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Lamar and Pickens Counties Convention

Zion Church, North of Gordo, Alabama

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The 97th session of the Lamar and Pickens Counties Sacred Harp Singing Convention was held on Saturday before the first Sunday in June. Amber Davis called the class to order by leading 36b. The morning prayer was offered by Wendell Rinehart.

The class was organized by electing or appointing the following officers to serve: Chairman—Amber Davis; Secretary—Margaret Keeton; Arranging Office—Wayne Baines.

Amber Davis welcomed the class and led 49b. Leaders: Betty Baccus 168, 285t; Gravis Ballinger 120, 215; Mark Davis 27, 405; Earline Ellis 373, 247t (?); Jack Pate 39b, 152; Wendell Rinehart 31b, 457 (for his father); Lisa Geist 546, 394; Steve Adams and Lisa Geist 378t, 129; Mike Hankins 72b, 111b; Don Keeton 499, 438.

RECESS

Wayne Baines called the class back to order by leading 339 and 341. Leaders: Henry McGuire 208, 106; Drew McGuire 313t, 512; Nellie Alexander 340, 101t; Earl Ballinger 97, 99; Loretta Whitman 108b, 128; Marlin Beasley 175, 448t; Janet Jones 68b, 32t; Larry Ballinger 98, 299. Earl Ballinger offered the blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Amber Davis leading 224. Leaders: Steven Smith 159, 126; Wayne Baines 59; Paula Springfield and Amber Davis 178, 380, 196; Mark Davis 297; Jack Pate 145b; Don Keeton 112; Marlin Beasley 349 (in memory of Clarence McCool); Henry McGuire 220; Gravis Ballinger 270; Betty Baccus 517 (CB) (for Nadine Willis); Amber Davis and Steve Adams 30t; Drew McGuire 411; Earl Ballinger 441 (for Johnny Humber); Steven Smith 58; Lisa Geist 472; Earline Ellis 61, 146; Nellie Alexander 81t; Loretta Whitman 301; Janet Jones 45t; Mike Hankins 527; Ginger Bridgewater, Ms. Hamlin, and Larry Ballinger 119.

Following announcements, Amber Davis led 62 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Marlin Beasley, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Amber Davis; Secretary—Margaret Keeton