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Roy Avery Birthday Singing

Rocky Mount Primitive Baptist Church, Daviston, Alabama

February 9, 1997

Elder Roy Avery began his birthday singing leading songs on pages 111t and 186, and Kim Cagle led songs on pages 155 and 176b. Elder C. V. Estes offered the morning prayer.

The class organized for the day by electing the following officers: Chairman—Elder Roy Avery; Vice Chairman—Kim Cagle; Secretary—Jenny Gurley; Arranging Committee—Jenny Gurley and Annie Lee Price.

Leaders: Elder C. V. Estes 40, 490; Daphene Causey 77t; Jenny Gurley “Great Roll Call”, 340; Nell Estes 34b, 192; Jeff Sheppard 288, 120; Eugene Forbes 222, 566; Mattie Perry, Nell Estes, and Jean Payne (daughters of Elder Roy Avery) 560; Jean Payne 410t, 480; Annie L. Price 300, 297; Lonnie Rogers 101t, 225t; Shelbie Sheppard 110 (for Ila McGhee), 106.


Kim Cagle brought the class to order leading song on page 32 (t? b?). Leaders: Bud Oliver 47t. 39b; Elder Roy Avery 186; Buell Cobb 141, 138b; Maxine Marlette 287, 438; Floy Wilder 187, 432; Sharon Whitehead 143, 112.

The class was then turned over to Elder Roy Avery for the morning sermon.


The afternoon session began with Kim Cagle leading song on page 100. Leaders: Susan Monroe 111t; Susan Monroe and Roy Avery 358; Milton Oliver 321, 137; Myrline Faircloth 436, 362; Charlotte Bishop 268, 335; Carla Smith 354b, 408.

The memorial lesson was held at this time. Roy Avery led song on page 379 for Mr. and Mrs. Lee Mann, and Jeff Sheppard led song on page 365 in memory of Hazel Cagle.

Leaders: Ben Keeble 489, 47b; Kim Cagle 371, 373; Bud Oliver 145b; Buell Cobb 425, 383; Jeff Sheppard 87; Jonathon Blakeley 406, 67; Chita Blakeley 142, 189; Maudie Frederick 111b, 206; Willard Frederick 491, 39t; Kyle Blakeley 135, 126; Gavin Blakeley 49b, 128. Announcements were made. Jonathon Blakeley, Kim Cagle, and Elder Roy Avery led song on page 46 for the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Jonathon Blakeley.

We would like to wish Elder Roy Avery a very happy ninety-first birthday.

Chairman—Elder Roy Avery; Vice Chairman—Kim Cagle; Secretary—Jenny Gurley.