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Newton County Georgia Singing

Shoal Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Covington, Georgia

Saturday, May 18, 2002

The second annual Newton County Georgia Singing was held on Saturday before the third Sunday in May at Shoal Creek Primitive Baptist Church, southeast of Covington, Georgia. Charles Woods called the class to order by leading song on page 40, and then outlined the traditions that make Sacred Harp unique and worth preserving. Frank Norris offered the morning prayer. Hermon Wilkinson welcomed visitors to his historic church, introduced church members who were in attendance, and led songs on pages 47b and 155.

A business session was called to order, and the following officers were elected or appointed: Chairman—Charles Woods; Vice Chairman—Hermon Wilkinson; Secretary—Arlene Woods; Chaplain—Rev. Frank Norris. A resolution to continue the singing at Shoal Creek Church in the future was adopted.

Leaders: Andy Anderson 171, 159; John Hollingsworth 138t, 82t; Philip Denney 178, 120; Everette Denney 405, 335; Felton Denney 299, 385b; Hugh McGraw 409, 369; Charlene Wallace 129, 186.

RECESS

Charles Woods brought the class to order leading song on page 161. Leaders: Lela Crowder and Harriett Norris 300, 106; Earlis McGraw 225t (for his mother, Gladys McGraw, who was ill), 544 (in memory of his aunt, Berta Woods); Judy Mincey 410t, 475 (in memory of Virgil Phillips); John Plunkett 133, 330b; Lee Rogers 131b (for Helen Bryson), 41; Bobby Jackson 147t, 81t; Marcena Wilkinson 146, 46; Josephine Denney 45t (in memory of Wilford Denney), 143 (for Vivian Rogers, Lonnie Rogers, Mozelle Sheppard, and Amma McWhorter). Hermon Wilkinson invited everyone to share lunch in the church lunchroom.

LUNCH

Charles Woods, LaTrelle Oliver, and Frank Norris called the class back to order for the afternoon session leading song on page 129. Leaders: Hermon Wilkinson 138b, 479; Hugh McGraw 502; John Hollingsworth 114; Andy Anderson 107 (for Runnette Jones and Delores Anderson); Lela Crowder 63, 141; Earlis McGraw 312b; Judy Mincey 473; John Plunkett 52b; Lee Rogers 206; Bobby Jackson 68b; Alice West 350, 448b, 566; Charles Woods 236.

Hermon Wilkinson led song on page 347 as the closing song, and invited everyone back next year. Rev. Frank Norris dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Charles Woods; Vice Chairman—Hermon Wilkinson; Secretary—Arlene Woods.