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James River Convention

Historic St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The 25th annual James River Convention was held on Saturday before the second Sunday in November in the parish hall of St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia. The class was welcomed by Emily Owens Altman leading 102. The opening prayer was offered by Jim Glaser.

A business session was held and the following officers were elected or appointed: Chairman—Matt Ference; Vice Chairman—Adrienne Robertson; Treasurer—Bridget Camden; Secretary—Adrienne Robertson; Arranging Committee—Jane Ferguson and Ben Shirley.

Leaders: Matt Ference 59; Miranda Elliott Rader 300; Jim Glaser 68b; Kathy Kaiser 171; John Feddersen 477; Mary Helen Dupree 70b; Adrienne Robertson 143; Sharon Strong 178; John delRe 70t; Mary Wright 480; Tristan Cleveland 282; Tom Ivey 146; Lydia Lewallen 165.


The class resumed singing with John Alexander leading 515. Leaders: Bev Yaeger 192; Derek Lane 38b; Bridget Camden 133; Kyle Johnston 410t; Emily Owens Altman 183; Pat Temple 373; Matt Ference 288; Elizabeth Betz 354b; Kelly Macklin 126.

The memorial lesson was conducted by John delRe and Kelly Macklin, who led 354t for Johnny Alexander, and the following deceased were remembered: Robert DuPree, Toney Smith, and Lavoy Smith—Alabama; Johnny Lee, B.M. Smith, and Lucille Gunnels—Georgia; Paul Kaiser—Illinois; Samuel Morneone—Virginia; and Scott Morgan—Maryland.

Leaders: Richard Green 163t; Martha Burns 191; Ben Shirley 535; Brenda Dunlap 568; Kathy Manning 454; John Alexander 378b; Sharon Strong 227.


The class resumed singing with Lydia Lewallen leading 81t. Leaders: Elizabeth Betz 25; Tom Ivey 340; Adrienne Robertson 455; Tristan Cleveland 274t; Derek Lane 313b; Kathy Kaiser 332; Jeremy Donaldson 53; Mary Wright 312t; Jim Glaser 438; Lydia Lewallen 475; John delRe 430; Mary Helen Dupree 71; Pat Temple 33t; Richard Green 99. Jim Glaser gave thanks for the midday meal.


The class resumed singing with Kelly Macklin leading 348t (ShH). Leaders: Ateven Snderson 202 (ShH); Martha Burns 65t (ShH); Emily Owens Altman 80 (ShH); Kyle Johnston 404 (ShH); Bridget Camden 45b (ShH); Jeremy Donaldson 414 (ShH); Brenda Dunlap 266 (ShH); John Alexander 22b (ShH); Kathy Manning 457 (ShH); Matt Ference 242 (ShH); Nadia Abdelaziz 407 (ShH); John Feddersen 438b (ShH); Kelly Macklin 358 (ShH); Ben Shirley 44 (ShH); John delRe 12b (ShH); Mary Wright 81 (ShH); Kathy Kaiser 48 (ShH); Tom Ivey 285 (ShH); Pat Temple 27 (ShH).


The class resumed singing with Atevan Snderson leading 18b (ShH). Leaders: Lydia Lewallen 243 (ShH); Robin Betz 287 (ShH); Sharon Strong 217 (ShH); Adrienne Robertson 119b (ShH); Derek Lane 264 (ShH); Jim Glaser 293b (ShH); Mary Helen Dupree 143 (ShH); Richard Greene 364 (ShH); Bev Yaeger 431 (ShH); Martha Burns 129b (ShH); Nadia Abdelaziz 221 (ShH); John Feddersen 86 (ShH); Kyle Johnston 3b (ShH); Brenda Dunlap 260 (ShH); Kathy Manning 422 (ShH); Ben Shirley 170 (ShH); John Alexander 1b (ShH); Matt Ference 305 (ShH); Bridget Camden 310 (ShH); Kelly Macklin 380 (ShH); Emily Owens Altman 416 (ShH).

Matt Ference thanked all who had a part in putting on the convention, and all those who participated. The James River Convention will meet next year on Saturday before the second Sunday in November (November 11, 2017).

Matt Ference led 2 (ShH) as the closing song. A prayer of dismissal was offered by Jim Glaser.

Chairman—Matt Ference; Vice Chairman—Adrienne Robertson; Secretary—Adrienne Robertson