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Oxford City Hall

Oxford, Mississippi

March 9, 2003

The twenty-third annual Sacred Harp singing at Oxford City Hall was called to order by Warren Steel leading 138b and 306. John Merritt offered the morning prayer. Mark Tew led 341 and 406.

The class organized for the day by electing the following officers: Chairman—Warren Steel; Vice Chairman—Mark Tew; Secretary—John Merritt; Arranging Committee—Lisa Geist.

Leaders: Sandie Scott 393, 74b; Gravis Ballinger 112, 36b; John Merritt 66, “Nothing But the Blood”; Wilton Donaldson and Ivalene Donaldson 225t, 499; Marilyn Burchett 108b, 551; John Van Horn 67, 442; Edith Tate 532; Lisa Davis, Kurt Davis, and Natalie Davis 45t; Henry McGuire 183, 490; Ken Tate 73b, 283; Chiquita Walls 339, 75.

RECESS

Lisa Geist called the class together leading 182 and 272. Leaders: Chris Ballinger 350, 410t; Karen Ivey 114; Connie Stanton 143; Faye Donaldson 40; John Hyde 314; Velton Chafin 311; Max Berueffy 89, 436; Willodean Barton 480; Sarah Tidwell 72b, 42; Julie Poston 166; Bobby Watkins 73t, 48t, 566; Brenda Merritt 434, 137.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Larry Ballinger leading 113 and 91. Leaders: Henry Guthery 354t, 460; Hugh Bill McGuire 440, 196; Ozella Blackmon 192; Elene Stovall 430, 142.

A memorial lesson was held for singers and loved ones departed in the past year, including Frances Lee—Florida; Tressie Adkins and Nell Adams—Alabama; Katie Wilson—Mississippi; and Dr. Richard Enochs—Tennessee.

Sick and shut-ins were also remembered, including Lavaughn Ballinger and Emily Boswell. Becky Briggs and Brenda Merritt led 163b and 274t. End of memorial lesson.

Leaders: Wanda Capps 216; Sherry Guthery 340; Bennie Walls 108t; James Edmond 400; William Edmond 30t; Mark Davis 47b, 220; David Ivey and Hugh Bill McGuire 33b; Andy Davis 269; Josie Hyde 477; Travis Keeton 155; Anne Steel 38b, 318; Ann Ballard 284; Chuck Howell 63; Jack Barbera 268; Harrison Creel 498; Warren Steel and Andy Davis 236.

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

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