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Poplar Springs Baptist Church

North of Tallapoosa, Georgia, off Hwy. 100

Sunday, May 23, 2004

The annual all day Sacred Harp singing at Poplar Springs Baptist Church was held on the fourth Sunday in May. The class was called to order by Chairman B.M. Smith leading 59. Cecil Roberts offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: B.M. Smith 81t; Miranel Swafford 32t, 155; Charlene Wallace 135, 141; Mary L. Smith 48t, 289; Stanley Edwards 425, 410t; Josephine Denney 503, 405; Lonnie Rogers 33b, 225t; Evelyn Harris 47t, 47b; Mark Davis 179, 270; LaRue Allen 277, 299; Reba Norton 101t, 99; Hugh McGraw 567, 448b; Donna Bell 75, 87.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with B.M. Smith leading 222. Leaders: Cecil Roberts 282, 284; Floy Wilder 327, 432; Oscar McGuire 276, 336; Karen Rollins 34b, 143; Jeff Sheppard 142, 35; Eunice Webb 283, 480; Felton Denney 489, 387.

Josephine Denney conducted the memorial lesson. Lonnie Rogers led 348b for the deceased: J.C. Harden, Mozelle Sheppard, Estelle Flowers, Gladys Simmons, Harvey Austin, Irene Willoughby, and Kenneth Simmons.

Hugh McGraw led 340 in honor of the sick and shut-ins: I.V. McWhorter, Bobby Jackson, Alice Edwards, Nancy Allen, Myrtle Smith, Bud Jones, Shelbie Sheppard, Reby Stanford, and Alonzo Edwards. Josephine Denney closed the memorial with prayer.

Randall Ward from Poplar Springs Baptist Church welcomed everyone, and Rev. Junior Jones gave the benediction for lunch.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with B.M. Smith leading 37b. Leaders: Earlis McGraw 312b, 475; Cynthia Fielder 318, 490; B.J. Harris 303, 63; Carlene Griffin 117, 146; George Garner 112; Inez Chandler and Ceford Woods 569b, 290; Mark Davis 107; LaRue Allen 300; Stanley Edwards 36b; Floy Wilder 187; Oscar McGuire 573; Jeff Sheppard 502; Mildred Patterson 119, 294; Eunice Webb 436; Felton Denney 31t; Karen Rollins 178; Donna Bell 63; Charlene Wallace 274t; Earlis McGraw 132.

Announcements were made. B.M. Smith led 46 as the closing song. Rev. Junior Jones offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

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