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Sardis On the River

Sardis Church, Lynn’s Park (Walker Co.), Alabama

Sunday, March 27, 2005

The annual Sacred Harp singing held at Sardis Church on the fourth Sunday in March was called to order by Travis Keeton leading 37b. Harrison Creel offered the morning prayer. Travis Keeton led 73t.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—John Merritt; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Arranging Committee—Elene Stovall; Secretary—Brenda Merritt.

Leaders: John Merritt 176t, 274t; Winell Sanders 225t; Richard Mauldin 129, 378t; Henry Schuman 317, 72b; Brenda Merritt 192, 336; Teddy Creel 59, 124; Stella Pratt 100, 147t; Bobby Watkins 203, 282; Sarah Smith 145b, 108t.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Henry Schuman leading 32t. Leaders: Marlin Beasley 50t, 348b; Cindy Tanner 436, 434; Larry Ballinger 349, 215; Cassie Franklin 432, 475; Danny Creel 383, 112; Lisa Geist 120, 273; Jackie Tanner 222, 182; Harrison Creel 512, 378b; Amber Davis 216, 142; Max Berueffy 325, 500; Gary Smith 73b, 565; Eugene Forbes 318, 168; Juanita Beasley 354b, 36b; Elene Stovall and Cassie Franklin 426b; Elene Stovall 283.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought to order by John Merritt leading 163t. Leaders: Elene Stovall 236; Velton Chafin 487, 564; Jackie Tanner 89; Lisa Geist 546; Danny Creel 196; Harrison Creel 335; Larry Ballinger 163b; Henry Schuman 480; Marlin Beasley 276; Cindy Tanner 198; Bobby Watkins 76b; Richard Mauldin 82t; Teddy Creel 63; Travis Keeton 155; Sarah Smith 340; Max Berueffy 498; Cassie Franklin, Mercy Watkins, and April Watkins 384; Eugene Forbes 208; Brenda Merritt 172; Amber Davis 380; Gary Smith 68b; Juanita Beasley 61; Cecil Sanders and Winell Sanders 569b; Cecil Sanders 460.

John Merritt led 56t as the closing song. Richard Mauldin offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—John Merritt; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Brenda Merritt.