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Fayette County Convention

Bevill State Community College, Fayette, Alabama

August 4, 2002

The one hundred-third session of the annual Fayette County Sacred Harp Singing Convention was held at Bevill State Community College on the first Sunday in August.

Gravis Ballinger called the class to order leading song on page 36b. Earl Ballinger offered the morning prayer.

Following welcoming comments, the class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Gravis Ballinger; Vice Chairman—Johnny Humber; Secretary—Amanda Ballinger; Arranging Committee—Lomax Ballinger and Linton Ballinger.

Leaders: Gravis Ballinger 99; Johnny Humber 212, 460; Linton Ballinger 186, 187; Edwin Ballinger 168, 124; Amanda Ballinger 300, 155; Wilton Donaldson 225t, 499; Rachel Richards 490, 235; Lomax Ballinger 565; John Hyde 61; Emily West 477, 171; Bickett Howton 101t, 290; Flarce Creel 389; Winell Sanders 111b; Wayne Baines 100, 112; Jill Ballinger 82t, 405.

RECESS

Buddy Ballinger called the class to order leading songs on pages 354 (t? b?) and 385b. Leaders: Jimmy Ballinger and Lavaughn Ballinger 123t, 424; Margaret Keeton 517; Marlin Beasley 286, 336; Jayne Fulmer 454; Velton Chafin 419; Donna Wootten 217; Max Berueffy 196, 542; Sarah Smith 318; Travis Keeton 343; Gary Thomas and Edwin Ballinger 45t; Faye Donaldson 40, 284; Amber Ballinger and Julie Ballinger 108t, 400; Gary Smith 523b, 31t; David Ballinger 340, 358.

LUNCH

Leon Ballinger brought the afternoon session to order leading songs on pages 480 and 269. Leaders: Julietta Haynes 211, 421; Rodney Ivey 434; Elene Stovall 442, 142; Bud Oliver 278b, 170; Karen Ivey 446, 201; Shane Wootten 345b, 384; Josie Hyde 104, 507; Cecil Wakefield 268, 282; Edith Tate 73t; David Ivey 402; John Merritt 294, 312b, 572; Debbie Wakefield 546, 283; Toney Smith 227, 383; Ken Tate 76b, 306; Buell Cobb 303; Harrison Creel 512; Lisa Geist and Chris Ballinger 327, 324; Robert Dupree 103, 66; Clarence McCool and John Merritt 86, 163b; Bill Stewart 569b; Wanda Capps 222; Larry Ballinger 224; Earl Ballinger 331.

The class approved the following: Next year, 2003, the Fayette County Convention will be held at Kirkland Community Center located 9 miles NW of Fayette.

Announcements were made. Gravis Ballinger led song on page 62 as the closing song. Lavaughn Ballinger offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Gravis Ballinger; Vice Chairman—Johnny Humber; Secretary—Amanda Ballinger.