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Fayette County Convention

Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, Fayette, Alabama

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The 112th session of the Fayette County Sacred Harp Singing Convention was held at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church near Fayette, Alabama, on the first Sunday in August. Chris Ballinger called the class to order by leading 31b. Earl Ballinger offered the morning prayer.

Following welcoming comments, the class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Chris Ballinger; Vice Chairman—Lisa Geist; Secretary—Beth Ballinger; Arranging Committee—Linton Ballinger and Lomax Ballinger.

Leaders: Chris Ballinger 76b; Lomax Ballinger 129, 144; Lisa Geist 280, 269; Buddy Ballinger 354b, 371; Wayne Baines 340, 145b; Teresa Hope 361, 542; Mike Hankins 72b, 410t; Jimmy Ballinger 84, 565; Don Keeton 225t, 498; Betty Baccus 499, 391 (in memory of Helen Langston).

RECESS

Chris Ballinger, Katie Ballinger, and Nicholas Holmes led 31t to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Gravis Ballinger 120, 112; Seth Holloway 300, 385b; Stephanie Fida 30b, 276; Nathan Rees 285b, 189; Emily West, Jill Porter, Ella Porter, and Sam West 87, 203; Scott Ivey 73t, 172; Seth Poston 276b, 358; Jarrod Litton and Earl Ballinger 155; Beth Ballinger 442, 168.

RECESS

The class was brought back together by Larry Ballinger leading 472 and 528. Leaders: Wendell Rinehart 457, 445; Karen Rollins 327, 227; Darrell Swarens 569b, 341; Nick Kelley, Amelia O’Dell, and Earl Ballinger 108t; Jonathon Smith 326, 142; Sarah Beasley 145b, 129; Buell Cobb 105, 331; Johnny Humber 389, 208. Buddy Ballinger offered the blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Larry Ballinger, Chris Ballinger, Lisa Geist, Katie Ballinger, Lauren Ballinger, and Nicholas Holmes leading 270. Leaders: Hannah Tate 76b, 496; Marlin Beasley 384, 179 (for Travis Keeton); Rachel Speer 26, 564; Richard Mauldin 34b, 446; Glenn Keeton 507 (for Josie Hyde), 349 (for Clarence McCool); Judy Caudle 518, 321; Eddie Mash 474, 50t; Toney Smith 267; Angela Myers 430; Angela Myers and Scott Ivey 215; Henry Guthery 572, 543; Dean Jens 377, 536; Cecil Roberts 35, 477; Gary Smith 66, 565; Lena Keeton and Glenn Keeton 475; Ken Tate 278t, 114; Andrew Farris 186, 454; James Canterbury 490, 68b; Velton Chafin 138b; Jack Pate 75, 495; Linton Ballinger and Earl Ballinger 421.

Announcements were made. Chris Ballinger led 46 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Richard Mauldin, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Chris Ballinger; Vice Chairman—Lisa Geist; Secretary—Beth Ballinger