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Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church

Carrollton, Georgia

May 4, 2003

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church was held on the first Sunday in May. Philip Denney called the class to order leading 36b. Lonnie Rogers offered the morning prayer. Bernard Denney led 59, 40, 339; Lonnie Rogers 186, 112, 225t; and Sheri Taylor 114, 117, 147t.

The class organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Bernard Denney; Vice Chairman—Philip Denney; Chaplain—Lonnie Rogers; Arranging Committee—Charlene Wallace; Memorial Committee—Mary L. Smith and Shelbie Sheppard; Secretary—Sheri Taylor.

Leaders: Felton Denney 49b, 503, 387; Jimmie Denney 222, 148, 168; Mary L. Smith 50b, 72b, 63; Earlis McGraw 568, 545; Lori Goode and Mary Elizabeth Goode 112, 358.


Bernard Denney brought the class together leading 145b. Leaders: Myron House 191, 102, 70t; Donna Duke 176b, 276; Hugh McGraw 124, 448b; Josephine Denney 405, 490; Bobby Jackson 499, 445; B.M. Smith 569b, 101t; Denney Rogers 100, 345t.

Mary Smith conducted the memorial lesson. Jeff Sheppard led 405 and 159 in memory of Everette Denney. B.M. Smith led 143 and 348b for the following deceased: Vivian Rogers, Clarence Lambert, Kenneth DeLong, Revy Williamson, Lavaughn Ballinger, George Rogers, Wilford Denney, and Bobby Maxwell.

John Plunkett led 330b for the sick and shut-ins which included: Evelyn Harris, I.V. McWhorter, Mozelle Sheppard, Richard DeLong, Ruth Brown, Alice Edwards, Hester Edwards, Liz Bryant, Nancy Allen, Myrtle Smith, Loy Garrison, and Joan Durdin. Mary L. Smith closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Lisa Webb 178, 566; Dennis Folds 452.


Bernard Denney brought the afternoon session to order leading 335 and 334. Leaders: Eunice Webb 384, 544, 284; Lonnie Rogers 33b; Shelbie Sheppard 105, 106; John Plunkett 55, 569t; Renita Folds, Lee Denney, Caroline Folds, Jessica Folds, Elizabeth Folds, Dylan Denney, Ria Kirk, Kelly, and Casey (grandchildren of Felton and Josephine Denney) 294, 164; Jeff Sheppard 313t, 176t, 313b; Sherry Lovvorn 318, 454; Paige Harrod 460, 84; Gayle Denney, Philip Denney, and Lee Denney 155, 87, 120; Carolyn Folds 56t; Lee Denney 45t, 99; Jeff Sheppard 236 (by request).

After announcements were made, Bernard Denney and Philip Denney led 62 as the closing song. Felton Denney dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Bernard Denney; Vice Chairman—Philip Denney; Secretary—Sheri Taylor.