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Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church

Eva, Morgan County, Alabama

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The annual Decoration Day Sacred Harp singing held at Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church on the fourth Sunday in May was called to order by J.L. Hopper leading 52t and 74t. The morning prayer was offered by Henry Guthery.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—J.L. Hopper; Vice Chairman—Brandon Thompson; Secretary—Judy Caudle; Arranging Committee—Blake Sisemore.

Leaders: Judy Caudle 82t; Blake Sisemore 200; Steve Cobbs 460; Don Keeton 290; Nancy Thompson 65; Christopher Mann 77t; Geraldine Sharpton 299; Cheyenne Ivey 203; Margie Smith 569b; Chris Brown 102; Travis Keeton 48t; Scott Ivey 379; Delone Cobbs 101t; Andrew Farris 66; Bridgett Kennedy 186; Judy Chambless 347; B.M. Smith 441; Susan Cherones 74b; Ronald Gilmore and Hazel Gilmore 47b; Rebekah Gilmore 442; Ed Thacker 110; Judy Whiting 503; Henry Guthery 549; Sonya Sipe 36b.


The class was brought back to order by Judy Caudle leading 32t. Leaders: Henry Johnson 398; Phillip Gilmore 49b; Susan Allred 378b; Robert Chambless 225t; Ken Tate 147b; Anna Grace Sipe 68b; Larry Ballinger 291; Essie Hollingsworth 274t; Dennis George 446; Harrison Creel 342; Rodney Ivey 528; Joan Aldridge 475; Chris Ballinger 344; Brandon Thompson 335; Tom George 224; Joyce Walton 439; Loyd Ivey 452.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Judy Caudle. She read a devotional from the writings of Charles H. Spurgeon. The following sick and shut-ins were remembered: Bud Oliver, Sammie Oliver, S.T. Reed, Lessie Reed, John Merritt, John Seaton, Charlotte Gober, Jackie Beard, Lonnie Rogers, Willodean Barton, and Connie Karduck. The following deceased were remembered: Noble Caudle, Rhoda Norris, Ernestine Pipkin, Billy Williams, Myrtle Wootten, and Mildred Newton—Alabama; Jerry Enright—Illinois; Bob Meek—Kentucky; John Champkin—United Kingdom. She led 462. Judy led 459 in memory of Aunt Bera Bradford. Danny Creel offered prayer to close the memorial service.

Leaders: Eddie Mash 176b; Garrett Sipe 63; Darrell Swarens 341. Ed Thacker offered the blessing before the noon meal.


The afternoon session was brought to order by J.L. Hopper leading 374. Leaders: Danny Creel 177; Richard Ivey 298; Michael Thompson 399b; David Ivey 432; Jennifer Lee 142; J.C. Rutledge 294; Dan Hopper 450; Richard DeLong 395; Blake Sisemore 430; Chris Brown 512; Darrell Swarens, Chris Brown, and Judy Whiting 168; Judy Whiting 318; Don Keeton 438; Eddie Mash and Scott Ivey 196; Larry Ballinger and Chris Ballinger 151; Ken Tate 147t; Joan Aldridge 228; Christopher Mann 178; Joyce Walton 269; Anna Grace Sipe and Sonya Sipe 268; Dennis George and Tom George 197; Rodney Ivey 492; Richard Ivey 422; Bridgett Kennedy and Richard DeLong 411; Phillip Gilmore and Rebekah Gilmore 405; J.L. Hopper 245 (by request), 380 (by request), 71.

J.L. Hopper led 62 as the closing song. Elder Phillip Gilmore offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—J.L. Hopper; Vice Chairman—Brandon Thompson; Secretary—Judy Caudle