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Pleasant Hill (Johnson School House)

Aldridge Memorial - Fayette County, Alabama

June 9, 1996

The annual Aldridge Memorial Sacred Harp Singing at Pleasant Hill (Johnson School House) was held the second Sunday in June. Joan Aldridge called the class together leading song on page 36b. The morning prayer was led by Harrison Creel. Joan Aldridge led song on page 30t. The business session was held and the following officers were elected or appointed: Chairperson—Joan Aldridge; Vice Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Secretary—Lena Keeton; Arranging Committee—Cecil Sanders. Elmer Conwill led songs on pages 137 and 100. Leaders: Keterina Sanders 89, 73t; Mae Conwill 270, 272; Arnold Moore 480; Ila Ingle 145b, 32t; Odie Horton 33b; Bud Oliver 343, 145t; Lucy Heidorn 155, 217 in memory of D. M. Aldridge; Gene Wakefield 56t, 64; Earl Ballinger 61, 76b; Marie Aldridge 192, 316; Joan Aldridge 371.

RECESS

Cecil Sanders called the class back together leading song on page 108t. Leaders: John Hyde 39b, 37b; Pernie Pelfrey 147b, 74b; Flarce Creel 402, 475; Tom Harper 411, 441, 382; Edith Tate 146, 389; Josie Hyde 302, 564; Larry Ballinger 123t, 119; Travis Keeton 471b, 275b; Lena Keeton 482, 498; Beatrice Brewer 384, 460; Edwin Ballinger 168, 110. The class was dismissed for lunch.

LUNCH

The class resumed singing with Elmer Conwill leading songs on pages 285 (t? b?) and 286. Leaders: Charlie Ballard 512, 45t; Marie Aldridge 304, 88t; Dorothea McCowan 551, 218 in memory of her uncle, Joseph Beasley; Elene Stovall 454, 436 in memory of Fleecie Tucker, D. M. Aldridge, and Robert Aldridge; Allison Stovall and Elene Stovall 318, 84; Ann Ballard requested prayer for her brother, Chuck Beasley, who is to undergo surgery, and led songs on pages 208 and 204; John Beasley 406, 100; A. C. McGough 82t, 81t; Tommy Beasley 348b, 30b; David Beasley 330b, 335; Harrison Creel 111b, 342 in memory of D. M. Aldridge; Bud Oliver 34b; Joyce Hubbard 179; Clearcy Rutledge 42, 37b; Lucy Heidorn 53, 200; Joan Aldridge 43 for cousin Shirley who is sick at home, 294 by request. Flowers on pulpit were in memory of Snow Tucker and Fleecie Tucker. The Tuckers’ daughter stood before the class and told how important this day had always been to her parents and thanked all the singers for coming to sing, and also, for the singing at her mothers’ funeral. Announcements were made. Joan Aldridge led song on page 46 for the closing song. The closing prayer was led by Harrison Creel.

Chairperson—Joan Aldridge; Vice Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Secretary—Lena Keeton.