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Sanders Memorial

Liberty Primitive Baptist Church, (McCormick), Sumiton, Alabama

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The annual Sanders Memorial singing was held at Liberty Primitive Baptist Church on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in February. This singing was formerly held on the third Sunday in February at Sardis Church on the Warrior River, but had to be moved to another location and the time changed. The class was called to order by Velton Chafin leading 32t. Elder J.L. Hopper offered the morning prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Brenda Merritt; Arranging Committee—Willodean Barton and Bridgett Hill.

Leaders: Velton Chafin 34b, 30t; Anne Chalker 146, 235; Beth Branscome 565, 569t; Eldagene Roberson 313t, 203; Bridgett Hill 129, 36b; Jerry Kitchens 35; David Roberson 220, 222; Travis Keeton 112, 155; Lena Keeton 382, 546; Eugene Forbes 318, 426t; Roma Rice 90, 182; J.L. Hopper 149, 174; Velton Chafin 390 (in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Sanders).


The class was called back together by Velton Chafin leading 380 (in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Sanders). Leaders: Tim Cook 406 (in memory of Peggy Bergman), 448t; Brenda Merritt 430, 428; Arlon Gardner 111b (for Harrison Creel), 201, 277; Charles Kitchens 418, 122; Richard Mauldin 268, 358 (in memory of Dick Mauldin); Judy Caudle 123b, 272; Larry Ballinger 206, 207; Ken Tate 347, 532 (in memory of Edith Tate). Richard Mauldin offered the blessing for the noon meal.


The afternoon session was called to order by Velton Chafin leading 325. Leaders: Marlin Beasley 163t, 336; Cecil Sanders 434, 460; Cecil Sanders and Winell Sanders 569b; Clayton Ezell 66, 119, 300; Henry Guthery 572, 465; John Merritt 232, 271t, 274t; Beth Branscome 467; Jim Aaron and Henry Guthery 68b, 163b, J.L. Hopper 311; Bridgett Hill 432 (for Ozella Blackmon); Charles Kitchens 275b; Arlon Gardner 76b; Tim Cook 285b; Eugene Forbes 80b; Judy Caudle 437; Anne Chalker and Richard Mauldin 388.

Velton Chafin led 521 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Clayton Ezell, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Brenda Merritt