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Oxford City Hall

Oxford, Mississippi

March 14, 2004

The twenty-fourth annual Sacred Harp singing at Oxford City Hall was called to order by Warren Steel leading 48t. Mark Davis offered the morning prayer. Mark Tew led 108t and 139.

The class was organized by electing or appointing the following officers to serve: Chairman—Warren Steel; Vice Chairman—Mark Tew; Secretary—John Merritt; Arranging Committee—Brenda Merritt and Lisa Geist.

Leaders: John Merritt 294, 426 (t? b?); Sandie Scott 108b, 86; Bridgett Hill 276, 440; Earl Ballinger 430, 283; John Van Horn 29b, 340; Ron Nurnberg 288, 335; Kurt Davis 45t; Elene Stovall 215, 216; Edward Howton 373, 436; Olivia Hill 24b, 99; Flarce Creel 384, 448b.

RECESS

Mark Davis called the class together leading 213 (t? b?). Leaders: Natalie Davis 354 (t? b?); David Carlton 56b, 189; Leon Ballinger 195, 269; Lee Wise and Carol Rushing 341, 40; Ken Tate 442, 224; Beth O’Dell 270, 546; Tim Reynolds 107, 547; Danny Creel 182, 222; Lena Keeton 460, 475; Max Berueffy 306, 220; Lisa Geist 327, 528.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Warren Steel leading 176t. Leaders: Andy Davis 379; Eric Schedler 344, 455; Diane Mennella 349, 30t; Dennis George 543, 532; Anne Steel 348b; Dena Holley and Susie Wise 58; Bethanne Hill 39t; Marlin Beasley 408; Larry Ballinger 151; Harrison Creel 498, 530.

A memorial lesson was held for singers and loved ones departed in the past year. Leon Ballinger and Max Berueffy led 424 in memory of: Lavaughn Ballinger, Alonzo Malone, and Bruce Randolph. Mark Tew led 285t in memory of W.T. Wortham and Walter Wade. Earl Ballinger closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Chuck Howell 127; Tobi Peterson 68b; Gravis Ballinger 112; Charles Porter 155; Sarah Tidwell 33b; Amber Davis 196; Bunk Beasley 72b; Henry McGuire 290; Phil Kliewer 318; Mark Davis 282, 236; Hugh Bill McGuire 209, 268; Katie Zukof 410t; Brenda Merritt 142.

Following announcements, the officers led 235 as the closing song, and Elder Charles Porter dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Warren Steel; Vice Chairman—Mark Tew; Secretary—John Merritt.