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Mulberry River Convention

Liberty Church (McCormick), Jefferson County, Alabama

Saturday, September 6, 2008

The 103rd session of the Mulberry River Convention was held at Liberty Church (McCormick) in Jefferson County, Alabama, on Saturday before the first Sunday in September. Velton Chafin opened the singing by leading 34b. The morning prayer was offered by Richard Mauldin. Velton Chafin led 32t.

A business session was held electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Margaret Keeton; Arranging Committee—Willodean Barton.

Leaders: Velton Chafin 30t; Travis Keeton 421, 400; David Roberson 220, 222; Eugene Forbes 299, 426t; Juanita Beasley 31b, 39b, 61; Amber Davis and Carson Davis 204, 76b; Geraldine Sharpton 66, 300; Anne Chalker 146, 235; Marlin Beasley 213 (t? b?), 312t; Margaret Keeton 138t, 78.


Velton Chafin called the class back to order leading 80t. Leaders: Willodean Barton 270, 391; John Merritt 207 (for hurricane victims), 224, 318 (in memory of Pauline Childers); Emily Creel 345t (for John Etheridge), 535, 532 (in memory of Edith Tate); Butch White 29b, 74b.

Richard Mauldin conducted the memorial lesson, reading the names of the following deceased: Pauline Childers, Edith Tate, M.B. Forbes, Betty Shaver, Milton Oliver, Theresa Earnest, Homer Benefield, Gladys McGraw, Felton Denney, Amanda Denson Brady, Furn Kitchens, Cecil Wakefield, Dale Harris, Lora Kelley, Delores Beasley, Elder W.G. McGough, Lear McGough, Corene Laminack, Reby Stanford, and Roxie Keeton. Richard Mauldin led 339 in their memory.

Richard Mauldin read the names of the following sick and shut-ins: John Etheridge, Daphene Causey, Cecil Sanders, Winell Sanders, Ozella Blackmon, Bud Oliver, Henry Guthery, Joyce Walton, Mark Cain, and Charlotte McCarn. John Merritt led 75 in their honor. Butch White offered prayer to close the lesson.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Velton Chafin leading 90. Leaders: Eldagene Roberson 40, 100 (in memory of Marie Guthrie); Wanda Capps 36b, 144; Bridget Hill 133, 312b, 276 (in memory of Amanda Denson Brady); Steve Adams and Emily Creel 101t, 309, 401; Harrison Creel 111b; Eugene Forbes 168; Marlin Beasley 138b, Richard Mauldin 143 (for Charlotte McCarn), 77t (in memory of Amanda Denson Brady), 378t (in memory of Dick Mauldin); Geraldine Sharpton 347, 496; Brenda Merritt 278t; Butch White 178; John Merritt and Richard Mauldin 358, 511 (OSH); Willodean Barton 454.

Announcements were given, and then the class sang 228. Velton Chafin and Harrison Creel led 521 as the closing song. Butch White dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Margaret Keeton