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Lookout Mountain Convention

Pine Grove Church, Near Collinsville, Alabama

August 24-25, 2002

Saturday, August 24

The ninety-ninth session of the Lookout Mountain Sacred Harp Singing Convention was held on the fourth Sunday and Saturday before in August at Pine Grove Church near Collinsville, Alabama.

Bud Oliver called the class to order, and led songs on pages 32t and 82t. Samuel Sommers offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: S.T. Reed 30t; Milton Oliver and Paula Oliver, his granddaughter 45t; Lamar Smith and Randall Smith 36b, 76b; Max Berueffy 157; Wilton Donaldson 503; Lou Cotney 218; Boyd Scott 58; William Shetter 362; Michelle Cull 361; Harvey Austin 335; Amanda Ballinger 454; Edward Howton 436; Jewel Wootten 224; John Morris 448t; Ivalene Donaldson 544; Louis Hughes 57; Sarah Jenkins 460; Betty Wright 146; Willie Mae Moon 498.


Doyle Ashley brought the class to order leading song on page 192. Leaders: Donna Wootten 217; Mattie Townsel 176b; Verlon Stiefel 138b; Hershell King 204; B.M. Smith 28b; Jackson Harcrow 274t; Tommy George 388; Mary Ruth Stiefel 322; Daryl Chesney 480; Karen Freund 99; Tim Reynolds 547; Mary Wright 121; Mel Kersey 515.


Bud Oliver brought the class to order leading song on page 42.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Bud Oliver; Vice Chairman—S.T. Reed; Secretaries—Pauline Oliver and Randall Smith; Arranging Committee—Max Berueffy and Henry Johnson; Memorial Committee—Becky Browne and Linda Thomas; Finance Committee—Scot Oliver, S.T. Reed, and Milton Oliver; Chaplain—Wayne Reed.

Leaders: Gravis Ballinger, Lavaughn Ballinger, and Jimmy Ballinger 340; David Carlton 496; Mary Lambert Smith 441; Buell Cobb 295; Emmie Morris 142; Hubert Nall 186; Nate Green and Norma Green 50b; Bill Cortner and Roy Turrentine 49b; Bob Meek 31t; Katharine Hough 569b; Lomax Ballinger, Linton Ballinger, and Larry Ballinger 212; Duane Chesney 164; Jeannette DePoy and Rodney Ivey 282; Andy Morse 481; Clarence McCool 349; Mark Brown 277; Daphene Causey 442; Sandie Scott 29t; Don Bowen 475.


Max Berueffy brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 182. Leaders: David Ivey 328; John Etheridge 34b; Stuart Ivey, Karen Ivey, and Coy Ivey 384, 222; Charlene Wallace 365; Jackie Tanner 112; Jerry Enright 176t; Richard DeLong 336; Reba Windom 172; Lela Crowder 397; Samuel Sommers 422; Amanda Denson 211; Becky Browne 200; Lynne deBenedette 208; Cassie Franklin 304; Shane Wootten, Lavaughn Ballinger, and Loyd Ivey 424; Lisa Geist 273; Cindy Tanner 546; Dennis George 543; Shelbie Sheppard and Reba Windom 216.


Shane Wootten brought the class to order and led song on page 345b. Leaders: LaRue Allen 396; Laura Clawson 542; Betty Shepherd 196; Susan Harcrow 215; Floy Wilder 297; Jeff Sheppard 313t; Judy Mincey 350; Judy Caudle 407; Eunice Webb 512; Doug Conn 455; Linda Thomas and Rodney Ivey 47t; Alanna Blanks 405; Melvin Stiefel 348b; Pat Temple 203; Kristy Finley and Randall Smith 137; Bob Meek, Will Dubose, and Mark Risinger 49t.

Announcements were made. Bud Oliver led song on page 46 as the closing song. Wayne Reed offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, August 25

Bud Oliver called the Sunday morning session to order, and led songs on pages 48t and 82t. Louis Hughes offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Bud Oliver 39b; S.T. Reed 39t; Lamar Smith and Randall Smith 36b, 76b; Max Berueffy 309; Linda Thomas 33b; Louis Hughes 83t; Mel Kersey 565; Hubert Nall 84; Joel Jenkins 480; Mattie Townsel 112; William Shetter 149; Betty Wright 70t; Boyd Scott 358.


Bud Oliver brought the class to order leading song on page 73t. Leaders: Henry Johnson 111t; Jackson Harcrow 378b; Paula Oliver and Milton Oliver 45t; Scott Ivey 186; Terry Hullett 129; Martha Johnson 148; David Hough 371; Pat Temple 72b; Mary Ruth Stiefel 145b; Loretta Smith 37b; Willie Mae Moon 475; Mary Wright 114; Bob Meek 490; Katharine Hough 183; Johnny Johnson 128; Jewel Wootten and Shane Wootten 97.


Max Berueffy brought the class to order leading song on page 145t. Leaders: Milton Oliver, Alanna Blanks, Cheryl Beard, and Bryant Beard 478t (WB); Stuart Ivey and Allison Ivey 306; B.M. Smith 495; Michelle Cull 300; Verlon Stiefel 457; Daphene Causey 151; Jackie Tanner 477; Judy Caudle 428; Eloise Wootten 456; Nate Green and Norma Green 98; Sarah Jenkins 208; Chita Blakeley 434; Wayne Wootten 276; Chris Green 543; Jeff Sheppard 556; Myra Dalton 122; Don Bowen 283.


The class reassembled for the afternoon session, and Bud Oliver led song on page 270. Leaders: Brenda Carroll 442; Jim Carnes 440; John Plunkett 446; Syble Adams 99; Shelbie Sheppard 484.

Becky Browne and Linda Thomas conducted the memorial lesson. Shane Wootten and Rodney Ivey led song on page 348b for Freeman Wootten, and Samuel Sommers led song on page 499 for other deceased. Those remembered were: Freeman Wootten, Roie Alexander, George Glass, Lydia Phillips Baswell, Lawrence Underwood, Lula Underwood, Polly Moore, Elder Warren Meadows, Annie Brothers, Flora Skinner, Mary Stiefel, Robert Peek, John Lacy, Bobby Lacy, Lucille Tolbert, Jane Lester, Sheila Wilson, and Oakie Austin—Alabama; Osee Tanner—Pennsylvania; Frank Sills—Tennessee; Ruby Driskell and Rodger Brooks—Kentucky; Trim Bissell—Oregon; George Rogers and Berta Woods—Georgia; Barbara Bolles—Missouri; Alvin Reeves and Willie Mae Mullins.

Becky Browne, Syble Adams, and Linda Thomas led song on page 540 (WB), and Mark Brown led “Sweet Beulah Land” for the sick and shut-ins. Those remembered were: B.E. Matthews, Ophelia Matthews—Texas; Jap Walton, Joyce Walton, Nellie Miller, River Kennedy, Eldora Moody, Bill Green, Beufa Green, Beverly Norton, Doyce White, and Elmerine Mims—Alabama; Jill Gibbs—Colorado. The memorial was closed with prayer led by Wayne Reed.

Leaders: Tony Ivey 479; Hobert Ivey 47t; Susan Harcrow 518; Emmie Morris 189; Allison Davis 217; LaRue Allen 436; Reba Windom 224; John Morris 421; Cindy Tanner and Shelbie Sheppard 269.


Bud Oliver brought the class to order leading song on page 170. Leaders: Joan Aldridge 150; Becky Browne 299; Jonathan Blakeley 77t; Karen Freund and Lynne deBenedette 411; Dennis George and Lela Crowder 198; Jerry Enright 383; David Light 192; Melvin Stiefel 491; Samuel Sommers 528; Laura Clawson 318; Charles Stiefel 572 (CB); Floy Wilder 227; Christy Finley 63; Betty Shepherd, Shane Wootten, and Rodney Ivey 216; Scot Oliver, Alanna Blanks, and Cheryl Beard 213 (t? b?); Loyd Ivey and Betty Shepherd 491b (WB); Syble Adams “Song of Praise”; Coy Ivey, David Ivey, and Karen Ivey 486t (WB).

Announcements were made. Bud Oliver led song on page 146 as the closing song. Wayne Reed offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

The Lookout Mountain Convention wishes to thank everyone who helped in any way with making this convention possible.

Chairman—Bud Oliver; Vice Chairman—S.T. Reed; Secretaries—Randall Smith and Pauline Oliver.