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State University of West Georgia

Food Services Building, Carrollton, Georgia

Sunday, January 4, 2004

The twenty-first session of the annual all day Sacred Harp singing at the State University of West Georgia was held in the Food Services Building on the first Sunday in January. The class was called to order by Myron House leading 60. Lonnie Rogers offered the morning prayer. Myron House led 61; Felton Denney 49b; Charlene Wallace 85, 135 (for Don Bowen and Bobby Jackson); Mary L. Smith 134, 75.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Myron House; Vice Chairman—Philip Denney; Secretary—Charlene Wallace; Arranging Committee—Mary L. Smith; Memorial Committee—Jan House and Josephine Denney.

Leaders: Myron House 105; Carlene Griffin 146, 155; Philip Denney 40, 84; Jan House 143, 142; Josephine Denney 100, 405; Stanley Edwards 32t, 101t; Tony Hammock 384, 30t; Eunice Webb 30b, 318; Henry Johnson 385t, 47b; Debra Grosse 551, 162.

RECESS

The class was called together by Philip Denney leading 145t. Leaders: Lonnie Rogers 389, 225t; Arlene Woods 452, 147b; Richard Mauldin 77t, 358 (for his dad, Dick Mauldin); Lela Crowder 421, 76b; John Plunkett 76t, 45t (for Preston McClendon); Sandra Wilkinson 98, 388; Lee Denney and Philip Denney 164, 120; Phillip Langley 328, 112.

LUNCH

Myron House called the class together for the afternoon session with 201, and then presented a letter from Dr. Kevin Hibbard which noted both the historical and contemporary merits of Sacred Harp singing.

Leaders: Earlis McGraw 132, 284; Karen Rollins 123t, 34b; Margie Smith 73b.

The memorial lesson was held with Charles Woods leading 108b and 373 in memory of: Gladys Simmons, Everette Denney, Harvey Austin, Rev. Loyd Toney, Ruth Brown, Willie Carolyn Denson, and Beulah Reese.

Henry Johnson led 68b for the following sick and shut-ins: Mozelle Sheppard, I.V. McWhorter, Nancy Allen, Reby Stanford, Lebron Hinton, Jeff Sheppard, and Shelbie Sheppard. Lonnie Rogers closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Hugh McGraw 420 (for Jap Walton); B.M. Smith 475, 276; Evelyn Harris 47t; Billy Joe Harris 503, 303; Laura Frey 117, 178; Jimmie Denney 111t, 46; Oscar McGuire 171; Bentley McGuire 282, 49t; Sheri Taylor 168, 309; Teenie Moody 383; Lori Shadinger 294; Lisa Webb 148, 334; Gene Duke 119, 101b; Tabatha Murphy 87, 61; Louise Holland 35, 37b; Bonnie Flowers 462, 48t.

Announcements were made. Myron House and Philip Denney led 323t as the closing song. Richard Mauldin offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Myron House; Vice Chairman—Philip Denney; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.