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Bear Creek Convention

Shady Grove Church, Winston County, Alabama

August 23, 1997

The ninety-ninth session of the Bear Creek Sacred Harp Singing Convention met at Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church in Winston County on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in August. The class was called to order by Gene Wakefield leading songs on pages 56t and 57. The morning prayer was led by Hugh McGraw.

The class organized by electing the following officers: Chairman—Gene Wakefield; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Secretary—Pernie Pelfrey; Arranging Committee—Lena Wakefield.

Gene Wakefield led song on page 64. Leaders: John Hyde 275b, 297; Gladys Bonds 74b, 47t, 77t; Edward Cleghorn 159, 274t; Ila Ingle 112, 384, 500; Cecil Wakefield 168, 203, 290; Roma Rice 225 (t? b?), 378t, 566; B. B. Mattox 42, 217, 101t; Amanda Denson 74t, 277, 276.

RECESS

John Hyde called the class together leading song on page 37b. Leaders: Ivalene Donaldson 39b, 81 (t? b?); Mae Conwill 153, 167, 63; A. O. Tyree 434, 208, 298; Azilee Adams 34t, 317b; Special Friend 462, 567, 178, 448t, 481 (for Bob and Ora Lee Fannin); Emily Jones 34b, 65, 212 (for Ora Lee Fannin).

LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought together by Gene Wakefield leading song on page 100. Leaders: Viola Young 108t, 155, 146; Travis Keeton 424, 284, 161; Josie Hyde 183, 291, 224; Elmer Conwill 44, 216, 300; Pernie Pelfrey 73t, 147b, 147t; Dr. Julietta Haynes 200, 209, 430; Lorene Gray 39t, 175b, 475; Kermit Adams 220, 408, 428; Odie V. Horton 329, 339, 420b; Dawson Adams 68b, 134; Clifford Wakefield 335, 480, 495; Raymond Fannin and Audrey Fannin 222, 159; Lena Wakefield 544b, 318, 566.

After announcements were made, Gene Wakefield and John Hyde led songs on pages 349 and 62. The class was dismissed with prayer by Milford Watts.

Chairman—Gene Wakefield; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Secretary—Pernie Pelfrey.