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Friendship Primitive Baptist Church

Haleyville, Alabama

April 27, 2003

The annual Sacred Harp singing held at Friendship Church on the fourth Sunday in April was called to order by Kenneth Tate leading 145t. Harrison Creel offered the morning prayer.

The class organized for the day and voted to retain the following officers: Chairman—Kenneth Tate; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Josie Hyde; Arranging Committee—Ivalene Donaldson.

Leaders: Kenneth Tate 128; Ivalene Donaldson 32b (and dedicated today’s singing to Lavaughn Ballinger who was buried this past Friday, April 25); Wilton Donaldson 317, 30t; Josie Hyde 477; Vernice Phillips 318, 143; Paul Godsey 61, 111b; Milton Oliver 314, 270; Corene White 171; Teddy Godsey 189, 36b; Hugh Bill McGuire 40, 183; Marlin Beasley 336, 49b; Henry Johnson 539, 38b; Willodean Barton 498; Linton Ballinger 457; Amber Springfield 142; Stuart Ivey 475, 222; Gravis Ballinger 220; S.T. Reed 229.

RECESS

Travis Keeton brought the class back to order leading 290 and 321. Leaders: Phillip Ballinger 384, 155; David Ivey 564; Nate Green and Norma Green 78, 134; Ozella Blackmon 419; Henry Guthery 420 (in memory of Lavaughn Ballinger); Lisa Geist 377; Harrison Creel 530; Dennis George 543; Karen Ivey 84; Karen Ivey and Max Berueffy 532; Max Berueffy 411; Rodney Ivey 212; Chris Ballinger 31b, 49t; Jayne Fulmer 273; Leon Ballinger 120, 269.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought to order by David Ivey leading 203. Leaders: Vernice Phillips 143 (by request); Elene Stovall 397; Clarence McCool 349, 131 (t? b?); Earl Ballinger 146; Cassie Franklin 432; Larry Ballinger 401; Roma Rice 358 (by request), 110; Parnell Berry 306; Flarce Creel 299; Josie Hyde 507 (for Edith Tate); L.E. Hannah 500, 517 (in memory of Ila V. Aldridge); Christy Allen 546, 398; John Hyde 313t, 297; Kermit Adams 335, 240; David Ivey, Karen Ivey, and Stuart Ivey 182; Nate Green and Norma Green 52b; Rodney Ivey and Henry Johnson 499, 480; Hugh Bill McGuire 86; S.T. Reed and Milton Oliver 312t (for Ivalene Donaldson); Max Berueffy, Elene Stovall, and Dennis George 157; Clarence McCool 159; Lisa Geist, Chris Ballinger, and Phillip Ballinger 340; Leon Ballinger, Linton Ballinger, Earl Ballinger, Gravis Ballinger, and Larry Ballinger 224; Marlin Beasley 144.

Kenneth Tate led 46 as the closing song. Harrison Creel led the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

The class thanked Wilton and Ivalene Donaldson for their generosity in paying for the minutes.

Chairman—Kenneth Tate; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Josie Hyde.