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Clifford Wakefield Memorial

King School House (Mt. Vernon Baptist Church),
Natural Bridge, Alabama

Sunday, June 18, 2006

The ninety-eighth session of the annual Sacred Harp singing was held at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Natural Bridge, Alabama, on the third Sunday in June. The class was called to order by Travis Keeton leading 48t. Cecil Wakefield offered the morning prayer.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Secretary—Debbie Wakefield; Arranging Committee—Faye Donaldson and Josie Hyde.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 73t; John Hyde 313t, 566; Wilton Donaldson 32t, 30t; Roma Rice 46, 354t; Cecil Wakefield 290, 208; Ila Ingle 500, 530; Kermit Adams 89, 78; Lena Keeton 475, 480; Gravis Ballinger 56t, 124, 76b; Willodean Barton 82t, 274t.

RECESS

Travis Keeton called the class back to order leading 426t in memory of Hazel Wakefield. Leaders: Leon Ballinger 454, 313b, 268; Katherine Eastburn 128, 312b; Lisa Geist 66, 119; Sandie Scott 317, 40; Jim Helke 406, 343b; Earl Ballinger 224, 204; the family of the late Sim and Catherine Wakefield (Cecil Wakefield, Wayne Wakefield, Wendell Wakefield, Larry Wakefield, Nadine Willis, Clara Stults, Julia Poston, Faye Donaldson, Helen Langston, and Betty Baccus) led 333, 339 (in memory of Hazel Wakefield) and 134, 408 (in memory of Clifford Wakefield).

LUNCH

The class was called back to order by Travis Keeton leading 235. Leaders: Gary Smith 225t, 565, 569b; Walter Hatler 236, 452; Marilyn Burchett 496, 551; Steve Adams 309, 401, 101t; Sarah Smith 568, 425; Larry Ballinger 121, 139; Margaret Keeton 138t, 276; Jack Wakefield and Rhonda Barton 45t, 358, 445; Debbie Wakefield 546, 426b; Betty Baccus 396, 284; Larry Wakefield 100, 37b; Wendell Wakefield 421, 123t; Helen Langston 391, 318; Sandie Scott 147t; Jim Helke 347; Marilyn Burchett 108b.

Travis Keeton led 499 as the closing song. Earl Ballinger offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Secretary—Debbie Wakefield.