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Clifford Wakefield Memorial

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

June 21, 1998

The ninetieth session of the annual Sacred Harp singing held at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church was called to order by Gene Wakefield leading song on page 48t. The morning prayer was led by Jim Ballinger.

The class organized for the day by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Gene Wakefield; Vice Chairman—Cecil Wakefield; Secretary—Debbie Wakefield; Arranging Committee—Faye Donaldson.

Gene Wakefield led song on page 30t. Leaders: Jim Ballinger 45t, 84; Mae Conwill 42, 100, 274t; Travis Keeton 343b, 146, 75; Gladys Bonds 74t, 34b, 77t; Leon Ballinger 212, 217, 384; Pernie Pelfrey 371, 399b; Elmer Conwill 270, 500, 216; Beatrice Brewer 112, 137.

RECESS

The class was called back by Cecil Wakefield leading song on page 159. Leaders: Velton Chafin 348b, 144; Lisa Geist 546, 273, 269; Clara Stults 290, 138t; Larry Ballinger 139, 123t; Roma Rice 172, 162; Earl Ballinger 417, 418; Margaret Keeton 297, 186; the children of S.L. Wakefield and Catherine Wakefield (Cecil Wakefield, Gene Wakefield, Wayne Wakefield, Wendell Wakefield, Larry Wakefield, Nadine Willis, Clara Stults, Julie Poston, Faye Donaldson, Helen Langston, Betty Baccus, and Fayrene Wakefield) 451 (in memory of their brother, Clifford Wakefield), 480, 333, 61 (in memory of their parents and brother, Welford Wakefield).

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Gene Wakefield leading song on page 74t. Leaders: Gravis Ballinger 101t, 124; Larry Wakefield 153, 339, 421; Betty Baccus 396, “Jesus Died For Me”, 35; Amanda Denson 143, 358, 294; Debbie Wakefield 430, 426b; Helen Langston 391, 490, “Not Made With Hands”, 408; Wendell Wakefield 457, 168; Fayrene Wakefield 569 (t? b?), 426t; Julie Poston, Nadine Willis, Clara Stults, Faye Donaldson, Helen Langston, Betty Baccus, and Fayrene Wakefield 37b, 235; Joyce Hubert 146, 177; Ada Godsey 301; Faye Donaldson 432, 219 (?).

Gene Wakefield led song on page 294 by request and 62 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by “Jim” Lavaughn Ballinger.

Chairman—Gene Wakefield; Vice Chairman—Cecil Wakefield; Secretary—Debbie Wakefield.