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Labor Day Singing

Shoal Creek Church, Cleburne County, Alabama

Monday, September 1, 2014

The 94th session of the annual Labor Day Sacred Harp Singing was held at Shoal Creek Church in Talladega National Forest, Cleburne County, Alabama, on the first Monday in September. The class was called to order by B.M. Smith leading 59. Cecil Roberts offered the opening prayer. B.M. Smith welcomed the class, and led 101t.

Leaders: Cecil Roberts 75, 76b (in memory of Stanly Edwards); Judy Caudle 176t, 176b; Judy Chambless 82t, 340 (in memory of Stanly Edwards); Judy Mincey 474, 475; Karen Rollins 489 (in memory of Josephine Denney), 100; Rene Greene 78, 186 (in memory of Jeff Sheppard); Donna Bell 441, 503; Virginia Dyer 193, 454; Robert Chambless 225t, 72b; Winfred Kerr 89, 146; Richard DeLong 140 (by request), 177.

The following officers were retained to serve: Chairman—B.M. Smith; Vice Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Secretary—Judy Caudle; Arranging Officer—Judy Chambless.

RECESS

Cecil Roberts led 35 to bring the class back together. Leaders: Earlis McGraw 389 (in memory of Lonnie Rogers), 329; Charlene Wallace 63; Glenda Collins and Burt Collins 335, 45t (in memory of Lewis Norton); Hayden Arp 149, 460; Chris Coughlin 318, 132; Ann Gray 440, 142; Tony Hammock 464, 465 (in memory of Stanly Edwards, Lewis Norton, Betty Wright, and Josephine Denney); Edna Phillips 490, 384; David Brodeur, Seth Langer, Lauren Levitt, and Mark 91, 36b.

Joe Jones welcomed the singers on behalf of the Shoal Creek Preservation Society. He spoke briefly about the history of Shoal Creek Church, and stated that the Sacred Harp singing held on Labor Day was the only annually scheduled event.

Leaders: Daniel Williams 213b, 224; Fallon Cook 47b; Fallon Cook, Rene Greene, and Pam Nunn 269; Angela Myers 97, 148; Samuel Williams 77t, 196; Jack Nelson 524.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with B.M. Smith leading 143. Leaders: Oscar McGuire 229, 276; Loyd Ivey 108t, 378t; Jerusha Wheeler 551; John Plunkett 108b (for Scott and Jeannette DePoy), 133; Andy Ditzler 155, 481; Daniel Bearden 76t, 414; Ann Simpson 388, 354b; Earlis McGraw 329 (by request); Pam Nunn and Rene Greene 556; Chris Coughlin 153.

Following announcements, B.M. Smith led 358 as the closing song. Cecil Roberts offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—B.M. Smith; Vice Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Secretary—Judy Caudle