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Cherry Tree Singing

James Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Itawamba County, Mississippi

Sunday, July 25, 2004

The annual Cherry Tree Singing at James Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Itawamba County, Mississippi was held on the fourth Sunday in July. The class was called to order by John Merritt leading 59. Dale Kennedy offered the morning prayer.

The class was organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Dale Kennedy; Vice Chairman—John Merritt; Secretary—Brenda Merritt.

Leaders: John Merritt 73t; John Hyde 124, 297; Ester Mann 171, 32t, 480; Wilton Donaldson 348b, 47b; W.M. Allen 75, 108t; Wayne Baines 155, 146, 373 (in memory of Etma Barton, who passed away on today’s date); Julie Propst 145b; Josie Hyde 43, 200; Travis Keeton 179, 544, 235; Hugh Bill McGuire 503, 40.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Dale Kennedy leading 77t and 61. Leaders: Ester Mann 63, 147t; Faye Donaldson 430, 225t; Margaret Keeton 455, 142; Clarence McCool 348b, 349, 535; Earl Ballinger 80b, 109, 331; Betty Baccus 396, 392; Lisa Geist 546, 572; David Beasley and Ruby Steggs 354b, 45t.

LUNCH

Dale Kennedy brought the afternoon session to order leading 159. Leaders: Larry Ballinger 89, 101t; Estes Jackson 426t, 68b; Gravis Ballinger 78, 457, 477; John Beasley 72t, 81t, 294; John Hyde 129; Wilton Donaldson and Ivalene Donaldson 565; Wayne Baines 318; Josie Hyde 405; Travis Keeton 343; Hugh Bill McGuire 344; Faye Donaldson 284; Margaret Keeton 138t; Clarence McCool 569b; Earl Ballinger 144; Betty Baccus 282; David Beasley 33t; Larry Ballinger 36b; Estes Jackson 345b; Gravis Ballinger 99; John Beasley 47t; Brenda Merritt 436.

Announcements were made. Dale Kennedy led 63 as the closing song, and then dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Dale Kennedy; Vice Chairman—John Merritt; Secretary—Brenda Merritt.