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Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church

Near Bremen, Georgia, I-20 and U.S. 27 South

June 1-2, 2002

Saturday, June 1

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church was held on the first Sunday and Saturday before in June. The class was called together by Charlene Wallace leading song on page 63. Rev. Henry Bizzell led the morning prayer.

Leaders: Charlene Wallace 99; Carlene Griffin 65; Joyce Clackum 111t; Teenie Moody 171; Wilton Donaldson and Ivalene Donaldson 335; Mary Florence Smith 426t; Danny Griffin 454; Andy Anderson 36b; Mildred Patterson 300; S.T. Reed 312t; Laura Clawson 224; Bud Oliver 345t; Sally House 146; Dennis George 507; Helen Bryson 411 (in memory of her aunt, Ellen Nash); Kenneth DeLong 382; Henry Johnson 375; Karen Rollins 34b (for her father and mother, Lonnie and Vivian Rogers); Bob Meeks 515; Mattie Townsel 68b; Bobby Jackson 568; Elene Stovall 273; Bob Goodman and Liz Bryant 66, 475; Jimmie Denney 155; Lela Crowder 440.


Hugh McGraw called the class together leading songs on pages 145b and 423.

The business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Charlene Wallace; Vice Chairman—Carlene Griffin; Chaplain—Rev. Henry Bizzell; Secretary/Arranging Committee—Judy Henry and Hugh McGraw; Memorial Committee—Mary Florence Smith and Joyce Clackum.

Leaders: Cassie Franklin 332; Rodney Ivey 189; Reba Windom 172; Gaston White 236; Max Berueffy 336; Johnny Wright 145t; Karen Morris 77t; Andy Morse 151; LaRue Allen 218; John Whittemore 107; Joan Durdin 479; Nate Green 90; Judy Mincey 180; Buell Cobb 77b; Kelly Morris 159; Philip Denney 120; Rev. Mike Hawkins 560 (in memory of Elder Roy Avery); Aaron Girard 536; Shelbie Sheppard 556; Rosemary Greenaway 384; Ed Stevens 455; Nancy Yeager 178; Rev. Henry Bizzell 452; Preston McLendon 35; Scott DePoy 510 (in memory of Susie Bass).


The class was called together by Earlis McGraw leading song on page 326. Leaders: Terre Schill 134; Cheryl Foreman 430; Louis Hughes 142; Don Ward and Pat Ward 168; Mary Wright 480; Patricia Temple 72b; John Plunkett 446; Lynda Hambourger 89; Richard Mauldin 388; Kathy Williams 222; John Fedderson 569b; David Yeager 148; Elder Homer Benefield, Hugh McGraw, Edmund Golladay, and Charlene Wallace 147t, 347; Jeannette DePoy 318; Cathy White 31t; Art Broadus 143; Jeff Sheppard 530.


Judy Henry and Charlene Wallace called the class together with song on page 225t (for Gladys McGraw, Reby Stanford, and Revy Williamson). Leaders: Kiri Miller 383; Oscar McGuire 573; Phillip Langley 436; Amanda Denson 186; Martha Ann Stegar 268; Felton Denney 299; Ted Mercer 345b; Andrew Snyder 497; Everette Denney 405; Lynn deBenedette 448t; Louise Holland 37b; Eric Tweedy 292; Orlando Driver 40; David Badagnani 548; Laura Akerman 404; Kelly House 81 (t? b?).

Announcements were made. Charlene Wallace led song on page 46 as the closing song, and Elder Homer Benefield dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, June 2

The class was called to order by Charlene Wallace leading song on page 59. Rev. Henry Bizzell offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Carlene Griffin 81t; Robert Rivers, II and Hugh McGraw 49b; Mildred Patterson 141; Danny Griffin 36b; Joyce Clackum 127; Earlis McGraw 148; Mary Florence Smith 313t; Art Broadus 354t; Teenie Moody, Carol Chapman, and Judith Green 384; Cindy Cole 146; Winston Stephens 503; Jack Nelson 30b; Patricia Temple 566; David Badagnani and Charlie Bergengren 294; Richard Mauldin 63; Charles Woods 504; Kathy Williams 208; Louis Hughes 540; Cheryl Foreman 328; Ed Stevens 328; Sheri Taylor 209; B.M. Smith 475.


Charlene Wallace, Carly McWhorter, and Avery McWhorter called the class together with songs on pages 87 and 401 (for Don Bowen). Leaders: David Yeager 108b; Cathy White 84; Jeff Sheppard 492; Lynda Hambourger 69t; Raymond Hamrick 385b; Rosemary Greenaway 460; Burnese Harper 426b; Kiri Miller 419; Jeannette DePoy 82t; John Fedderson 192; Shelbie Sheppard 216; John Hollingsworth 170; Oscar McGuire 276; Terre Schill 176t.

The memorial lesson was held. John Plunkett led songs on pages 50t and 562 in memory of: Susie Bass, Allie Reynolds, Berta Woods, Butch Rogers, S.T. McClendon, and Wilford Denney—Georgia; Tommye Denson Mauldin, Polly Moore, Curtis Rogers, Ed Nelson, and Dr. James Howell—Alabama; Ron Baker—North Carolina; Frances Fedderson—Indiana; Emil Schau—New York; John Bailey and Jerilyn Schumacher—Illinois. Charlene Wallace led song on page 285t in memory of Mrs. Etta Bivins and Mrs. Estelle Akins Reid of Georgia.

Joyce Clackum and Katherine Benefield led song on page 111t for all the sick and shut-ins which included: Gertrude Norton, Mozelle Sheppard, Virginia Lee, Revy Williamson, Alice Edwards, Tom Mitchell, Kelly Beard, John Etheridge, Frances McDaniel, Ike Stanford, Joe Thornton, and Pauline Childers.

Mary Florence Smith led song on page 348b for all the people in the military and the victims of the September 11th tragedy. The memorial was closed with prayer led by Chaplain Henry Bissell.

Leaders: Mary Wright 129; Aaron Girard 567; Billy Hollingsworth 236; Aaron Little 480; Floyd Peters 335; Nancy Yeager 147b.


The afternoon session resumed with Earlis McGraw leading songs on pages 284 and 326. Leaders: Laura Akerman 193; Louise Holland, Kathy Williams, Noel Buchanan, and Logan Buchanan 323b; Everette Denney 426t; Martha Ann Stegar 198; Scott DePoy 47b; Rev. Henry Bizzell and Hugh McGraw 524 (for Toney Smith); Phillip Langley 440; Ted Mercer 521; Tommy McGraw 138t; Jimmie Denney 145t; Bobby Jackson 112; Glenda Collins 124; Lonnie Rogers 225t; Donna Duke 101t; Andrew Snyder 117; Eunice Webb 196; Lois Owen 340.


The class was called together by Judy Henry and Phillip Langley leading song on page 283. Leaders: Gene Duke 406; Preston McClendon 225b; Elder Homer Benefield 56t, 358; David Badagnani 105; Ed Stevens 288; Kathy Williams 142; Gaston White 35; Katie McGuire, Bentley McGuire, and Oscar McGuire 45t; Terre Schill 436; Cheryl Foreman 203; Lynda Hambourger 82b.

Announcements were made. Charlene Wallace, Elder Homer Benefield, Carlene Griffin, and Rev. Henry Bizzell led song on page 62 as the closing song. Rev. Henry Bizzell dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Charlene Wallace; Vice Chairman—Carlene Griffin; Secretary—Judy Henry.