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Bethel Singing

Bruce, Mississippi

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The 70th annual Sacred Harp singing at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church was held on the first Sunday in April in memory of Hugh Bill McGuire. Henry McGuire called the class to order leading 487t (WB). John Van Horn offered the morning prayer. Henry McGuire then led 486t (WB), and appointed Nicholas Thompson to call leaders. Leaders: Mark Davis 68t, 107; Nicholas Thompson 126, 130; Warren Steel 411, 320 (WB); John Van Horn 200, 47b; Ken Tate 135, 123t; Will Gatewood 72b, 546 (WB); Earl Ballinger 418, 283; Shelby Castillo 42, 304.

RECESS

Chris Ballinger called the class together leading 146 and 350. Leaders: Anne Steel 73t, 209; Danny Creel 215, 217; Lisa Geist 527, 492; Darlene Reynolds 480, 454; Larry Ballinger 120, 112; Will McGuire 121, 181; Mark Tew 406, 46; Sarah Tidwell 63, 61; John Van Horn 196, 205; Reba Windom 36b; Henry McGuire 532, 276 (for Margaret Keeton); Nicholas Thompson and Lisa Geist 472; Shelby Castillo and Reba Windom 145t.

LUNCH

Henry McGuire called the afternoon session together leading 495 (WB). Leaders: Reba Windom 186, 542; Chuck Howell 225t, 373; Robert Earl Alexander 333, 124; Darlene Reynolds 511 (WB); Lisa Geist 182; Will Gatewood 183; Larry Ballinger 68b; Mark Tew 318; Chris Ballinger 477 (for Alice McGuire), 478t (WB); Charles McGuire 354b; Shelby Castillo 430; Earl Ballinger 378t; Warren Steel 422 (WB); Will McGuire 460; Anne Steel 378b; Ken Tate 549; Chuck Howell 49b; Robert Earl Alexander 290; Henry McGuire, Will McGuire, and Charles McGuire 492 (WB). Following announcements, Henry McGuire and Mark Davis led 62 as the closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Rev. Robert Earl Alexander.

Chairman—Henry McGuire; Vice Chairman—Mark Davis; Secretary—Warren Steel