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Mulberry River Convention

Liberty Church (McCormick), Jefferson County, Alabama

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The 105th 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 brought the class to order by leading 32t. The opening prayer was offered by Richard Mauldin. Velton Chafin led 47t.

A business session was held electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Emily Creel Burleson; Arranging Committee—Brenda Merritt and Margaret Keeton.

Leaders: Velton Chafin 56t, 57; Don Robertson 222, 224, 215; Yancey Jett 440, 89; Yancey Jett and Ann Jett 269; Charles Creel 430, 428, 216; Jim Aaron 503, 163b, 68b; Stella Pratt 39b; Emma Calvert and Amelia Jett 76b, 146.


Velton Chafin called the class back together leading 50t. Leaders: Hubert Nall 99, 168; Emily Burleson 189, 192, 212; Wanda Capps 217, 299; Brenda Merritt 390, 187, 56b; Elsie Moon 73b, 166, 456.

Richard Mauldin and Lucy Heidorn conducted the memorial lesson. Lucy read the following names of the deceased: Billy Williams, Arley Harper, Earl Harper, Willie Mae Moon, Jerry Enright, Jimmie Denney, Reba Norton, Corene White, Ray Tate, Myra Palmer, Charlotte Creel McCarn and Cohen Chafin. She spoke of attributes of God being “eternal”, and we have the hope of eternity because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. She led 339.

Richard read the following names of the sick and shut-ins: Vernelle Forbes Amason, Marlin Beasley, Bud Oliver, Sammie Oliver, S.T. Reed, Lessie Reed, Leona Haynes, Lonnie Rogers, Donna Guthrie, Clarence McCool, Jewel McCool, Cecil Sanders, Sandie Scott, Earnie Jett and Steve Creel. Richard reminded us to reach out to those in need, and led 285t in their honor. Charles Creel closed the memorial lesson in prayer.

Leaders: Henry Guthery 66, 182, 172, 53 (by request); Velton Chafin and Donald Flippo 45t.


Velton Chafin led 205 to call the class back into session. Leaders: Bea Carnathan 568, 80b, 100; Travis Keeton 129, 418, 75; Eugene Forbes 101t, 143 (for his sister, Vernelle Forbes Amason), 46; Harrison Creel 111b, 498, 378b; Lucy Heidorn 167, 333 (in memory of the Creel singers who have passed); Lena Keeton and Mary Jackson 317, 546; Richard Mauldin 124, 378t, 43 (for Josie Hyde); Margaret Keeton 301.

Velton Chafin led 521, and then announcements were made. He led 62 as the closing song, and Charles Creel offered the closing prayer.

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