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New Canaan Baptist Church

Empire (Walker County), Alabama

May 16, 1999

The annual Sacred Harp singing held at New Canaan Baptist Church on the third Sunday in May was called to order by Tim Gilmore leading songs on pages 39b and 48t. Lavaughn Ballinger led the congregation in the opening prayer.

Leaders: Tim Gilmore 112; Gene Wakefield 101t, 100, 58; Cecil Sanders 225t, 503; Patricia Martin 445, 274 (t? b?); Brenda Merritt 67, 542, 78 (for Tressie Adkins), 442; Gertrude Wood 137, 186; John Hocutt 135, 312 (t? b?); Lavaughn Ballinger 30t, 84, 405; Travis Keeton 37b, 61, 81t; Ann Jett 43, 448b, 141.

RECESS

Tim Gilmore brought the class to order leading songs on pages 176b and 297. Leaders: Cindy Franklin 335, 270; Cassie Franklin 300, 224; Wanda Capps 142, 200, 222; Sylvia Childers 59, 146; Edith Tate 139, 157, 512 (for Harrison Creel); John Merritt and Cory Wood 358, 45t; Larry Ballinger 89, 90; the class 490 (for Margaret Wood).

Announcements were made. This singing will be discontinued as of this date, and will no longer be held.

Gertrude Wood led song on page 441 as the closing song and in memory of her father, Oscar Owens. John Hocutt dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Tim Gilmore; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Arranging Committee—Gene Wakefield; Secretary—Margaret Wood.