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Crossroads Church Memorial Singing

North of Tallapoosa, Georgia

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The 41st session of the Crossroads Church Memorial Sacred Harp singing was held on Saturday night before the third Sunday in November. The class was called to order by Cecil Roberts leading 59. Dorsey Newman offered the opening prayer. Cecil Roberts welcomed those in attendance and led 480.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairlady—Miranel Swafford; Secretary—Donna Bell; Arranging Committee—Belinda Stansberry and Miranel Swafford; Chaplain—Eschol Hughes. It was brought before the class whether to have a memorial lesson or to sing songs in memory of each individual. The class chose the latter and the business session was closed.

Leaders: Cecil Roberts 105; Miranel Swafford 32t (in memory of Renea Campbell), 155; Donna Bell 135 (in honor of Mary Florence Smith), 178 (in memory of her grandmother, Carrie Garner); Eschol Hughes 37b (in memory of the Hughes family), 383; C.W. Garner 172, 30t; Margie Smith 405 (in memory of Everette Denney), 108t; Evelyn Harris 303, 503 (in memory of her husband, Billy Joe Harris and her son, Dale Harris); George Garner 499 (in memory of Renea Campbell and Lillian Brock), 186; Ann Simpson 358 (in memory of her mother, Pauline Howell, and Herman Smith), 27.


The class resumed singing with B.M. Smith leading 162 and 99. Leaders: Sarah Roberts 75 (in memory of Irvin and Shirley Roberts), 127 (in memory of Evelyn Newman); Debbie Brown 159 (in memory of her sister, Renea Campbell); Inez Chandler and Ceford Wood 290 (in memory of their father, Monroe Wood, and Gilbert Pope), 457, 490; Charlene Wallace and Lenna Davidson 37t, 164 (in memory of Lenna’s sister, Mattie Lou Zabel); Hester Edwards and Charlene Wallace 104, 73b (in memory of Hester’s sister, Alice Edwards); Paige Gilbert 146, 354b; Charlene Wallace 491.

Following announcements, Cecil Roberts expressed his appreciation for all who came to this singing and for the fellowship shared, then led 147t. Eschol Hughes offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairlady—Miranel Swafford; Secretary—Donna Bell