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Mount Pisgah Singing Society (Cooper Book)

Mount Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church,
Stroud, Chambers County, Alabama

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The annual all-day session of the Mount Pisgah Singing Society (organized in 1903) met at Mount Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church, and was called to order by Karen Clark at 9:00 a.m. leading 31b. Louis Hughes offered the morning prayer. Karen Clark welcomed everyone to the singing, and then led 70t (in memory of her father-in-law, Harvey L. Clark, who passed away on Monday, May 20).

The officers of the singing are as follows: President—Karen Clark; 1st Vice President—David Lee; 2nd Vice President—Fred Hoerr; Secretary—Donna Bell; Arranging Officer—Laura Densmore.

Leaders: Donna Bell 171; Laura Densmore 400; Fred Hoerr 68b; Marilyn Bradley 505; Robert Chambless 572 (in memory of Bud Oliver); Marty Hoerr 573; Judy Chambless 336b; Wayne Jones 464; Marion Patrick 358; Ann Webb 288; Frank Strickland 100; Henry Johnson 264t; Loretta Jones and Lloyd Jones 463 (in memory of Eva Padgett); Claudene Townson 507b; Stanley Smith 216 (in memory of Ila McGhee); George Burdette III 128; Jack Nelson 488; Buell Cobb 83t; David Lee 50b; Tim Jones 273.

Bill Adams presented Don Clark a hand-made wooden replica of the 1881 Mount Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church building. Mr. Adams used a note card invitation from the 175th Anniversary Celebration held in September, 2012, as a reference to build the replica. Don expressed tremendous gratitude for the special gift, and stated the replica would be displayed in the foyer of the building.


The second session of singing was brought to order by David Lee leading 76b. Leaders: Sue Bunch 516; Larry Wootten 283; Nate Green and Norma Green 559.

Don Clark recognized Bonnie Anglin Reynolds, age 96, from Talladega, Alabama. Both of Mrs. Reynolds’s parents were charter members of Mount Pisgah Singing Society when organized in 1903.

Leaders: Karen Clark, Tommie Spurlock, and Stanley Smith “Spurlock” ; Kathy Lee 374; Morgan Bunch 383 (in memory of Eva Padgett); Faye Hollis 99; Nell Estes 192; Carol Buche 269 (in honor of Mark Stennes), 587 (in honor of Darlene Dalton’s father); Oscar McGuire 276; Bruce Coates 575; Johnny Lee 46; Vivian Rogan 508; Louis Hughes 225t; Kathe Pilibosian 268b; Tommie Spurlock 112 (in honor of his wife, Margaret Spurlock, and Aubrey Barfield); Beverly Coates 442t (in honor of her father, Curtis Owen, and in memory of her grandmother, Elizabeth Owen). Henry Johnson offered the blessing before the noon meal at the tables.


The afternoon session of singing was called to order by Karen Clark leading 96 and 571. Leaders: Tim Cook 55; Charlotte Bishop 229; Jonathan Blakeley 133; Chris Holley 376; Catherine Rogan 155; Guy Bankes 391; Gary Rogan 54t; Syble Adams 541 (in memory of Darlene Dalton’s father, Earl Bradshaw); Sue Bunch 514; Tommie Spurlock 137; Vivian Rogan 215; Bruce Coates 484; Chris Holley and Kathe Pilibosian 563; Beverly Coates 380t; Johnny Lee 453b; Laura Densmore, Donna Allen, and Liz Wade 210; David Lee 282; Carol Buche 574; Wayne Jones 513t; Guy Bankes 494; Catherine Rogan 217; Gary Rogan 138t; Syble Adams 543.

Announcements were made. Karen Clark, David Lee, Fred Hoerr, Donna Bell, Laura Densmore, and Carol Buche led 95b as the closing song, while those who wished took the parting hand. Elder Jonathan Blakeley offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

President—Karen Clark; 1st Vice President—David Lee; 2nd Vice President—Fred Hoerr; Secretary—Donna Bell