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Oxford Singing

Powerhouse Community Arts Center, Oxford, Mississippi

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The 37th 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 556. Earl Ballinger offered the morning prayer. Mark Davis led 530.

The class entered into a business session, and the following officers were elected to serve: Chairman—Warren Steel; Vice Chairman—Mark Davis; Secretary—Wanda Capps; Arranging Officer—Nicholas Thompson.

Leaders: Wanda Capps 99; Nicholas Thompson 436; Anne Steel 318; Logan Green 315; Susan Dickey 59; Richard Mauldin 66; Jan Murray 457; Earl Ballinger 439; Ken Tate 411; Regina Derstine 426t; Glenn Keeton 349; Hubert Nall 566; Matt Bell 377; Arlon Gardner 455; Caroline Green 276; Lisa Geist 527 (for Gravis Ballinger and Libby Hankins).


Warren Steel called the class to order leading 213t. Leaders: Elene Stovall 430; Henry McGuire 456; Mark Tew 268; Danny Creel 215; Andy Davis 269; Kim Funderburk and Kail Funderburk 63; Linda Thomas 32t; Dorothea Maynard 442; Jamira Jackson 65; Gordon Bigelow 47b; Larry Ballinger 224; Allison Davis 373; Jeff Corbett 107; Chuck Howell 354b.


Mark Davis brought the class to order leading 147b. Leaders: Becky Briggs 558; Bob Barber, Ben Barber, and Karol Barber 277.

A memorial lesson was held. Dorothea Maynard led 492 for the sick and homebound. Richard Mauldin led 383 in memory of the following deceased: Kermit Adams, Steve Adams, Gary Smith, Toney Smith, Lavoy Smith, Elsie Moon, Kenneth Fannin and Sam Chalker—Alabama; Stites Gardner, Billie Margaret Gardner, and Willadean Brunette—Mississippi; Helen Beauchamp—Tennessee; Joe Nall—Florida; Earlis McGraw—Georgia; Janelle Davis—Illinois; Sister Frances Carr—Maine. Earl Ballinger offered prayer to close the memorial service.

Leaders: Yancey Jett 172; Bobby Neyman 479; Drew McGuire 212.


Warren Steel called the afternoon session to order leading 306. Leaders: Jack Barbera 162; Shelby Castillo 208; Sarah Beasley 340; Vicky Neyman 178; Buell Cobb 467; Alicia Canterbury 37b; Loretta Whitman 399b; Sarah Tidwell 42; Will McGuire 111b; Curtis Gregory 119; Nicholas Thompson 120; Warren Steel and Mark Davis 218; Danny Creel, Wanda Capps, Yancey Jett, and Ken Tate 145t; Earl Ballinger, Larry Ballinger and Lisa Geist 112; Logan Green and Caroline Green 56b; Sarah Beasley, Becky Briggs, Dorothea Maynard, and Glenn Keeton 204; Richard Mauldin and Hubert Nall 168; Linda Thomas, Elene Stovall, and Allison Davis 217; Jamira Jackson and Regina Derstine 339; Loretta Whitman, Margaret Keeton, and Louise Yaeger 402; Anne Steel and Jan Murray 348b; Arlon Gardner and Jeff Corbett 481; Mark Tew, Matt Bell, and Jack Barbera 139; Gordon Bigelow and Chuck Howell 191; Andy Davis 236; Henry McGuire and Sarah Tidwell 209.

Following announcements, Warren Steel, Mark Davis, and Nicholas Thompson led 278b as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer offered by Sister Susan Karina Dickey.

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