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Cherry Tree Singing

James Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Itawamba County, Mississippi

Sunday, July 24, 2005

The annual Cherry Tree Singing was held at James Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Itawamba County, Mississippi on the fourth Sunday in July. The class was called to order by John Merritt and Dale Kennedy leading 36b. Dale Kennedy offered the morning prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—John Merritt; Vice Chairman—Dale Kennedy; Secretary—Brenda Merritt.

Leaders: Robert Vaughn 67, 70b, 71; John Hyde 124, 73t, 63; Wilton Donaldson 75, 100; Kathy Sartain 100; Betty Baccus 101t, 134, 61; Jon Tyler 108t, 138b, 45t.

RECESS

Dale Kennedy and John Merritt led 31t and 59 to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Travis Keeton 284, 285t, 176b; Lena Keeton 111t, 120, 123t; Samantha Spiller, Sharon Spiller, and John Hyde 445, 40, 313t; Margaret Keeton 349, 179, 499; Elizabeth Keeton 306, 274t, 335; Larry Ballinger 229, 163b; Earl Ballinger 171, 177, 146; Lisa Geist 84, 131t, 180; John Hyde and Josie Hyde 385t, 97, 55, 150; Robert Vaughn 438, 495, 333; Estes Jackson 341, 426t, 387.

LUNCH

Glenn Keeton brought the class back to order leading 143. Leaders: Glenn Keeton and Kathy Sartain 504; Glenn Keeton and Elizabeth Keeton 178; Travis Keeton 276, 269; John Hyde 43, 104; Wilton Donaldson 490, 480; Betty Baccus 145b; Lena Keeton and Glenn Keeton 192, 186; Samantha Spiller and Sharon Spiller 56t, 400; Margaret Keeton 273, 187; Larry Ballinger 133; Josie Hyde 137, 298; Glenn Keeton 278t; Brenda Merritt 29t; John Merritt and Dale Kennedy 358.

Announcements were made. John Merritt, Dale Kennedy, and Estes Jackson led 62 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer.

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