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Ganus and Wilford Wakefield Memorial

Mt. Vernon (King School House), Natural Bridge, Alabama

November 23, 1997

The twenty-seventh session of the Wakefield Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was called to order by Travis Keeton leading song on page 89. The morning prayer was led by Doyle Williams. Travis Keeton led song on page 452.

The class organized and the following officers were elected or appointed: Chairman—Gene Wakefield; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Josie Hyde; Arranging Committee—Lena Wakefield.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 37b; Gene Wakefield 56t, 100; Keterina Sanders 146, 317; Doyle Williams 84, 312b, 29t; Helen Langston 143, 391 (in memory of her dad and brother, S. L. and Wilford Wakefield); Helen Langston and Faye Donaldson 546 (for Fayrene Wakefield, who was sick); Faye Donaldson 299, 270; Hubert Hood 36b, 454; John Hyde 297, 111b; Jayne Fulford 268, 126, 186.


Gene Wakefield brought the class to order leading song on page 294. Leaders: Roma Rice 231, 225t; Odie Horton 32t, 33b; Lavaughn Ballinger 405, 145b; Mae Conwill 171, 285t, 97; Lena Wakefield and Keith Deaton 436, 45t, 63; Keith Deaton played two songs on a sitar (a musical instrument).


The afternoon session was called to order by Gene Wakefield leading song on page 103. The children of S. L. and Catherine Wakefield: Cecil Wakefield, Wayne Wakefield, Gene Wakefield, Nadine Willis, Clara Stults, Julie Postum, Helen Langston, Betty Baccus, and Faye Donaldson, led songs on pages 333, 480, 426 (t? b?) (by request) in memory of their parents and in honor of their brother, Clifford Wakefield, who was unable to attend, 421 (for Rose Altha Taylor).

Leaders: Julia Cook and Ashley Cook 388, 59; B. B. Mattox 217, 168; Ila Ingle 500, 530 (in memory of her dad, Tom Harper, who passed away this time last year); Earl Ballinger 411, 176t; Billy Williams 64, 339; Ada Godsey 301, 34t; Gravis Ballinger 144, 34b; Beatrice Brewer 176b, 298; Larry Ballinger 139, 123t; Elmer Conwill 296, 396; Pernie Pelfrey 399b, 475; Steve Miles 147t, 163t; Betty Baccus 456, 392; Gwenn Cornelius and Lena Wakefield 490, 124; Josie Hyde 200, 318; Cecil Wakefield 282, 159; Margaret Keeton 499, 39b.

Gene Wakefield and Travis Keeton led song on page 445 for the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Lavaughn Ballinger.

Chairman—Gene Wakefield; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Josie Hyde.