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Sardis On the River

Sardis Church, Lynn Park, Alabama

Sunday, March 28, 2004

The annual Sacred Harp singing held at Sardis Church on the fourth Sunday in March was called to order by Travis Keeton leading 48t. John Merritt offered the morning prayer. Travis Keeton led 321.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—John Merritt; Arranging Committee—Willodean Barton; Secretary—Josie Hyde.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 273; Josie Hyde 43, 137; Willodean Barton 82 (t? b?), 63; Cecil Sanders and Winell Sanders 569b, 460; John Hyde 566, 129 (in memory of Bruce Randolph); Ozella Blackmon 172, 200; Ida Lee Starnes 30t, 335; Bethanne Hill 159, 33t; Ann Jett 496, 495; Corene White 146, 403.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with John Merritt leading 278b and 278t. Leaders: Flarce Creel 270, 291; Wilton Donaldson 317, 32t; Lynn Neel 39t, 274t; Wanda Capps 36b, 144 (for John Hocutt); Becky Briggs 565 (for Gary Smith, who had open heart surgery), 354b; Kermit Adams 78, 99; Lisa Geist 151, 546; Bridgett Hill 276, 440; Edith Tate 37b, 88t; Marlin Beasley 31t (for Gary Smith)), 290 (for Sarah Smith); Amber Davis 203, 30t, 224; Larry Ballinger 49t, 158.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought to order by Travis Keeton leading 340. Leaders: Ivalene Donaldson 544; Clarence McCool 30b, 111b; Elene Stovall 182, 532; Brenda Merritt 318, 282; Margaret Keeton 212, 402; Ken Tate 119, 73b; Velton Chafin 319, 567; Latrive Bailey 323b, 111t; Nancy Banks and Elene Stovall 503; Ottis Sides 283, 480; Velton Chafin 564 (in honor of John Hocutt).

Travis Keeton and John Merritt led 45b as the closing song. John Merritt offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—John Merritt; Secretary—Josie Hyde.