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Rotunda Singing

State Capitol, Montgomery, Alabama

Saturday, February 3, 2001

The fourth session of the Rotunda Singing was held on Saturday before the first Sunday in February in the Rotunda of the State Capitol located in Montgomery, Alabama. Four books are used: “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision”, “Christian Harmony”, “Colored Sacred Harp”, and “Cooper Revision Book”, with 30 minute sessions from each book.

Chairman Jim Carnes brought the class together leading song on page 36b (CB). H.J. Jackson offered the morning prayer.

The first session was from the “Cooper Revision Book” with Stanley Smith acting as the Arranging Committee.

Leaders: John Etheridge 552; Stanley Smith 497; Bill Aplin 567; Tommie Spurlock 140; Frank Hataway 277; Dewayne Hawthorne 283b; Kathy Lee 268t; Bill Hogan 365; Vickie Aplin 337; Kennon Smith 287; David Lee 410; Don Clark 520.

The second session was held from the “Colored Sacred Harp” with H.J. Jackson acting as the Arranging Committee.

Leaders: H.J. Jackson 24; Kennon Smith 18; Bernice Harvey 65; Pauline Greggs 19; Stanley Smith 20; H.J. Jackson 9, 4, 3, 95, and 87.

RECESS

The third session was held from the “Christian Harmony” with Elene Stovall acting as Arranging Committee.

Leaders: John Etheridge 64; Tish Crocker 206; George Cox 298; Wanda Capps 264; Tim Cook 372; Edith Tate 82b; Billy Thompson 248.

The fourth session was held from “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision” with Elene Stovall acting as Arranging Committee.

Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 142; Judy Caudle 540; Roy Nelson 318; Betty Wright 347; Steven Levine 371; Amber Springfield 192; Lomax Ballinger 565; Chita Blakeley 195; Milton Oliver 314; Freeman Wootten and Jewel Wootten 460; Ken Tate 35. David Lee offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon of singing began with Jim Carnes leading song on page 411 (CB).

The first afternoon session was held from the “Cooper Revision Book” with Stanley Smith calling the leaders.

Leaders: Wilbur Ellison 447t; Andrew Albers 479; Joe Nall 336t; Karen Clark 507b; Ernest Cockroft 264b; Bobby Jackson 367.

The second session of the afternoon was held from the “Colored Sacred Harp” with H.J. Jackson calling the leaders.

Leaders: H.J. Jackson 31; Kennon Smith 65b; Bernice Harvey 62; Pauline Greggs 12; Joyce Belcher 25; H.J. Jackson 37; Joyce Belcher “Give Me Just A Little More Time”.

RECESS

The third session of the afternoon was held from “The Christian Harmony” with Elene Stovall calling the leaders.

Leaders: Cecile Cox 296; Ruth Wyers 120; John Plunkett 304; Elder Donald Smith 216b, 307; Margie Simmons 142; Bill Hogan 354t; Retha Deason and Ressie Deason 110.

The last session of the day was held from “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision” with Elene Stovall calling the leaders.

Leaders: Bud Oliver 73t; Allison Ivey 76b; Elder Jonathon Blakeley 81t; Alice Bejnar 108; Ashley Campbell and Ashley Keeton 196; Max Berueffy 313t; Lora Cargo 480; Glenn Keeton 267; Jim Pfau 218; Paul Wyatt 569.

Announcements were made. Jim Carnes, Elene Stovall, and Linda Thomas led song on page 47t as the closing song. Elder Donald Smith dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Jim Carnes; Vice Chairman—John Etheridge; Secretary—Linda Thomas; Arranging Committee—H.J. Jackson, Stanley Smith, and Elene Stovall.