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Elmore Center Singing

Elmore Center United Methodist Church, Gordo, Alabama

Saturday, March 5, 2016

The 172nd session of the Elmore Center Sacred Harp Singing was held at Elmore Center United Methodist Church near Gordo, Alabama, on Saturday before the first Sunday in March. Jack Pate called the class to order by leading 569b. The pastor of the church, Rev. Joey Karr, 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—Glenn Keeton; Secretary—Margaret Keeton; Arranging Officer—Wayne Baines.

Leaders: Jack Pate 145b; Glenn Keeton 274t, 535; Richard Mauldin 117, 82t; Earl Ballinger 141, 134; Beth Wallace 112, 546; Wendell Rinehart 445, 457; Earlene Ellis 294, 349; Jim Aaron 47b, 503; Betty Baccus 39b, 45t; Mike Hankins 480, 527; Bea Aaron 341, 568.

RECESS

Glenn Keeton and Rev. Joey Karr led 59 to call the class to order. Leaders: Jerry Kitchens 64, 108t; Faye Donaldson 40, 129; Stephen Smith 58, 126; Steve Adams 99 (for Kermit Adams), 331; Tim Reynolds 278t, 148; Lisa Geist 472, 528; Eugene Forbes 155, 203; Gravis Ballinger 120, 182. Rev. Karr asked a blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Jack Pate leading 282. Leaders: Wayne Baines 436, 340; Wendell Rinehart 31t; Richard Mauldin 446; Tim Reynolds 492; Mike Hankins 63; Glenn Keeton 504; Jerry Kitchens 108b; Dylan Feezell 435, 434; Gravis Ballinger 273; Jim Aaron 68b; Bea Aaron 475; Eugene Forbes 212; Lisa Geist 215; Beth Wallace 442; Earl Ballinger 162; Betty Baccus and Faye Donaldson 168 (in memory of their father); Stephen Smith 278b; Dylan Feezell 452; Lisa Geist and Glenn Keeton “Ashley” and “Joshua”.

Following announcements, Jack Pate led 335 as the closing song. Rev. Joey Karr dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Jack Pate; Vice Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary—Margaret Keeton