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Cherry Tree Singing

James Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Itawamba County, Mississippi

July 27, 2003

The annual Sacred Harp singing at James Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Itawamba County, Mississippi was held on the fourth Sunday in July. Travis Keeton brought the class to order leading 48t and 499, followed by prayer.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairman—John Merritt; Vice Chairman—Dale Kennedy; Secretary—Brenda Merritt.

Leaders: Dale Kennedy and John Merritt 176t, 59, 58; Wilton Donaldson 348b, 490; John Hyde 159, 129; Larry Ballinger 135, 139; Hugh Bill McGuire 137, 441; Gravis Ballinger 78, 112, 36t; Ivalene Donaldson 42, 274t; Chris Ballinger 75, 73b, 74b.

RECESS

Dale Kennedy and John Merritt brought the class to order leading 294. Leaders: Dale Kennedy 128, 171, 31t; Faye Donaldson 40, 430, 124; Betty Baccus 284 (in memory of Gene Wakefield), 61 (in memory of Clifford Wakefield), 396; Amber Springfield 410 (t? b?), 127, 81t; Beatrice Brewer 112, 137; John Hyde 566; Josie Hyde 143, 73t, 88t; Julie Poston 145b (for Mae Conwill), 275b (for Junior Poston).

LUNCH

The class was brought to order by John Merritt leading “Mercy Seat” and 77t. Leaders: Clarence McCool 68b, 569b, 225t; Estes Jackson 82t, 345b, 426t; Beatrice Brewer 45t; Betsy Farris 49b; Wilton Donaldson 317; John Hyde 63; Marlin Beasley 285t; Hugh Bill McGuire 300; Brenda Merritt 89, 383, 144; Ivalene Donaldson 166; Amber Springfield 142; Betty Baccus 100; Amber Springfield 146; Josie Hyde 155; Clarence McCool 147t; Travis Keeton 445, 235; Marlin Beasley 294.

Announcements were made. John Merritt and Dale Kennedy led 46 as the closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer.

Chairman—John Merritt; Vice Chairman—Dale Kennedy; Secretary—Brenda Merritt.