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Labor Day Singing

Shoal Creek Church, Cleburne County, Alabama

Monday, September 1, 2008

The annual Labor Day Singing was held at Shoal Creek Church in Talladega National Forest, Cleburne County, Alabama, on the first Monday in September. The class was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Jeff Sheppard leading 32t. The morning prayer was offered by Samuel Sommers.

Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 73b; Richard DeLong 102, 101b; Judy Chambless 82t; Judy Caudle 439; Rodney Ivey 144; Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg 134; Bob Meek 268; Stanley Edwards 436; Louise Holland 467; Jonathan Smith 458; Karen Rollins 149; Robert Chambless 145t; Nathan Rees 48t (in memory of Amanda Denson); Bill Beverly 86; Tommy McGraw 475; Samuel Sommers 512 (in memory of Pauline Childers); Heidi Nolan and Linda Jones 448t; Darrell Swarens 217; Earlis McGraw 329; Cheyenne Ivey and Paige Gilbert 87; Matthew Wojcik and Sharon Benefield 274t; Martha Beverly 532 (in memory of Pauline Childers); Will Fitzgerald 365; B.M. Smith 222.


Richard DeLong brought the class back to order leading 370. Leaders: Dennis George 441; Matt Hinton, Kate Kiefer, and Andy Lee 39t; Lonnie Rogers 225t; Michael Thompson and Bridgett Hill 424; Karen Swenson 567; Phillip Langley 110.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—Richard DeLong; Secretary—Judy Caudle; Arranging Committee—Judy Chambless.

Leaders: Glenda Collins and Burt Collins 282; Steve Kick 384; Allison Schofield 215; Bobby Watkins 298; Donna Bell 31t; Cecil Roberts 101t; Robert Kelley 92; Jennie Brown 325; Nate Green 393; Debra Langley 299; Anita Landess 314; Thom Fahrbach 316; Charlene Wallace 171. Cecil Roberts offered the blessing for the noon meal.


The afternoon session was called to order by Jeff Sheppard leading 176b. Leaders: Amy Finlay 564; John Plunkett 88b; Tony Hammock 229 (in memory of Corinne Laminack); Danny Arms 218; Mary Jo Shafer 33b; Sheldon Finlay 189; Jane Spencer 151; Richard Ivey 353; Carol Chapman 542; Janet Sheppard 155; Jeff Breting 106; Ann Simpson 445; Joan Durdin 178; Evelyn Harris 47t; Sharon Benefield, Matthew Wojcik, and Allison Schofield 312b; Virginia Dyer 193; Mark Miller 315; Mike Spencer 191; Reba Windom 403 (in memory of Milton Oliver); Jeff Sheppard 556; Judy Caudle 421 (for Bud Oliver); Richard DeLong 214; Bridgett Hill and Jessica Beer 142; Samuel Sommers 422; Bob Meek 496; Rodney Ivey and Richard Ivey 176t (in memory of Milton Oliver); Charlene Wallace, Tommy McGraw, and Earlis McGraw 283; Nathan Rees, Jonathan Smith, Phillip Langley, Michael Thompson, and Steve Kick 58 (for J.J. Jackson); Robert Kelley, Thom Fahrbach, Jeff Breting, Will Fitzgerald, Amy Finlay, Danny Arms, Karen Swenson, Darrell Swarens, and Martha Beverly 546; Darrell Swarens 358 (by request).

Jeff Sheppard and Richard DeLong led 46 as the closing song. Cecil Roberts offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—Richard DeLong; Secretary—Judy Caudle