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Antioch Baptist Church - Birthday Singing

South of Tallapoosa, Georgia on Old 100 Highway

Friday Night, April 7, 2000

The eighth session of the Birthday Singing was held on Friday night before the second Sunday in April at Antioch Baptist Church. Birthday honorees were Mildred Johnson who is 91 and Elder Homer Benefield who is 79. Elder Benefield was sick and unable to attend.

The class was called to order at 6:30 p.m. (ET) by Johnny Wright leading songs on pages 59 and 277. The evening prayer was led by Felton Denney. Johnny Wright led song on page 63.

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

Leaders: Mary Florence Smith 37b; Charlene Wallace 56t (for Elder Homer Benefield); Mildred Johnson introduced Charles Towler from Tennessee; Mildred Johnson and Hugh McGraw 548; Martha Henderson 326; Henry Schuman 318; Phillip Denney 40; Midge Olsen 66; Pauline Childers 498; Lonnie Rogers 137; Tim Eriksen 41; Cath Oss 278b; Kshama Ananthapora 556; Gordon Olsen 344; Felton Denney 299; Teenie Moody 186; Jean Seiler 68b; Phillip Langley 112; George Seiler 168; Regina Foster 300; Bonnie Flowers 179; Karleen Williams 298; Tommy McGraw 73 (t? b?).

The pastor of the church, Rev. Tommy McGuire, welcomed everyone and offered the blessing for the evening meal. The class was dismissed for 45 (t? b?) minutes.


The class resumed singing with Johnny Wright leading song on page 274 (t? b?). Leaders: Christine Stevens 421; Everette Ellis 103; Eric Morgan 89; Estelle Flowers 47 (t? b?); Everette Denney 426 (t? b?); Lou Cotney 218; Josephine Denney 45t; Earlis McGraw 271 (t? b?); Cath Oss 167; Tim Eriksen 312b; Henry Schuman 327; Gordon Olsen, Christine Stevens, Martha Henderson, and Midge Olsen 34b; Charles Towler 343; Diane Clayton, Daphene Ray, Mildred Johnson, and Johnny Wright 358; Katherine Benefield, Joyce Clackum (daughter), Taylor Skaggs, Jordon Skaggs (grandchildren), and Hugh McGraw 401 and 40 for Elder Homer Benefield.

Announcements were made. Johnny Wright led song on page 146 as the closing song and dismissed the class with prayer.

We were honored to have singers and listeners from the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Minnesota.

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