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Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church and Boiling Springs Convention

Sylacauga, Alabama

July 13, 1997

The annual singing of the Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church and the Boiling Springs Convention was called to order by Jeff Sheppard leading song on page 37b. The morning prayer was led by Elder Bufrey Dean.

Jeff Sheppard led 48t; B. M. Smith 30t, 68b; Chita Blakeley 63, 123t.

The class organized and elected to retain the same officers: Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—B. M. Smith; Secretary and Arranging Committee—Chita Blakeley.

Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 57; Louise Dean 188; Elder Bufrey Dean 46, 430; Willard Fredericks 490, 77 (t? b?); Lois Stanson 99, 98; Kyle Blakeley 313t, 47b; B. J. Harris 503, 494; Dana Dean 36b, 39b.


The class was brought to order by Jeff Sheppard leading song on page 217. Leaders: Shelbie Sheppard 28b, 29b; Joseph Ritch 401; Daniel Dean 45t, 274t; Gavin Blakeley 317b, 124; Jim Carnes and Celia Carnes 146, 385 (t? b?); Ruth Brown 82 (t? b?), 49b; Wayne Morgan 235, 285 (t? b?); Stormy Brittan 348b, 340.

A memorial was given for the following deceased: Elder A. L. Beckett, Elder Marlen White, Hazel Cagle, Rodger Morrison, Issac Crowe, Jimmy Causey, Ruby Gibson, Robert Jackson and Milton Wallace. Brenda Dean, Wanda McCain and Chita Blakeley led song on 30b for Elder A. L. Beckett. Hilda Morrison led 337 for her son, Rodger Morrison, and brother, Robert Jackson. Jeff Sheppard led songs on pages 34t and 270 for all of the deceased. The memorial was closed with prayer by Douglas Conn.


The afternoon session began with B. M. Smith leading song on page 75. Leaders: Douglas Conn 74b, 67; Brenda Dean 417, 369; Lora Kelly 177, 236; Myra Goss 222, 304; Evelyn Harris 155, 47t; Maudie Fredericks 294, 208; Stanley Sims 49t, 34b; Elder Jonathan Blakeley 290, 122; Thomas Futral 341, 147 (t? b?); Rachel Neighbors ” The Great Roll Call”, 378t; Steve Milner 354b, 100; Dewey Brown “The Great Roll Call”, 45t.

Announcements were made. Jeff Sheppard, B. M. Smith, and Elder Bufrey Dean led 46 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Wayne Morgan.

Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—B. M. Smith; Secretary—Chita Blakeley.