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Mulberry River Convention

Liberty Church (McCormick) Jefferson County, Alabama

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The 104th 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 called the class to order leading 31b. The morning prayer was offered by Henry Guthery. Velton Chafin led 30t.

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

Leaders: Velton Chafin 35; Yancey Jett 89; Yancey Jett and Harrison Creel 111b; Ann Chalker 146, 235; Carolyn Thompson 372, 101b; Jim Aaron 29t, 163b; Bridgett Hill 82t, 192; Scott Kennedy 546, 547; Wanda Capps 298, 299; Marlin Beasley 392; Marlin Beasley and Brenda Merritt 402; Bea Carnathan 58, 80b; Hubert Nall 313t, 452; Emily Creel 426t, 426b; Delone Cobbs 147t, 480.


Velton Chafin called the class back together leading 213b and 444 (by request). Leaders: Ann Jett 162, 136, 495 (by request); Travis Keeton 348b, 68b; Ozella Blackmon 155.

Richard Mauldin and Emily Creel conducted the memorial lesson. Emily Creel read the names of the following deceased: John Etheridge, Frank Hataway, Paul King, L. H. Gilmore, Gertrude Hannah, Milton Oliver, Jimmie Denney, William Reynolds, and Woodrow Hocutt. Richard Mauldin led 385b in their memory.

The following sick and shut-ins were remembered: Charlotte McCarn, Josie Hyde, Clarence McCool, Corene White, Lecil and Ida Lee Starnes, Cecil and Winell Sanders, Thurman and Lou Nall, and Arley and Hazel Harper. Emily Creel led 216 in their honor. The memorial lesson was closed with prayer offered by John Merritt.


Velton Chafin brought the afternoon session to order leading 318. Leaders: Judy Caudle 389, 336; Darrell Swarens 81t, 72b; Ainslie Allen 401; Willodean Barton 290; Henry Guthery 118, 174; Margaret Keeton 177, 456; Cassie Allen 382, 374; John Merritt and Darrell Swarens 271t; Brenda Merritt 422; Richard Mauldin 446, 143 (in memory of his mother, and for Charlotte McCarn); Harrison Creel 512; Harrison Creel and Ainslie Allen 342; Marlin Beasley 460 (for Cecil Sanders); John Merritt and Richard Mauldin 358; Emily Creel 457 (by request); Judy Caudle and Bridgett Hill 101t (by request); Velton Chafin 463.

Announcements were made. Velton Chafin and Harrison Creel led 521 as the closing song. Richard Mauldin dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Emily Creel