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Mississippi Cooper Book Convention

Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church,
Highway 13, Morton, Mississippi

October 24, 1998

The annual Mississippi Cooper Book Convention singing was held at Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist church on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in October. The class was called to order by Chairman John Merritt leading song on page 86. The morning prayer was led by Don Clark.

The class held a business meeting with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—John Merritt; Vice Chairman—Andrew Albers; Secretary—Regina Glass; Arranging Committee—Bill Hogan.

Leaders: John Merritt 36, 263; Andrew Albers 496, 50t; John Lee Van Horn 73t, 56; Durward Scarborough 45, 240; John Etheridge 564, 478; Bill Green “Singing Day”, “Nettie” (by request—both songs written by Bill Green); Bill Hogan 411, 497.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Andrew Albers leading song on page 500. Leaders: Don Clark 292b, 171; Thurman Nall 511b; J.A. Mosley 526, 527; Richard Graham 559; Genny Whitworth 92, 511t; Elizabeth Muhleisen 54t, 572; Brenda Merritt 450, 567; Warren Steel 536, 422t; Nancy Van Den Akker 373, 384; L.B. Smith 58; Velton Chafin 336b, 225t; Alice Mosley 145b, 343, 484b.

LUNCH

The class was called back to order by John Merritt leading songs on pages 297 and 331. Leaders: John Lee Van Horn 563, 140; Andrew Albers 271, 150, 339; Durward Scarborough 339, 107; William Ansley 41, 94 (“Old School Hymnal”); John Etheridge 40 (“Old School Hymnal”), 270; Bill Green “Morning Light” (his own composition); Bill Hogan 45b, 69; Don Clark 398b, 359 (“Old School Hymnal”); J.A. Mosley 282, 542; Genny Whitworth 324; Thurman Nall 38t; Richard Graham 571; Brenda Merritt 543, 522; Warren Steel 494, 71; Nancy Van Den Akker 164, 475; L.B. Smith 451b; Regina Glass 128; Warren Steel 372 (“Old School Hymnal”). The class was dismissed with prayer by Bill Hogan.

Chairman—John Merritt; Vice Chairman—Andrew Albers; Secretary—Regina Glass.