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Clifford Wakefield Memorial Singing

King School House, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Natural Bridge, Alabama

Sunday, June 15, 2008

The 100th session of the annual Sacred Harp singing was held at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Natural Bridge, Alabama, on the third Sunday in June. The class was called to order by Travis Keeton leading 68b. Marlin Beasley offered the morning prayer.

The class organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Larry Ballinger; Secretary—Debbie Hall; Arranging Committee—Josie Hyde and Faye Donaldson.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 235; Gary Smith 66, 565; Stella Pratt 571 (CB), 379; Richard Schmeidler 155, 475; Leona Haynes 436, 277; Kermit Adams 285t, 67; Reba Lawler 426t, 384; Don Keeton 112, 390 (in memory of his wife); Sarah Smith, Marlin Beasley, and Seth Holloway 323t, 274t.

RECESS

Travis Keeton called class back to order leading 73t. Leaders: Jim Helke 141, 512; Sandie Scott 335, 408; Seth Poston 275b,124; Caleb Dillehay 101t, 37b; Walter Hartley 178, 40; Seth Holloway 312b, 388; Leon Ballinger 268, 313b; Lena Keeton and Don Keeton 270, 454; Parnell Berry 298, 283; Wayne Wakefield, Wendell Wakefield, Larry Wakefield, Nadine Willis, Clara Stults, Julia Poston, Faye Donaldson, Helen Langston, Betty Baccus, Debbie Hall, and Kathy Buchanan 333, 339, 282 (in memory of their parents and other family members).

LUNCH

Travis Keeton brought the class back together leading 300. Leaders: Marlin Beasley 400, 39b; Lisa Geist 171, 327; Don Robertson 172, 192; Juanita Beasley and Marlin Beasley 61, 63; Gravis Ballinger 36b, 34t; Glenn Keeton 108b, 163b; Ila Ingle 500, 530; Clarence McCool 328; Joyce Hubbert and Kim Williamson 212, 480; Larry Ballinger 224; Steve Adams and Lena Keeton 30t, 100; Earl Ballinger 430; Debbie Hall 406; Faye Donaldson 371; Betty Baccus 82t, 129; Wendell Wakefield 168; Helen Langston and Debbie Hall 391; Larry Wakefield 569b; Josie Hyde 234; Walter Hartley 236; Richard Schmeidler and Julia Smith 473.

Travis Keeton led 46 as the closing song. Earl Ballinger offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Larry Ballinger; Secretary—Debbie Hall