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Cullman County Singing Convention

Cullman County Courthouse, Cullman, Alabama

July 13-14, 1996

Saturday, July 13

The annual Cullman County Court House singing was called to order by Henry Guthery leading song on page 59. The morning prayer was led by Harrison Creel. Henry Guthery led song on page 460. Leaders were called as follows: E. E. Kilgo 454, 101t; Ester Brown 218; Rhoda Norris 216; Thurman Nall 265 (?); Martha Woodard 428; Vernice Calvert 137, 298; Tyler Newman 340, 59; Eloise Avery 225 (t? b?), 171; Linda Thomas 299; S. T. Reed 138t, 138b; Leola Smith 147t, 43.

RECESS

Harrison Creel called the class back to order leading song on page 30t. Leaders: Milford Cobbs 274b, 381; Shirley Phillips 204, 426 (t? b?); Carmon Brothers 74b, “That Beautiful Land”; David Roberson 146, 388; Lamar Smith 343b, 76b. At this time a motion was made and duly seconded to go into a business session. The class voted to elect the following officers: Chairman—Henry Guthery; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Eldagene Roberson; Arranging Committee—Billy Williams.

RECESS

The singing resumed with Henry Guthery leading song on page 189. Leaders: Reedie Powell 358; Milton Oliver 270, 384; Wanda Capps 182, 366 (?); Edith Tate 336, 532; Jewel Wootten 186, 345b; Lonnie Rogers 348b, 112; Flarce Creel 344, 475; Gordon Wilkerson 498, 480; A. C. McGough 482, 390; Ann Jett 84, 136; Dorothea McCowan 218, 304. At this time, Henry Guthery led 45t and Lonnie Rogers led the class in prayer.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called back to order by Harrison Creel leading song on page 111b. Leaders: Louis Hughes 47 (t? b?), 303b; John Hocutt 139, 236; Stanley Smith 193; Travis Keeton 142, 179; Aubrey Tyree 189, 434; Hershell King 222, 97; Manilia Hudson 551, 100; Marie Aldridge 436, 316; Buell Cobb 26, 440; Cindy Franklin 317, 497.

RECESS

Henry Guthery called the class back to order by leading song on page 331. Leaders: A. D. Chandler 81t, 313t; Corene White 314; Unie B. Howard 486; Eron White 408; Bascum Mattox 217; Marie Guthrie 389; Ruth Walker 430; Iva Lee Cockrell 68 (t? b?); Reedie Powell 269; Sherry Guthery 58; Essie Calvert 89; Imogene Nelms 383; Billy Williams 448b. Announcements were made. Henry Guthery led song on page 46 for the closing song. The closing prayer was led by Harrison Creel.

Sunday, July 14

The Sunday morning session was called to order by Henry Guthery leading song on page 31b. Harrison Creel led the opening prayer. Henry Guthery led song on 101t. Leaders: Keterina Sanders 454; Leola Smith 349, 389; Martha Woodard 278t, 271t; Gene Wakefield 108b, 136; Bascum Mattox 155, 186; Iva Lee Cockrell 319; Imogene Nelms 446, 222; David Roberson 220, 146; Flarce Creel 182, 200; Eldagene Roberson 215, 196; Tressie Adkins 78, 172; Eloise Avery 426 (t? b?), 460.

RECESS

Henry Guthery called the class to order by leading song on page 527. Leaders: Thurman Nall 287, 503; Milford Cobbs 143, 323b; Lena Wakefield 370, 546; Chris Bell 168, 385b; Charlie McCoy 236, 240; Henry Johnson 82t, 68b; Allison Ivey 128.

At this time the class was turned over to the memorial committee. Eron White gave the memorial. “Every year at this time, in the Cullman County Convention, we remember our friends and relatives who have passed on, and our sick and shut-ins. The deceased are singing around the Great White Throne. It’s a happy time for them and that’s how we need to remember them. The song says....There is a Happy Land Far, Far Away, Where Saints in Glory Stand, Bright, Bright as Day. Oh How They Sweetly Sing, Worthy Is Our Saviour King, Loud Let Our Praises Ring, Praise, Praise for Aye.” Imogene Nelms read the names of the deceased, and the sick and shut-ins. Edith Tate led songs on page 48t and 212; Velton Chafin led 420 and 426t for the deceased. Imogene Nelms and Eron White led 340 for the sick and shut-ins. Harrison Creel closed the memorial with prayer. Memorial lesson respectfully submitted by Eron White and Imogene Nelms.

RECESS

Henry Guthery called the class to order leading song on page 543. Leaders: Judy Caudle 234; Buell Cobb 235b; Cecil Wakefield and Kelsie Wakefield 159, 133, 111 (t? b?); Larry Ballinger 139; Louis Hughes and Alison Dodson 31t, 290; Margaret Keeton 475; John Hyde 297.

LUNCH

Henry Guthery opened the afternoon session leading song on page 505. Leaders: Tom Harper 434, 530; Donald Robinson 120, 192; Imogene Nelms 145 (t? b?); David Ivey 396; Karen Ivey 532, 45t; Josie Hyde 507; Travis Keeton 273; Shirley Phillips 354b, 46; Jane Fulmer 99; Ila Ingle 441; Betty Shaver 280, 217; Unie B. Howard 383; Marie Guthrie 380, 411; Corene White 216; Sherry Guthery 64; Ruth Walker 436; Aubrey Tyree 298; Hershell King 176 (t? b?); Judy Hopper 28b; Edith Tate 37t; Martha Woodard and Nell Reuben Morris 428. Announcements were made. Henry Guthery led song on page 521 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Harrison Creel.

Chairman—Henry Guthery; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Eldagene Roberson.