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St. Michael Church

Fruithurst (Cleburne County), Alabama

April 28, 1996

The annual Alewine Memorial Sacred Harp singing at St. Michael Church was held on the fourth Sunday in April. The singing had been held in June, and this was the first session on a new date. Corrine Laminack and Jeff Sheppard called the class together leading song on page 59. The morning prayer was led by Harvey Austin. Corrine Laminack led song on page 32t, and welcomed everyone. The class was organized and the following officers elected: Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—Corrine Laminack; Secretary—Hester Edwards; Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards and Pearl Guier. Jeff Sheppard led songs on pages 61 and 176t. Leaders: Corrine Laminack 108 (t? b?), 401; Pearl Guier 40, 127; Lonnie Rogers 101t, 75, 225t; Alice Edwards 104, 73b; Revy Williamson 99, 155; Shelbie Sheppard 186, 106, 137 for Virgil and Ruby Phillips; Charles Creel 428, 440.

RECESS

Jeff Sheppard called the class together leading song on page 87. Leaders: Margie Smith 56t, 335; C. W. Garner 348b, 349; Lucille McElroy 452b, 445; Louise Allen 81t, 143, 119; Harvey Austin 566, 405; Pauline Kilgore 354b, 334; Nell McElroy 358, 294; B. M. Smith 503, 73 (t? b?), 123t.

LUNCH

Jeff Sheppard called the class together leading song on page 85. Leaders: Mildred Patterson and Ellen Waters 332, 35, 274 (t? b?), 145t; Josie Wootten 100; Pearl Guier 45t; Charles Creel 84, 111b, 216; Margie Smith 303; B. M. Smith 358 for Mrs. Lizzie Chandler who was 93 years of age and able to attend the singing, 147t for Pauline Kilgore; Alice Edwards 271b; Harvey Austin 36b; Lucille McElroy 68b, 146. Announcements were made. Jeff Sheppard led song on page 46 for the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Charles Creel.

Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Vice Chairman—Corrine Laminack; Secretary—Hester Edwards.