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Harpeth Valley Priestley Miller Memorial Singing

Free Will Baptist Bible College, Nashville, Tennessee

Saturday, April 2, 2005

The forty-fourth annual Harpeth Valley- Priestley Miller Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Vice-Chairman Darrell Holley leading 81 (t? b?). Clayton Ezell offered the morning prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—David Carlton; Vice Chairman—Darrell Holley; Secretary—Marilyn Burchett; Arranging Committee—Tim Reynolds.

Leaders: Tim Reynolds 84, 34b; Clayton Ezell 66, 378t; Marilyn Burchett 36b, 335; Ron Harper 64, 40; Gordon Wilkinson 137, 141; Kerene Box and Thelma Elliott 235, 405; Sandie Scott 209, 225t.


Tim Reynolds brought the class back to order leading 148. Leaders: Dr. William J. Reynolds 128, 59; Lewis Frost 178, 452; Heidi Nolen 312b, 448t; Cheryl Foreman 63, 475; Bob Simmons 313t, 532; Laurens Blankers 72b, 49b; Sarah Smith 290, 129.

Tim Reynolds gave a short talk on the Rev. Priestley Miller, the founder of this singing and of the Harpeth Valley Sacred Harp News, in observance of the centennial of Rev. Miller’s birth. He then led 551.


Darrell Holley called the class back to order leading 81t and 569b. Leaders: Darlyne Kent 117, 455; Jeff Adcock 334, 354t; Gary Smith 565, 31t; Sandra Lynch 45t, 338; Seth Holloway 274t, 388; Dr. Mike Penny, Alora Huggins, and Maggie Long 145t, 44; Ken Robinson 68b, 480; Don Kent and Henry Cobb 146, 155; Dr. Mike Penny, Darryl Holley, Jacob Frady, Ezra Cavnor, Brandon Stutts, and Justin Dillehay, 268 (in memory of Dr. Irving Wolfe).

Following announcements, Darrell Holley led 127 as the closing song. Jacob Frady offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—David Carlton; Vice Chairman—Darrell Holley; Secretary—Marilyn Burchett.