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Mount Pisgah Singing Society (Cooper Book)

Mount Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church,
Stroud, Chambers County, Alabama

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The annual session of the Mount Pisgah Singing Society (organized 1903) was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by President Karen Clark leading 573 and 55. Gaylon Powell offered the morning prayer.

The following officers were appointed to serve: President—Karen Clark; 1st Vice President—John Etheridge; 2nd Vice President—Rodney Ivey; Secretary—Donna Bell; Arranging Committee—Don Clark.

Leaders: John Etheridge 82; Rodney Ivey 515; Donna Bell 505; Don Clark 239; Judy Chambless 576; Floy Wilder 186; Nancy Hogan 114b; Robert Chambless 508; Allison Mitchell 282; Ernestine Pipkin 276; Karen Rollins 293b; Bud Oliver 345t; Frank Strickland 100; Louis Hughes 528b; Kathy Folsom 143; Faye Hollis 171; Ken Tate 511b; Wayne Jones 464; Jack Nelson 453t; Sandra Wilkinson 140.


John Etheridge brought the class back to order leading 164. Leaders: Billy Kelley 558; Loretta Jones 470; Jane Spencer 380b; Royce Sellers 507b; Morgan Bunch 419; Gavin Blakely 112; Joan Aldridge 497; Emily Creel and Lela Crowder 133; Jenny Acton and Jacob Acton 229; B. M. Smith 559; S. T. Reed 566; Stuart Ivey and Jordan Taylor 77t; Geraldine Rice 45t and 28b (in memory of the Sheppard family); Loyd Ivey 478.


Order was restored by Rodney Ivey leading 567. Leaders: Tim Jones 553; Bentley McGuire 38b; Guy Bankes 210; Frank Hataway 395b; Ken Kelley 572; Cheryl Foreman 198; Dave Richardson 542; Robert Kelly 35; Doron Henkin 522; Henry Guthery “Higher Ground”; Laura Densmore 485; John Merritt 386. David Lee offered the blessing for the noon meal.


The afternoon session of singing began with Don Clark leading 358 (for Eleanor Clark). Leaders: Robert Walker 575; Lee Rogers 494; Jonathon Blakely 418; Mary Whitehurst 137; David Lee 63; Max Berueffy and Karen Covy 500; Judy Caudle 563 (by request); Darlene Dalton 488b; Danny Creel 292b; Mary Elizabeth Lee 129; Tammy Powell 216 (by request); Jeremy Shipp 57; Carol Buche 96 (by request); Elene Stovall 203; Helen Bryson 176t; Nell Estes, Mary Jean Payne, and Mattie Perry 99; Syble Adams and David Lee 95b; Harrison Creel 355; Gaylon Powell and David Lee 273.


The final session was brought to order by Rodney Ivey and Don Weaver leading 541. Leaders: Stanley Smith 181; Ed Thacker 411; Sue Bunch 274t; Bridgett Hill 138t; John Plunkett 557; Nate Green and Norma Green 491; Judy Mincey 392; Henry Johnson 315; Myra Goss 200; Tommy Spurlock 183; Charlotte Bishop 110; Carolyn Thompson 101b; Julie Lee 128; Coy Ivey 465; Buell Cobb 52b; Steven Talbert 106.

Announcements were made. George Burnette III led 421. The officers of the singing, Karen Clark, John Etheridge, Rodney Ivey, Donna Bell, and Don Clark, along with Jimmy Ray, led 527. Those who wished took the parting hand. Henry Johnson offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

President—Karen Clark; 1st Vice President—John Etheridge; 2nd Vice President—Rodney Ivey; Secretary—Donna Garner Bell