Minutes of Sacred Harp Singings

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King School House (Mt. Vernon Baptist Church)

Natural Bridge, Alabama

June 18, 1995

The 87th session of the annual Sacred Harp Singing held at Mt. Vernon Church was called to order by Clifford Wakefield singing song on page 34t. The morning prayer was led by Milford Watts. Clifford Wakefield led song on page 35. The class organized for the day by electing and appointing the following officers: Chairman—Clifford Wakefield; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Secretary—Josie Hyde; Arranging Committee—Elmer Conwill. John Hyde directed songs from pages 111b and 30t. Leaders called were: Larry Wakefield 153, 339; A. A. Malone 300, 183; Ada Godsey 460, 499, 59 in memory of Eran Horton; Gene Wakefield 100, 164; Arnold Moore 208t, 217; Doyal Williams 442, 336.

RECESS

The class was called back by Clifford Wakefield leading song on page 215. Leaders were: Travis Keeton 134, 399b; Rose Altha Taylor 129, 426t; Odie Horton 403, 81t; Faye Donaldson 40, 371; Lavaughn Ballinger 405, 136; Margaret Keeton 475, 432; Tom Harper 112, 318, 384; Betty Baccus 145b, 59; Pernie Pelfrey 67, 482; Milford Watts 413; 428.

LUNCH

The afternoon session of the singing was called to order by Clifford Wakefield leading song on page 127. At this time the children of S. L. and Cathrine Wakefield: Cecil, Clifford, Larry, Gene, and Wayne Wakefield, Faye Donaldson, Nadine Willis, Clara Stults, Fayrene Wakefield, Betty Baccus, Helen Langsford, Julie Postum, Geneva Horton, and Josie Hyde, sang together as a memorial for the Wakefields, Harpers, and Wards 290, 333, 480, 569 (t? b?). Leaders: Edwin Ballinger 109, 110; Lola Roberson 327, 436; Larry Ballinger 89, 90, 101t; Ila Ingle 146, 278b; Mae Conwill 441, 400; Gravis Ballinger 144, 124; Josie Hyde 66, 225t; Earl Ballinger 87, 99; Debbie Wakefield and Chasity Markham 145t, 426b; Ora Lee Fannin 224 (for Bob Fannin), 496; Kelcie Wakefield 133, 111t; Roma Rice 212, 93; Clara Stults 108t, 274t; Julie Postum 421, 58; Elmer Conwill 392, 396, 560. Clifford Wakefield led song on page 235 for the closing song. The closing prayer was led by Earl Ballinger.

Chairman—Clifford Wakefield; Vice Chairman—John Hyde; Secretary—Josie Hyde.