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Alewine-Laminack Memorial

St. Michael Lutheran Church, Cleburne County, Alabama

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The annual Alewine-Laminack Memorial Sacred Harp singing was held at St. Michael Lutheran Church, in Cleburne County, Alabama, on the fourth Sunday in April. Cecil Roberts brought the class to order by leading 146. The opening prayer was offered by Robert Chambless. Cecil welcomed everyone, and then led 75.

Leaders: Donna Bell 108t (in memory of Corene Laminack), 566; Judy Chambless 29t, 37b; Winfred Kerr 36b, 59; Charlene Wallace 61, 63; Virginia Dyer 40, 99; Ken McElroy 340, 274t; Dalton Lewis and Lisa Bennett 475 (for B.M. Smith), 32t; David Smead 283, 222; Henry Johnson 288, 388; Rene Greene 78, 142; Buell Cobb 27, 77b.


Oscar McGuire brought the class back to order by leading 145t. Leaders: Tony Hammock 64, 56b; David Brodeur 55, 69t; Lisa Bennett 30t, 31t; Robert Chambless 70t, 68b; Andy Ditzler 317, 517; Oscar McGuire 276, 336; Glenda Collins and Bert Collins 282, 335; John Plunkett 225t (for B.M. Smith and Earlis McGraw), 467; Richard DeLong 28t, 158; Shirley Johnson and Cecil Roberts 59, 303 (in memory of Jeff Sheppard); Ann Simpson 47t, 358; Ken McElroy and Daisy McElroy 294; Virginia Dyer 454 (for Stephen and Nell McElroy); Buell Cobb 136; Dalton Lewis 472; Rene Greene 313t.

Cecil Roberts thanked the class for $402, and asked that the amount be noted in the minutes. The money will be used for upkeep of the church and cemetery. Lutheran services have not been held at this church for approximately 80 years. Cecil and the other singers thanked the Hulsey and Laminack families for their faithfulness in maintaining the church and cemetery. Bro. Jason Stanford offered the blessing of the noon meal at the table.


The afternoon session of singing began with Cecil Roberts leading 277. Leaders: Andy Ditzler 172; Jason Stanford 348b, 229; John Plunkett 435; Henry Johnson 70b; Lisa Bennett 228; Oscar McGuire 163b; Richard DeLong 308; Tony Hammock 465; Robert Chambless 494; David Brodeur 230; David Smead 42b; Winfred Kerr 47b; Ann Simpson 290; Jason Stanford 399b (for Earlis McGraw).

Announcements were made. A business session was held and the following officers were retained or appointed: Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairman—B.M. Smith (absent, due to sickness); Secretary—Donna Bell; Arranging Officer—Judy Chambless.

Cecil Roberts, Donna Bell, and Judy Chambless led 46 as the closing song. Judy Chambless offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairman—B.M. Smith; Secretary—Donna Bell