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Tennessee State Convention

Second Creek Primitive Baptist Church,
Near Five Points, Tennessee

October 12-13, 2002

Saturday, October 12

The Saturday evening singing was held from the “Sacred Harp, 1992 Cooper Revision”.

The eighth annual session of the Tennessee State Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Tim Reynolds leading song on page 31b. Elder J.L. Hopper offered the evening prayer.

Leaders: Tim Reynolds 59; Clayton Ezell 293, 57; David Roberson 100, 275b; Earl Ballinger 559, 282; J.L. Hopper 410, 575; Kerene Box 335, 146.

RECESS

Tim Reynolds called the class back to order leading song on page 137. Leaders: Elvin Guthrie 491, 497; Eldagene Roberson 222, 144; Danny Creel 54t, 142; Judy Caudle 140, 131t; Cindy Tanner 516, 573t; Marie Guthrie 384, 192; Marlin Beasley 101t, 507t; Sarah Smith 290; Gordon Wilkinson 168, 220; Wanda Capps and Flarce Creel 504, 401; Gary Smith 385t, 461; Vella Gillespie 358; Marilyn Burchett 175, 393; Danny Creel and Emily Creel 76b; Elder J.L. Hopper 422, 218.

Tim Reynolds led song on page 132 as the closing song. Elder J.L. Hopper offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, October 13

Tim Reynolds called the class to order at 9:30 a.m. and led song on page 85. Carthol Williams offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Tim Reynolds 73b; Linton Ballinger 144, 81t; Clayton Ezell 119; Kerene Box 49b, 405; Sandie Scott 37 (ScH), 340; Gary Smith 503, 523; Elvin Guthrie 535, 240; Marilyn Burchett 29, 108; Henry Guthery 380, 436.

RECESS

Tim Reynolds brought the class to order leading song on page 203. Leaders: Velton Chafin 567, 564; David Roberson 40, 46; Sheila Ballinger 84, 268; Larry Ballinger 215, 224; Sherry Guthery 58, 64; Clay Mattox 124; Dan McCurry 354 (words in Cherokee Indian language).

RECESS

Tim Reynolds brought the class to order and led song on page 192. Leaders: Emily Creel 142, 384; Wilton Donaldson 384, 490; Eldagene Roberson 399b, 385; Harrison Creel 498, 111b; Sarah Smith 288, 480. Carthol Williams offered the lunch blessing for the food.

LUNCH

Tim Reynolds brought the afternoon session to order and led song on page 148. Leaders: Earl Ballinger 80b, 78; David Light 200, 110; Lisa Geist 171, 546; Marlin Beasley 426t, 47b; Edith Tate 35; Marie Guthrie 411, 280.

John Merritt and Marilyn Burchett conducted the memorial lesson and led songs on pages 312b and 163 for the deceased: Frank Sills and Clarence Wisdom—Tennessee; Flora Skinner and Doris Vickery—Alabama; Clarabell Hall—Kentucky; Frances Beasley Lee—Florida.

Leaders: Danny Creel 475; Cindy Tanner 269, 198; Judy Caudle 74t, 448t; Brenda Merritt 335; Clayton Ezell 182; Creel family 342; Lisa Williams and Page Williams 340; John Merritt and Brenda Merritt 358, 438; Lucy Heidorn 30t; Ezell family 294; Lauren Blankers 235; Ivalene Donaldson 129.

Announcements were made. Tim Reynolds led song on page 107 as the closing song, Henry Guthery led the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Tim Reynolds; Secretary—Clayton Ezell.