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Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church

Morgan County, Alabama

May 24, 1998

The May Decoration Day Sacred Harp Singing held at Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church on the fourth Sunday in May was called to order by Milford Cobbs leading songs on pages 46, 75, and 381. The morning prayer was offered by David Ivey.

Leaders: Arvid Holmes 295; Linton Ballinger 343, 354 (t? b?); Teresa Ballinger 47t, 108t; Stuart Ivey 299, 475; Eldagene Roberson 313t, 175; Allison Ivey 142, 460; Richard Ivey 134, 145b; Christine Leeth 127, 340; Jimmy Ballinger 111b, 565; Nancy Thompson and Alta Self 40, 212, 405.

RECESS

Singing resumed with Milford Cobbs and Jane Long leading song number 323b. Leaders: David Ivey 332, 166; Jonathon Thompson 384, 84; Marie Guthrie 222, 192; Brandon Thompson 274 (t? b?), 335; Karen Ivey 83t, 176t, 176b; Gerald Holmes 203, 68b, 268; Delone Cobbs 341, 100; Milford Cobbs 80b. Prayer was offered by Hershell King and the class was dismissed for lunch.

LUNCH

The class was called to order after enjoying a bountiful lunch by Milford Cobbs leading 358 (by request of his grandson, Chris).

Milford Cobbs led song on page 147t as a memorial lesson for Mrs. Gertie Graham, Mrs. Ruby Graham, and Hascal Cobbs. These members of our community passed away since our last May singing and will be missed by all.

Leaders: David Roberson 146, 220; Eunice Kimbrell 535, 448t; Judy Caudle 448b, 450; Dexter Cobbs 333, 345 (t? b?); Hershell King 285 (t? b?), 348 (t? b?); Lessie Grant 108b, 61; Wilda Holmes 441, 39b; Craig Holmes 111t; Susan Holmes 373, 45t; Odom Hawkins 32t, 137; Buckley Hopper 300, 186; Glenda Hopper 44, 139; Rhoda Norris 498; Dan Hopper 451, 428, 282; J.L. Hopper 296, 122. Milford Cobbs led “That Beautiful Land” as the closing song and prayer was offered by Elder Daniel Hopper.

No new officers were elected on this date so they remain as:

Chairman—Milford Cobbs, Vice Chairman—Arvid Holmes, and Secretary—Judy Caudle.