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Velma Singing

Yalobusha County, Mississippi

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A special singing, sponsored by the Water Valley Arts Council, was held at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Velma, Mississippi. Warren Steel called the class to order leading 108t and 101t. James Person offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: John Van Horn 36b, 63, 201; Hugh Bill McGuire 345b, 343; Henry McGuire 40, 34t, 234; Drew McGuire 235, 418, 569b; Robert Earl Alexander 85, 124; Cliff Hall 277, 59, 47b; George Easley 34t, 313t, 323b.

RECESS

Warren Steel brought the class back to order leading 200. Leaders: Matt Bell 30t, 425, 174; Milano Neyman 274t, 45t; Bobby Watkins 406, 480, 460; Bobby Neyman 82t, 178, 39t; Ben Barber 51, 282. Rev. Philip Dearman, pastor of the church, welcomed the singers and asked the blessing upon the noon meal.

LUNCH

Warren Steel began the afternoon session leading 280 and 179. Leaders: Logan Green 87, 351, 171; April Watkins 64, 146; Carol Barber 74b; Arlon Gardner 454, 455, 442; Gail Thompson 176t, 290; Molly Barber 154, 132, 409; Bob Barber 72b, 72t; Warren Steel 269, 141; John Van Horn 300, 236; Henry McGuire 441; Drew McGuire 209; Robert Earl Alexander 400; Cliff Hall 268; George Easley 438; Matt Bell 69t; Milano Neyman 468; Bobby Neyman 82b; Bobby Watkins 348b; Logan Green 142; Arlon Gardner 313b; Gail Thompson 312b.

Following announcements, Warren Steel led 288 as the closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer offered by John Van Horn.

Chairman—Warren Steel