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Cherry Tree Singing

James Creek Primitive Baptist Church,
Itawamba County, Mississippi

August 27, 2000

The annual Sacred Harp singing at James Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Itawamba County, Mississippi was held on the fourth Sunday in August, and was called to order by Elmer Conwill leading song on page 82t. Linton Ballinger offered the morning prayer. Elmer Conwill led song on page 74b.

The class organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Josie Hyde; Arranging Committee—John Hyde.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 75, 129; Linton Ballinger 335, 339; Wayne Baines 30t, 354 (t? b?); Warren Steel 144, 430; A.A. Malone 285 (t? b?), 348b; Wilton Donaldson 426t, 37b; Lisa Geist 155, 31t; Anne Steel 36t, 490; Ivalene Donaldson 328; Faye Donaldson 270, 284 (for Gene Wakefield); Clarence McCool 111t, 111b.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Larry Ballinger leading songs on pages 425 and 113. Leaders: Julie Poston 101t, 345b; Annie Price 340, 168; Edwin Ballinger 81t, 460; Etma Barton 300, 299; John Merritt 45t, 571 (CB); Margaret Keeton 445, 410t; Earl Ballinger 410b, 224; Brenda Merritt 225t, 542; Gravis Ballinger 112, 217.

LUNCH

Travis Keeton called the afternoon session to order leading song on page 48t. Leaders: Betty Baccus 73t, 100; Josie Hyde 220, 234; Marlin Beasley 336, 318; Erselle Jackson 322, 34b; Estes Jackson 436, 396; Ivalene Donaldson 146; Anne Steel 39t; Brenda Merritt 215; John Merritt 438; Warren Steel 360; Lisa Geist 546; Linton Ballinger 64; John Merritt 451; Betty Baccus and Edwin Ballinger 448b; John Hyde 313 (t? b?), 297; Josie Hyde 342; Wilton Donaldson 317; John Merritt 331; Larry Ballinger 119; Elmer Conwill 179; Earl Ballinger 338.

Elmer Conwill and Earl Ballinger led song on page 45t for the closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer led by Estes Jackson.

Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Josie Hyde.