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Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church

Winston County, Alabama

June 21-22, 2003

Saturday, June 21

The annual Sacred Harp singing on the fourth Sunday and Saturday before in June at Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church was called to order by Dawson Adams leading 47t. Margaret Keeton offered the morning prayer.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Chris Rice; Vice Chairman—Dawson Adams; Secretary—Roma Rice; Arranging Committee—Margaret Keeton.

Leaders: Chris Rice 36b; Kermit Adams 72b, 99; John Hyde 129, 73t; L.E. Hannah 59, 498; Cecil Wakefield 480, 282; Ivalene Donaldson 81t, 61; Loretta Whitman 147t, 111t, 111b; Wilton Donaldson 75, 335; Nellie Alexander 176b, 108b, 101t; Vernice Phillips 318, 112.


The class resumed singing with Chris Rice leading 426t. Leaders: Ken Tate 31b, 73b; Amber Springfield 410t, 391; Jennifer Allred 39t, 155; Mary Holcomb 35, 30b; Emily Jones 48t, 34b; Joan Gilbreath 59, 68b; Velton Chafin 294, 326; Carol Fannin 136, 122; Lara Hale, Ryan Hale, and Adam Hale 354b, 348b.


Travis Keeton brought the afternoon session to order leading 157, 141, and 235. Leaders: Roma Rice 34t, 334, 406; Kenneth Fannin and Aubrey Fannin 49b, 45t; Lorene Gray 124, 146; Pernie Pelfrey and Joan Gilbreath 145b, 145t; Josie Hyde 137, 200, 298; Clarence McCool 312t, 569b, 490; Jennifer Allred 300.

Chris Rice led 62 as the closing song. Kenneth Fannin offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, June 22

Chairman Chris Rice opened the Sunday morning session leading 56t. Dawson Adams offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Chris Rice 63; Roma Rice 104, 81t; Travis Keeton 82t, 73t, 61; Leah Pollock 175b, 108t; Dawson Adams 77t, 75; Azilee Adams 34t, 337; Roxie Keeton 30t, 32t; Emily Jones 471, 312t; Barbara Cooksey 143, 65, 155.


Kermit Adams called the class back to order leading 99 and 454. Leaders: Lera Pollock 317, 146, 147t; Loretta Whitman 179, 59, 406.

A memorial lesson was held for those who have passed away since last year. Roma Rice led 101t for Nell Adams, 426t for Rose Altha Taylor, and 405 for Lavaughn Ballinger. The memorial was concluded.


Dawson Adams called the afternoon session to order leading 47t and 48t. Leaders: John Hyde 566, 197; Betty Claborn 358, 100; Alicia Murray 81t, 129; Pernie Pelfrey 74b; Latrive Bailey 345t, 354b; Cecil Wakefield 208, 209; Sara Berry and Mary Godsey 388, 147t; Nellie Alexander 124, 176b, 176t; Lorene Gray 312b, 111t, 111b; Lauren Allen 45t; Christie Allen 57, 217, 171; Pernie Pelfrey and her family (Lucian Pelfrey, Nancy Faulkner, Edna Earl Pace, and Brenda Morris) 176t, 59, 212; Latrive Bailey 517 (WB); Margaret Keeton 410t.

Chris Rice led 46 as the closing song. Cecil Wakefield dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Chris Rice; Vice Chairman—Dawson Adams; Secretary—Roma Rice.