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Jordan’s Chapel Methodist Church

Newell, Randolph County, Alabama

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Jordan’s Chapel Methodist Church in Randolph County, Alabama, was held on the fourth Sunday in October. Stanley Edwards brought the class to order leading 48t. Lonnie Rogers offered the morning prayer, followed by Stanley Edwards leading 42.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairman—Stanley Edwards; Vice Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Secretary—Donna Bell; Arranging Committee—Judy Caudle and Max Berueffy; Honorary Chairman—Lonnie Rogers.

Leaders: Lonnie Rogers 75, 112; Jeff Sheppard 129, 182; Donna Bell 225t, 480; Max Berueffy 495, 517; Judy Caudle 306; Bud Oliver 145b, 421; Eugene Forbes 203, 137; Judy Chambless 332, 100; Marilyn Bradley and Stanley Edwards 101t, 47b; Ed Thacker 324, 77t; Charlene Wallace 47t, 49t. Stanley Edwards introduced Pastor Brian Moore, who extended a warm welcome to everyone.


Stanley Edwards led 436 to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Glenda Collins 124, 143; Karen Clark 540, 501; Ruth Daniel 127, 378t; Karen Rollins 34b, 77b; Henry Johnson 410t, 288; Charlotte Bishop 268, 196; Hugh McGraw 287; Geraldine Rice 189, 212; Mary Jo Shafer 117, 68b; John Plunkett 89, 464.

Tabitha Hancock conducted the memorial lesson. Bridgett Hill led 142 for the following deceased: Rev. Julian Murphy, B.J. Harris, Gladys McGraw, Wilton Donaldson, Herby Bailey, Elder Homer Benefield, Gertrude Norton, Chester Lacy, LaRue Allen, Dick Mauldin, Buck Owen, Alma Edwards Owen, and Lurleen Heath.

Ed Thacker led 206 in honor of the sick and home-bound. Pastor Brian Moore closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Floy Wilder 227, 293; Audress Gurley 334, 36b; Bridgett Hill 440, 82t; Robert Chambless 59, 503.


The afternoon session began with Stanley Edwards leading 32t. Leaders: Cecil Roberts 97, 569b; Evelyn Harris 30t, 155; Don Clark 485; Karen Ivey 328 (for Richard Ivey), 234; Louise Holland 147t, 323b; Reba Dell Windom 113, 383; Tabitha Hancock 49b,126; David Ivey 116, 358 (by request); Nellie Mae White 119, 45t; Sherry Lovvorn 454, 373; Judy Caudle and Max Berueffy 522; Steve Pace (great-grandson of Frank Bell, organizer of this singing) 128, 354b (in memory of Ruth Reaves Shirah and Calvin Nicholls).

Announcements were made. Stanley Edwards, Lonnie Rogers, and Frank Bell Reaves lead 62 as the closing song, and those who wished took the parting hand. Pastor Brian Moore offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Stanley Edwards; Honorary Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice-Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Secretary—Donna Garner Bell