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Marion County Courthouse Singing

Hamilton, Alabama

July 26, 1998

The eighty-fourth session of the annual Sacred Harp singing held at the Hamilton Courthouse was called to order by Estes Jackson leading song on page 31b. The morning prayer was led by Juanita Whitman. Estes Jackson led song on page 27.

The class organized by electing to retain the following officers: Chairman—Estes Jackson; Vice Chairman—Elmer Conwilll; Secretary—Josie Hyde; Arranging Committee—Johnny Humber and Travis Keeton.

Estes Jackson led song on page 28b. Leaders: Johnny Humber 39b, 146; Edwin Ballinger 89, 110; Ivalene Donaldson 77t, 81t; Juanita Whitman 569b, 480; Odie V. Horton 270, 284; Clarence McCool 111b, 317; Arnold Moore 460; Mae Conwill 206, 34b; Lavaughn Ballinger 384, 84; Kermit Adams 300, 299; Ashley Owen 30t, 108t.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Elmer Conwill leading songs on pages 179 and 73t. Leaders: Gravis Ballinger 99, 78; Cassie Franklin 171, 432; Pernie Pelfrey 155, 147b; Beatrice Brewer 123t, 137; Gene Wakefield 138 (t? b?), 168; Flarce Creel 318, 475.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Estes Jackson leading song on page 33b (remembering Charlie Clement). Leaders: Lisa Geist 527, 120; Lucy Heidorn 135, 175; Travis Keeton 129, 183; Edith Tate 139; Larry Ballinger 98, 503; Josie Hyde 477, 507; Cindy Franklin 368, 497, 269; Beth Odell 560, 217; Marie Aldridge 316; John Hyde 403, 297; Earl Ballinger 500, 177; Juliette Haynes 200, 216; Gladys Bonds 74b, 499; Ersell Jackson 426t, 201; Loretta Whitman 124, 421; Nell Alexander 108b, 101t; J.L. Hopper 369, 496; Amanda Denson 360, 567; Betty Baccus and Julie Postum 134, 396.

Estes Jackson led song on page 45t as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by J.L. Hopper.

Chairman—Estes Jackson; Vice Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Secretary—Josie Hyde.