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Elmore Center Singing

Elmore Center United Methodist Church, Gordo, Alabama

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The 171st session of the Elmore Center Sacred Harp singing was held at Elmore Center Methodist Church near Gordo, Alabama, on Saturday before the first Sunday in March. Jack Pate called the class to order by leading 145b. The pastor of the church, Rev. Jake Barrett, offered the morning prayer. Jack Pate welcomed everyone.

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

Leaders: Jack Pate 39b; Chris Ballinger 145t, 339; Wendell Rinehart 31t, 31b; Betty Baccus 61, 168; Glenn Keeton 365, 378b; Gracie Barrett and Jack Pate 59, 282; Hubert Nall 87, 155; Isabella Keeton, Matthew Keeton, and Glenn Keeton 235, 30t; Mike Hankins 480, 527; Earl Ballinger 177, 176t; Rita Herron and Larry Ballinger 45t, 72b.

RECESS

Amber Davis led 82t and 391 to call the class to order. Leaders: Eugene Forbes 318, 434; Zilpha Cornett 143, 122 (in memory of Charles Kitchens); Nikos Pappas 182, 180; Lisa Geist 472, 304; Richard Mauldin 349, 208; Jerry Kitchens 400, 421; Brenda Chafin 192, 270; Gravis Ballinger 36b, 112; Velton Chafin 113, 231. Jack Pate offered the blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Jack Pate leading 335. Leaders: Loretta Whitman 176b, 337; Larry Ballinger 402, 528; Willodean Barton 418, 475; Steve Adams and Amber Davis 99, 331; Chris Kinard 455, 47b; Wayne Baines 340, 341; Chris Ballinger 178; Richard Mauldin 66; Hubert Nall 565; Wendell Rinehart 445; Eugene Forbes 405; Glenn Keeton 358, 571 (CB); Nikos Pappas 361; Larry Ballinger 291; Betty Baccus, Isabella Keeton, and Matthew Keeton 46; Chris Kinard 481; Zilpha Cornett 354b; Jerry Kitchens 86; Lisa Geist 540; Brenda Chafin 542; Earl Ballinger 500; Amber Davis 212.

Following announcements, Jack Pate led 503, and then dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Jack Pate; Vice Chairman—Amber Davis; Secretary—Margaret Keeton