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Walker County Convention

New Hope Primitive Baptist Church, Walker County, Alabama

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The 96th session of the Walker County Convention was held at New Hope Primitive Baptist Church in Walker County, Alabama, on Saturday before the third Sunday in July. The class was called to order by Velton Chafin leading 31b and 30t. The morning prayer was offered by Richard Mauldin

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary—Brenda Chafin Merritt; Arranging Committee—Billy Williams.

Leaders: Velton Chafin 35; Marlin Beasley 34t, 63; Danica Thornton 401; Donald Robertson 151, 540; Stella Pratt 39b, 39t; Gary Smith 99, 565; B.M. Smith 64, 441; Charles Kitchens 345b, 90; Sarah Smith 75, 73t; Oliver Kindig-Stokes 568, 489; Billy Williams 143 (by request).


The class was brought back to order by Velton Chafin leading 61. Leaders: James White 77t, 178; Willodean Barton 418, 345t; Larry Brasher 47t, 385b; Lisa Geist 120, 171; Angela Myers 142, 421; Shannon Quinn 341, 100.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Richard Mauldin and Charles Kitchens. Richard read the following names of sick and shut-ins: Clarence McCool, Margaret Keeton, Bud Oliver, Sammie Oliver, Genny Whitworth, S.T. Reed, Lessie Reed, Mary Gardner, Leona Haynes, Tommy Burleson, Glenn Keeton, Jerry Capps, Reedie Denson Powell, George Seiler, Anne Chalker, and Lonnie Rogers. He then read the names of the following deceased: Charlotte McCarn, Corene White, Reba Norton, Tally Kitchens, Cohan Chafin, Jimmy Barrow, H.J. Jackson, Uel Freeman, Maudy Frederick, and Earl Harper—Alabama; Ray Tate—Arkansas; Jimmie Denney—Georgia; Myra Palmer—Texas; Christine Cox—Ohio; Victoria Bolles—Massachusetts; Jerry Enright—Illinois.

Charles Kitchens spoke and Richard Mauldin led 294 and 285t. James White offered prayer to close the memorial service.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Brenda Chafin Merritt leading 270. Leaders: Beth Branscome 228, 569t; Travis Keeton 460, 179; Aubrey Barfield 340, 183; Seth Poston 358, 275b; Amber Davis 192, 380 (for Cecil Sanders); Judy Caudle 172, 389 (for Lonnie Rogers); Jim Aaron 503, 163b; Bea Carnathan 438, 496; Eugene Forbes 155, 203; Seth Holloway 146 (for Anne Chalker), 388 (in memory of Uel Freeman); Velton Chafin 93; Brenda Chafin Merritt 542.

Velton Chafin led 521 as the closing song. Marlin Beasley offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary—Brenda Chafin Merritt