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Labor Day Singing

Shoal Creek Church, Cleburne County, Alabama

Monday, September 5, 2016

The 96th session of the annual Labor Day Sacred Harp Singing was held at Shoal Creek Church, located in Talladega National Forest, Cleburne County, Alabama. The class was called to order by Cecil Roberts leading 49t. Cecil offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Cecil Roberts 37b; Judy Caudle 36b; Judy Chambless 318 (in memory of B.M. Smith).

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairman—Virginia Dyer; Secretary—Judy Caudle; Arranging Officer—Judy Chambless.

Leaders: Bert Collins and Glenda Collins 566; Winfred Kerr 314; Donna Bell 283; Pam Nunn 186; Philip Denney 300; Dalton Lewis-Dyer 472; Jack Nelson 551; Vickie See and Billy See 33b; Rene Greene 142; Eric Tweedy 174; Charlene Wallace 155; Robert Chambless 303; Fallon Cook and Chance Cook 192; Reba Windom 418; Tony Hammock 196; Rebecca Over 122 (in memory of B.M. Smith); Virginia Dyer 454.


Nathan Rees led 101t to bring the class together. Leaders: Karen Rollins 222; Victoria Grace Cofield 45t; Debora Grosse 556; Richard DeLong 399b; Andy Ditzler 42; Nathan Rees 298; Isaac Green 421; Oscar McGuire 171; Daniel Williams 74t; Hayden Arp 405 (for Jason Stanford and Margie Smith); David Brodeur 76t; Cornelia Van den Doel 148; John Plunkett 325; Kathy Williams 350; Susan Cherones 564; John Kelso 426t (in memory of B.M. Smith); Judy Mincey 474; Jeannette DePoy 475 (in memory of B.M. Smith).

Joe Jones, of the Shoal Creek Church Preservation Society, spoke to the class. He told of some planned improvements to be made, in particular, the replacement of the foundation and restoration of the floor. He thanked the Sacred Harp singers for their donations to the Society.

Leaders: Dan Edwards 497; Scott DePoy 277; Jerusha Wheeler 479; Esther Williams 135; Samuel Williams 481; Judy Green 335 (in memory of William Jones).


The afternoon session began with Virginia Dyer leading 40. Leaders: Gary Davis 480; Hayden Arp 329 (by request); Pam Nunn and Rene Green 217; Nathan Rees, Isaac Green, and Hayden Arp 426b; Fallon Cook, Isaac Green, and Hayden Arp 269; Scott DePoy and Jeannette DePoy 460; Daniel Williams, Samuel Williams, and Esther Williams 123b; Cornelia Van den Doel, David Brodeur, Reba Windom, and Andy Ditzler 133; John Plunkett, Jerusha Wheeler, and Judy Mincey 348t; Richard DeLong, Virginia Dyer, and Donna Bell 193; Oscar McGuire, Kathy Williams, and Judy Caudle 208; Billy See and Vickie See 178; John Kelso and Eric Tweedy 200; Winfred Kerr, Gary Davis, and Cecil Roberts 35; Bert Collins, Glenda Collins, and Ann Simpson 340; Susan Cherones and Rebecca Over 228; Tony Hammock, Jack Nelson, Judy Chambless, and Robert Chambless 225t (in memory of Earlis McGraw and B.M. Smith).

Announcements were made. Cecil Roberts and Virginia Dyer led 46 as the closing song. Robert Chambless dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairman—Virginia Dyer; Secretary—Judy Caudle