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Old Sardis Church

Near Lynn, Alabama (County Road 17)

October 4, 1998

The fortieth session of the annual Sacred Harp singing was held at Old Sardis Church on the first Sunday in October, and was called to order by Steve Miles leading song on page 36b. The morning prayer was led by Homer Miles.

The class voted to retain the following officers: Chairman—Steve Miles; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Josie Hyde; Arranging Committee—John Hyde.

Steve Miles led song on page 37b. Leaders: Homer Miles 388, 373; Willodean Barton 391, 290; Beth Mobley 45t, 339; Gene Wakefield 102, 284; Gravis Ballinger 112, 101t; Johnny Humber 123t, 146; Arnold Moore 460; Beatrice Brewer 137, 284; Mae Conwill 270, 340; Jeanette Tidwill 208, 64; Ivalene Donaldson 145b, 426t.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Steve Miles leading song on page 276. Leaders: Elmer Conwill 482, 216; Josh Keeton 217, 268; Gladys Bonds 225t, 399 (t? b?); Odie V. Horton 277, 317b; Glenn Keeton 231 (in memory of Uncle Tom Harper), 117 (by request); Larry Ballinger 119, 134; Lena Keeton 498 (in memory of Uncle Tom Harper), 475; Ila Ingle 470, 500; Juanita Whitman 175b, 480.

Rev. Glenn Bridgeman spoke about the love Christ had for all of us, and the love we have for each other when we let him into our hearts.

LUNCH

Steve Miles called the class to order leading songs on pages 147t. Leaders: Brenda Matthews 143; Pam Keeton 171, 382; Ashley Keeton 455, 196; Sandy Mobley 168, 135; Pernie Pelfrey 147b, 73t; Clara Stults 100, 138 (t? b?); Betty Baccus 392, 61; Joyce Hubbet 40, 155 (in memory of her mother, Elizabeth Norris); Kermit Adams 197, 283; Davy Berry 63, 59; Travis Keeton 387, 378 (t? b?); Cecil Wakefield 406, 408; Gwenn Cornelison 30t, 490; Josie Hyde 454, 361; Dwight Ingle 445b, 45t; Allen Barnett 68b; Karen Wiggins 294, 82 (t? b?); John Hyde 108t, 175b; Steve Miles 358 (by request). Steve Miles led song on page 234 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Rev. Leonard Kimbrew. Everyone is invited back again next year.

Chairman—Steve Miles; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Josie Hyde.