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Oxford City Hall

Oxford, Mississippi

Sunday, March 11, 2007

The 27th annual Sacred Harp singing at Oxford City Hall was called to order by Warren Steel leading 138b and 171. Marlin Beasley offered the morning prayer. Mark Tew led 48t.

The class organized by electing the following officers: Chairman—Warren Steel; Vice Chairman—Mark Tew; Secretary—John Merritt; Arranging Committee—Elene Stovall.

Leaders: Elene Stovall 76b, 217; Gary Smith 178, 565; Wilton Donaldson 229, 317; Jan Murray 108t, 101t; Jim Greer 45t, 63; Shirley McRae 155; Bill Beverly 440, 86; John Wall 198, 49t; Samantha Spiller 146, 282; Marlin Beasley 460, 418.

RECESS

Warren Steel called the class together leading 215. Leaders: Jeff Corbett 326, 61; Darlene Reynolds 145t, 569b; Jeff Sheppard 124, 322; Reba Windom 203, 216; Chris Hedrick 332, 354b; Shelbie Sheppard 278t; Travis Keeton 566, 400; Jamie Corbett 81t, 66; Sarah Smith 290.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Mark Tew leading 139. Leaders: John Van Horn 378b, 209; Martha Beverly 428, 383; Glenn Keeton 300, 163b; Bea Carnathan 205, 568; Gravis Ballinger 112, 222; Elizabeth Keeton 496, 535.

A memorial lesson was held. Larry Ballinger led 490 in memory of the following deceased: John Hyde—Alabama; Mary Ballinger—Texas; Lee Wise and Stanley Wise, Sr.—Mississippi.

Henry Schuman led 475 and 512 for the sick and shut-ins. John Merritt offered the memorial prayer.

Leaders: Amanda Denson 272, 36b; Josie Hyde 507, 234; Emily Thompson 269, 128; Gaston White 99, 40; Lisa Geist 224, 384; Carolyn Thompson 277, 448t; Hugh Bill McGuire 373, 328; Juanita Beasley 32t, 72b; Brenda Merritt 336, 542; Charlotte Hille 47b.

Following announcements, Warren Steel led 235 as the closing song, and John Van Horn dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Warren Steel; Vice Chairman—Mark Tew; Secretary—John Merritt