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Elmore Center

Four miles south of Gordo, Alabama, County Roads 9 and 21

August 13, 1997

The one hundred fifty-third annual session of the Sacred Harp singing at Elmore Center United Methodist Church was called to order by the Chairman, A. A. Malone, leading song on page 39b. The morning prayer was led by Howard Hall.

After A. A. Malone led song on page 59, a business session was held and Earline Ellis was elected chairperson, and Martha Howell was selected to serve as secretary.

Leaders called were: Earline Ellis 100; Toney Smith 475; David Ellis 45 (t? b?); David Ellis and Clarence McCool 569b; Margaret Keeton 59, 144; George Cox 303, 490; Cecile Cox 135, 270; Levert Howell 68b; A. C. McGough 382, 454; Elmer Conwill 298, 300; Travis Keeton 482, 566; Billy Williams 369, 28b (in memory of Renzo Abrams).

RECESS

Chairman Earline Ellis brought the class back together by leading song on page 294. Leaders: Marlin Burkhalter 46; Lena Wakefield 192, 546; Gene Wakefield 210, 136; John Hyde 129, 73t; Mae Conwill 112, 434; Dorothy Elmore 512; Keterina Sanders 290, 389; Cecil Sanders 225t, 314.

LUNCH

Clarence McCool brought the class back together by leading songs on pages 61 and 349. Leaders: Howard Hallman 72b; Irma Hitt 317, 480; Charles Kitchens 90, 179; Josie Hyde 189, 200; Steve McAdams 452; Alene Donaldson 145b, 275b; Clayton O’Mary 301, 285t; George Cox 108 (t? b?); A. C. McGough 30t; Elmer Conwill 31t; Margaret Keeton 97; Travis Keeton 235; Billy Williams 231; Lena Wakefield 146; John Wakefield 168; John Hyde 111b; Cecil Sanders 58; Alene Donaldson 127; Levert Howell 274t.

Toney Smith led song on page 153 for the memorial lesson in memory of: Renzo Abrams, Jewell Brown, Charlie Elmore, and Thurman Elmore. Earline Ellis led song on page 318.

Announcements were made, and the Church invited the group back next August 12 (Wednesday after the second Sunday in August). The class was dismissed with prayer led by Clayton O’Mary.

Chairman—Earline Ellis; Secretary—Martha B. Howell.