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Sardis on the River

Sardis Church, Lynn’s Park, Walker County, Alabama

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The annual Sacred Harp singing held at Sardis Church on the fourth Sunday in March was called to order by John Merritt leading 572 and 176t. The morning prayer was offered by Richard Mauldin.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—John Merritt; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Arranging Committee—Brenda Merritt; Secretary—Margaret Keeton.

Leaders: John Merritt 108b; Lauren Harrison 47b, 503, 178; Stella Pratt 37b, 36b, 61; Anne Chalker 143, 235, 146; Don Robertson 222, 171, 151.

RECESS

Travis Keeton brought the class back together leading 179, 544, and 480. Leaders: Cecil Sanders and Winell Sanders 569b, 225t; Cecil Sanders 380, 475; Leona Haynes 517 (WB), 290, 192; Richard Mauldin 66, 43, 168; Glenn Keeton 163b, 86, 278t; Danny Creel 498, 234, 34t; Gravis Ballinger 34b, 300, 203; Josie Hyde 280, 507; Emily Creel 494, 485, 477; Harrison Creel 111b, 317.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with John Merritt leading 276. Leaders: Lisa Geist 532, 291, 216; Ken Tate 44, 56t, 504; Larry Ballinger 119, 110, 286; Velton Chafin 506, 50t; Leona Haynes 335; Josie Hyde 181; Harrison Creel 512; Don Robertson 182; Emily Creel 546; Lisa Geist 172; Danny Creel 112; Glenn Keeton 150; Anne Chalker 45t; Anne Chalker and Richard Mauldin 378t (in memory of Dick Mauldin); Ken Tate 220; Brenda Merritt 460.

John Merritt and Travis Keeton led 414 as the closing song. Danny Creel offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—John Merritt; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Margaret Keeton