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John Etheridge Singing
(Memorial to Winston Jones and Doss Bryan)

Valley Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Opp, Alabama

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The John Etheridge Singing in memorial to Winston Jones and Doss Bryan was held at Valley Grove Primitive Baptist Church on the fourth Sunday in July. The class was called to order by John Etheridge leading 519 (?) and 32t. The B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Revision, was used for the day. The morning prayer was offered by Shane Wootten.

Leaders: Wayne Jones 99, 36b; Tim Jones 553, 293t; Rodney Ivey 380t, 552 (?); Bill Hogan 464, 543; Paul King 384, 77t; Eloise Wootten 222, 186; Bridgett Hill 38t, 486; Bill Aplin 567, 466.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Wayne Jones leading 60. Leaders: Nancy Hogan 114b, 388; Shane Wootten 359, 524; Ken Kelley and Kristen Kelley 404, 572; Donna Wootten 478; Sylvia Ivey 336t; Edd Bass 309; Marlon Wootten 73t; Paul King 47t (in honor of Bud Oliver); Scott Ivey 42, 573; Sue Bunch 544, 421.

RECESS

Tim Jones called the class to order leading 345t. Leaders: Larry Ballinger 559 (?); Mark Brown 505; Georgeanna Presnell 282; Donna Bell 571, 229; Benjamin Bath 129, 192; Hobert Ivey 511t; Lloyd Ivey 54t; Judy Caudle 98, 216; Morgan Bunch 250; Karen Clark 563 (?); Olivia Jones and Brianne Jones 348t; John Etheridge led 369 and Tommie Spurlock offered prayer to bless the food for the noon meal.

LUNCH

Shane Wootten and John Etheridge opened the afternoon session by leading 96. Leaders: John Etheridge 86; Henry Johnson 315; Ann Jett 503; Ken Sundberg 431; Elsie Moon 414; Harrison Creel 355; Wanda Capps 203; Larry Shaw 81 (t? b?); Ernest Cockcroft 45t; Learvene Bass 74t; Frank Hataway 283t; Janet King 148; Kennon Smith 189; Eva Padgett 536; Sam Schofield 288; Frank Strickland 100; Lera Ellison 395t; Mike Jones 47b; Tommie Spurlock 183; Stanley Smith 210; Wilburn Ellison 447t; Chip Westbrook 500; Ford Bulger 176t; Victoria Aplin 358; Loretta Jones 138t; Linda Westbrook 465; Mary Whitehurst 215; Ernestine Pipkin 110; Joe Nall 272; Crissy Schofield 80b; Billy Kelley and Brian Kelley 112; Merlene Hughes 174; Crissy Fullerton 335; Tim Jones and Rodney Ivey 488b.

Announcements were made. Mark Brown led “Sweet Beulah Land” (by request). Bill Hogan offered prayer to dismiss the class.

Chairman—John Etheridge; Vice-Chairman—Wayne Jones; Secretary—Barbara Jones