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Cherry Tree Singing

James Creek Primitive Baptist Church,
Itawamba County, Mississippi

August 26, 2001

The annual Sacred Harp singing at James Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Itawamba County, Mississippi on the fourth Sunday in August was requested to be a memorial for Elmer Conwill who was buried here in July of this year.

The class was called to order by Travis Keeton leading song on page 48t. Lavaughn Ballinger offered the morning prayer. Travis Keeton led song on page 73t.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Larry Ballinger; Secretary—Josie Hyde; Arranging Committee—Lena Keeton.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 127; John Hyde 75, 168; Ivalene Donaldson 166, 343; A.A. Malone 34t, 300; Linton Ballinger 81 (t? b?), 146; Vernice Phillips 143, 111t; Beatrice Brewer 123t, 112; Warren Steel 179, 296 (in memory of Elmer Conwill); Margaret Keeton 172, 298 (in memory of Ruby Conwill); Wilton Donaldson 285t, 225t; Lisa Geist 560 (in memory of Elmer Conwill), 208; Glenn Keeton 274 (t? b?) (in memory of Elmer Conwill), 294 (by request).

RECESS

Larry Ballinger called the class back to order leading songs on pages 90 and 29t. Leaders: Gladys Bonds 28b, 39t; Ida Lee Starnes 31b, 111b; Dale Kennidy 59, 159; Sara Smith 384, 108t; Amber Springfield 203, 142; Jayne Fulmer 460, 99; Gary Smith 163b, 565; Julie Poston 145b, 101t (in memory of Elmer Conwill); Lavaughn Ballinger 546, 63.

LUNCH

Travis Keeton brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 348b. Leaders: Anne Steel 110, 480; Clarence McCool 349, 328; Betty Baccus 284 (in memory of Gene Wakefield), 100 (for Mae Conwill who was unable to attend); Gravis Ballinger 278 (t? b?), 457; Julietta Haynes 216, 430; Earl Ballinger 331, 224; Estes Jackson 186, 426t; Michael Kennidy 45t; Amber Springfield, Amanda Kennidy, and Audrey Hughes 30t; Lena Keeton 43, 231, 294 (by request); Lisa Geist 222; Warren Steel 340 (by request); Amber Springfield 192; Josie Hyde 475; Travis Keeton 44 (in memory of Elmer Conwill); Dale Kennidy and the church members “Mercy Seat” from the church hymn book; Warren Steel 470.

Travis Keeton led song on page 282 as the closing song. Estes Jackson offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

The church asked for the singing to be held here again in 2002.

Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Larry Ballinger; Secretary—Josie Hyde.