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Gum Pond Singing

Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church, Morgan County, Alabama

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Sacred Harp singing held at Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in May was called to order by Nicholas Thompson leading 82t. Lomax Ballinger offered the opening prayer. Nicholas welcomed the class and led 112.

Leaders: Judy Caudle 411; Delone Cobbs 44, 354t; Lilly Underwood 354b, 29t; Isaac Green 242, 123t; Nancy Thompson 565, 354b; Bridgett Hill Kennedy 101t (for Betty Shepherd), 212; Butch White 49b, 74b; Kaitlyn Bailey 107, 480; Larry Ballinger 217, 224; David Light 200, 436; Sarah Trumbore 145t, 216; Bea Aaron 475, 456.


J.L. Hopper led 211 to bring the class back together. Leaders: Christopher Mann 566, 86; Ed Thacker 213t, 179; Lisa Geist 228, 377; Peter Trumbore 350, 84; Carol Newman 220, 358; David Ivey 213b, 121; Chris Ballinger 178, 460; Marlin Beasley 512, 498 (in memory of Harrison Creel).

The memorial lesson was conducted by Judy Caudle. She spoke and led 459 in memory of the following deceased: Dexter Cobbs, Talmadge Cobbs, Pauline Cobbs, Willard Hopper, Marvin Hopper, L.E. Hopper, Izella Hopper, Christine Leeth, Alta Mae Self, Herbert Self, Otis Self, Bera Bradford, Gravis Ballinger, B.M. Smith, Kenneth Fannin, Elsie Moon, Steve Adams, Kermit Adams, Toney Smith, Lavoy Smith, and Kenny Graves.

Judy led 472 in honor of the following sick and shut-ins: Arvid Holmes, Wilda Holmes, Eloise Wootten, Hugh McGraw, Charlene Wallace, Shelby Castillo, Betty Shepherd, Lily Hopper, Verna Holcomb, Colin Neill, Karen Rollins, Concetta Branson, Tracy Newman, and Martha Moody. Nicholas Thompson closed the memorial lesson with prayer, and asked a blessing on the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Nicholas Thompson leading 131b. Leaders: Loyd Ivey 39b, 283; Linda Sides 530 (for Ottis Sides), 225t; Lomax Ballinger 168, 300; Susan Allred 58, 384; Margaret Thacker 68b, 108t; Jim Aaron 47b, 231; Cheyenne Ivey 31t, 56t; Rachel Pirkey 142, 378b; Linda Booth 181; Linda Booth and Susan Cherones 309; Susan Cherones 564, 56b; Cindy Tanner 269, 327; Daniel Bearden 493, 413; Mary Holcombe 164, 166; Geraldine Sharpton 542, 318; Jacklyn Protz 77t, 288; Dan Hopper 346, 240; Carol Fannin 136, 72b; Nancy Phillips 455, 282; Christie Holcombe 145b, 30b; J.L. Hopper 306; Juanita Beasley 61.

Announcements were made. Nicholas Thompson led 521 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Elder J.L. Hopper, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Nicholas Thompson; Secretary—Judy Caudle