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Baldwin County Singing Convention
(Cooper Book)

Bay Minette, Alabama

January 24-25, 1998

Saturday, January 24

The Baldwin County Singing Convention was held in Bay Minette, Alabama on the fourth Sunday and Saturday before in January, and was called to order by Chairman J. A. Mosley leading song on page 31b. Vice Chairman Bill Hogan led 330t and 411; Secretary Alice Mosley led 343. Leaders: Coy Ivey 47t, 63; Bob Bonnell 75, 335; Elizabeth Mahleisen 475, 270; Nancy Van Den Akker 414b, 152; Bob Meek 132, 148; Aubrey Barfield 497, 365; Hershell King 535t, 572; Henry Johnson 159, 77.

RECESS

Mike Jones brought the class together leading songs on pages 76b and 384. Leaders: Norma Latham 84; Norma Latham and Bud Oliver 418t; Leola Smith 573, 358; S. T. Reed 522, 270t; Mattie Townsel 79; Clarke Lee 182, 99; Bud Oliver, Nate Green, and Bill Green 440b, 377; Velton Chafin 509, 86.

RECESS

J. A. Mosley brought the class to order leading song on page 101t. Leaders: John Merritt 455t; Winston Jones 553b; Beulah Mae Purvis and Wanda Faye 563, 410; John Etheridge 292b; Julie Lee 538; Laura Bossinger 339; Regina Glass 541; Doug Wood 72; Edith Tate 404.

LUNCH

J. A. Mosley brought the class to order leading song on page 341. Leaders: Bill Hogan 368b, 369; J. C. Rutledge 478; Ann Jett 515; Jackie Tanner 298; Shane Wooten 171; Rodney Ivey and Cassie Franklin 186, 559; Barbara Sweetman 168; Joe Nall 183; Arvin Nall 558b; Kate Merritt 543; Al Probst 575; Joshiko Pigford 387; Thurman Nall 98; Genny Whitworth and grandaughter 212; Hugh McGraw 416; Charles Franklin 319; Mike Morris 263; John and Kate Merritt 566; John Etheridge 398; Laura Bossinger 61; Barbara Sweetman 65; Bob Bonnell 146; Nancy Van Den Akker 554t; Bob Meek 49; Al Probst 300; Rod Ivey and Mattie Townsel 268t; Regina Glass 98; Clarke Lee 336t; Julie Lee 500.

After announcements were made J. A. Mosley, Bill Hogan, Bill Green, and Alice Mosley led 62 as the closing song. The closing prayer was given by John Merritt.

Sunday, January 25

Mr. Bill Green, Honorary Chairman, announced that due to health reasons, J. A. Mosley resigned as Chairman and Bill Hogan, Vice Chairman, was selected as Chairman.

Chairman Bill Hogan opened the Sunday morning session leading song on page 70. Bill Aplin offered the opening prayer. Leaders: Bill Hogan 49; Alice Mosley 45; Bill Aplin 224, 372; Milton Oliver 54; Regina Glass 110, 81; Mike Morris 72, 63; Bob Meek 239, 274; Hershell King 80b, 395b; Bud Oliver 42, 73; Edith Tate 540; Jackie Tanner 172, 137; John Etheridge 434, 552; Mattie Townsel 127;

RECESS

Bill Hogan brought the class to order leading song on page 288. Leaders: Norma Latham 508, 567; Ann Jett 229, 503; Velton Chafin 225; Nancy Van Den Akker 38t, 78; J. C. Rutledge 501, 560; Hugh McGraw 369; S. T. Reed 541, 569; Coy Ivey 449; Mike Jones 435b, 285t; Charles Franklin 176t, 99; Vickie Aplin 337, 268t; Bill Green 29b; Thurman Nall 276, 451t.

The memorial lesson was beautifully given by Brenda Merritt and Genny Whitworth. Genny Whitworth led song on page 450 for the deceased, and for the sick and shut-ins which were called from a list. Brenda Merritt led songs on pages 481 and 385t. Velton Chafin closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Leola Smith 406, 185; Cindy Franklin 355, 39; Cindy Franklin and Cassie Franklin 393; Dana Merritt 408; Willie Mosley 77, 82; Aubrey Barfield 200, 199.

LUNCH

Bob Bonnell opened the afternoon session leading songs on pages 384 and 133. Leaders: Beau Patrick 444, 174; Rodney Ivey 222; John Merritt 496t, 559; Brenda Merritt 524; Barbara Sweetman 192, 106; Henry Johnson 388, 283; Laura Boosinger 441, 361; Delores Wilkes 143; Christine Gandy 330, 145; Genny Whitworth 500.

Announcements were made. Bill Hogan led the closing prayer.

ANNOUNCEMENT: For 1999, this singing will be held at the Bay Minette Church of Christ Fellowship Hall located on Pine and First Street in Bay Minette, Alabama.

Chairman—Bill Hogan; Secretary—Alice Mosley.