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Tom Harper Memorial

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

October 6, 2002

The forty-fourth session of the Memorial Sacred Harp singing at Old Sardis Church now held in memory of Tom Harper was held on the first Sunday in October. Steve Miles called the class to order and led song on page 39b. Homer Miles offered the morning prayer.

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

Leaders: Steve Miles 147t; David Roberson 45t; Wilton Donaldson 317, 566; Clarence McCool 36b, 569b; Lavaughn Ballinger 454 (requested by Homer Miles), 143 (request for Magel Miles); Corene White 314; Chris Rice 72b, 408; Betty Baccus 396, 161; Edith Tate 532, 336; Gravis Ballinger 36t, 435; Ivalene Donaldson 129; Willodean Barton 446, 460; Vernice Phillips 318, 112.

RECESS

Steve Miles reassembled the class by leading song on page 59. Leaders: Lisa Geist 344, 273; Margaret Keeton 213b, 475 (for Flarce Creel who was unable to attend); Harrison Creel 111b, 512; Ozella Blackmon 101t; Larry Ballinger 276, 91; Steve Miles, Daniel Miles, Amanda Miles, Leah Miles, Crystal Grober, and Christian Barnett 63, 68b; Don Roberson 222, 426b; Earl Ballinger 470, 319; Jeanette Tidwell 438; Faye Donaldson 104 (request of John Hyde), 430; John Humphrey and Lavaughn Ballinger 79.

Ronald Hodge, pastor of the church, welcomed everyone and offered grace for the noon meal.

LUNCH

Steve Miles called the afternoon session to order and led song on page 234. Leaders: A.A. Malone 127, 300; Joyce Hubbert 268, 298; Brenda Matthews 388 (for Homer Miles and in memory of Sandi Mobley); Chris Ballinger 342, 49 (t? b?); Ila Ingle 500, 530 (in memory of her father, Tom Harper); Henry Guthery 558, 543, 542; Kermit Adams 99, 426t; Larry Wakefield 400, 339 (for Hazel Wakefield); John Hyde 124, 75; Allen Barnett 457; Cecil Wakefield 491, 208; Josie Hyde 507; Dwight Ingle 471, 445; Homer Miles 373, 235; Travis Keeton 496, 142; Lavaughn Ballinger 84, 120 (by request of Jeanette Tidwell); Steve Miles, Daniel Miles, Amanda Miles, and Crystal Grober “Oh What A Day”; Odie Horton 452.

Announcements were made. Steve Miles led song on page 240 for the closing song, Allen Barnett offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

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