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Elder Homer Benefield, Katherine Benefield,
and Mildred Johnson Memorial

Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, South of Tallapoosa, Georgia

Friday night, April 8, 2016

The annual session of the Elder Homer Benefield, Katherine Benefield, and Mildred Johnson Memorial singing was held on Friday night before the second Sunday in April. Cecil Roberts called the class to order by leading 56t (in memory of Elder Homer Benefield). The opening prayer was offered by Daniel Williams. Cecil welcomed everyone, and then led 37b.

Leaders: Johnny Wright 63, 145t; Donna Bell 47t (in memory of Evelyn Harris), 426b; Karen Rollins 36b 35; Joyce Lambert and Diane Clayton 127 (in memory of Joyce’s parents, Elder Homer and Katherine Benefield and Diane’s mother, Mildred Johnson. This singing began as a birthday celebration for them, and since their passing has become a memorial in remembrance of them), 82t.

A business session was held with the following officers retained or appointed: Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairman—Johnny Wright; Secretary—Donna Bell; Arranging Officer—Richard DeLong.

Leaders: Sarah Roberts 59, 323b; Daniel Williams 31t (for his mother, Emmadene Williams), 61, 65; Dalton Lewis 146, 354b; Judy Van Duzer 315, 312b; Virginia Dyer 340 (in memory of George Garner), 212. Johnny Wright offered the blessing over the evening meal.


Johnny Wright brought the class back to order by leading 294. Leaders: John Plunkett 295, 271t (for Earlis McGraw); Winfred Kerr 45t, 282; Paul Lindholm 283, 278t; Adrian Eldridge 317, 58 (in memory of his dad); Darrell Swarens 81t, 72b; Corrie Van Duzer 280 (for her sister, Katie), 497; Eddie Mash 287, 277; Cindy Gray 165 (for her brother, Larry Keaton), 342; Rene Greene 454 (in memory of George Garner), 428; Brenda Dunlap 409, 278b; Sherrell Cleino 452 (in memory of Nellie Mae White), 335; Grady Keaton 358 (by request), 507; Mary Morris 100 (in memory of her parents Grady and Grace Keaton, and in honor of her brother, Larry), 64; Richard DeLong 374 (for Earlis McGraw), 132.

Following announcements, Cecil Roberts noted that six states were represented at tonight’s singing. Cecil and Johnny Wright led 138b as the closing song. Eddie Mash offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairman—Johnny Wright; Secretary—Donna Bell