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Elmore Center Singing

Elmore Center United Methodist Church, near Gordo, Alabama

August 12, 1998

The one hundred fifty-fourth annual session of the Sacred Harp singing at Elmore Center United Methodist Church was called to order by Clarence McCool leading songs on pages 36b and 85. The morning prayer was led by Ray O’Mary.

A business session was held and the following officers were elected or appointed: Chairman—Clarence McCool; Vice Chairman—Toney Smith; Recording Secretary—Earline Ellis; Corresponding Secretary—Martha Howell.

Leaders called were: Toney Smith 37b, 312b; Alonzo Malone 203, 142; Ray O’Mary 75; Travis Keeton 48t, 111b; Gene Wakefield 168, 475; Billy Williams 410t, 448t, 85; Annie Lou Price 349, 143; Tally Kitchens 216, 378t, 212; Coy Ivey 63, 30t; Elmer Conwill 129, 179; Estes Jackson 345b, 39t; Sue Kitchens 323t, 171; Elder Clayton O’Mary 74b, 77t; Ercelle Jackson 277, 201; Steven Schmidgall 319, 68b; Dorothy Elmore 145t, 512; Marlin Burkhalter 59, 294; Margaret Keeton 276, 432; Chris Bell 358, 126; Charles Kitchens 326, 90.

LUNCH

Chairman Clarence McCool brought the class back together by leading song on page 45t. Leaders: Toney Smith 342; Mae Conwill 206, 34t; Steven Schmidgall 66, 99; Ray O’Mary 200; Travis Keeton 480; Billy Williams 147t; Gene Wakefield 460; Annie Lou Price 100; Tally Kitchens 313 (t? b?); Coy Ivey 222; Elmer Conwill 44; Estes Jackson 426t; Sue Kitchens 176b; Elder Clayton O’Mary 28t; Ercelle Jackson 322; Dorothy Elmore 46; Marlin Burkhalter 452; Margaret Keeton 73t; Chris Bell 384; Charles Kitchens 205; Earline Ellis 318.

Announcements were made. The singing will hold its one hundred fifty-fifth session one year from today (August 11, 1999—Wednesday after the second Sunday in August). The class was dismissed with prayer led by Chester Free.

Chairman—Clarence McCool; Vice Chairman—Toney Smith; Secretaries—Earline Ellis and Martha B. Howell.