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Brazos River Singing (Cooper Book)

Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Carmine, Texas

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The 27th annual Brazos River Singing was held in the Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Carmine, Texas, on Saturday before the first Sunday in April. This year’s singing was dedicated to the memory of Amy Denison, who passed away in December, 2017. Gaylon Powell called the class to order leading 138b. Garrett Powell offered the opening prayer.

A business session was held with the following officers elected: Chairman—Gaylon Powell; Vice Chairman—Silas Huckaby; Secretary—Sarah Huckaby. The chairman then appointed Tom Owen and Kevin Powell to serve on the memorial committee.

Leaders: Gaylon Powell 500; Silas Huckaby 285t, 155; Sarah Huckaby 270, 36b; Mike Hinton 115, 464; Bruce Coates 38t, 39; Janie Short 465, 430; Beverly Coates 198, 515; Olivia Powell 501, 128; Kristie Powell 210, 268b; Abby Huckaby 99; Tom Owen 473, 365; Kevin Powell 300, 268t.

RECESS

Silas Huckaby called the singers back together leading 63. Leaders: Linda Booker 96, 107; Tammy Powell 572, 478; Silas Huckaby 450, 32t; Sarah Huckaby 163t, 132; Mike Hinton 162, 567; Janie Short 404, 511t.

Kevin Powell read the following list of names of the sick and shut-ins: Curtis Owen, Myrl Jones, Azalea Barnett, Landis Powell, Charlotte Powell, and Bill Derrick. He made some comments, and then led 553.

Tom Owen read the following list of names of the deceased: Amy Denison, Steve Helwig, Jane Goforth, Edith Owen, Hugh McGraw, Daphene Causey, Darrell Swarens, Berkley Moore, Verlon Stiefel, and Peter Nichols. He made some comments, and then led 386. The memorial lesson was closed with prayer offered by Mike Hinton.

Leaders: Bruce Coates 30b, 31b; Beverly Coates 44, 511b. Roy Culbertson asked the blessing for the meal.

LUNCH

Gaylon Powell called the class back to order leading 411 and 408. Leaders: Olivia Powell 232, 235; Kristie Powell 343, 47b; Tom Owen 336b, 558; Kevin Powell 486, 77t; Linda Booker 199, 293b; Tammy Powell 138t, 95b; Silas Huckaby 278b; Sarah Huckaby 383; Mike Hinton 544; Janie Short 460; Chris Nicholson 401, 559, 514; Bruce Coates 133; Beverly Coates 269; Gaylon Powell 502; Kristie Powell 563; Tom Owen 410; Kevin Powell 543; Linda Booker 229; Olivia Powell 571; Tammy Powell 217; Chris Nicholson 47t.

Gaylon Powell, Silas Huckaby, and Sarah Huckaby led 146 as the closing song. The singing closed with prayer offered by Bruce Coates.

Chairman—Gaylon Powell; Vice Chairman—Silas Huckaby; Secretary—Sarah Huckaby