Jack Kerr and Henry Kerr was held at Camp Ground Methodist Church, near Fruithurst, Alabama, on the second Sunday in January. Henry Johnson brought the class together leading 59. The church pastor, Rev. Larigan, offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Henry Johnson 63; Donna Bell 97, 75; Cecil Roberts 32t, 417; Judy Chambless 463, 100; Tony Hammock 500, 321; Paul Robinson 128, 494; Reba Norton and Hester Edwards 480 (for Eunice Webb), 436; Lonnie Rogers 298, 222.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Henry Johnson; Vice Chairman—Tony Hammock; Secretary—Donna Bell; Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards.


The class was brought back to order with Tony Hammock leading 37b. Leaders: Shelbie Sheppard 29b, 332; Rodney Ivey 328, 131b; Evelyn Harris 101t, 155; Bud Oliver 47t, 39b; Carlene Griffin 81t, 171; S.T. Reed 48t, 123b; Reba Windom 36b, 182; B.J. Harris 503, 45t; Paige Harrod 112, 143.


Ed Thacker led 460 and 426b to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Sara Roberts 127, 108t; Eric Robinson 569b, 303; Charlene Wallace 135, 141.

At the request of Lois Bowman (Jack Kerr’s daughter), Robert Chambless gave a devotional. The Kerr family members present shared family history and fond memories of Sacred Harp singing, and what it had meant to their family throughout the years. The group led 282 in memory of the deceased. Lonnie Rogers closed the memorial and asked the blessing for the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Henry Johnson leading 231. Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 230, 152; Glenda Collins 124, 290; Hugh McGraw 484; Karleen Williams 203, 318; Robert Chambless 70t, 452; Mildred McElroy 441, 186; Mary Jo Shafer 335, 178; John Plunkett 74t, 308; Michael Turner 358, 49b; Andy Anderson 312b, 146; Corene Laminack 145b, 345t; Winfred Kerr 89, 47b.

Following announcements, Henry Johnson led 267 as the closing song, and then dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Henry Johnson; Vice Chairman—Tony Hammock; Secretary—Donna Bell