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Bethel Primitive Baptist Church

Bruce, Mississippi

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The 62nd annual Sacred Harp singing at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church was called to order by Hugh Bill McGuire leading 36b. T.J. Funderburk offered the morning prayer. Hugh Bill McGuire then led 67.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Hugh Bill McGuire; Secretary—Warren Steel.

Leaders: John Van Horn 196, 268, 269; Mark Tew 335, 108t, 139; Anne Steel 224, 348b, 31b; Arlon Gardner 163t, 201, 455; Mark Davis 361, 362, 220; Warren Steel 36t, 204, 327; Henry McGuire 320, 447, 28b.

RECESS

John Van Horn called the class together leading 40. Leaders: George Easley 34b, 313t, 299; Chuck Howell 354b, 452, 147t; Natalie Davis 79, 345t, 344; Virginia Carter 46, 49b, 147b.

LUNCH

Hugh Bill McGuire called the afternoon session together leading 540 and 472. Leaders: Natalie Davis 288, 441, 542; Brenda Chafin 203; Linda Funderburk 103, 318, 358; T.J. Funderburk 47b, 282, 569b; Grover Edington 45t; Robert Earl Alexander 124, 63; Brenda Chafin 274t, 187; Arlon Gardner 448b, 376, 313b; John Van Horn 236, 168; Anne Steel 209, 31t.

RECESS

Hugh Bill McGuire brought the class together leading 546. Leaders: Mark Davis 530, 352, 228; Warren Steel 400, 61, 379; Henry McGuire 504, 536, 492 (WB); Linda Funderburk 146, 143; George Easley 538; Natalie Davis 155, 137, 142.

Although there was no formal memorial lesson at this singing, many leaders sang in memory of Bernice Embry, longtime secretary of the Calhoun County Musical Association, and for sick and shut-ins including Elder Charles Porter, W.M. Allen, and John Merritt.

Following announcements, Hugh Bill McGuire led 349 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer offered by Robert Earl Alexander.

Chairman—Hugh Bill McGuire; Secretary—Warren Steel