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Poplar Springs Baptist Church

North of Tallapoosa, Georgia, off Hwy. 100

May 25, 2003

The annual all day Sacred Harp singing at Poplar Springs Baptist Church was held on the fourth Sunday in May. B.M. Smith called the class to order leading 59. Mary Lambert Smith offered the morning prayer. B.M. Smith led 82 (t? b?), 81 (t? b?); Miranel Swafford 155; Charlene Wallace 171, 217.

The class organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—B.M. Smith; Vice Chairman—Miranel Swafford; Secretary—Charlene Wallace; Arranging Committee—Mary Lambert Smith.

Leaders: Mary Lambert Smith 177, 213t; Stanley Edwards 340, 378t; Reba Norton 270, 480; Thomas J. Willard 36b, 422; Eunice Webb 328, 512; Shelbie Sheppard 179, 272; Eileen Metzger 48t, 106; Todd Mitchell 86, 448t; Lonnie Rogers 33b, 222; LaRue Allen 187, 224; Phil Summerlin 411, 475.

RECESS

B.M. Smith brought the class to order leading 112. Leaders: Sherry Lovvorn 143, 373; Floy Wilder 214, 389; Guy Bankes 486, 510; Keith Willard 144, 101b; Teenie Moody 100, 182; Hugh McGraw 124, 319; Thom Metzger 399t, 198; Cecil Roberts 284, 335.

Mary Lambert Smith conducted the memorial lesson with the following deceased remembered: Gladys Woods Enterkin, Carrie Garner, Everette Denney, Kenneth DeLong, Ruth Brown, Bernard Swafford, Ruby Adams, Clarence Lambert, and Vivian Rogers. Mary Lambert Smith led 348b in memory of the deceased and 426t in honor of the sick and shut-ins. Rev. Mike Benefield closed the memorial and offered the blessing on the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought to order by B.M. Smith leading 298. Leaders: C.W. Garner 299, 223; Inez Chandler 274t, 290; Jeff Sheppard 176b, 208; Lela Crowder 288 (in memory of her uncle), 327 (for her best friend); Jenny Willard 318, 145b; Bobby Jackson 268, 499; Earlis McGraw 181, 438 (for Durwood and Velma Mize who are celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary); Carlene Griffin 122, 117 (for Alice Edwards and Hester Edwards); John Plunkett 41, 50t; Elder Homer Benefield 56t, 45t; Mildred Patterson 146, 119; Keith Willard 111b; Todd Mitchell 148; Thom Metzger 376; Phil Summerlin 430; Guy Bankes 351; Jenny Willard 392; Eileen Metzger 383; John Plunkett 358; T.J. Willard 106.

Announcements were made. B.M. Smith led 313t (for Margie Smith) and 46 as the closing song. Lonnie Rogers offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—B.M. Smith; Vice Chair—Miranel Swafford; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.