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Mulberry River Convention

Liberty Church (McCormick), Jefferson County, Alabama

Saturday, September 1, 2007

The 102nd 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 33b. The morning prayer was offered by Danny Creel. Velton Chafin led 34b and 30t.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Margaret Keeton; Arranging Committee—Brenda Merritt.

Leaders: Gary Smith 31t, 225t; David Roberson 340, 275b; Corene White 37b, 73t; Marlin Beasley and Joshua Marquez 61, 63; Sarah Smith 385b, 384; Ken Tate 389, 343; Cecil Sanders 569b, 380, 390; Andrew Hill and Emily Unasch 159, 77t, 49t.


The class was brought together by Henry Guthery leading 543 and “Higher Ground”. Leaders: Eldagene Roberson 40, 142; Max Berueffy 392, 371; Elsie Moon 436, 395; Paine Daniels 45t, 68b; Travis Keeton 206, 209; Danny Creel 391, 475.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Lucy Heidorn and Richard Mauldin. They led 146 in memory of the following deceased: John Hyde, Heath Jett, Mary Ballinger, Flarce Creel, Marie Guthrie, Dick Mauldin, Herby Bailey, B.J. Harris, Wilton Donaldson, LaRue Allen, Opal Tanner, Cecil Wakefield, and Mertice Cruse Ponder.

The list of names of the sick and shut-ins was read, and 378t was led in honor of the following: Jimmy Denney, Felton Denney, Josephine Denney, Pauline Childers, Edith Tate, Milton Oliver, Pauline Oliver, Amanda Denson, Uel Freeman, Bud Oliver, Sammie Oliver, Julietta Haynes, Theresa Earnest, and Mark Cain. John Merritt offered prayer to close the memorial lesson.

Velton Chafin led 437.


The afternoon session began with Velton Chafin leading 564. Leaders: Tim Cook 39t, 60; Lucy Heidorn 124, 155; Richard Mauldin 43, 358; Margaret Keeton 57, 37t; Emily Creel 138t, 187; John Merritt “Munford”, 426t; Andrew Hill and Emily Unasch 74b, 47b; Paine Daniels 51, 66; Marlin Beasley and Joshua Marquez 354b, 144; Tim Cook 287; Brenda Merritt 270, 282.

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

Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Margaret Keeton