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DeLong Memorial

Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church, Dunwoody, Georgia

June 25, 2000

The annual DeLong Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was opened with Richard DeLong leading song on page 43. Andy Anderson offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Chairman Richard DeLong 60; Vice Chairman Kenneth DeLong 568, 316; Andy Anderson 31b, 479; Brady DeLong 317b, 36b; Eric Tweedy 196, 200; Al Grindon 297, 28b; Don Bowen 517, 510; Liz Bryant 142, 475; Lela Crowder and Jeannette DePoy 277, 569b; Judy Mincey 365; Bobby Bodenheimer and Jeanne Larose 45t.

The business session was conducted with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Kenneth DeLong; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson.


Kenneth DeLong brought the class to order leading song on page 541. Leaders: Carri Grindon 276, 229; Laurie Allison 335, 100; Cathy White 159, 155; Helen Bryson 546, 456 (in memory of Hazel Cagle); John Plunkett 386, 50t; Lee Rogers 131b, 135; Stephen Latimer 480; Laura Clawson 501, 186; Ashley Roberts 372, 344; Allison Ivey 101t, 273.

The memorial was moderated by Richard DeLong. The flowers placed in the church today are in memory of Dollie DeLong Hudgins and Karen House. Today we are especially remembering Dollie DeLong Hudgins. Hugh McGraw told the story of how he met Ms. Dollie. He spoke of the special bond between Richard DeLong and his grandmother and how she instilled her love for Sacred Harp music in Richard starting at an early age. “It was a pleasure and a privilege to know and have loved her. Ms. Dollie is someone that I’ll remember for a long, long time”. Hugh McGraw led song on page 58 in her memory.

Jeannette DePoy led song on page 512 in memory of Karen House. Jeannette stated that the words to the song on page 27 came to mind when remembering Karen. Even though Karen knew that her time on earth might be brief, she lived to the fullest time that she was here. Jeannette urged that if we need to build a bridge, tell someone you love them, or mend fences that we do so today and not wait until tomorrow.

Jesse Roberts led song on page 465 for the DeLong family, Katherine Black, and Matthew Black.

Judy Mincey led song on page 50b for the following sick and shut-ins: Paul Allison, Mary Lou Cagle, Herman Thomason, and Violet Thomason. Elder Jesse Roberts offered prayer.


Richard DeLong called the afternoon session to order leading songs on pages 458 and 296. Leaders: Cath Oss 33b, 300; Jesse Roberts 298, 384; Charlene Wallace 385b, 455; Matt DeLong 34t, 213 (t? b?); Jessica Roberts 203, 47b; Juni Wooten 68b, 503; Janice Paulk 448b, 518; Richard DeLong 318.


Kenneth DeLong called the class to order leading song on page 572. Leaders: Laura Akerman 216, 543; Hannah Roberts 348t, 547; Mike Castleberry 354t; Frances Carnell 106, 269; Andy Morse 86, 183; Faye Pettis, Debra Dunn, and Jan Rogers 421, 380; Eric Carnell 84, 163b; Rachel Carlisle 358, 341; Reuben Ball 497, 290.

Announcements were made. Richard DeLong led song on page 62 as the closing song. Jesse Roberts dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Kenneth DeLong; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson.