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Old Sardis Church

Near Lynn, Alabama (County Road 17)

October 3, 1999

The forty-first session of the annual Sacred Harp singing was held at Old Sardis Church on the first Sunday in October, and was called to order by Steve Miles leading songs on pages 39b and 145b. Homer Miles led the morning prayer.

The class organized and voted to retain the following officers: Chairman—Steve Miles; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Josie Hyde; Arranging Committee—John Hyde.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 48t, 73t; Ila Ingle 498, 146; Amber Springfield 72b, 313t; Cecil Sanders 225t, 145t; Gladys Bonds 39t, 285t; Earl Ballinger 111b, 144; Willodean Barton 290, 391; Wilton Donaldson 86b, 317; Mae Conwill 288, 434; Gene Wakefield “Not Made With Hands”, 284; Ivalene Donaldson 31b, 77t.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Steve Miles leading song on page 59. Leaders: Faye Donaldson 40, 430; Magel Miles 143, 569b; Sandy Mobley 445, 62; Elmer Conwill 179, 129; Karen Wiggins 294 (in memory of her grandfather, Tom Harper), 358 (in memory of her uncle, Marvin Farris); Josie Hyde 442, 477; Cecil Wakefield 282, 480; Larry Ballinger 56t, 101t, 139; Allen Barnett 63; David Berry 45t (to the tune of 146).

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Steve Miles leading song on page 46. Leaders: Genettie Tidwell 163 (t? b?), 222; Julie Postum 274 (t? b?), 343; Joyce Hubbit 81 (t? b?), 84; Bernice Phillips 203, 112; Dwight Ingle 530, 159; Clara Stults 332, 388; Mary Alice Crisco 68b; Kermit Adams 85, 167; Juanita Whitman 141, 235; Homer Miles 373, 454; Steve Miles, Daniel Miles, Amanda Miles, and David Berry “Our God Is An Awesome God” (a special); John Hyde 297, 75; Steve Miles 385 (t? b?) (by request); Travis Keeton 275b; Genettie Tidwell 457; Amber Springfield 378b; Faye Donaldson 168; Ila Ingle 436; Josie Hyde 426t (by request), 408.

Steve Miles and Josie Hyde led song on page 61 as the closing song. The closing prayer was led by James Bennet. Everyone is invited back in the year 2000.

Chairman—Steve Miles; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Josie Hyde.