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Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church

Eva, Morgan County, Alabama

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The annual Sacred Harp singing held at Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church on the fourth Sunday in September was called to order by B.M. Smith leading 59. The morning prayer was offered by Marlin Beasley.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—J.L. Hopper; Vice Chairman—Milford Cobbs; Secretary—Judy Caudle; Arranging Officer—Nicholas Thompson.

Leaders: B.M. Smith 101t; Milford Cobbs 75, 159; Judy Caudle 131b, 119 (in memory of Clayton Ezell); Nicholas Thompson 270, 123t; Marlin Beasley 166, 30t; Nancy Thompson 384, 65; Geraldine Sharpton 66, 496; Darrell Swarens 171, 208; Angela Myers 323b, 142.


Milford Cobbs led 127 to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Susan Holmes 340 (in memory of Izella Hopper), 441 (in memory of Pauline Cobbs); Reba Windom 192, 186; Tom George 31b, 278b; Hazel Heinze 452, 68b; Bridgett Kennedy 73t (in memory of Bud Oliver), 82t; Carol Newman 373, 220 (in memory of Marvin Hopper); Margie Smith 108t, 225t; Scott Kennedy 228, 162; Delone Cobbs 73b, 480. Prayer was offered by Milford Cobbs before the noon meal.


The afternoon session was brought to order by J.L. Hopper leading 161. Leaders: Sharon DuPriest 274t, 503; Rodney Ivey 448t, 77t.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Judy Caudle. She spoke and read the following list of names of the deceased: Myrtle Ann Beasley, Bud Oliver, Jeff Sheppard, Clayton Ezell, Lessie Reed, Willard Wright, Royce Graham, Steve Cobbs, Max Brown, Gertrude Shaddix, Doug Holcomb, and Dalton Thompson.

She then read the following list of names of the sick and shut-ins: S.T. Reed, Betty Wright, Betty Shepherd, Josie Hyde, Shelbie Sheppard, and Dean Thompson. Judy led 472.

Leaders: Cheyenne Ivey 168, 389; Christopher Mann and Cindy Mann 332, 38b; David Light 143, 200; Loyd Ivey 201, 421 (in memory of Bud Oliver); Dan Hopper 85, 329 (in memory of Annice Holmes); Kathy Williams 354b, 56t; Craig Holmes 39b, 40; Joshua Love 45t.

J.L. Hopper led 209 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Nicholas Thompson, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—J.L. Hopper; Vice Chairman—Milford Cobbs; Secretary—Judy Caudle