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Elmore Center

Four miles south of Gordo, Alabama, County Roads 9 and 21

August 14, 1996

The one hundred fifty-second annual session of the Sacred Harp singing at Elmore-Center United Methodist Church was called to order by Chairman A. A. Malone leading song on page 37b. The morning prayer was led by Raymond O’Mary. Leaders: A. A. Malone 59, 300; Raymond O’Mary 176t, 204, 75; Clayton O’Mary 159, 39b, 323b; Billy Williams 101t, 89, 339; Dorothy Elmore 335, 452; A. C. McGough 81t, 290, 317.

RECESS

Moderator A. A. Malone brought the class back to order leading song on page 47b. Leaders: George Cox 569b, 490, 303; Travis Keeton 343, 61, 146, 147t; Levert Howell 68b, 73t, 127; Earline Ellis 294, 100, 46, 47t; Raymond O’Mary and Dorothy Elmore 445. The class was dismissed for lunch, and Jimmy Johnson gave the blessing.

LUNCH

The afternoon session opened with Chairman A. A. Malone and Jimmy Johnson leading song on page 565. Leaders: Grafton Pritchett, A. A. Malone, and Jimmy Johnson 49 (t? b?), 36 (t? b?); Grafton Pritchett and A. A. Malone 28b; Travis Keeton 348b, 482; A. C. McGough 390, 30t; Cecile Cox 135, 282; Billy Williams 448b; Dorothy Elmore 108 (t? b?), 72 (t? b?); Clayton O’Mary and Raymond O’Mary 358, 74b, 285t; Levert Howell 341, 401; Dorothy Elmore 535; A. C. McGough 480; Earline Ellis 349, 539; Raymond O’Mary 196. The class was dismissed by singing song on page 45t, and the closing prayer was led by Clayton O’Mary. The church extended an invitation to the group to come back next year, August 13, 1997.

Chairman—A. A. Malone; Secretary—Martha B. Howell.