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Poplar Springs Baptist Church

North of Tallapoosa, Georgia, off Hwy. 100

May 27, 2001

The annual all day Sacred Harp singing at Poplar Springs Baptist Church was held on the fourth Sunday in May. The class was called to order by Miranel Swafford leading songs on pages 32t and 155. The morning prayer was offered by Billy Joe Harris. Charlene Wallace led songs on pages 59 and 229; George Garner led songs on pages 480 and 222.

The class organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—B.M. Smith; Vice Chairman—George Garner; Secretary—Charlene Wallace; Arranging Committee—Margie Smith; Memorial Committee—Mary Florence Smith.

Leaders: B.M. Smith 34t, 34b; Mary Florence Smith 213 (t? b?), 72t; Anita Landess 297, 503; Eugene Forbes 145t, 378t; Beth Todd 124, 89; Norma Green and Nathan Green 321, 330 (t? b?), 385b; LaRue Allen 283, 215; Nancy Allen 106, 45t.


The class was called to order by B.M. Smith leading song on page 123t. Leaders: Floy Wilder 402, 430; Lonnie Rogers 318, 343; Don Clark 41, 350; Brenda Stansbery 119, 84; B.J. Harris 77b, 303; Laura Densmore 29t, 542; Hugh McGraw 399t.

Mary Florence Smith conducted the memorial lesson and led songs on pages 143 and 348b for the deceased: Ivan “Bud” Dingler, Cecil Edwards, Ruby Phillips, Eloise Watkins, Arthur Phillips, Austin Phillips, Woodie Walker, Grady Price, Robert Todd, Susan Garber, Karen House, Aleen Minton, Bertha Pope, Albert Pope, and Mary K. Friday.

Mary Florence Smith led song on page 122 for the sick and shut-ins. Those remembered were Mozelle Sheppard, Vivian Rogers, and I.V. McWhorter.

Rev. Mike Benefield closed the memorial with prayer and included the blessing on the food.


B.M. Smith brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 335. Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 556, 472; Carlene Griffin 225t, 171; David Lee 501, 39t; Evelyn Harris 39b, 47t; Teenie Moody 37b, 148; Oscar McGuire 276, 441; Karen Clark 479, 66; Guy Bankes 120, 147b; Inez Chandler and Ceford Woods 290, 457; Cathy Lee 63, 101t; Reba Norton 275b, 208; John Plunkett 354t, 500; Darlene Dalton 203, 448t; Lewis Norton 76b, 47b; Sharon Kellam 48b, 565; Don Bowen 117, 40; Lenna Davidson 164.

Announcements were made. B.M. Smith led song on page 46 as the closing song. David Lee dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—B.M. Smith; Vice Chairman—George Garner; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.