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Shady Grove Church (Cooper Book)

Dutton, Alabama

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The annual Shady Grove Sacred Harp singing held on Saturday before the first Sunday in October was called to order by Syble Adams leading 293b. Mark Brown and Dennis Hall led 40. Bro. Dennis Hall offered the opening prayer. Rex Wilks led 53.

David Lee and Phillip Reese led the class in a review of the major and minor scales. The class sang the scales, and basic chords in each.

Leaders: Brad Bahler 515; Don Clark 497; Judy Caudle 477; Laura Densmore 504t; Hubert Nall 503; Richard Mauldin 272; David Killingsworth 95b; Phil Summerlin 96; Ed Walton 511t; Barbara Hohenstein 486; Samuel Sommers 344.


The class was brought back to order by Pam Wilkerson and Shane Wootten leading 505. Leaders: Shane Wootten 138t; Henry Johnson 175; Johnny Lee, David Lee, Kathy Lee, Sonya Lee, and Phillip Reese 323b (for Delorese Lee); Jeff Adcock, Leah Holland, and Syble Adams 444t; Ray Rechenberg 133; David Saylors, Theresa Saylors, and Sierra Saylors 203; Chris Holley and Kathe Pilobosian 411; Steven Schmidgall 55; Rebecca Over 380t; Karen Clark 514; Tom Owen 27; Brenda Dunlap 77t; Phillip Reese 49b; David Lee and Syble Adams 288; David Lee and Darlene Dalton 587; Nathan Stewart 501.


Samuel Sommers led 319 to bring the class together. Leaders: David Bahler 546; Sonya Lee 31t; Mark Carroll, Syble Adams, Pam Wilkerson, and Ronda Arnold 559.

A memorial lesson was held at this time. Shane Wootten spoke about the closeness of the Sacred Harp community, and of fellowship within and without. He led 463 in honor of the following sick and shut-ins: Eloise Wootten, Delorese Lee, Anne Chalker, Linda Walton, Curtis Owen, Edith Owen, Matthew Lind, Malachi Lind, Skip Trout, Martha Beverly, Ed Thacker, Margaret Thacker, Milton Brown, Levon Wootten, and Frances Iris.

Shane Wootten, Syble Adams, and Jeff Adcock led “When All of God’s Singers Get Home” in memory of the following deceased: B.M. Smith, Donald Carroll, Kermit Adams, Steve Adams, Ruth Redmon, Oliver Kindig-Stokes, S.T. Reed, Toney Smith, Janelle Davis, Azilee Adams, Joe Nall, Tom Robinson, Jimmie Foreman, Naomi Carroll, Earlis McGraw, and Loraine Bayer. Phil Summerlin closed the memorial service with prayer.

Leaders: Rodney Ivey and Reba Windom 572; Dennis George 573; Susan Cherones 300; Jane Carroll 511b. Mark Carroll asked a blessing before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Mark Brown, Syble Adams, Pam Wilkerson, and Ronda Arnold leading 108b. Leaders: Karen Bahler 571; Tom George 98; Ruth Wampler 518; Gary Glover and Rebecca Over 441; Reba Windom 478; Cheyenne Ivey and Sarah Trumbore 465; Lindy Groening 342; Alex Forsyth 552; Cindy Tanner 39; Isaac Stiefel 543; Gideon Lloyd, Ezra Lloyd, and Malachi Lloyd 168; Isaac Lloyd 47b; Darlene Dalton, Rosa, and Sheila 492; Elyssa Lloyd, Havilah Lloyd, and Jael Lloyd 38t; Linda Booth 361; Kathy Lee 500; Sonya Lee, Arlene Holloway, and David Lee 159; Ronda Arnold and Syble Adams 393 (for Betty); Shane Wootten 392 (by request); Mark Brown “Sweet Beulah Land”; Rodney Ivey and Alex Forsyth 137 (by request); Syble Adams and Shane Wootten 376.

Announcements were made. Syble Adams and Mark Brown led “God Be with You” as the closing song. Brad Bahler dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Mark Brown; Secretary—Judy Caudle