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Aldridge Memorial

Pleasant Hill (Johnson School House), Fayette County, Alabama

June 11, 2000

The annual Aldridge Memorial Sacred Harp Singing at Pleasant Hill (Johnson School House) was held on the second Sunday in June, and was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Chairperson Elene Stovall leading song on page 36b. Harrison Creel led the morning prayer.

Elene Stovall appointed Glenn Keeton as Vice Chairman, Lena Keeton as Secretary, and Travis Keeton as the Arranging Committee.

Elene Stovall led song on page 47t for Marie Aldridge who is ill and unable to be in attendance, and also for her three surviving aunts, and song on page 217.

Leaders: Odie Horton 58, 276 (for Pernie Pelfrey); Joan Aldridge 189. Joan Aldridge expressed her thanks to everyone for coming to help and make this a good singing. Leaders: Mary Alice Wakefield 100, 111 (t? b?) (in memory of her brother whose birthday is today); Allison Stovall 192 (for Marie Aldridge), 373; Julia Posten 421, 274t; John Hyde 275b, 39b; Flarce Creel 42, 501; Max Berueffy 32t, 411; Lavaughn Ballinger 405, 84; Gene Wakefield 102, 168 (in memory of Fayrene Wakefield); John Hocutt 225t; Elene Stovall and Flarce Creel 475 (recognizing John Hocutt to the visitors as the writer of this song).


Glenn Keeton brought the class to order leading song on page 117 for Wilton Donaldson and song on page 63 in memory of Robert Aldridge. Leaders: Linton Ballinger 81t, 141; Ivalene Donaldson 426t; Pauline Childers 224, 384; Amber Springfield 68b, 371; Wilton Donaldson 34t, 34b; Bud Oliver 145b, 145t; Lisa Geist 546, 532; Edith Tate 333 (for her sister, Marie Aldridge and in memory of her brother, Hayden Creel); John Merritt 571 (CB), 268; Travis Keeton 388 (in memory of Donna Brumbach’s father and in memory of William and Rosie Barnes whose children, Floyd, Sara Ruth, Marcile, and Emma Sue, were in attendance); Elene Stovall 318 (for the daughters of Fleecie Tucker and in memory of Ralston White).


Max Berueffy called the class to order leading songs on pages 76b and 73t. Leaders: Edwin Ballinger 270, 269; Earl Ballinger 294 (by request); Willodean Barton 416, 290 (for A.C. McGough); Faye Donaldson 78, 124; Harrison Creel 378b, 111b; Josie Hyde 507; Lena Keeton 498, 314; Larry Ballinger 119, 123t, 280 (for Josie Hyde); Clarence McCool 420, 569b; Gravis Ballinger 99, 101t; Shirley McCoy 358, 217 (in memory of her father, J.C. Cornelius); John Beasley 61, 47b; Ricky Beasley 39t, 348b; David Beasley 317, 72b; Elene Stovall 441 (for Clearcy Rutledge).

Elene Stovall led song on page 45t as the closing song. Lavaughn Ballinger dismissed the class with prayer.

We would like to thank Willa Rush and Bruce Randolph for paying for the minutes.

Chairperson—Elene Stovall; Vice Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary—Lena Keeton.