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Jack C. Smith Memorial Singing

Oakhurst Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia

Monday, May 26, 2003

The third annual Jack C. Smith Memorial Singing met at Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia on Labor Day. The class was called to order by Chairman John Plunkett leading 49t. Gaylon Powell offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: John Plunkett 145t; Malinda Snow 107, 84 (in memory of her father, Tom Snow); Andy Anderson 99, 28t; Jeannette DePoy 436 (for Violet Thomason), 503 (for Cathy White); Thom Metzger 217, 70b; Bob Goodman 551, 497; Charles Woods 77t (in memory of Buford McGraw), 148 (for Arlene); Guy Bankes 120, 481; Lela Crowder 30t (for Amy), 76b (for her uncle, Vernon Stott).


John Plunkett called the class back to order leading 122 (in memory of Ruth Brown). Leaders: Scott DePoy 274t, 36b; Sally Palmer 143, 63; Sandra Wilkinson 388, 100; Eileen Metzger 101t, 101b; Gaylon Powell 512 (in memory of B.E. Matthews), 383; Joan Durdin 72b, 47t; Myra Tucker 40, 114; Andy Morse 480, 347. The class dismissed one hour for lunch, with Andy Anderson asking the blessing for the meal.


The class resumed singing with John Plunkett leading 52t and 452 (in memory of Jack Smith). Leaders: Malinda Snow 349; Andy Anderson 45t; Thom Metzger 448b; Bob Goodman 569b; Charles Woods 378b (in memory of his father, O.H. Woods); Guy Bankes 350; Lela Crowder 300; Sally Palmer 479; Sandra Wilkinson 384; Eileen Metzger 421; Gaylon Powell 442; Joan Durdin 86; Andy Morse 448t; Thom Metzger 42; Guy Bankes 297; Eileen Metzger 567; Gaylon Powell 216.

Andrew Gee, Oakhurst Worship and Music Committee, was invited into the hollow square and requested to hear 85. As a representative of the church, he was thanked for allowing us to use this space and hold this event to remember our friend, Jack Smith. John Plunkett led 346 in honor of Memorial Day.

It had been proposed earlier in the day that consideration be made in next year’s session to include use of the “J.L. White Book.” This was agreed upon, and next year’s singing will use both “The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision” and the “1911 J.L. White Book” (newly reprinted).

John Plunkett led 323t as the closing song, and then dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—John Plunkett; Vice Chair—Joan Durdin; Secretary—Laura Akerman.