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Oxford Singing

Powerhouse Community Arts Center, Oxford, Mississippi

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The 36th annual Oxford Sacred Harp Singing was held in the Powerhouse Community Arts Center on the second Sunday in March. The class was called to order by Warren Steel leading 48t. Matt Bell offered the morning prayer. Mark Davis then led 181.

The class entered into a business session. The following officers were elected to serve: Chairman—Warren Steel; Vice Chairman—Mark Davis; Secretary—Wanda Capps; Arranging Committee—Marlin Beasley and Matt Bell.

Andrew George welcomed the class on behalf of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. Leaders: Wanda Capps 546, 454; Mark Tew 339, 406; Gravis Ballinger 56t, 112; Jan Murray 31t, 285t; Lisa Geist 428, 377; Arlon Gardner 180, 455; Earl Ballinger 439, 177; John Van Horn 209, 378b; Cliff Hall 288, 59; Jerry Kitchens 282, 480.

RECESS

Warren Steel called the class to order leading 424. Leaders: Drew McGuire 106, 422; Jess Weller 187; Nathan Stewart 483, 430; Richard Mauldin 133, 168; Shelby Castillo 300, 208; Stephen Smith 126, 58; Ken Tate 129, 475; Sarah Tidwell 42, 63; Andrew George and Warren Steel 45t.

RECESS

Mark Davis brought the class to order leading 74b. Leaders: Mary Amelia Taylor 228, 203; Danny Creel 472, 327; Anne Steel 39t, 556; Will McGuire 40, 87.

A memorial lesson was held. John Van Horn led 312t in memory of the following deceased: George Easley, Charles Porter, Margie Bryant, Kenneth Stead, Al Moreton, Becky Moreton, and Henry Ray Reynolds—Mississippi; Azilee Adams, Sandra Spradlin, Fred Killingsworth, and Robert DuPree—Alabama. Glenn Keeton led 77t for the sick and homebound.

Marlin Beasley led 318 and 512.

LUNCH

Mark Davis called the afternoon session to order leading 399b, 68t, and 481. Leaders: Glenn Keeton 365, 163b; Larry Ballinger 151, 217; Matt Bell 123t, 104; John Plunkett 391, 486; Henry McGuire 56b, 456; Dorothea Maynard 405, 361; Lee Uhlhorn 457, 36b; Chuck Howell 569b, 32t; Jack Barbera 162, 236; Logan Green and Caroline Brown 179, 547; Evangeline Schultz 448t, 183; Kataria Webb 171; Kevin Robinson 490, 268. Following announcements, Effie Burt and Anne Steel led 105.

Warren Steel led 157 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer offered by Mary Amelia Taylor.

Chairman—Warren Steel; Vice Chairman—Mark Davis; Secretary—Wanda Capps