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Union Musical Convention

Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Alpharetta, Georgia

October 30-31, 2004

Saturday, October 30

The one hundred thirty-sixth session of the Union Musical Convention was held at Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. Chairperson Lela Crowder brought the class to order leading 171. Jesse Roberts offered the morning prayer. Lela Crowder led 32t. Vice Chair John Plunkett led 33b and 76t.

Judy Mincey led the Introductory Lesson: 48t, 30t, 31t, 68b, 155, 108 (t? b?), 71, and 28t.

Leaders: Phillip Langley 270, 217; Andy Anderson 282, 31b; Reuben Ball 318, 425; Malinda Snow 299, 86; Charlene Wallace 186, 187.


Lela Crowder called the class back to order leading 421.

A business session was held with the following officers elected and committees appointed: Chairman—John Plunkett; Vice Chairperson—Judy Mincey; Acting Secretary—Lela Crowder; Chaplains—Jesse Roberts and John Hollingsworth; Memorial Committee—Richard DeLong; Finance Committee—Don Bowen; Resolutions Committee—Andy Anderson; Arranging Committee—Lee Rogers and Sandra Wilkinson.

Leaders: John Plunkett 300; Andy Morse 474, 349; Arlene Woods 30b, 81 (t? b?); Don Bowen 99, 503; Jessica Altman 101t, 112 (for Violet Thomason); Loy Garrison 83t, 50b; Charles Woods 91, 268; Martha Ann Stegar 275t, 276.


Judy Mincey called the afternoon session to order leading 277. Leaders: Lee Rogers 332, 151; Micah Roberts 354b; James Wagner and James Sumner Wagner 388, 294; Floyd Bennett 452, “Happy Birthday” (for wife Patricia); Debora Grosse 494, 312b; Ed Thacker 77b, 407; Susan Posey 497, 198; Jesse Roberts 346, 352; Sandra Wilkinson 67, 274t, Phil Summerlin 61, 399b; Henry Johnson 235, 288; Frances Mary D’Andrea 148, 189; Tony Hammock 89, 303; John Hollingsworth 290; Matt Hinton 63, 501; Richard DeLong 88t, 173.

Announcements were made. John Plunkett and Judy Mincey led 323 (t? b?) as the closing song, and Jesse Roberts dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, October 31

John Plunkett called the class to order for the Sunday morning session leading 467 and 59. Leaders: Judy Mincey 186, 479; Lela Crowder 101t, 99; John Hollingsworth 36b, 37b; Don Bowen 34b, 66; Richard DeLong 123b (in memory of Uncle Jack Corley), 395; Andy Anderson 159, 45t; Sandra Wilkinson 448t, 300; Faye Holbrook 67, 532.


Judy Mincey brought the class back to order leading 76b. Leaders: Matt Hinton 163b, 168; Phillip Langley 224, 142; Vaudie Shearer 143, 460; Lucretia Franklin 354b, 40; Chris Thorman 473, 73t.

Richard DeLong conducted the memorial lesson. He reminded us that small acts can have great impact and that we shouldn’t forget to give roses to those who still live. He read the list of the deceased, and the shut-ins; then led 271t for the deceased, and 146 for the sick and shut-ins.

The deceased remembered included: Marshall Avery, Reynaldo Blalock, and Carolyn Snow.

The list of sick and shut-ins included: Helen Hunt, Geneva Prichard, Nora Roberts, and Violet Thomason. John Hollingsworth closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Martha Ann Stegar 155, 277; Teddy Creel 72b, 63.


John Plunkett called the class back to order for the afternoon session leading 131b. Leaders: Malinda Snow 324, 551; Emily Creel 217, 269; James Wagner and James Sumner Wagner 108t, 47b; Oscar McGuire 129, 276; Danny Creel 475, 498; Ellie Soler 472, 378b; Lela Crowder 166b; Matt Hinton, Milton Cochran, Patrice Johnson 148; Phillip Langley 411; Martha Ann Stegar 47t; Teddy Creel 358; Don Bowen 378t (for Bobby Jackson); Lucretia Franklin 153; Vaudie Shearer 480; Andy Anderson 39t; Chris Thorman 313b; Emily Creel 383.


Judy Mincey brought the class back to order leading 464.

Leaders: Oscar McGuire 441; Danny Creel 123 (t? b?); Malinda Snow 448b.

The business session reconvened for the purpose of hearing reports. Chairman John Plunkett announced that expenses had been met and updated the class on the Convention’s accounts. He also notified the class that this convention rotates from year to year. Next year, Camp Creek will host the convention at Sweetwater Chapel on the first fifth Sunday and Saturday before after Labor Day, October 29th and 30th, 2005.

Andy Anderson read the Resolutions Report, and it was accepted by the convention. The business session was closed.

Richard DeLong informed the class that the Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church, which hosts the DeLong-Roberts Memorial on the fourth Sunday in June, may be unavailable after 2005.

Leaders: Ellie Soler 361; Faye Holbrook 380; James Wagner and James Sumner Wagner 494; Richard DeLong 82 (t? b?) (in memory of his grandmother, Miss Dollie Hudgins).

Announcements were made. John Plunkett and Judy Mincey led 62 as the closing song. John Hollingsworth offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—John Plunkett; Vice Chair—Judy Mincey; Acting Secretary—Lela Crowder.