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Alabama Collegiate Singing

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The 10th annual session of the Alabama Collegiate Singing was held at the Wesley Foundation Methodist Student Center on the campus of the University of Alabama. Tim Cook welcomed everyone and called the class to order by leading 32t and 33b. Prayer was offered by Ed Thacker.

A business session for organizing the class was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Tim Cook; Vice Chairman—Richard Mauldin; Secretary—Judy Caudle; Arranging Committee—Carolyn Thompson and Emily Thompson.

Leaders: Tim Cook 287; Richard Mauldin 77t (in memory of Amanda Denson), 378t; Gary Smith 63, 66; Larry Ballinger 133, 155; Clarence McCool 349, 68b; Edward Howton 318, 436; Anne Chalker 235, 146; Arthur Gilmore 565, 569b; Leslie Brady and Georgianna Presnell 31b, 101t.


Tim Cook brought the class back to order leading 344. Leaders: Minerva Tatum, Dawn Mitchell and Alison Mitchell 358, 196; Wendell Rinehart 159, 341; Margaret Thacker 480; Ed Thacker 182, 35; Robert Walker 171, 99; Toney Smith 475, 225t; Bobby Watkins 460, 498.

A memorial lesson was conducted by Richard Mauldin and John Merritt. Richard Mauldin led 339 in memory of the following deceased: Amanda Denson Brady, Edith Tate, Furn Kitchens, M.B. Forbes, Herby Bailey, Flarce Creel, LaRue Allen, Elder W.G. “Garnsey” McGough, Mamie Harper Noles, Delores Beasley, Loy Garrison, Elder Homer Benefield, B.J. Harris, Alex Mennella, Roxie Keeton, Reby Stanford, Corene Laminack, Lear McGough, Jeanette Lowry, Felton Denny, Gladys McGraw, Theresa Ernest, Dick Mauldin, Wilton Donaldson, Marie Guthrie, Mary Ballinger, Heath Jett, and Cecil Wakefield.

John Merritt let 426t in honor of the following sick and shut-ins: Pamela Gilmore Vest, Betty Parham, Brenda Merritt, Milton Oliver, Harrison Creel, and Jewel Wootten. Richard Mauldin closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Kervin Jones and Tim Cook 72b. Lomax Ballinger offered the noon meal blessing.


Richard Mauldin brought the afternoon session to order leading 43. Leaders: Josie Hyde 507; David Daniel 87, 470; Amber Davis 391, 192; Jimmie Gilmore 276, 288; Henry Guthery 120; Sarah Smith 274t, 283; John Merritt 274 (t? b?); John Merritt and Henry Guthery “Higher Ground” (in memory of Amanda Denson); Bridgett Hill 550; Ken Tate 426b; Eugene Forbes 280; Emily Thompson and John Merritt 397; Lomax Ballinger and Bridgett Hill 300; Elene Stovall 292; Velton Chafin 65; Travis Keeton 400; Gravis Ballinger 270; Mako Cook 515; Eddie Pierce 117; Wayne Baines 317; Ruth Wyers 138b; Carolyn Thompson 455.

Announcements were made. Tim Cook led 323t as the closing song. Henry Guthery dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Tim Cook; Vice Chairman—Richard Mauldin; Secretary—Judy Caudle