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Marion County Courthouse Singing

Hamilton, Alabama

July 27, 1997

The eighty-third session of the Sacred Harp singing held at the Hamilton Courthouse was called to order by Estes Jackson leading song on page 32t. The morning prayer was led by Harrison Creel.

The class organized by electing to retain the following officers: Chairman—Estes Jackson; Vice Chairman—Elmer Conwilll; Secretary—Josie Hyde; Arranging Committee—Travis Keeton and Carrol Lunsford.

Estes Jackson led song on page 42. Leaders: Hubert Hood 135, 454; Clarence McCool 349, 336; Gene Wakefield 168, 136; Beatrice Brewer 137, 384; Ivalene Donaldson 175, 129; Odie V. Horton 341, 229; Allen Owen 30t, 108t; Juanita Whitman 480; Carrol Lunsford 426t, 123t; Flarce Creel 546, 475.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Elmer Conwill leading song on page 44. Leaders: John Hyde 75, 73t; Danny Creel 269, 112; Mae Conwill 74b, 142; Pernie Pelfrey 371, 155; Edith Tate 275 (t? b?), 343; Arnold Moore 460, 445; Marie Aldridge 217, 192.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Estes Jackson leading song on page 45t. Leaders: Travis Keeton 131t (for the children and grandchildren of the late Vinson and Estelle Glenn), 338 (in memory of Hallie Armstrong); Josie Hyde 220, 434; Lena Wakefield 503, 77b; Harrison Creel 498, 378b; Earl Ballinger 432, 177; Anna Lou Price 127, 340; Edward Ballinger 274 (t? b?), 300; Buell Cobb 72t, 152; Gladys Bonds 68b, 499; Gravis Ballinger 78, 101t; Lavaughn Ballinger 401, 405; Julietta Haynes 200, 222; Kermit Adams 428, 34b; Larry Ballinger 270, 282; Cecil Wakefield 268, 358; Dorothea McCowan 328, 442; Marie Aldridge 216 (by request of Ersell Jackson).

Estes Jackson and Elmer Conwill led song on page 396 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Earl Ballinger.

Chairman—Estes Jackson; Vice Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Secretary—Josie Hyde.