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Friendship Primitive Baptist Church

Haleyville, Alabama

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Friendship Primitive Baptist Church was held on the fourth Sunday in April. The class was called to order by Ken Tate leading 314. The opening prayer was offered by Danny Creel.

The class was organized by electing the following officers to serve: Chairman—Ken Tate; Vice Chairman—Parnell Berry; Secretary—Margaret Keeton; Arranging Officer—Lisa Geist.

Leaders: Ken Tate 36b; Earl Ballinger 273, 208; Yancey Jett 89, 440; Don Keeton 335, 477; Richard Mauldin 339, 64; Eugene Forbes 299, 155; Ann Jett 47b, 77t; Gravis Ballinger 76b, 112, 82t; Loretta Whitman 75, 343, 283; Margaret Keeton 354t, 422; Chris Ballinger 300, 344, 410t.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Parnell Berry leading 306. Leaders: Carolyn Nicholson 143, 294; Danny Creel 88t, 106, 215; Amber Davis 391, 192; Roma Rice 109, 371, 225t; Larry Ballinger 224, 56t; Ozella Blackmon 187, 186; Jerry Kitchens 382; Glenn Keeton 349 (in memory of Clarence McCool), 278b (for B.M. Smith), 278t (for Toney and Lavoy Smith); Zeb Ferguson, Kernisa Ferguson, and C.V. Ferguson 32t, 68t, 68b; Theresa Westmoreland 217, 434, 348b; Lisa Geist 546 (in memory of Tom and Lola Roberson), 276, 472; Jerome McVay 45t. Ken Tate asked a blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Ken Tate leading 135 and 454. Leaders: Earl Ballinger 389; Yancey Jett 172; Dillon Feezell 145b, 340, 384; Richard Mauldin 126; Loretta Whitman 411; Ann Jett 327; Chris Ballinger 460; Theresa Westmoreland 455; Jerry Kitchens 480; Roma Rice 566; Danny Creel 564; Amber Davis 214; Eugene Forbes 203; Gravis Ballinger 120. The class sang 171 by request of Alec and Millie Godsey, their children, and their grandchildren. Leaders: Larry Ballinger 528; Glenn Keeton 236; Lisa Geist 532, 196.

Announcements were made. Ken Tate led 146 as the closing song. Danny Creel offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Ken Tate; Vice Chairman—Parnell Berry; Secretary—Margaret Keeton