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Cross Roads Baptist Church

North of Tallapoosa, Georgia

Sunday, July 1, 2007

The 94th session of the annual Sacred Harp singing at Cross Roads Baptist Church was held on the first Sunday in July. Louis Hughes extended a warm welcome to everyone in attendance before calling the class to order leading 32t. Cecil Roberts offered the morning prayer, followed by Louis Hughes leading 138b (in memory of his father, Elder J.C. Hughes).

Leaders: Miranel Swafford 155; Donna Bell 107; Louis Hughes, Jr. 569t.

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 76b; Tony Hammock 428; Stanley Edwards 95; Sandra Wilkinson 75; Kathy Lee 374; Margaret Gillanders 72b; Robert Kelly 183; Erin Mills 312b; Lonnie Rogers 97; Robert Chambless 495; Owen Ross 528; Carmel Wood 31t; Jonathon Smith 49b; David Lee 32b; Rachel Speer 483.


The class was brought back to order by Louis Hughes, Jr., Katie Curry, and Sarah Curry leading 34b. Leaders: Oscar McGuire 485; Dean Jens 368; Diane Ross 133; Helen Brown 542; B.J. Harris 147b; Allison Dodson, Katie Curry, and Sarah Curry 335; Karen Willard 108b; Donald Ross 225t; Karen Clark 534 (in memory of Bobby Jackson); Judy Chambless 28t; Ted Brown 278t; Nathan Rees 204; David Lee 39t; Lela Crowder and Phillip Langley 430; Kelsey Campbell 435.

Louis Hughes conducted the memorial lesson. Miranel Swafford led 45t for her special nephew Kevin (Kebo) Clayton, who passed away suddenly last fall. Karen Willard led 330b for the following deceased: Bobby Jackson, Claude Garner, and Edwin Garner-Georgia; Marcia Tucker-California; Buck Owen and Alma Owen-Alabama; Jack Fincher-No state listed.

Karen Willard led 340 for the sick and shut-ins. Those remembered were Homer Benefield, Catherine Benefield, Felton Denney, Josephine Denney, D.L. McCray, Faye Wood, Theo Waddell, Curtis Owen, Edith Owen, Douglas McCray, Phil Goodwin, and Renea Campbell. Donald Ross closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Don Clark 174; Earlis McGraw 284; Cecil Roberts 491; Phillip Langley 522; George Garner 383; Jeff Sheppard 176t. Elder Gerald Sloman offered the blessing for the noon meal.


The afternoon session was called to order by Louis Hughes leading 101t. Leaders: Evelyn Harris 47t; John Plunkett 101b; Tracey Clemens 146; Melanie Hauff 74b; Paige Gilbert and Donna Bell 354b; Tommy McGraw 475; Carlene Griffin 81t; Hugh McGraw 267; James Newman and Elaine Newman 59; Charlene Wallace 192; Richard Delong 458; Judy Hauff 164; Mildred Patterson and Ellen Walters 294 (for Homer Benefield and Catherine Benefield); Ted Brown and Helen Brown 472; Donald Ross and Diane Ross 494; Karen Willard 367; Dean Jens 67; Rachel Speer 573; Margaret Gillanders 318; Nathan Rees 440; Owen Ross 442; Carmel Wood 481; Robert Kelly 203; Jonathon Smith 455; David Lee and Kathy Lee 229; Judy Hauff and Melanie Hauff 411; Don Clark and Karen Clark 556; Louis Hughes, Louis Hughes, Jr., Katie Curry, Sara Curry, Allison Dodson, Jeffrey Dodson, and Will Dodson 348b.

Announcements were made. Louis Hughes and Miranel Swafford led 347 as the closing song. Rev. Jesse Hilton dismissed the class with prayer.

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