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Elmore Center Singing

Elmore Center United Methodist Church, Near Gordo, Alabama

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The one hundred sixty-first annual session of the Elmore Center Sacred Harp Singing was held at Elmore Center United Methodist Church near Gordo, Alabama on Wednesday before the third Sunday in August. Earlene Ellis called the class to order leading 145b. The morning prayer was offered by Dan Farley.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairlady—Earlene Ellis; Secretary—Josie Hyde.

Leaders: Josie Hyde 137,183; Toney Smith 229; Lisa Ballinger 173, 546; Billy Williams 39b, 339; John Van Horn 106, 300; Velton Chaffin 225t, 155; Amber Davis 224, 142; Tim Reynolds 39t, 117; Lena Keeton 34b, 213b; Travis Keeton 566, 482.

RECESS

The class was brought back to order by Earlene Ellis leading 318. Leaders: John Hyde 124, 297; Margaret Keeton 349 (for Clarence McCool), 209; Bill Stewart 452, 68b; Glenn Keeton 278t, 217; Faye Donaldson 430, 406; Lisa Geist, Katie Allison, and Clint Moss 45t; Dan Farley 45t as a solo, and played on a harp; Dorothy Elmore 480, 490; Wayne Baines 89, 278b.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Earlene Ellis leading 358. Leaders: Glenn Keeton “Ashley”; Tim Reynolds 200; John Van Horn 410t; Josie Hyde 43; John Hyde 313t; Lisa Geist and Katie Allison 47t, 59; Bill Stewart 33b; Lena Keeton 294 (by request); Travis Keeton 388; Velton Chaffin 108t; Amber Davis 440; Billy Williams 147t; Margaret Keeton 147b; Toney Smith 524; Dorothy Elmore 323b; Faye Donaldson 270; Clint Moss 282; Dan Farley 81t; Wayne Baines 146, 535 (requested by Nellie Brown).

Earlene Ellis led 46 as the closing song. David Allison offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairlady—Earlene Ellis; Secretary—Josie Hyde.