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Elmore Center Singing

Elmore Center United Methodist Church, Gordo, Alabama

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The 174th 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 503. Pastor Joey Karr offered the morning prayer. Jack Pate welcomed everyone.

The class organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Jack Pate; Vice Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary—Margaret Keeton; Arranging—Wayne Baines.

Leaders: Jack Pate 569b; David Jackson 496, 40; Richard Mauldin 36b, 34b; Amber Davis 206, 300 (in memory of Gravis Ballinger); Chris Ballinger 400, 477; Lisa Geist 527 (for Johnnie Ballinger) 228; Mike Hankins 168, 276; Betty Baccus 312t, 285t; Glenn Keeton 278t (in memory of Toney Smith), 349 (in memory of Clarence McCool); Earl Ballinger 141, 135; Seth Poston 108b, 129, 145b (for Julia Poston), 166.


Glenn Keeton led 270 to call the class to order. Leaders: Loretta Whitman 87, 77t; Marlece Ray 426b, 454; Larry Ballinger 551, 528, 182 (in memory of Gravis Ballinger); Wayne Baines 340, 341; Amber Davis 192; Seth Poston 358; Richard Mauldin 446; Chris Ballinger 344; David Jackson 122; Mike Hankins 282; Earl Ballinger 403. Pastor Joey Karr asked the blessing before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Jack Pate thanking everyone for attending, and the church for continuing to sponsor the singing. He led 39b. Leaders: Lisa Geist 273; Betty Baccus 46; Glenn Keeton, Danny Smith, and Sandra Smith 45t; Marlece Ray 269, 186; Loretta Whitman 99; Larry Ballinger 47b, 436; Louise Yeager 480, 143; Wayne Baines 318; Jack Pate 152, 571 (CB), 37b; Lisa Geist 472, 294.

Glenn Keeton and Jack Pate led 267 as the closing song. Earl Ballinger dismissed the class with prayer.

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