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Cherry Tree Singing

James Creek Primitive Baptist Church
Itawamba County, Mississippi

August 22, 1999

The annual Sacred Harp singing at James Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Itawamba County, Mississippi on the fourth Sunday in August was called to order by Elmer Conwill leading song on page 39b. The morning prayer was led by Linton Ballinger.

The class organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Elmer Conwill: Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Arranging Committee—John Hyde; Secretary—Mae Conwill.

Leaders: Elmer Conwill 129; Gene Wakefield 101t, 100; Julietta Haynes 46, 298, 172; Wilton Donaldson 47t, 48t, 317b; Pernie Pelfrey 371, 31b; Ivalene Donaldson 426t; Faye Donaldson 299, 430; David Ballinger 300, 340; Linton Ballinger 335, 334; Josie Hyde 280, 477 (for Ivalene Donaldson).

RECESS

The class resumed singing with John Hyde leading songs on pages 61 and 75. Leaders: Jayne Fulmer 186, 187; Mae Conwill 314, 171, 74b; Lucy Marie Heidorn 30t, 123t; Wayne Baines 354b, 341; Clarence McCool 49b, 77t; Larry Ballinger 83t, 89; Edwin Ballinger 90, 124; Gravis Ballinger 144, 138t; Lavaughn Ballinger 136, 45t; Earl Ballinger 40, 331.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Travis Keeton leading songs on pages 566, 482, and 235. Leaders: Marie Aldridge 155; Johnnie Humber 146, 389; Julie Postum 421, 274t; Etma Barton 460, 218; Ercelle Jackson 322; Ivalene Donaldson 56 (t? b?); Estes Jackson 275 (t? b?), 420b; Gene Wakefield and friend 284; David Ballinger and Lavaughn Ballinger 141; Linton Ballinger 142; Ila Ingle 434, 436; Ila Ingle’s granddaughter 108t, 30t; Elmer Conwill 217, 44, 179.

Announcements were made. Elmer Conwill led song on page 137 as the closing song. Earl Ballinger dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Elmer Conwill; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Mae Conwill.