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University of Georgia

State Botanical Gardens, Athens, Georgia

Tuesday, February 27, 2001

The twenty eighth session of the “The Social Harp” and “The Sacred Harp” singing was held at the Visitor’s Center of the State Botanical Gardens in Athens, Georgia on the fourth Sunday in February.

The Social Harp”, by John G. McCurry, was first published in 1855 and was reprinted by the University of Georgia Press in 1973.

John Garst called the class to order leading song on page 312b. John Hollingsworth offered the morning prayer. John Garst led song on page 335.

A business session was held with the class voting to retain the same officers: Chairman—John Garst; Vice Chairman—John Hollingsworth; Secretary—Charlene Wallace; Arranging Committee—Lee Rogers and Judy Mincey; Memorial Committee—Hugh McGraw and Judy Mincey.

The Social Harp” was used in the morning sessions.

Leaders: John Hollingsworth 86, 37; Charlene Wallace 30, 25; Lee Rogers 137, 209; Hugh McGraw 34, 87; Judy Mincey 135, 218b; Billy Hollingsworth 229, 189; Jeannette DePoy 182, 196; Andy Anderson and Gene Mathis 191, 175.


John Garst called the class together leading song on page 114. Leaders: Bill Hogan 154, 61b; John Plunkett 19, 134; Sharon Kellam 216, 253; Don Bowen 194, 88; Liz Bryant 60, 198; Richard DeLong 23b, 31; Laura Akerman 141, 53; Charles Woods 159, 108.

A memorial lesson was held. Hugh McGraw led song on page 24b in memory of: Mildred Dumas, Jack Smith, Marie Aldridge, Doris Sills, Ruby Phillips, Virgil Phillips, Susan Garber, Rosa Hughes, Mae Ola Nelson, and Neva Dee Mayes.

Judy Mincey led song on page 50b from “The Sacred Harp” for all the sick and shut-ins, including: Jerilyn Schumacher, I.V. McWhorter, Lonnie Rogers, Vivian Rogers, Bill Green, and Beau Caldwell. John Hollingsworth closed the memorial with prayer.


The afternoon session was held from “The Sacred Harp.

John Hollingsworth called the class together leading song on page 77b. Leaders: Bruce King 183, 47b; Angelia Benton 358, 147t; Scott DePoy 36b, 56b; Chris Tweedy 81, 566; Henry Zittrouer 490, 480; Earlis McGraw 225t (for his mother, Gladys McGraw), 224; Raymond Hamrick 145t, 287; Sharon Hamrick 460, 276; Karen Whelchel Redwine 39b, 45t; JoAnn Hastings 178, 85.


John Hollingsworth called the class together leading song on page 49b. Leaders: Liz Bryant 186; Bill Hogan 185; Sharon Kellam 282; Kevin Kelly 66; Jeannette DePoy and Scott DePoy 436 (for Richard DeLong who will celebrate a birthday this week); Billy Hollingsworth 250; Mary Hood and Judy Mincey 156; Don Bowen and John Plunkett 521, 354b.

Announcements were made. John Hollingsworth led song on page 46 as the closing song. John Plunkett dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—John Garst; Vice Chairman—John Hollingsworth; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.