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Cherry Tree Singing

James Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Itawamba County, Mississippi

August 23, 1998

The annual Sacred Harp Singing at James Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Itawamba County, Mississippi on the fourth Sunday in August was called to order by Elmer Conwill leading song on page 45t. The morning prayer was led by Lavaughn Ballinger.

The class was organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Secretary—Mae Conwill; Arranging Committee—Travis Keeton.

Elmer Conwill led songs on pages 48t and 63. Leaders: Billy Williams 410t, 48b; Clarence McCool 112, 172; Gene Wakefield 138t, 168; A.A. Malone 73t, 448t; Cecil Sanders 225t, 512; Arnold Moore 460; Annie Lou Price 434, 436; Ivalene Donaldson 326, 175b; Wayne Bains 176t, 340; Lisa Ballinger Geist 120, 546; Faye Donaldson 273, 440.

RECESS

John Hyde called the class to order leading songs on pages 75 and 313t. Leaders: Parnell Berry 306, 99; Josie Hyde 451, 477; Larry Ballinger 101t, 139; Margaret Keeton 177; Marlin Beasley 348b, 349; Jim Page 348t, 26; Earl Ballinger 299, 80b; Beatrice Brewer 137, 384; Etma Barton 298, 441; Anne Steel 285t, 318.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Travis Keeton leading songs on pages 155 and 126. Leaders: Johnny Humber 283, 382; Warren Steel 131t, 442; Mae Conwill 500; Ila Ingle 530, 498; Gravis Ballinger 78, 110; Bunk Beasley 81t; Edwin Ballinger 89, 148; Kermit Adams 426t, 220; Chuck Beasley 33b, 354b; Julietta Haynes 209, 216; Ercelle Jackson 34b, 201b; Ricky Beasley 47b, 146; Estes Jackson 282, 186; David Beasley 317b, 39b; Pat Shaddix 300, 40; John Beasley 35, 37b.

Elmer Conwill led song on page 44 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Estes Jackson.

Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Secretary—Mae Conwill.