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Aldridge Memorial

Pleasant Hill (Johnson School House), Fayette County, Alabama

June 14, 1998

The annual Aldridge Memorial Sacred Harp singing at Pleasant Hill (Johnson School House) was held the second Sunday in June.

The class was called to order by Elene Stovall who extended a hearty welcome to everyone; thanked all of those who worked on the building and grounds; for the beautiful flowers by Shirley McCoy; asked that this be an all day Memorial Singing since so many had passed away, including Mae Seymour; and led songs on pages 36b (remembering her father, Demus Aldridge) and 47 (t? b?).

The class organized by electing to retain the following officers: Chairman—Elene Stovall; Vice Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Secretary—Lena Keeton; Arranging Committee—Travis Keeton.

Leaders: Ashley Keeton 421, 274t; Gene Wakefield 168, 136; Allison Stovall 192, 454; Joshua Keeton 49b, 503; Cecil Sanders 460; Clarence McCool 569b, 317b; Beatrice Brewer 373, 123t; Joan Aldridge 99, 155 (in memory of her father, Robert Aldridge); Bud Oliver 145b, 73t; Earl Ballinger 177, 176t.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Elmer Conwill leading songs on pages 129 and 179. Leaders: Lucy Heidorn 36t, 110; Gravis Ballinger 78, 34b; Flarce Creel 270, 475; John Hyde 75, 63; Willodean Barton 480, 396; Pam Keeton 217, 215; Edith Tate 87 (in memory of her brother, Hadyn Creel), 290 (in memory of Keterina Sanders); Lisa Geist 532, 542; Ila Ingle 530, 434; Marie Aldridge 436, 336; Elene Stovall 316 (in memory of all who have passed away).

LUNCH

Travis Keeton called the class to order leading songs on pages 388 (in memory of Robert Aldridge), 343, and 318 (in memory of Fleecie Tucker). Leaders: Mae Conwill 498, 206; Larry Ballinger 207, 121; Lena Keeton 234, 43 (for Josie Hyde who is not feeling well); Harrison Creel 275b, 342; Glenn Keeton 225t, 231 (in memory of Robert Aldridge); Joyce Hubbard 326 (remembering Garnsey McGough), 163t; Shirley McCoy 358, 294 (for the visitors); Fred Killingsworth 101t, 123t; A. C. McGough 410t, 340; David Beasley 39b, 68b; Clearcy Rutledge 37b, 445b; Ricky Beasley 30b, 45t; John Beasley 100, 348b; Clayton O’Mary 77t, 74b; Elene Stovall and Shirley McCoy 457 (for all the visitors present), 36 (t? b?); W. L. Harbin 139.

Announcements were made. Elene Stovall led song on page 441 as the closing song, thanked everyone for the good lunch, and invited everyone to come back next year. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Clayton O’Mary.

Chairman—Elene Stovall; Vice Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Secretary—Lena Keeton.