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Cherry Tree Singing

James Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Itawamba County, Mississippi

Sunday, July 23, 2006

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 59. 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: John Merritt and Dale Kennedy 90, 61; Gravis Ballinger 124, 112; John Hyde 566, 104; Elizabeth Keeton 30t, 144, 163b; Chris Ballinger 44, 31t, 270; Margaret Keeton 222, 422, 572; Faye Donaldson 299, 430, 138b; Wayne Banes 46, 48t, 146; Travis Keeton 441, 56t, 57.

RECESS

Brenda Merritt led 76b to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Sharon Skipper 108t, 101t; Hugh Bill McGuire 74b, 73t, 89; Seth Poston 275b; Matthew Cook 388, 45t, 145b; Max Berueffy, Turner Berueffy, and Coleman Berueffy 168, 300, 564; Andy Davis 269, 200, 434; Earl Ballinger 224, 128, 129; John Merritt and Dale Kennedy 100, 457.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with John Merritt leading 176t. Leaders: Betty Baccus 179, 134, 396; Elene Stovall 216, 430, 517; Ashley Cook 235, 317, 358; Clarence McCool 111t, 111b, 349; Lisa Geist 428, 209, 528; Glenn Keeton 303, 365, 86; Larry Ballinger 234, 276; Seth Poston 274t; John Merritt 294.

Following announcements, John Merritt led 414 as the closing song. Earl Ballinger offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

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