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Cherry Tree Singing

James Creek Church, Itawamba County, Mississippi

August 24, 1997

The annual Sacred Harp Singing at James Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Itawamba County, Mississippi on the fourth Sunday in August was called to order by Elmer Conwill leading song on page 34t. The morning prayer was led by Harrison Creel.

The class was organized by electing the following officers: Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Mae Conwill; Arranging Committee—Lena Wakefield.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 297, 314; Mae Conwill 159, 142; Wayne Baines 40, 59; Ivalene Donaldson 175b, 145b; A. A. Malone 183, 203; Lucy Marie Heidorn 33b, 63; Warren Steel 65, 411; Beth O’Dell 477, 217; Gene Wakefield 102, 103.

RECESS

Travis Keeton called the class to order by leading song on page 98. Leaders: Pernie Pelfrey 137, 399b; Henry Schuman 388, 100; Gravis Ballinger 101 (t? b?), 144; Anna Lou Price 143, 318; Arnold Moore 460, 480; Marie Aldridge 436; Clarence McCool 349, 428; Ann Jett 141, 136; Cecil Sanders 225 (t? b?); Ila Ingle 442, 434.

LUNCH

Elmer Conwill called the class back together leading song on page 500. Leaders: Pauline Childers 475, 497; Edwin Ballinger 42, 89; Josie Hyde 138t, 507; Beatrice Brewer 123 (t? b?), 373; Julietta Haynes 211, 216; Harrison Creel 498, 111 (t? b?); Larry Ballinger 79, 151; John Hyde 61, 73t; Odie Horton 378 (t? b?), 37t; Johnny Humber 382, 441; Dorothea McCowan 133, 200; Dustin McCowan (son of Dorothea McCowan) 354 (t? b?); Earl Ballinger 171, 299; Edith Tate 146, 155; Ercell Jackson 277, 72t; Estes Jackson 186, 176t; John Beasley 406; Lena Wakefield 288, 285t.

Elmer Conwill and Travis Keeton led song on page 179 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Estes Jackson.

Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Mae Conwill.