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Friendship Primitive Baptist Church

Haleyville, Alabama

August 10, 2003

The fourth annual Sacred Harp singing which is held at Friendship Primitive Baptist Church on the second Sunday in August was called to order by Chairman Kenneth Tate leading 49t. Danny Creel offered the opening prayer.

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

Leaders: Kenneth Tate and Wilton Donaldson 285t; Wilton Donaldson 75; Ivalene Donaldson 31b, 32t; Josie Hyde 234; L.E. Hannah 212, 385b; Julie Tate 167, 147b; John Hyde 297, 313t; Ronald Gilmore and Hazel Gilmore 127, 475; Milton Oliver 176t, 270; Bud Oliver 274 (t? b?), 145b, 73t; Karen Ivey 137, 72b; Emily Creel 512, 299; Linton Ballinger 146, 144; S.T. Reed 271t, 271b.


The class was called back to order by Danny Creel leading 76b and 269. Leaders: Corene White 314, 403; Travis Keeton 44, 496; Richard Ivey 81t, 168; Judy Caudle 175, 177; Juliette Haynes 216, 217; Gravis Ballinger 78, 222; Willodean Barton 460, 416; David Ivey 391, 336; Sarah Smith 159; Lisa Geist 546, 273; Allison Ivey 402, 344; Clarence McCool 111b, 225t; Chris Rice 384, 454; Amber Springfield 186, 192.


The class resumed singing with Kenneth Tate leading 171.

Kenneth Tate introduced the class to a group from California who is making a documentary on Hank Williams. The group was composed of Morgan Neville—Director; Dylan Robertson—Technical; and Colin Escott—Script. The purpose of their being with us was to hear and record songs from the Sacred Harp. The first singing school Hank Williams attended was a shape note school that was taught in Avant, Alabama. Kenneth Tate was asked to lead 48t. The documentary is scheduled to appear on Alabama Public Television in June 2004 and in England on the BBC network.

Leaders: Larry Ballinger 418, 147t; Edith Tate 532; Stuart Ivey 183, 442; Gary Smith 39t, 565; Roma Rice 93, 338; Billy Williams 410t, 213b; Christie Allen 200, 187; Parnell Berry 298, 283; Latrive Bailey 46, 300; David Ivey and Allison Ivey 182; Richard Ivey, Stuart Ivey, and Karen Ivey 276; S.T. Reed 278b; Josie Hyde 507; Danny Creel and Emily Creel 142; Gary Smith and Sarah Smith 354b.

Announcements were made. Kenneth Tate led 59 as the closing song. Billy Williams offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Kenneth Tate; Vice Chairman—Wilton Donaldson; Secretary—Josie Hyde.