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Antioch Baptist Church - Birthday Singing

South of Tallapoosa, Georgia on Old 100 Highway

Friday Night, April 9, 1999

The seventh session of the Birthday Singing was held at Antioch Baptist Church on Friday night before the second Sunday in April. Birthday honorees were Mildred Johnson who celebrated her 90th birthday and Elder Homer Benefield who celebrated his 78th birthday this year.

The class was called to order by Johnny Wright leading song on page 59. The evening prayer was led by Felton Denney. Johnny Wright led song on page 335.

The class organized with the following officers re-elected to serve: Chairman—Johnny Wright; Vice Chairman—Everette Ellis; Secretary—Charlene Wallace; Arranging Committee—Mary Florence Smith.

Leaders: Jimmie Denney 123t; Alice Edwards 104; Charlene Wallace 84 (for I.V. McWhorter); Mary Florence Smith 63 (in memory of Florence Williams); Mildred Johnson 560; Elder Homer Benefield 56 (t? b?); Everette Ellis 62; Ed Stevens 66; Martha Beverly 146; Josephine Denney 143; Henry Schuman 32 (t? b?); Roy Nelson 283; Tom Ostwald 268; Jan House 361; Bill Beverly 29 (t? b?); Felton Denney 73 (t? b?); Louise Nelson 350; Lonnie Rogers 225t; Teenie Moody 73b.

Rev. Tommy McGuire, pastor of the church, welcomed everyone. The blessing for the meal was offered by Rev. Tommy McGuire. The class was dismissed for one hour.

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The class resumed singing with Johnny Wright leading song on page 294. Leaders: Elder Neal Prichard 566; the class sang “Happy Birthday” to Elder Homer Benefield and Mildred Johnson; Lou Cotney 218; Elder Lewis Norton 45t; Myron House 297; Hugh McGraw 527 (by request); Everette Denney 405; Evelyn Harris 47 (t? b?); B.J. Harris 503; Elsie Brock 460; Mildred Johnson, Daphene Ray, and Diane Clayton 358; Cindy Kissee 312b; Mildred Patterson 119; Matt Wells 49b; Steven Schmidgall 496; Charlie Obert 31 (t? b?); Tom Ostwald 269; Henry Schuman 480; Martha Beverly 430; Ed Stevens 300; Bill Beverly 86; Roy Nelson 434; Lonnie Rogers 101t; Charlie Obert 236.

Announcements were made. Johnny Wright led song on page 46 as the closing song. Elder Homer Benefield dismissed the class with prayer.

We were honored to have singers present from the states of: Alabama, Georgia, New Mexico, Michigan, California, and Minnesota.

Chairman—Johnny Wright; Vice Chairman—Everette Ellis; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.