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William Walker Memorial Singing

Burwell Building, Wofford College; Spartanburg, South Carolina

Saturday, April 9, 2005

The twelfth annual William Walker Memorial Singing was held at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina on Saturday before the second Sunday in April.

Starting at 9:00 a.m., Hugh McGraw led a 45 minute singing school on four and seven shape systems.


At 10:00 a.m., Dr. Harry Eskew called the class into a business meeting. Officers elected or appointed to serve were: Chairman—Dr. Harry Eskew; Arranging—Frances Carnell; Secretary—Dan Huger.

Dr. Harry Eskew introduced Wofford College host, Dr. Doyle Boggs, who explained that the college was on Spring Break, and would be so on this weekend in the future, so regular dining facilities were sadly not available. After discussion, the class voted to plan for dinner-on-the-grounds next year. The business session was closed.

The first session was held from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Dr. Eskew led 49t. John Hollingsworth offered the opening prayer. Leaders: Dr. Walter Hartley 299, 146; Bill Burns 59, 155; Joel Jones 79t, 515; Dan Huger 178, 99; Dr. Eskew 159; Deborah Jones 503, 318; Adam Lockamy 128.


The second morning session was held from the Christian Harmony, Carolina Edition. Leaders: Adam Lockamy 117; Mildred Chandler 381t, 369; Mary Baumeister 103b, 102b; John Hollingsworth 76b; Thomas Cole 77b; Amanda Denson with her granddaughter, Emily, who will be four next week, 78b and “You Are My Sunshine”, Emily’s favorite song.


The first afternoon session was held from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Dan Huger called the class to order leading 117. Leaders: Frances Carnell 145t; 542; Leon Carnell 163b, 481; Jonathon Smith 455, 148; Thomas Cole 268; Steve Walker 107; Walter Hartley 425, 147t; Bill Burns and Miriam Turner 40; Gene Crenshaw 504, 497; Joel Jones 276, 86.

The class then switched to the Christian Harmony, Carolina Edition. Leaders: Adam Lockamy 25b, 25t; Mary Baumeister 24t, 289; Dan Huger 148, 185b; Mildred Chandler 257, 131 (Alabama Edition); Deborah Jones 171t, 49; Frances Carnell 161t, 214; Steve Walker 258, 245; John Hollingsworth 158; Bob Glick 159t.

Announcements were made. Thanks were extended to Wofford College, Dr. Gerald Thurmond, and Dr. Boggs, who gave up vacation time to make this year’s singing possible, and provided pizza for dinner.

The class adjourned to nearby Magnolia Cemetery, and sang 87b (CH) at William Walker’s grave. Dan Huger closed the singing with prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Dr. Harry Eskew; Secretary—Dan Huger.