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Wootten New Year’s Eve Singing

Antioch Baptist Church, Ider, Alabama

December 31, 1996

The annual Wootten New Year’s Eve Singing was held at Antioch Baptist Church, and was called to order by Jeffrey Wootten and Marty Wootten leading songs on pages 82t and 31t. The evening prayer was led by Tony Ivey. Leaders: Jeffrey Wootten and Marty Wootten 48t, 171; Marlon Wootten 59; Dewayne Wootten 111t, 348b; Levon Wootten 448b, 441; Clarke Lee 385t, 29t; Jennifer Wootten 163t; Jeff Sheppard 99; Erika Mitchell 145b, 354b, 87; Davis Wilkerson, KeriAnn Wilkerson 354 (t? b?); Pam Wilkerson 572 (Cooper Book); David Lee 63, 128; Hershel Wooten 84 (Cooper Book), 47t.

RECESS

Terry Wootten called the class back to order leading songs on pages 144, 101t, and 84. Leaders: Mary Elizabeth Lee 45t, 64, 361; Vickie Mitchell 480; Keith Townson 106; Stuart Ivey and Richard Ivey 300, 306; Milton Oliver 505 (Cooper Book); S. T. Reed 344; Wayne Wootten 448t; Jeff Oliver 490, 68b; Kaila Oliver 309; David Lee and Clarke Lee 47b (walked the time). Refreshments were served, and the blessing of the food was led by Gerald Wootten.

RECESS

Jeffrey Wootten and Marty Wootten called the class to order leading songs on pages 32t and 203. Leaders: B. M. Smith 475, 28b; Bryan Lee 274t; Rayford Brown 503; Joseph Lee 376; Johnny Lee 107 (Cooper Book), 515 (Cooper Book); Jamie Dalton 186, 542; Syble Adams 559 (Cooper Book); Dennis George 457; Shane Wootten 385b, 56b; Richard Green and Susan Green 350; Cathy Lee and Julie Lee 500 (Cooper Book), 563 (Cooper Book); Thurman Nall 38t (Cooper Book); Jenny Wootten and Cassie Franklin 528; Shelbie Sheppard 38b; Loyd Ivey and Eloise Wootten 454, “Trusting”; Edith Tate 73t; Albert Ryals 138b, 159; David Ivey and Karen Ivey 553, 532; Phil Townson and Danett Townson 58, 518 (Cooper Book); Jenny Wallace 566; Cindy Franklin 393 (Cooper Book); Myra Dalton and Brenda Carroll 384, 383; Elizabeth Oliver and Dale Roberson 30b, 30t; Margie Smith 501; Olivia Allen and Gertha Parker 378 (t? b?), 36b; Tony Ivey 163b;.....HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!.....Gary Wootten and Jeremy Wootten 235; Sarah Harcrow 101t; Terry Wootten 484 (Cooper Book); Johnny Lee 41 (Cooper Book). Announcements were made. Marty Wootten led song on page 62 for the closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer led by Hershel Wooten. David Lee and Clarke Lee instructed those that wished to participate in the singing of the Drone.

In last year’s minutes we reported that this singing was started in 1963, but since that time it was corrected, and the beginning year should be 1962.

Chairmen—Jeffrey Wootten and Marty Wootten; Secretary—Shelbie Sheppard.