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Elmore-Center Singing

Elmore-Center United Methodist Church, near Gordo, Alabama

August 16, 2000

The one hundred fifty-sixth annual session of the Sacred Harp Singing at Elmore-Center United Methodist Church was called to order by Clarence McCool leading song on page 59. Velton Chafin offered the morning prayer. Billy Williams served as the Arranging Committee.

Leaders: Clarence McCool 101t; Toney Smith 57; Ivalene Donaldson 274 (t? b?), 235b; John Hughes 39b, 73t; George Cox 490, 303; Bill Stewart 68b, 452b; Wilton Donaldson 30t, 31b.

The pastor of the church, Brother Denson, said a few words and offered prayer.

Leaders: Lena Keeton 454, 124; Flarce Creel 297, 157; A.A. Malone 127, 285t; Wanda Capps 178, 503.

RECESS

Travis Keeton called the class to order leading songs on pages 111b, 61, and 75. Leaders: Annie Lou Price 100, 143; Josie Hyde 225t, 339; Elsie Moon 89, 406; Edith Tate 35, 67; Velton Chafin 144, 97; George Cox 490; Irma Hitt 235, 480; Toney Smith and Tim McCool 72b; Billy Williams 294, 147t, 28b.

LUNCH

The class resumed singing with Clarence McCool leading songs on pages 290 and 45t.

Billy Williams conducted the memorial lesson and led song on page 339. Edith Tate led song on page 88t; and Josie Hyde led song on page 43 for the following deceased: Marie Aldridge, Virgil Phillips, Fayrene Wakefield, Rosa Hughes, Horace Batchelor, Rev. Hubert Calvert, Karen House, Everett Kilgoe, Myrtis Graham, and Ward Elmore. The pastor of the church closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: A.A. Malone 183; Bill Stewart 36b; Wanda Capps 512; Cecile Cox 282; Lena Keeton 475; Flarce Creel 546; Elsie Moon 434; Wilton Donaldson and Ivalene Donaldson 426t; Annie Lou Price 300; Travis Keeton 69t; Josie Hyde 155; Edith Tate 68b; Dessie Goodman 374; Billy Williams 317 (by request).

Clarence McCool led song on page 159 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by the pastor of the church.

Chairman—Clarence McCool; Vice Chairman—Toney Smith; Secretaries—Annie Lou Price and Martha Howell.