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King School House (Mt. Vernon Baptist Church)

Natural Bridge, Alabama

June 15, 1997

The eighty-ninth session of the annual Sacred Harp singing held at Mt. Vernon Church was called to order by Clifford Wakefield leading song on page 83t. Clifford Wakefield led the morning prayer, and then led song on page 46.

The class organized for the day by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Clifford Wakefield; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Secretary—Debbie Wakefield; Arranging Committee—Lena Wakefield. Clifford Wakefield led song on page 57. Leaders: Doyle Williams 29t, 99; Roma Rice 152, 147b; Josh Keeton 108t, 30t; Mae Conwill 42, 206; Wendell Wakefield 145t, 159; Gladys Bond 48t, 77t; Kermit Adams 47t, 375; Ila Ingle 112, 384; Gene Wakefield 495, 56 (t? b?); Margaret Keeton 327, 455; Glenn Keeton 535, 231.

RECESS

The class was called back by John Hyde leading songs on pages 297 and 73t. Leaders: Lena Wakefield 387, 306; Velton Chafin 274t, 153; Debbie Wakefield 216, 436; Earl Ballinger 217, 187; Ginnie Ely 446, 349; A. A. Malone 142, 183; Fayrene Wakefield 569b, 546; Elmer Conwill 377, 379; Clara Stults 388, 288; Warren Steel 214, 392.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with the children of Sim and Catherine Wakefield: Cecil, Clifford, Wayne, Gene, and Wendel Wakefield, Nadine Willis, Clara Stults, Julie Poston, Faye Donaldson, Betty Baccus, and Fayrene Wakefield leading songs on pages 59, 426t, 138t, 134, and 290. Leaders: Glenn Keeton 236; Anne Steel 203, 480; B. B. Mattox 129, 421; Ada Godsey 301; Arnold Moore 460; Beatrice Brewer 176b, 137; Travis Keeton 192, 182; Josie Hyde 186, 189; Larry Ballinger 123t; Betty Baccus 454, “Jesus Died For Me”; Pernie Pelfrey 399b, 67; Dawson Adams 328, 68b; Julie Poston 274b, 111t; Cecil Wakefield 282, 339; David Wakefield and Betty Baccus 46, 111b.

Clifford Wakefield led song on page 61 as the closing song. The closing prayer was led by Earl Ballinger.

Chairman—Clifford Wakefield; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Secretary—Debbie Wakefield.