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Cherry Tree Singing

James Creek Church

August 25, 1996

The annual Sacred Harp Singing at James Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Itawamba County, Mississippi on the fourth Sunday in August was called to order by Elmer Conwill leading song on page 31t. The morning prayer was led by Clayton Ezell. Elmer Conwill led song on page 48t. The class organized by electing the following officers: Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Mae Conwill; Arranging Committee—John Hyde. Leaders: Eugene Wakefield 56t, 57; Faye Donaldson 124, 100; Lena Wakefield 460, 34b; Warren Steel 67, 396; Edith Tate 35, 76b; Willodean Barton 119, 111t; Margaret Keeton 546; Pernie Pelfrey 399b, 482; Clarence McCool 349, 430; Anne Steel 171, 268; Lucy Marie Heidorn 186, 299; Ila Ingle 441, 112.

RECESS

Travis Keeton called the class back together leading songs on pages 203 and 300. Leaders: Tressie Atkins 78, 217; Cecil Sanders 123 (t? b?); Flarce Creel 475, 270; Arnold Moore 208; Ivaleen Donaldson 175b; Keterina Sanders 454; Mae Conwill 273 for L. E. Hannah who was unable to attend; Beatrice Brewer 176b, 384; Tom Harper 436, 530, 500; A. A. Malone 282, 348b; Lavaughn Ballinger 405, 84; Johnny Humber 172, 283. Clayton Ezell offered thanks at lunch.

LUNCH

The class was called back together by Travis Keeton leading song on page 200. Leaders: Earl Ballinger 80 (t? b?); Clayton Ezell 480, 269; Gordon Wilkerson 434, 380; Marie Aldridge 192, 88t; Gabriel Kastelle 421, 198; Josie Hyde 507; Gravis Ballinger 110; Kermit Adams 276, 426t; Harrison Creel 512, 342; Linton Ballinger 290; Juliette Haynes 216; Edwin Ballinger 168, 445; Larry Ballinger 91; Dorothea McCowan 196, 304; Estes Jackson 95; Ann Ballard 408; Ercell Jackson 145b; Betty Baccus 294, 392; John Beasley 317; John Hyde 73t, 63. Elmer Conwill led song on page 58 for the closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Harrison Creel.

Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Mae Conwill.