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Rock Creek Mountain Home - Ryan Creek Convention

Jones Chapel Senior Citizens Center

August 17, 1996

The one hundredth session of the Rock Creek Mountain Home, and the one hundred twenty-third session of the Ryan Creek Convention met at the Jones Chapel Senior Citizen Center on Saturday before the third Sunday in August, and was called to order by Vernice Calvert leading song on page 59. Vernice Calvert led the morning prayer, and led song on page 56t. Leaders: Gabriel Kastelle 56b; Corene White 73t, 379; Elver Kilgore 40, 101t, 112; Essie Calvert 75, 72b; Ruth Walker 32t, 57; Bascom Mattox 168, 217; Stella Pratt 319, 318.


Vernice Calvert called the class to order leading song on page 30t. A business session was held and the following officers were elected: Chairman—Vernice Calvert; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Unie B. Howard; Arranging Committee—Billy Williams; Locating Committee—Bascom Mattox and Elver Kilgore. Vernice Calvert led song on page 322. Leaders: Eron White 155, 186; Reedie Evans Powell 430, 200. A memorial was held at this time with Travis Keeton leading songs on pages 48t, 403, and 179 for the following deceased: Aver Crider, Agnes Hocutt, Otto McCoy, Tom Roberson, Tommy Creel, Monroe Edwards, and Everette McCormick. Billy Williams led song on page 28b for the sick and shut-ins which include: Virgil Phillips, Ruby Phillips, Willie Blackwood, Cecil Gilliland, Lela Crider, Mamie Creel, Alvin Parker, Thora Parker, Alpha Black, and Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Oden. The memorial was closed with prayer by Lamar Smith. Leaders: Aubrey Tyree 298, 434; Gabriel Kastelle 81t, 106, 183. The class sang “Amazing Grace”, and dismissed for lunch.


The afternoon session was called to order by Vernice Calvert leading song on page 137. Leaders: Donald Robertson 323b, 138b, 120; I. V. Cockrell 31b, 68b; Hershell King 108t, 80b, 340; Unie B. Howard 384, 58; Gabriel Kastelle 189, 108b, 385t, 317b, 192, 551, 48b, 30b (all request from the class); J. P. Cox 45t. Vernice Calvert led song on page 421 for the closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Ulys Walker.

We were very happy to have this young man from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gabriel Kastelle, with us in our convention, and hope that he will come again. Everyone loved him.

Chairman—Vernice Calvert; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Unie B. Howard.