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Oxford City Hall

Oxford, Mississippi

March 8, 1998

The eighteenth annual Sacred Harp singing at Oxford City Hall was called to order by Warren Steel leading songs on pages 61 and 48t. Joe Jones led the morning prayer. Warren Steel led song on page 126. Mark Tew led songs on pages 31b and 30t.

The class organized by electing the following officers: Chairman—Warren Steel; Vice Chairman—Mark Tew; Secretary—Anne Steel; Arranging Committee—John Van Horn.

Leaders: Anne Steel 318, 306, 110; Bob Cook 46, 314; Mark Davis 30b, 182; Joshua Keeton 189, 268; Lisa Davis 63, 217; Regina Glass 430, 163t; Ruby Easley 145b.

RECESS

Glenn Keeton called the class together leading songs on pages 231 and 475. Leaders: Linda Gilmore 164, 144; Willadean Brunette 108t, 341; Henry McGuire 327,442; Virginia Carter 147b, 64; Lee Wise 47b, Hugh Bill McGuire 556, 240; Kurt Davis 274t, 354 (t? b?); Sarah Tidwell 42, 72b.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Warren Steel leading songs on pages 349 and 317. Leaders: Pamela Keeton 171, 220; Ashley Keeton 159, 421; Sarah Smith 337, 290; Gary Smith 31t, 569b; Gene Wakefield 56t, 138t; Frances Jones 143, 40; Hope Tidwell 45t, 129; Steve DePriest 85, 288.

Warren Steel led song on page 376 in memory of Estelle Napier, Mamie Creel, and Hadyn Creel.

Leaders: Jack Barbera 313t; John Van Horn 344, 300; Carol Rushing 59, 373; John Van Horn 236; Billy Stevens 457, 460; Glenn Keeton 34b; Joshua Keeton 408; Ashley Keeton 146; Pamela Keeton 382; Gene Wakefield 168; Gary Smith and Sarah Smith 384; Frances Jones 358; Wes McComas 447.

Following announcements, Hugh Bill McGuire led the closing song “We’re Traveling To The Grave”, also known as “The Drone”, and dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Warren Steel; Vice Chairman—Mark Tew; Secretary—Anne Steel.