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Gum Pond Decoration Day Singing

Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church, Eva, Alabama

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The annual Decoration Day Sacred Harp singing held at Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church on the fourth Sunday in May was called to order by Judy Caudle leading 30t. The opening prayer was offered by Nicholas Thompson.

Leaders: Judy Caudle 27; Nicholas Thompson 176b, 166; Delone Cobbs 33b, 354t; Susan Cherones 40, 460; Chris Ballinger 477, 111b; Ann Jett 512, 498; Larry Ballinger 496, 528 (for Lisa); Darrell Swarens 275b (in memory of Harrison Creel), 81t; Elene Stovall 99 (for Don Bowen), 172; Danny Creel 530, 475; Scott Ivey 28t, 28b; Geraldine Sharpton 299, 542; Nancy Thompson 204, 207.

RECESS

Judy Caudle led 540 to bring the class together. Leaders: Glenn Keeton 163 (t? b?), 274t; David Ivey 274b, 441; Wanda Capps 89, 187; Hayden Wootten 34t, 313t; Kelsey Ivey 67, 225t; Susan Holmes 340, 137; Bridgett Hill Kennedy 317, 492; Aaron Wootten 73t, 101t; Cheyenne Ivey 212, 222; Earl Ballinger 439; Jared Wootten 440, 217.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Judy Caudle, who spoke in memory of Aunt Bera Bradford and on behalf of the following deceased: Evelyn Harris, Hobert Ivey, Dawson Adams, Audress Gurley, Jean Ballinger, Nadine Willis, Jerry Godsey, and Raymond Hamrick. She also spoke about the following sick and shut-ins: Kermit Adams, B.M. Smith, Margie Smith, Carol Fannin, Kenneth Fannin, Norman Crider, Richard Mauldin, and Jerry Kitchens. She led 459. Nicholas Thompson offered prayer to close the memorial service.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Nicholas Thompson leading 436. Leaders: Richard Ivey 114, 345b; Eugene Forbes 203, 155; Sarah Wootten 129, 209; Hazel Heinze 86, 63; Steve Adams 99 (for Kermit Adams), 331; Betty Baccus 396, 454 (for Willodean Barton); Loyd Ivey 426b, 283; Joanna Nicovich 147b, 105 (in memory of Jeremiah Nicovich); Jamey Wootten 42, 100; J.C. Rutledge 87, 560; Will Allred 503 (for Carol Fannin); J.L. Hopper 361, 515 (by request); Susan Cherones 564 (for Lightfoot); Bridgett Hill Kennedy 88t; Elene Stovall 316 (by request); Darrell Swarens 507; Judy Caudle 276 (for Glenda Hopper).

Judy Caudle led 62 as the closing song. Elder J.L. Hopper offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

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