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Sardis on the River

Liberty Church (McCormick), Jefferson County, Alabama

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The annual Sacred Harp singing formerly held at Sardis Church on the fourth Sunday in March was held at Liberty Church (McCormick), near Sumiton, Alabama, on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in March. The class was called to order by John Merritt leading 36b. The morning prayer was offered by Richard Mauldin.

Leaders: Jim Aaron 47b, 163b; Richard Mauldin 358 (in memory of Dick Mauldin), 72b; Seth Poston 275b, 274t; Willodean Barton 145t, 460; Travis Keeton 348b, 290; Hannah Tate 436, 124; Steve Adams and Emily Creel 309, 401; Jonathon Marquez and Marlin Beasley 82t, 87; Larry Ballinger 27, 286; Juanita Beasley 39b, 32t.

The class was organized and retained the same officers to serve: Chairman—John Merritt; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Margaret Keeton; Arranging Committee—Brenda Merritt.


The class was brought back together by Travis Keeton leading 340 and 111b. Leaders: Anne Chalker 146, 235; Ken Tate 213t, 220; Lisa Geist 155, 564; Henry Guthery 58 (in memory of Sherry Guthery), 158; Marlin Beasley and Jonathon Marquez 137, 277 (for Rhoda Norris, who is in rehab, recovering from an accident); Emily Creel 368, 270; Richard Mauldin 313t; Velton Chafin 437, 187 (in memory of his father); John Merritt 232, 207.


The afternoon session was called to order by John Merritt leading 278t. Leaders: Seth Poston 30t; Ann Jett 136, 37b; Harrison Creel and Ann Jett 512; Eugene Forbes 495, 213b; Henry Guthery 273; Willodean Barton 418; Larry Ballinger 402; Jim Aaron 66; Ken Tate 551; Lisa Geist 527; Marlin Beasley and Jonathon Marquez 426t; Emily Creel 426b; Travis Keeton 157; Juanita Beasley 56t; Steve Adams 101t; Velton Chafin 488; Ann Jett 269; Hannah Tate 294, 59; Eugene Forbes 337; Seth Poston 571 (CB); Emily Creel 475; Brenda Merritt 196, 280.

John Merritt led 414 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer offered by Harrison Creel.

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