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Jones Memorial Singing (Cooper Book)

Cool Springs Primitive Baptist Church, Opp, Alabama

Saturday, March 31, 2007

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 70t. Tommie Spurlock offered the opening prayer.

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

Leaders: Mike Jones 108t; Barbara Jones 336t, 72; Bud Oliver 73t, 563; Joe Nall 30t, 42; Franklin Dillard 58, 59; Nancy Hogan 95b, 143; Tommie Spurlock 109, 356; Robert Walker 505, 38t.

RECESS

Mike Jones called the class back to order leading 99. Leaders: Earnestine Pipkin 276, 171; Ford Bulger 463, 491; John Merritt 225t, “Higher Ground” (original); Billy Kelly 478, 572; Coy Ivey 222, 384; Janet King 559, 282; Jerry Creason and Ann Sibole 38b, 553.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Mike Jones leading 300. Leaders: Waylon Cravey 511b, 500; Margaret Spurlock 112; John Etheridge 552; Ann Jett 39; Breanne Jones 348t; Cathy Folsom 75, 79; Frank Hataway 32t, 395b; James Gardner 50t 74t; Julianna Jett 108b, 146; Eva Padgett 110; Ernest Cockcroft 32b, 77t; Lera Ellison 204; Frank Strickland 100, 571; Merlene Hughes 174; Michael Jones 497, 383; Ken Sandburg 449, 564. Mike Jones led 369, and Elder James Donaldson offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Mike Jones leading 159. Leaders: LaShon Tillman, Connor Tillman, and Avery Tillman 229; Kennon Smith 239, 217; Hubert Nall 568, 574; Elsie Moon 558, 404; Edd Bass 64, 447t; Loretta Jones 63, 138t; Christine Gandy 319, 330t; Wilburn Ellison 507t, 133; Thurman Nall 49b.

RECESS

The singing continued with Mike Jones leading 355. Leaders: Paul King 96; Cynthia Osborne, Cathy Parker, and Amanda Martin 275b, 402; Judy Cutts 573, 518; Myrtle Richburg 450, 144; Tim Jones 120; Vickie Aplin 268t, 60; Brad Wood 188, 515; Alfred Jones 264b; Wayne Jones 464; Mike Jones 31t; James Gardner 287; Coy Ivey 465; Joe Nall and Mike Jones 543.

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—Barbara Jones