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Tom Harper Memorial

Old Sardis Church, Near Lynn, Alabama (County Road 17)

October 7, 2001

The forty-third session of the Sacred Harp singing at Old Sardis Church was held on the first Sunday in October. The singing is now a memorial for Tom Harper.

The class was called to order by Travis Keeton leading song on page 131b. Homer Miles offered the morning prayer.

The class organized for the day by retaining the following officers: Chairman—Steve Miles; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Arranging Committee—John Hyde; Secretary—Josie Hyde.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 129; Willodean Barton 460, 480; Clarence McCool 101t, 225t; Wilton Donaldson 30t, 317; A.A. Malone 112, 110; Doyce Bailey 143, 147t; Ivalene Donaldson 39b, 146; Winell Sanders 569b; Faye Donaldson 78, 430; Lisa Geist 47t, 546; Lavaughn Ballinger 63, 45t.


Steve Miles called the class back to order leading songs on pages 46 and 36b. Leaders: Ken Tate 37b, 75; Ida Lee Starnes 111b, 448b; Betty Baccus 392, 396; Amanda Miles 385b; Lena Keeton 72b, 73t; Larry Ballinger 73b, 49t; Julie Poston 274t, 421; Joyce Hubbert 378t, 273; Josie Hyde 477; Allen Barnett 59; John Hyde 61, 170; Daniel Miles, Amanda Miles, and Christal Grober sang a special “Jesus I Need You.”


Steven Miles brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 128. Leaders: Willodean Barton 418; Faye Donaldson 270; Travis Keeton 161; Kermit Adams 99, 455; Lavaughn Ballinger 84; Clarence McCool 290; Wilton Donaldson 565; Doyce Bailey 100; Ivalene Donaldson 343; Betty Baccus 145b; Lena Keeton 88t; Ida Lee Starnes 31b; Julie Poston 166; Lisa Geist 410t; Ken Tate 354 (t? b?), 470 (in memory of Tom Harper); Larry Ballinger 109; Homer Miles and Steve Miles 373, 454, 143 (for Magel Miles and Mrs. Barton); Homer Miles, Steve Miles, Amanda Miles, and Christal Grober 358 (accompanied by Daniel Miles playing the piano); Joyce Hubbert 155, 426t; Josie Hyde 43; Allen Barnett 127; Travis Keeton 111t (by request of Alpha Mobley); A.A. Malone 448t; Janette Tidwell 234; John Hyde 566; Steve Miles 335 (for Allen Barnett’s mother-in-law); Steve Miles, Daniel Miles, Amanda Miles, and Christal Grober 68b.

Steven Miles led song on page 62 as the closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer led by Junior Matthews.

Chairman—Steve Miles; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Josie Hyde.