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Harmony Primitive Baptist Church

Calhoun, Georgia

November 19, 1995

The annual all day singing was held the third Sunday in November at Harmony Primitive Baptist Church. The traditional window opening was performed by Jimmie Denney. In a break with tradition, Jeannette DePoy was designated to crawl through the window and unlock the church doors. Judy Mincey called the class to order by leading song on page 59. The morning prayer was led by Loy Garrison. Judy Mincey led song on page 63; Helen Bryson 213 (t? b?), 344; B. J. Harris 452, 503. Judy Mincey introduced Martha Wilson who works with the Georgia Council for the Arts, and specifically the Dalton of Georgia Council, who would be recording some of the singing throughout the day. The class was organized, and the following officers were elected or appointed: Chairman—Judy Mincey; Vice Chairman—Ed Smith; Secretary—Lee Rogers; Arranging Committee—Margie Smith. Leaders: Liz Bryant 31t, 66; Lee Rogers 70t, 474; Everette Denney 34b, 47b; Ed Smith 53, 222.


The class resumed singing with Judy Mincey leading song on page 146. Leaders: Evelyn Harris 30t, 87; Melanie Hardy 84, 159; Don Bowen 50 (t? b?), 225t for B. M. Smith; Jeannette DePoy and Kay Ibarra 384, 142; Faye Pettis and Carol Pettis 532, 45t; Roy Nelson 148, 270; Kathy White and Kay Ibarra 178, 354b; David Hough 385t, 480.


The class was called back together by Judy Mincey leading song on page 36b. Leaders: Jimmie Denney 313t, 373; Shelbie Sheppard 306, 202; John Hollingsworth 155, 236. The memorial lesson was conducted by Judy Mincey. Sheri Taylor led songs on page 50t and 161 for the following deceased: Lessie Cates, Dewey Williams, Joe Beasley, Junurs Hudgins, Delbert Underwood, Carlton Hitchcock, Clellon Warren, Talmadge Harris, Freeman Harris, Velma Kelly, Jerry King, Aver Crider, and Mr. Pettis, father-in-law of Faye Pettis. Judy Mincey led song on page 34t for the sick and shut-ins: Eva Reeves, Hazel Cagle, Dovie Howell, Jason Davis, Mary Nell Davis, Laura Howell, Bessie Underwood, Jerry Sheppard, and Mozell Sheppard. The memorial lesson was closed with prayer led by Ed Smith. Leaders: Katharine O’Hara 378b, 442; Charlene Wallace 276, 299; Jeff Sheppard 186, 461; Susan Smith 460, 440; Richard DeLong 522, 376; Margie Dietz 58, 61; Eric Hudgins 176t; Lisa Webb 369, 477; Mel Parker 47t, 39b; Martha Ann Stegar 40, 198; John Plunkett 284, 268; Judy Mincey 475 for Virgil Phillips. Judy Mincey, Billy Smith, and Ed Smith led song on page 62 for the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Everette Denney.

Chairman—Judy Mincey; Vice Chairman—Ed Smith; Secretary—Lee Rogers.