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Elmore-Center Singing

Elmore-Center United Methodist Church, near Gordo, Alabama

August 11, 1999

The one hundred fifty-fifth annual session of the Sacred Harp Singing at Elmore-Center United Methodist Church was called to order by Clarence McCool leading song on page 159. James Ballinger led the morning prayer. Clarence McCool led song on page 68b.

Leaders: George Cox 569b, 303; Levert Howell 58; Annie Lou Price 100, 143; Estes Jackson 426t, 499; Etma Barton 99, 298; Velton Chafin 295, 49b; Elmer Conwill 74b, 75; Gene Wakefield 56 (t? b?), 108b; James Ballinger 294, 358.

RECESS

Clarence McCool brought the class back to order leading song on page 45t. Leaders: Mae Conwill 142, 172; Ercelle Jackson 145b, 277; Cecil Sanders 225t; Alonzo Malone 183, 127; Toney Smith 410 (t? b?), 69t; Earline Ellis 61, 63; Irma Hitt 235b, 290; Cecile Cox 119; Wayne Baines 89, 73t. James Baines offered prayer for the noon meal.

LUNCH

Chairman Clarence McCool brought the class together leading songs on pages 317 and 341. Leaders: George Cox 490; Annie Lou Price 300, 34b; Estes Jackson 387; Etma Barton 99, 298; Velton Chafin 144; Elmer Conwill 179; Cecil Sanders 475, 225t; Gene Wakefield 102; Earline Ellis 457; Cecile Cox 282; Toney Smith 57; Ercelle Jackson 387; Alonzo Malone 34t; Dessie Goodman 204; Erma Hitt 480.

Officers elected were: Chairman—Clarence McCool; Vice Chairman—Toney Smith; Secretaries—Earline Ellis and Martha Howell; Arranging Committee—Wayne Baines.

The singing will hold its one hundred fifty-sixth session one year from today, Wednesday, August 16, 2000—Wednesday after the second Sunday in August.

Estes Jackson dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Clarence McCool; Vice Chairman—Toney Smith; Secretaries—Earline Ellis and Martha B. Howell.