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Tennessee State Convention

Second Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Near Five Points, Tennessee

October 13-14, 2001

Saturday Evening, October 13

The “Sacred Harp, 1992 Cooper Revision” was used for the Saturday evening singing.

The seventh annual session of the Tennessee State Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Tim Reynolds leading song on page 88. Gary Smith offered the evening prayer.

Leaders: Tim Reynolds 293b; Clayton Ezell 300, 119; Gordon Wilkinson 112, 117; Gary Smith 461, 81; Elvin Guthrie 172, 200; Henry Cobb 63, 72; Eldagene Roberson 142, 222; Shelley Capps 505, 54t; Bud Oliver 330, 83t; Debbie Sides 159, 508.

RECESS

Max Berueffy brought the class back to order leading songs on pages 511t and 511b. Leaders: Judy Caudle 140, 543b; Elene Stovall 559, 572; Milton Oliver 410; Wanda Capps 355, 225t; David Roberson 100, 101t; Marie Guthrie 135, 404; Linda Thomas 515, 484; Sarah Smith 288, 129; Sandie Scott 408, 137; John Sides 451, 348t; Paige Hunter 128, 358,

Tim Reynolds led song on page 152 as the closing song, and Gordon Wilkinson closed the session with prayer.

Sunday, October 14

The Sunday singing was from “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition.

Tim Reynolds called the convention to order by leading song on page 59. Linton Ballinger offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Tim Reynolds 73b; Clayton Ezell 124, 225t; Gordon Wilkinson 34b, 141; Sarah Smith 159, 108; Henry Cobb 268, 28b; Sandie Scott 475, 137; Elvin Guthrie 234, 398; Gary Smith 565, 31t; Velton Chafin 30t, 35.

RECESS

Tim Reynolds brought the class back to order by leading song on page 82t. Leaders: Clay Mattox 124; David Roberson 126, 340; Val Dunagan 63, 171; Ray Turrentine 569b, 146; Eldagene Roberson 215, 81t; Bud Oliver 145b, 39t; Beth Odell 187, 560; Dick Dunagan 284, 74b; Linda Thomas 120.

RECESS

Tim Reynolds brought the class to order by leading song on page 178. Leaders: Lavaughn Ballinger 401, 89; Ivalene Donaldson 129; Linton Ballinger 217, 460; Lisa Geist 542, 272; Gravis Ballinger 78, 300; Wilton Donaldson 285t, 503.

LUNCH

Tim Reynolds brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 168. Leaders: Max Berueffy 278b, 41; Michael Stalcup and Milton Oliver 206, 208; Marie Guthrie 220, 280; Larry Ballinger 282; Wanda Capps 299, 430; Earl Ballinger 80b, 203; Judy Caudle 193, 76, 358 (by request for Thelma Ezell); Anita Shadix and Emily Shadix 100, 235.

The memorial lesson was held by Sarah Smith and Gordon Wilkinson. Sarah Smith remembered the deceased and led song on page 61 in their memory. Gordon Wilkinson remembered the sick and shut-ins, and led song on page 180 in the their honor.

Leaders: Lucy Heidorn 200; Elene Stovall 198; Elene Stovall and Linda Thomas 192; Debbie Sides 147b; Emily Shadix 45t; Linda Johnson 222, 189; Margie Norwood 405, 452; Clayton Ezell and Mina Bell Gillespie 182, 294; Lawrence Blankers 551.

Announcements were made. Tim Reynolds led song on page 107 as the closing song, and Gary Smith dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Tim Reynolds; Vice Chairman—Gordon Wilkinson; Secretary—Sandie Scott.