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Henagar-Union Convention

Liberty Church, Henagar, Alabama

July 2-3, 2011

Saturday, July 2

The 95th session of the Henagar-Union Convention held at Liberty Church, Henagar, Alabama, on the first Sunday in July and Saturday before was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Richard Ivey leading 82t. The morning prayer was offered by Tom Owen.

Leaders: Shane Wootten 37b; Donna Wootten 56t; Eddie Mash and Cassie Allen 434; Daniel Bass and Faith Riley 535; Ann Webb 384; Louis Hughes 498; Carol Duvall 76b; Gary Rogan 300; Patricia Callahan and Nancy Havecington 457; B.M. Smith 475; J.L. Hopper 556; Mary Gowins 371; John Kelso 29t; Jesse Krikorian 71; Myles Dakan 140; Louis Hughes, Jr. 107; Teresa Hope and Jimmy Ballinger 84; Robert Chambless and Darrell Swarens 72b; Bea Carnathan 568; Tom Owen and Blake Sisemore 532; Ben Vincent 426b; Carol Munro Mosley 392; Michael Walker and Pam Pilch 306; Karen Rollins and Cecil Roberts 354t.


Blake Sisemore led 101t to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Lomax Ballinger and Buddy Ballinger 99; Judy Chambless and Jim Aaron 503; Julietta Haynes 137; John Plunkett and Julie Heeren 112; Jeff Adcock and Sonny Erwin 480; Ken Kelly 176b; Sonya Sipe, Anna Grace Sipe, Garrett Sipe, and Geraldine Sharpton 318; Jesse Roberts 189; Rick Fretter 312b; Myra Dalton, Syble Adams, Linda Thomas, and Claudine Townson 47b; Hayden Arp 340; Steve Helwig and Gosia Perycz 128; Phillip Gilmore, Rebekah Gilmore, and Grace Gilmore 270; Tom Malone 291; Laurens Blankers 147t; Tommie Spurlock and Stanley Smith 446; Marilyn Burchett and Carol Wendt 29t; Joanna Lampert 192; Connie Hartley and Phillippa Stoddard 39t; Tim Reynolds 108b.


The class was brought back together by Richard Ivey leading 345t. Leaders: Ed Thacker, Loyd Ivey, and Michael Thompson 424; Philip Denney 100; Blazej Matusiak 276; Lauren Bock and Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg 447; Rhys McGovern 335; Catherine Rogan 441; Mel Novner 573; Justyna Orlikowska and Erica Hinton 215; Jeff Sheppard, Shelbie Sheppard, Pam Nunn, and Reba Windom 216; Elizabeth Kiser 168; Paula Oliver 196; Reed Coates 67; Deidra Montgomery 272; Ricky Harcrow 283; Barrett Patton 57; Henry Johnson 144; Kelly Kennedy and Hayden Arp 383; Molly Ellis 210. The blessing before the noon meal was offered by Tony Ivey.


Richard Ivey and Henry Johnson led 138t to bring the afternoon session to order. Leaders: Aldo Ceresa 182; Justin Levi 528; James Eldridge 228; Ian Quinn 225b; Scott Curran 500; Daphene Causey 242; Samuel Sommers 506; Michele Rogan 472; Elene Stovall 492; Sarah Huckaby 299; Ben Bath 396; Lindsey Wiggins 542; Michael Mosley 564; Rachel Rudi and Anna Roberts-Gevalt 87; Matt Hinton 217; Judy Caudle, Angela Myers, and Betty Shepherd 540; Vivian Rogan 163b; Alvaro Duarte 171; Becky Wright 110; Morgan Bunch and Sue Bunch 142; Jenny Brown 411; Billy Huckaby 448t; Pat Temple 232; Henry McGuire 362; Emma Rose Brown 145t.


The class was brought back to order by Shane Wootten and Rodney Ivey leading 73t. Leaders: Rick Foreman and Cheryl Foreman 187; Kramer Klein 378t; Annaliza Cull 268; Nate Green, Norma Green, and Renae Makris 314; Mark Wright 477; Billy Kelly 177; Chris Noren 153; Virginia Eldridge and Adrian Eldridge 29b; Daniel Lee 328; Hubert Nall and Delone Cobbs 313t; Rebecca Eldridge 120; Kelsey Sunderland and Allison Whitener 546; Dennis George and Tom George 208; Carolyn Thompson 505; Piotr Zorzcki and Gosia Perycz 117; Sharon DuPriest and Cindy Tanner 269; Scott Ivey, Hobert Ivey, and Tony Ivey 445; Stuart Ivey, Karen Ivey, and David Ivey 148; Alex Craig 346; Emily Hale-Sills and William Shetter 40; Marlon Wootten and Eloise Wootten 64; Zack Craig 49t.

Richard Ivey led 146 as the closing song. Elder Ricky Harcrow offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, July 3

The Sunday session of the Henagar-Union Convention began at 9:30 a.m. with Richard Ivey leading 32t. The opening prayer was offered by Samuel Sommers.

Leaders: Richard Ivey and Loyd Ivey 47t; Shane Wootten 97; Rodney Ivey 129; Judy Chambless and Robert Chambless 347; Blake Sisemore 290; Earl Ballinger and Gravis Ballinger 112; Jeannette DePoy 430; Kenneth Tate and Hannah Tate 300; Sandra Polaski 335; Andrew Mashchak, Tomas Holder, Noelle Holland, and Caleb Holland 373; David Light 200; Jackie Tanner 298; Jamey Wootten and Marty Wootten 546; Brenda Carroll 442; Nate Green and Norma Green 549; Morgan Bunch and Sue Bunch 485; Nathan Rees 56t; Judy Caudle 301; Philip Denney 142; Gillian Inksetter 543; Harrison Creel 342; Lindsey Wiggins 189; Daniel Lee 186; Linton Ballinger 385b; Jonathan Wood 99; Sarah Jenkins and Maci Gouvitsa 354b.

The results of the annual election of officers were announced by Dennis George as follows: Chairman—Richard Ivey; Vice Chairman—Shane Wootten; Secretary—Donna Wootten.


Dennis George led 213t to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Scott Curran 30b; William Shetter 36b; Holly Mixon 196; Ed Thacker 209; Idy Kiser 122; David Hufstetler 457; Susan Cherones 74b; Don Polaski 111b; David Carlton 228; Carolyn Thompson 365; Phil Summerlin 270; Michele Rogan 432; Matt Hinton and Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg 212; Elene Stovall 215; Samuel Sommers 422; Sarah Huckaby 454; Darrell Swarens and Adrian Eldridge 341 (in memory of Bob Meek); Barrett Patton 269; Phillippa Stoddard 203; Michael Mosley 349; Pat Temple 33t; Delone Cobbs 354t.

The memorial lesson was conducted by David Ivey and Susan Harcrow. David spoke on behalf of the sick and shut-ins. He asked Coy Ivey to lead 384 for Charlie Derleth, who had sent a letter explaining his absence and requesting the song. David read the names of sick and shut-ins as follows: Melvin Stiefel, S.T. Reed, Lessie Reed, Bill Tanner, Lila Williams, Debbie Murphy, Bud Oliver, Sammie Oliver, Genny Whitworth, Betty Wright, Willard Wright, Raymond Hamrick, Lonnie Rogers, and Charlie Derleth. He led 31t.

Susan Harcrow spoke of life and death. She mentioned changes, in our lives and in our surroundings, as she referred to the destructive forces of the tornadoes that ripped through the area in April, 2011. She read the list of names of the deceased as follows: John Darling, Billy Williams, Donald Dollar, Troy Ott, Polly Spears, Leroy Spears, Ernestine Pipkin, Myrtle Wootten, Corine Lacy, Leonard Smith—Alabama; Ola Perycz—Poland; Eulene Bates—Georgia; Bob Meek—Kentucky; Barbara Stoddard—North Carolina; Joanne Bowman, Corinne Myer Lewis—Massachusetts; Henry Bizzell—Virginia; Daniel Swarens, Betty Browder—California; George Seiler, Fran Lipman—New York; Zoie Zurawski, Jerry Enright—Illinois; Conceicae Viciconte—Brazil. Cassie Allen led 312t. Susan Harcrow led 400. The memorial service was closed with prayer offered by Shane Wootten.

Leaders: Alvaro Duarte 77t; Charles Franklin 176t; Becky Wright 80t; James Eldridge 472; Jenny Brown 527; Ian Quinn 41. The blessing before the noon meal was offered by Blake Sisemore.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Jackson Harcrow leading 76b. Leaders: Ainslie Allen and Cheyenne Ivey 77t; Robert Kelley, Eddie Mash, and Jane Spencer 234; Katherine Eldridge and Avalea Maxwell 58; Larry Ballinger and Chris Ballinger 528; Jared Wootten and Hayden Wootten 475; Buell Cobb and Tate Bailey 436; Susan Harcrow and Joel Jenkins 318; Joyce Walton 456; Joan Aldridge 198; Gary Rogan, Vivian Rogan, and Catherine Rogan 86; Coy Ivey, Richard Ivey, Allison Whitener, Cheyenne Ivey, Jessica Ivey, Ivey Ellis, Stuart Ivey, Sumner Ellis, and Worth Ellis 222; Steve Helwig, Gosia Percyz, Justyna Orlikowska, Piotr Zorzcki, and Blazej Matusiak 277; Reed Coates and Billy Huckaby 178; Deidra Montgomery and Emma Rose Brown 208; Emily Hale-Sills and Mel Novner 157; Hobert Ivey, Sylvia Ivey, Sandy Ivey, Lorrie Wootten, Marty Wootten, Jared Wootten, Jamey Wootten, Hayden Wootten, Scott Ivey, Tony Ivey, and Rachel Hunt 278t; Kelly Kennedy and Carol Munro Mosley 547; Cheryl Foreman, Rick Foreman, and Sonny Erwin 313t; Richard Ivey, Blake Sisemore, and Jonathan Pendleton 59; Loyd Ivey, Martha Underwood, Teresa Bethune, Doug Ivey, Marian Biddle, and Lilly Underwood 503; Rachel Rudi, Molly Ellis, and Erica Hinton 162; Kelsey Sunderland and Lauren Bock 42; Reba Windom, Liz Kiser, and Michael Thompson 89; Ben Bath and Erika Littman 73t; Tom Owen and Tom George 426t; Rhys McGovern, Justin Levi, and Ben Vincent 183; Virginia Eldridge and Rebecca Eldridge 179; Daphene Causey and Sharon DuPriest 434; Mary Gowins and Henry Johnson 418; Connie Hartley and Anna Roberts-Gevalt 276; Chris Noren, Karen Noren, and Pat Callahan 288; Billy Kelly 108t; Kramer Klein 48b; Mary Wright 328; Jonathon Smith and Cassie Allen 440; Dewayne Wootten, Jeffrey Wootten, Kennedy Wootten, and Cole Wootten 460; Claudine Townson, Rhonda Arnold, Syble Adams, Virginia Glass, and Larry Wootten 518 (CB).

Richard Ivey, Marlon Wootten, Tony Ivey, Hobert Ivey, Coy Ivey, and Loyd Ivey led 62 as the closing song, while those who wished took the parting hand. Tony Ivey offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Richard Ivey; Vice Chairman—Shane Wootten; Secretary—Donna Wootten