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Clifford Wakefield Memorial

King School House (Mt. Vernon Baptist Church),
Natural Bridge, Alabama

Sunday, June 20, 2004

The ninety-sixth session of the annual Sacred Harp singing was held at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Natural Bridge, Alabama on the third Sunday in June. The singing is held as a memorial to Clifford Wakefield. The class was brought to order by Travis Keeton leading 48t. Velton Chafin offered the morning prayer. Travis Keeton led 99.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Secretary—Debbie Wakefield; Arranging Committee—Faye Donaldson and Josie Hyde.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 127; Faye Donaldson 225t, 138t; Leon Ballinger 313b, 323b, 278t; Debbie Wakefield 430, 426b; Ivalene Donaldson 42, 77t; Ginnie Ely 313t, 389, 328; Kermit Adams 384, 78; Lisa Geist 120, 182, 546; Stella Pratt 318, 137, 75; Ozella Blackmon 282.

RECESS

Travis Keeton brought the class back to order leading 499. Leaders: Kathryn Eastburn 45t, 49t; Clarence McCool 503, 569b, 490; Brenda Merritt 319, 163 (t? b?); Linton Ballinger 146, 144; Willodean Barton 498, 314, 480; Velton Chafin 487, 175, 68b; the family of the late Sim and Catherine Wakefield (Cecil Wakefield, Wayne Wakefield, Wendell Wakefield, Larry Wakefield, Nadine Willis, Clara Stults, Julie Poston, Faye Donaldson, Helen Langston, Betty Baccus, Robert Mobley, and Alfie Mobley) 339, 333, 134, 159, 358.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Travis Keeton leading 47t. Leaders: Earl Ballinger 329, 177; Roma Rice 64, 104; Wilton Donaldson 565, 317; Margaret Keeton 297, 517; Larry Ballinger 119, 121; Ila Ingle 500, 530; Warren Steel 201, 209, 206; Latrive Bailey 354b, 517 (WB); Josie Hyde 43, 477, 507; Cecil Wakefield 79, 153, 294; Betty Baccus 408, 426t; Helen Langston 391, 505 (CB); Wendell Wakefield 421, 108b; Larry Wakefield 282, 37b.

Travis Keeton led 284 as the closing song. Earl Ballinger offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Secretary—Debbie Wakefield.