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Sanders Memorial

Sardis Church, Walker County, Alabama

Sunday, February 20, 2005

The annual Sanders Memorial Sacred Harp singing was held at Sardis Church in Walker County, Alabama on the third Sunday in February. Harrison Creel brought the class to order leading 30t. Richard Maudlin offered the morning prayer. Velton Chafin led 35.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Margaret Keeton; Arranging Committee—Josie Hyde.

Leaders: Velton Chafin 76b; Cecil Sanders 123t, 145t; Winell Sanders 317; Marlin Beasley 384, 312t; Corene White 314; Bobby Watkins 203, 440; Sarah Smith 129, 145b; Jim Cauthen 105, 277; Ivalene Donaldson 544; Danny Creel 385b, 224; Joyce Cauthen 274t, 47b.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Velton Chafin leading 573. Leaders: Ozella Blackmon 436; Wilton Donaldson 426t, 100; Emily Creel 186, 222; Larry Ballinger 215, 50b; Willodean Barton 63, 101t; Richard Mauldin 28b, 144 (in memory of John Hocutt, who was buried Saturday, February 19th); Cindy Tanner 335, 217; John Hyde 43; Elene Stovall 200, 532; Steve Rutledge and John Merritt 294, 358; Elizabeth Keeton 34t; Travis Keeton 68b, 73t; Lisa Geist 304, 528; Glenn Keeton 349 (for Clarence McCool, who is sick), 278 (t? b?) (for Toney Smith, who is sick); John Merritt 409, 359.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Harrison Creel leading 111b. Leaders: Brenda Merritt 124, 434; Gary Smith 73b, 565; Margaret Keeton 182, 138t; Gravis Ballinger 112, 99; Wanda Capps 216, 430; Linton Ballinger 208, 212; Amber Davis 380, 402; Kermit Adams 142, 442; Linda sides 328, 448t; Earl Ballinger 329; Billy Williams 496 (in memory of Gerstile Nail, who was buried today); Ila Ingle 470, 530; Eugene Forbes 137, 426b; Loretta Whitman 108b, 58; Ottis Sides 480, 378t; Nellie Alexander 81t, 235; Steve Adams 401; Josie Hyde 390, 569b.

Velton Chafin and Harrison Creel led 475 in memory of John Hocutt, and as the closing song. Harrison Creel offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Velton Chafin; Vice Chairman—Harrison Creel; Secretary—Margaret Keeton.