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Cullman County Singing Convention

Cullman County Courthouse, Cullman, Alabama

July 10-11, 1999

Saturday, July 10

The Saturday session of the annual Cullman County Courthouse Singing was called to order by Harrison Creel leading song on page 30b. Clayton Ezell offered the morning prayer.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Billy Williams; Vice Chairmen—Don Robinson and Elvin Guthrie; Secretary—Eldagene Roberson; Arranging Committee—Judy Caudle; Memorial Committee—Eron White and Imogene Nelms. The business session was closed.

Leaders: Elvin Guthrie 37b, 34b; Don Robinson 100; Billy Williams 448b, 310; Larry Ballinger 119; Eron White 146; Everette Kilgore 192; Josie Hyde 234; Clayton Ezell 300, 384; Kelly Macklin 446, 399b; David Roberson 340, 222; Martha Woodard 204; Gordon Wilkinson 200, 475.

RECESS

Elvin Guthrie called the class to order leading songs on pages 172 and 186. Leaders: Pauline Childers 224, 318; Lavaughn Ballinger 63, 84; Brenda Merritt 183, 215; Aubrey Tyree 298, 434; Paula McGray 460, 418; John Daniel delRe 101t; Ester Brown 187, 88t; Gene Wakefield 168, 284; Earl Ballinger 117, 177.

RECESS

Don Robinson called the class to order leading song on page 47b. Leaders: Odis Gulledge 59, 30b; Marie Aldridge 217; Julianna Jett 58; Cassie Franklin 76b; Flarce Creel, Cindy Franklin, and Ann Jett 269, 327.

LUNCH

Judy Caudle called the afternoon session to order leading song on page 48t. Leaders: Corene White 403; John Hocutt 144, 354t; Eldagene Roberson 306, 142; Lydia Baswell 47t, 145 (t? b?); Buell Cobb 33b; Eloise Watkins 123 (t? b?), 480; John delRe 101b, 78; Elsie Moon 68b; Mark Davis 273, 236; Travis Keeton 343.

RECESS

Billy Williams called the class to order leading song on 42. Leaders: Hershell King 426t, 176 (t? b?); Leyland delRe 133, 212; John Merritt 358, 240; Marie Guthrie 189, 220; Henry Schuman 432; Amanda Denson led for Reedie Powell who did not want to lead; Stanley Smith 454, 73 (t? b?) (for Everette Kilgore); Margie Burton and Ruth Burton 73t; Debra Ritch 220.

Announcements were made. Billy Williams led song on page 46 as the closing song. John Merritt dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, July 11

Chairman Billy Williams called the class to order leading song on 31b. Harrison Creel led the opening prayer. Billy Williams led song on 147t. Leaders: Don Robinson 200, 212; Eldagene Roberson 313 (t? b?), 139; Velton Chafin 34b, 225t; Midge Olsen 171, 198; John Merritt and John Daniel delRe 47t, 76b; Imogene Nelms 66, 182; Tim Gilmore 142, 542; Imogene Barton 145t, 391.

RECESS

Velton Chafin called the class back to order leading song on page 144. Leaders: Paula McGray 137, 148; Harrison Creel 111b; Reedie Powell and Amanda Denson 300, 269, 280; John delRe 83t, 326; Edith Tate 167, 275 (t? b?); Aubrey Tyree 189, 208; John Daniel delRe 207, 433; Seth Aldredge 457; Leyland delRe 346, 448b; Rachel Caldwell 166, 354 (t? b?); Kelsie Wakefield 108t, 133; Jennifer Aldredge 323 (t? b?), 290.

RECESS

John delRe called the class to order leading song on page 39t. Leaders: Gordon Olsen 497, 503; Kelly Macklin 179, 196.

LUNCH

John Merritt brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 48t.

Imogene Nelms and Eron White, Memorial Committee, conducted the memorial session. Since our last convention, we have lost many good singers and friends of our singers. Although we miss them, we can rejoice that we knew and sang with them for many years, and try to remember them as they were, and that they are now rejoicing with their Savior. Those remembered: Essie Calvert, B.B. Mattox, Cecil Gilliland, Gervis Adams, Alice Washburn, Ralph Heath, Ella Mae Sanders, and Don Jolly. Billy Williams led song on 28b for the deceased.

Imogene Nelms and Eron White led song on page 340 for the following sick and shut-ins: Virgil Phillips, Ruby Phillips, J.L. Oden, Mary Oden, Alpha Black, Susan Barber, Ester Brown, Dorothy Garner, Callie Calvert, and Ila Ingle. John Merritt closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Brenda Merritt 434, 336; David Roberson 274t, 222; Pauline Childers 546, 480; Cecil Wakefield 282, 159; Betty Wright 347, 317; Henry Schuman 369, 365; Susan Allredge 183, 138t; Charles Woods 197, 567; Amanda Denson 566, 385 (t? b?); Cecil Sanders 123t; Judy Caudle 311, 438; Edis Guthrie 186; Kenneth Fannin 436; Craig Holmes 358; Flarce Creel 475; Corene White 216; Marie Guthrie 380.

Announcements were made. Billy Williams led song on page 62 as the closing song. Aubrey Tyree dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Billy Williams; Vice Chairmen—Don Robinson and Elvin Guthrie; Secretary—Eldagene Roberson.