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Fayette County Convention

Kirkland Community Center, Fayette, Alabama

August 3, 2003

The one hundred-fourth session of the annual Fayette County Sacred Hap Convention was held at the Kirkland Community Center on the first Sunday in August. Gravis Ballinger called the class to order leading 34b. Earl Ballinger offered the morning prayer.

Following welcoming comments, the class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Gravis Ballinger; Vice Chairman—Johnny Humber; Secretary—Amanda Ballinger; Arranging Committee—Linton Ballinger and Earl Ballinger.

Leaders: Johnny Humber 340; Linton Ballinger 81t; Earl Ballinger 331; Edwin Ballinger 213t; Lisa Geist 196, 269; Wilton Donaldson 335, 75; David Ballinger 300, 176b; Bridgett Hill 101t; Stuart Ivey 171, 217; Emily West 272, 187; Clarence McCool 490, 349; Scott Ivey 186, 424; John Hyde 73t, 124.

RECESS

The class was called together by Buddy Ballinger leading 108b. Leaders: Jimmy Ballinger 410t, 480; Edward (Bickett) Howton 137, 373; Wanda Capps 216; Julietta Haynes 430; Travis Keeton 57, 56t; Tony Ivey 142, 338; Edith Tate 212; Thomas George 155; Velton Chafin 227, 437; Allison Ivey 477, 138t; Leon Ballinger 120, 299.

RECESS

Amanda Ballinger brought the class to order leading 208 and 84.

Leaders: Brenda Robbins and Jill Ballinger 100, 313t; Ed Thacker 532; Josie Hyde 361; Gary Smith 565, 31t; Richard Ivey 399b, 436; Bethanne Hill and Amber Springfield 503, 224; Julie Poston 421; Chris Ballinger 512, 350.

LUNCH

Larry Ballinger brought the afternoon session to order leading 49t and 119. Leaders: Beth O’dell 460, 288; Rodney Ivey 88t; Ivalene Donaldson 328; Jarrod George 145b; Sarah Smith 445; Shane Wootten 170; Judy Caudle 220; Loyd Ivey 482, 438; Margaret Keeton 517; Bud Oliver 274t; Karen Ivey 203, 475; Harrison Creel 498; Ann Ballard 129; Max Berueffy 446, 396; Vernice Phillips 318; David Ivey 371; Elene Stovall 211, 564; Dennis George 383, 110; Debra Wakefield 442, 426 (t? b?); Charlie Ballard 354b; Robert Dupree 40; John Beasley 141; Ricky Beasley 47b; Ed Thacker 441.

Announcements were made. Gravis Ballinger led 46 as the closing song. Buddy Ballinger offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Gravis Ballinger; Vice Chairman—Johnny Humber; Secretary—Amanda Ballinger.