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Cherry Tree Singing

James Creek Church

August 27, 1995

The annual Sacred Harp singing at James Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Itawamba County, Mississippi was called to order by Elmer Conwill leading song on page 31b. The morning prayer was led by Clayton Ezell. Elmer Conwill then led song on page 33b. The class organized for the day by electing the following officers: Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Mae Conwill; Arranging Committee—Edwin Ballinger. Leaders: Travis Keeton 48t, 400; Arnold Moore 72 (t? b?); Sarah Smith 204, 401; Jimmie Ballinger 565b, 111b; Keterina Sanders 389, 454; A. A. Malone 432, 448t; L. E. Hannah 500, 511; Gordon Wilkerson 137, 217; Pauline Childers 318, 426 (t? b?); Gravis Ballinger 300, 475; Pernie Pelfrey 145b.

RECESS

Travis Keeton led song on page 73t to bring the class back together. Leaders: Flarce Creel 497, 344; John Hyde 297, 124; Doyal Williams 129, 269; Juliette Haynes 218; Cecil Sanders 434; Edith Tate 155, 371; Clayton Ezell 231, 278t; Bonnie Rye 176b, 209; Clarence McCool 328, 349; Beth O’Dell 189, 220; Kermit Adams 276, 216; Beatrice Brewer 384, 298. The class was dismissed with prayer by Harrison Creel.

DISMISSED FOR LUNCH

The afternoon session resumed with Elmer Conwill leading song on page 142. Leaders: Gene Wakefield 168, 108 (t? b?); Josie Hyde 470; Ann Ballard 229; Lavaughn Ballinger 405, 84; Margaret Keeton and Bradley Allen 546; Warren Steel 131t, 411; Ann Jett 136, 448b; Larry Ballinger 327; Dorothea McCowan 234, 196; Gary Smith 569 (t? b?), 34b; Jane Fullmar 210, 64; Earl Ballinger 78; Eldegene Robinson 306, 373; Linton Ballinger 299; Marie Guthrie 192; Harrison Creel 335, 512; Elvin Guthrie 172, 479; Mae Conwill 294; Bruce Rye 212, 304; Elsie Beasley 30b; David Robinson 388, 274 (t? b?); Ersell Jackson 277; A. C. McGough 460; Estes Jackson 436; John Beasley 354 (t? b?); Edwin Ballinger 491; Elmer Conwill led 58 for Herlon Holland; Elmer Conwill, Travis Keeton, and Edwin Ballinger led 69t for the closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Harrison Creel.

Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Mae Conwill.