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Oxford City Hall

Oxford, Mississippi

March 10, 2002

The twenty-second annual Sacred Harp singing at Oxford City Hall was called to order by Warren Steel leading songs on pages 138b and 171. Mark Davis led the morning prayer, and then led songs on pages 33b and 319. Mark Tew led songs on pages 30t and 53.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Warren Steel; Vice Chairman—Mark Tew; Secretary—John Merritt; Arranging Committee—Lisa Geist and Janet Jenkins.

Leaders: John Merritt 358, 426t; Janet Jenkins 117, 288; Ron Nurnberg 277, 176t; John Van Horn 224, 442; Leon Ballinger 84, 137; Mako Cook 503, 515; John Hyde 124, 73t.

RECESS

Max Berueffy called the class together leading songs on pages 138t and 336. Leaders: Amber Springfield 500, 142; Edith Tate 146, 436; Julie Poston 421, 274t; Tim Cook 57, 55; Earl Ballinger 283, 56t; Wilton Donaldson 348b, 565; Katie Merritt 196, 240; Lee Wise and Carol Rushing 373, 45t; Bennie Walls 108t, 388; Chiquita Walls 400, 170.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Warren Steel leading song on page 392. Leaders: Brenda Merritt 434, 192; Lisa Geist 327.

A memorial less was held for singers and loved ones departed in the past year. Those remembered were: Elmer Conwill, Arnold Moore, George Cox, Elmo Chrestman, Doris Vickery, Myrtie Dubose, Ethel McGough, William Ryan, and Mr. and Mrs. A.C. McGough. The sick and shut-ins were also remembered, including Nellie Davis and Frances Lee. John Merritt led songs on pages 414 and 294, and closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Natalie Davis 354b; Gravis Ballinger 34b, 78; Josie Hyde 220, 507; Velton Chafin 419; Faye Donaldson 430, 270; Jack Barbera 335, 268; Lavaughn Ballinger 424; Hugh Bill McGuire 341, 236; Sarah Tidwell 72b; Dorothea McCowan 344, 120.

RECESS

Mark Tew called the class together leading song on page 318. Leaders: Larry Ballinger 98; Elene Stovall 222; Margaret Keeton 172; Andy Davis 254, 269; Willodean Barton 480; Ivalene Donaldson 112; Ida Lee Starnes 317.

Following announcements, the officers led the closing song on page 285t. John Van Horn dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Warren Steel; Vice Chairman—Mark Tew; Secretary—John Merritt.