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Labor Day Singing

Shoal Creek Church, North of Heflin, Alabama

September 7, 1998

The annual Labor Day Sacred Harp Singing met at Shoal Creek Church, Talladega National Forest, ten miles north of Heflin, Alabama on Monday, September 7, 1998.

The singing was called to order by Jeff Sheppard leading song on page 32t. The morning prayer was offered by Elder Homer Benefield. Jeff Sheppard led song on page 57. Mary L. Smith led songs on pages 318 and 403.

The class organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—Donald Jones; Secretary—Mary F. Smith; Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards and Josephine Denney. Leaders: Donald Jones 147t, 358; Jeff Sheppard 216; Bobby Jackson 290; Louise Nelson 350; John Plunkett 502; Evelyn Harris 155; Les Scott 117; Amy Bryant 442; Bryan Black 362, 176b; Melanie Jacobeson 372; Jimmie Denney 123t, 68b; Leola Smith 103; Lamar Smith 76b; Frances Jones 334; Everette Denney 335; Susan Posey 178; Randall Smith 36b, 137 (for Virgil Phillips); Judy Mincey 475.


Donald Jones brought the class to order leading song on page 100. Leaders: Charlene Wallace 145b, 299; Alice Edwards 104; Coy Ivey 63; Harvey Austin 405; Shelbie Sheppard 269 (in memory of her parents, Walker and Lessie Cates); Roy Nelson 498; Katherine Benefield 146; Lonnie Rogers 222; Norma Latham 84; Bud Oliver 39b; Bonnie Flowers 497; Homer Benefield 56t; Lee Rogers 466; Louis Hughes 278t; Sonja Randall, Paula Ingells, and Alice Bice 45t; Richard DeLong 224, 542; Dorothy Wright 323b.

Joe Jones spoke on the origin of Shoal Creek Church and the many years of its existence with his family being active in the church until 1914. The building standing today is the third building on this site, and 1940 was the year when the singing was first held on Labor Day.


Jeff Sheppard brought the class together leading song on page 110. Leaders: Don Bowen 225t, 503; Estelle Flowers 371; Dennis George 312b; Karen Reeves 410t; Lou Cotney 172, 189; Lewis Norton 208, 34b; Bryan Black and Richard Oikawa 159; Jeff Sheppard and Corene Laminack 294; Les Scott and Debra Scott 49b; Susan Posey 66, 35; Lee Rogers 454; John Plunkett 230; Coy Ivey 47t; Amy Bryant 384; Bud Oliver 201t; Louis Hughes 153; Lonnie Rogers 97; Bryan Black and Lydia Griffin 221 (?); Jeff Sheppard 236 (for Andy Anderson).

Announcements were made. Jeff Sheppard led song on page 46 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Lewis Norton.

Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—Donald Jones; Secretary—Mary Lambert Smith.