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Jones Chapel Senior Citizens Center

Cullman County, Alabama

July 2, 1997

The annual July Jones Chapel Sacred Harp Memorial Singing was held on the first Wednesday in July. Henry Guthery called the class to order leading song on page 59. The morning prayer was led by Hershell King.

Henry Guthery led song on page 108t. Leaders: Cecil Sanders 112; Keterina Sanders 317, 73t; B. B. Mattox 430, 168; Corene White 126, 544b; Billy Williams 154; A. C. McGough 111b, 30t; Pernie Pelfrey 31b, 74b; Gordon Wilkerson 145t, 475; John Hyde 398, 75; Travis Keeton 123t, 179.

RECESS

Henry Guthery reassembled the class leading song on page 97. Leaders: Tressie Atkins 78, 186, 52t; Faye Donaldson 81b, 145b; Reedie Evans 187, 269, 300; E. E. Kilgoe 40, 101t; Hershell King 410t, 222; Josie Hyde 297, 477; Stella Pratt 441, 440; Carmon Brothers “That Beautiful Land” (for Mitchell Brothers), 35 (in memory of Ervin Brothers).

RECESS

Henry Guthery brought the class back to order, and the memorial was held with Eron White in charge. These songs were led in loving memory of the ones who have passed away since this time last year, and for all the Sacred Harp singers gone on before.

Travis Keeton led song on page 112 for the deceased: Carrie Graves, Willie Blackwood, Everett McCormick, Elder Bernard Moon, Lola Myrtle Roberson, Elder C. H. Moon, Verlie Johnson, Agnes Hocutt, Tom Harper, Halie Armstrong, Buck Aaron, Shirley Wilson, and Frances Kelson.

Eron White led song on page 340 for all the sick and shut-ins: Essie Calvert, Vernice Calvert, Unie B. Howard, I. V. Cockrell, Alpha Black, J. L. Oden, Mary Oden, Ethel Nix, Cecil Gilliland, Ora Lee Fannin, Bob Fannin, and Mitchell Brothers. The memorial was closed with prayer by A. C. McGough.

The class resumed singing with the following leaders called: Tina Dubberly 168, 36b; A. D. Chandler 61 (in memory of Grady Chandler), 384 (in honor of Unie B. Howard, and in memory of Douglas Howard); Carol Fannin 134, 424; Margie Lee and Ruth Burleson 452, 480; Henry Guthery 45t.

LUNCH

Henry Guthery reassembled the class leading songs on pages 202 and 403. Leaders: Odie Horton 400, 47 (t? b?), 159; Charley McCoy 362, 280; Eron White 454; Gordon Wilkerson 434; Hershell King 426t; Josie Hyde 231; Carmon Brothers 234 (in memory of Aver Crider). Announcements were made. Henry Guthery led song on page 146 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Charley McCoy.

Chairman—Henry Guthery; Secretary—Eron White.