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Elmore Center Singing

Elmore Center United Methodist Church, near Gordo, Alabama

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The 163rd annual session of the Elmore Center Sacred Harp Singing was held at Elmore Center United Methodist Church near Gordo, Alabama, on Wednesday before the third Sunday in August. The class was called to order by Clarence McCool leading 82t. The pastor, David Allison, offered the morning prayer.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Clarence McCool; Vice Chairman—Jack Pate; Arranging Committee—Wayne Baines; Secretary—Lena Keeton.

Leaders: Wayne Baines 457, 294; Hugh Bill McGuire 36b, 40; Travis Keeton 235, 179; Faye Donaldson 129, 270; John Van Horn 61, 144; Robert DuPree 146, 128; Josie Hyde 88t, 288; Eddie Pierce 312b, 373; Ola Meadows 106, 400; Jack Pate 535, 341.

RECESS

Wayne Baines called the class back to order leading 339. Leaders: Steve Cackley 124, 532; T.J. Funderburk 47b, 282; Ruth Wyers 176b, 206; Bill Stewart 68b, 569b; Helen Langston 391, 480; Billy Williams 448b, 143; David Allison 49t, 45t.

LUNCH

Clarence McCool called the class together leading 77t. Leaders: Amber Davis 49b, 134; Earl Ballinger 135, 89; Katie Allison 147 (t? b?), 217; Wendell Rinehart 159, 31t; Lena Keeton 475, 546; Larry Ballinger 133, 109; Linda Funderburk 85, 361.

Wayne Baines conducted the memorial lesson and led 73t in memory of the following deceased: John Hyde, Flarce Creel, Heath Jett, Marie Guthrie, and Wilton Donaldson.

Announcements were made. Clarence McCool led 62 as the closing song. Pastor David Allison offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Clarence McCool; Vice Chairman—Jack Pate; Secretary—Lena Keeton