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Jack Kerr and Henry Kerr Memorial

Camp Ground Methodist Church, Cleburne County, Alabama

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The annual singing for Uncle Jack Kerr and Henry Kerr was held on the second Sunday in January at Camp Ground Methodist Church, north of Fruithurst, in Cleburne County, Alabama. Henry Johnson called the classed to order at 9:30 a.m. leading 59. Ed Thacker offered the morning prayer. Henry Johnson led 108t.

Leaders: Donna Bell 36b, 31t; Judy Chambless 31b, 34b; Stanley Edwards and Marilyn Bradley 282, 283; Winfred Kerr 45t, 89; John Plunkett 467, 271b; Charlene Wallace 155 (for Carlene Griffin, Nick Griffin, and Evelyn Harris), 101t; Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg 101b, 126; Ed Thacker 421 (for Bud Oliver), 424; Robert Chambless 72b, 145b; Karen Rollins 354t, 354b (for her daddy, Lonnie Rogers); Jeff Sheppard 383, 439.

A business session was held and the following officers were elected or appointed: Chairman—Henry Johnson; Vice Chairman—Ed Thacker; Secretary—Donna Bell; Arranging Committee—Judy Chambless; Memorial Lesson—Kerr Family.


Ed Thacker brought the class back to order leading 176t. Leaders: Reba Windom 313b, 195 (for Shelbie Sheppard); Lauren Bock 38t, 534; Cecil Roberts 229 (for Lois Bowman), 97; John Kelso 56t, 240; Oscar McGuire 276, 441; Evelyn Harris 32t, 47t; Marilyn Bradley and Oscar McGuire 47b; John Plunkett 82b; Judy Chambless 414; Stanley Edwards 380; Winfred Kerr 68b; Lauren Bock 411.

The Kerr family conducted the memorial lesson. Lois Snow (Jack Kerr’s daughter) introduced herself and welcomed everyone, expressing gratitude and thanks to all who came to make this a special day. Other members of the Kerr family introduced themselves to the class, explaining their relationship to Uncle Jack Kerr and Uncle Henry Kerr. They spoke of fond memories they had growing up. Alma Stowe (another of Jack Kerr’s daughters, 101 years old) was in the hospital and unable to attend. The Kerr family asked for everyone to please remember her as they led 323b in memory of Uncle Jack Kerr and Uncle Henry Kerr. John Plunkett closed the memorial lesson and blessed the noon meal.


Singing resumed with Henry Johnson leading 141. Leaders: Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg 158; Charlene Wallace 139; John Kelso 345t; Reba Windom 300 (in memory of Jerry Enright); Ed Thacker 433; Karen Rollins 136; Robert Chambless 84; Jeff Sheppard 208; Sarah Roberts 143; Oscar McGuire 485; Cecil Roberts 389.

Announcements were made. Henry Johnson led 45b as the closing song. Cecil Roberts offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Henry Johnson; Vice Chairman—Ed Thacker; Secretary—Donna Bell