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Marion County Courthouse Singing

Hamilton, Alabama

July 25, 1999

The eighty-fifth session of the annual Sacred Harp singing held at the Hamilton Courthouse was called to order by Estes Jackson leading songs on pages 32t and 34t.

The class organized for the day with the following officers retained: Chairman—Estes Jackson; Vice Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Secretary—Josie Hyde; Arranging Committee—John Hyde and Wilton Donaldson.

Estes Jackson led song on page 36b. Harrison Creel led the class in prayer.

Leaders: Paul Frederick 224, 72b; Mae Conwill 78, 200; Beatrice Brewer 123t, 137; Kermit Adams 77t, 120; Linton Ballinger 141, 144; Gene Wakefield 138t, 168; Brenda Merritt 354 (t? b?), 275 (t? b?); Ivalene Donaldson and Bernice Phillips 61, 81 (t? b?); Flarce Creel 475, 546; Wilton Donaldson 30t, 31b.

RECESS

Elmer Conwill called the class back to order with song on page 379. Leaders: Pernie Pelfrey 67; Edith Tate 93, 106; Amber Springfield 58, 391; Jayne Fulmer 454, 300; Clarence McCool 349, 328; Gladys Bonds 348b, 73t; Earl Ballinger 283; Juanita Whitman 480, 491; Lavaughn Ballinger 322; Lucy Marie Heidorn 40, 155.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by John Hyde leading songs on pages 129 and 297. Leaders: Travis Keeton 98, 99; John Merritt 499, 358 (for his mother); Marie Aldridge 217, 192; Larry Ballinger 139; Gravis Ballinger 460, 222; Julietta Haynes 211, 430; Harrison Creel 89, 335; Julie Postum 421; Betty Baccus and Julie Postum 396, 392; Nellie Alexander 340, 30b; Loretta Whitman 490, 82 (t? b?); Josie Hyde 225t, 477; Erselle Jackson 277, 426t.

Estes Jackson and Bobby Pain led song on 45t as the closing song. Bobby Pain dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Estes Jackson; Vice Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Secretary—Josie Hyde.