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Liberty Church

Helicon, Alabama

December 1, 1996

The forty-eighth session of the annual Sacred Harp singing held at Liberty Church in Winston County on the first Sunday in December was called to order by John Hocutt leading songs on pages 32t and 30t. The morning prayer was led by the pastor, Coleman Johnson. The class organized by John Hocutt appointing the following officers: Chairman—Aubrey Tyree; Arranging Committee—Cecil Sanders; Secretary—Lena Wakefield. Cecil Sanders led song on page 42 for Essie and Vernice Calvert. Leaders: Odie Horton 81t, 48t; Keterina Sanders 59, 454; Gene Wakefield 56t, 57, 100; Iva Cleghorn 300, 36b; Bertha Wilson and Ruth Parris 421, 206; Billy Williams 76b, 28b.

RECESS

The class was called to order by John Hocutt leading song on page 101t. Leaders: Willodean Barton 44, 82t; B. B. Mattox 42, 129, 318, 406 (for Alpha Black); Lena Wakefield 146, 546; Reedie Powell Evans 430, 269, 126, 358 (by request); Josie Hyde 179, 225 (t? b?), 224.

LUNCH

The class was brought back together by John Hocutt leading songs on pages 72t and 72b. Leaders: Cecil Sanders 58; John Hyde 275b, 73t, 297; Corene White 37b (for her sister, Eron White), 314; Travis Keeton 61, 566, 482; Stella Pratt 319, 426b; Margaret Keeton 270, 321, 475; E. E. Kilgo 40, 235, 206; Lamar Smith 343; Coleman Johnson 445, 421, 491; Aubrey Tyree 208. John Hocutt led song on page 46 for the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Lamar Smith. It was decided by the class and the community to discontinue the singing.

Chairman—Aubrey Tyree; Secretary—Lena Wakefield.