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DeLong Memorial

Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church, Dunwoody, Georgia

June 23, 2002

The annual DeLong Memorial Sacred Harp singing was opened with Chairman Richard DeLong leading song on page 60. Junie Wooten offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Chairman Richard DeLong 57; Vice Chairman Kenneth DeLong 303, 171; Nancy Yeager 288; Frances Mary D’Andrea 328; Andy Anderson 178; Brady DeLong 47t; Rachel Carlysle 145t; David Yeager 148; Laura Ackerman 86; Don Bowen 390; Martha Beverly 546; Scott DePoy 74b; Lee Rogers 135; Matt DeLong 530; Cathy White 270; Ted Mercer 185; Lela Crowder 131b; Bill Beverly 120; Martha Ann Stegar 84; Andrew Snyder 454; Judy Mincey 367.

A business session was conducted with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Kenneth DeLong; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson. Further, a motion was made and carried that today’s singing be dedicated to Buck and Ollie Kinnard, long time supporters of the DeLong Memorial singing.

Kenneth DeLong put forth the following resolution for consideration. Be it resolved that:

  • In appreciation of faithfulness and support in times past;
  • And, because of the great love bestowed on the DeLong and Roberts families by our Heavenly Father;
  • And, further since this same love has been long manifested between these two families;

That this singing, on the fourth Sunday in June at Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church, be forever after known and published as the “DeLong-Roberts Memorial Singing.”

Voting will occur later in the day. Kenneth DeLong led song on page 318 (by special request).

RECESS

Jesse Roberts called the class to order by leading song on page 300. Leaders: Junie Wooten 503; Charlene Wallace 159; Louis Hughes 492; Jeannette DePoy 387; Earlis McGraw 225t; Jessica Roberts 306; John Plunkett 465; Carlene Griffin 276; Raymond Hamrick 78; Violet Thomason 434.

Richard DeLong conducted the memorial lesson. The deceased remembered were: Polly Moore—Alabama; Ike Stanford—Georgia; Elizabeth Wilson—New York.

Jesse Roberts asked that we also remember the DeLong men and women who have so graciously shared their love with everyone over the years, and led songs on pages 101 (t? b?) and 460.

This year the sick and shut-ins we remember are: Barbara DePoy, Lyndi Nix, Mozelle Sheppard, Jo Thornton, Buck Kinnard, Lois Stanford, and Frances McDaniel—Georgia; Tom Mitchell—Minnesota; John Etheridge—Florida.

Richard DeLong remarked that each of us are special and we need to appreciate each other today and tell each other just how much we mean to each other, and then led song on page 61. The memorial was closed.

Leaders: Mary Lambert Smith 383; Stan Jensen 475; Faye Holbrook 532; Reuben Ball 497.

LUNCH

Richard DeLong called the class back to order for the afternoon session leading song on page 374. Leaders: Helen Bryson 392; Dennis George 142; Shelbie Sheppard 263; Jesse Roberts 98; Laura Clawson 189; Henry Johnson 330t; Violet Thomason 170 (by special request); Jeff Sheppard 316; Mike Castleberry 354 (t? b?); Jenny Jensen 299; Teenie Moody 317; Dan Bailey 66; Susan Roberts 155; Janice Paulk 446; Ashley Roberts 456; Leon Carnell 481.

RECESS

Richard DeLong called the class back to order leading songs on pages 277 and 125. Leaders: Andy Morse 160b; Frances Carnell 543; Dennis Wall 63; Bob Goodman 34b; Diane Wall 496; Alice West 35; Bill Beverly and Martha Beverly 344; San Jensen and Jenny Jensen 353; Andrew Snyder 504; Matt DeLong and Richard DeLong 34t.

The business session continued with the approval of the resolution put forth by Kenneth DeLong. Hereafter, this singing will be known as the “DeLong-Roberts Memorial Singing,” held at Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church on the fourth Sunday in June.

Announcements were made. Richard DeLong led song on page 146 as the closing song. Elder Jesse Roberts offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Kenneth DeLong; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson.