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Muscadine Methodist Church

Muscadine, Alabama

July 4, 1997

The fourteenth session of the July 4th Sacred Harp singing met at Muscadine Methodist Church. The class was called to order by Jeff Sheppard leading songs on pages 32t and 57. The morning prayer was led by S. T. Reed.

B. M. Smith led songs on pages 47t and 225t (for Lonnie and Vivian Rogers); Shelbie Sheppard 269 (in memory of her parents, Walker and Lessie Cates), 242 (for John Seaton who was unable to attend); Mary Florence Smith 91.

A business session was held, and the class voted to retain the same officers: Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—B. M. Smith; Secretary—Mary Florence Smith; Arranging Committee—Margie Smith.

Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 142; Don Bowen 171; Paula McGray 377; Kathy Spanglehour 344; Louis Hughes, Jr. 569b; Karen Hojnacki 145t; Becky Browne 192; Carla Smith 442; Steven Levine 179; Jimmy Cates 137; Ginnie Ely 196.

RECESS

B. M. Smith brought the class together leading song on page 222. Leaders: Marcia Johnson 434; Dave Ressler 436; Katharine Manning 343; Mary Elizabeth Lee 345b; Keith Willard 297; David McGukin 326; Jenny Willard 349; Riley Lee 361; Melanie Hauff 318; Jeanette Lowry 430; Samuel Sommers 386; Gary Gronau 543; Kelsey Taylor 97; Clarke Lee 556b; Anna Taylor 278b; Bob Parr 272; Kenneth DeLong 365.

RECESS

The singing resumed with Jeff Sheppard leading song on page 176b. Leaders: Bryant Lee 123 (t? b?); Cassie Franklin 432; Thomas Willard 145b; Max Berueffy 84; Jackie Lee 106; Charles Franklin 47b; Nancy Crawford 47t; Cindy Franklin 146; David Lee 49b.

LUNCH

The afternoon session resumed with Jeff Sheppard leading song on page 99. Leaders: Judy Mincey 454; Bud Oliver 42; Julie Lee 503; Carlene Griffin 77b; Barbara Swetman 481; Charles Derleth 68b; Liz Bryant 384; Edith Tate 73t; Louis Hughes, Sr. 490; Charlene Wallace 548b; John Plunkett 110.

In observence of the July 4th holiday, a short talk was given by Lonnie Rogers. He spoke of the importance of this day and what it should mean to each of us, and how blessed we are to be able to come together on this day to sing praises unto our Lord. Lonnie then led song on page 348b.

Leaders: Lee Rogers 373; Homer Benefield 56t; Kristian Richardson 107; Milton Oliver 403; Pearl Guier 59; Teenie Moody 268.

RECESS

B. M. Smith brought the class together leading song on page 160b. Leaders: Roy Nelson 456; Pam Nunn 236; Felton Denney 347; Lou Cotney 218; Everette Denney 335; Louise Holland 144; S. T. Reed 495; Rene Greene 81t; Margie Smith 501; B. M. Smith 294; Beth Payne and Jeff Sheppard 45t.

Announcements were made. Jeff Sheppard and B. M. Smith led song on page 46 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Donald Payne, pastor of the church.

Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—B. M. Smith; Secretary—Mary Florence Smith.