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Georgia State Sacred Harp Convention

Sweet Water Chapel, Lawrenceville, Georgia

March 25-26, 2006

Saturday, March 25

The forty-fifth session of the Georgia State Sacred Harp Convention was held at Sweet Water Chapel, Lawrenceville, Georgia, on the fourth Sunday in March and Saturday before. The convention was called to order by Oscar McGuire leading 33b. Louis Hughes offered the morning prayer. Oscar McGuire led 283.

Leaders: Jeannette DePoy 89; Charlene Wallace 171; Scott DePoy 201; Helen Bryson 456; Kathy Williams 53; Lela Crowder 203; Phillip Langley 272; Louis Hughes 405; John Plunkett 466; Martha Ann Stegar 198; Charles Wood 26; Malinda Snow 191; Eric Tweedy 327; Daphene Causey 269; Junie Wootten 503; Sharon DuPriest 216; LeAnne Latimer 358; Andy Anderson 52t; Mary Brownlee 365; Tony Hammock 436.

RECESS

The class was called together by Oscar McGuire leading 145t. Leaders: Gaston White 99; Judy Chambless 450; David Yeager 178; Joan Durdin 448b.

The convention went into a business session, and the following officers were elected or appointed: Chairman—John Plunkett; Vice Chairlady—Jeannette DePoy; Secretary/Treasurer—Charlene Wallace; Chaplains—Elder Jesse Roberts, (Saturday), and David Lee, (Sunday); Arranging Committee—Lela Crowder, Richard DeLong, and Scott DePoy.

Leaders: Winston Stevens 34b; Ed Thacker 534; Rachel Allred 142.

RECESS

John Plunkett called the class together leading 36b. Leaders: Andy Morse 542; Cathy White 148; Caleb Allred 312b; Judy Mincey 571; Chris Carnell 273; Bridgett Hill 377; John Hollingsworth 82t; Lauren Harrison 282; Daryl Chesney 454; Myron House 311; Karen Clark 569t (for Bobby Jackson); Seth Allred 504; Frances Carnell 280; Stanley Edwards 215; Beth Branscome 477; Danny Creel 196; Kelly Morse 47b.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called together by Jeannette DePoy leading 328. Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 406; Buell Cobb 68t; Joyce Walton 439; Jennifer Allred 336; Jesse Roberts 301; Sharona Nelson 37b; Martha Beverly 218; Rodney Ivey 564; Judy Caudle 195; Will Allred 87; Reba Windom 430; Richard Ivey 411; Henry Johnson 416; Shelbie Sheppard 440; David Lee 501; Susan Harcrow 383; David Ivey 517; Lonnie Rogers 389; Sara Jenkins 340; Pat Temple 284; Jo Schultz 452; Karen Ivey 153 (in memory of Jap Walton); Allison Dodson 335; Susan Allred 378b; Matt Hinton 42.

RECESS

The class was called together with Richard DeLong leading 123b. Leaders: Jan House 46; Wanda Gregg 460; Bill Beverly 297; Karen Rollins 489; Eddie Mash 29b; Mary Wright 457; Jeremy Ship 95; Martha Harrell 77t; George Burdette 101t; Lucretia Franklin 100;

Mildred McElroy 186; Faye Hollis 299; Bobby Watkins and Mercy Watkins 124 (in memory of Teddy Creel); Jason Hollis 276; Don Bowen 145b; Jerry Creason 268; John Redman 236.

Announcements were made. John Plunkett and Jeannette DePoy led 56t as the closing song. Chaplain Elder Jesse Roberts offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, March 26

The convention was called to order by John Plunkett leading 467. Chaplain David Lee offered the morning prayer. Leaders: Jeannette DePoy 421; Charlene Wallace 99; Andy Morse 86; Cathy White 159; Don Bowen 283; John Shippee 192; Andy Anderson 282; Phillip Langley 142; Malinda Snow 510; Oscar McGuire 485; Joel Jenkins 299; Louis Hughes 403; Helen Bryson 522; John Hollingsworth 230; Stanley Edwards 66; Wanda Gregg 143; Laura Akerman 543; Lee Bradley 112; Faye Hollis 340; Mercy Watkins and Bobby Watkins 448t.

RECESS

The class was called together by Jeannette DePoy leading 81t. Leaders: Charles Woods 27; Sara Jenkins 24b; Allison Dodson 300; Brittany Lea 155; Matt Hinton and Anna Hinton 168; Kathy Williams 180; David Lee 229; Judy Mincey 538; Lauren Harrison 186; Daryl Chesney 68b; Carlene Griffin 225t (for Gladys McGraw, who will be 95 on her birthday, March 30th); Rueben Ball 497; Louise Holland 43; Mary Wright 312t; Diane Wall 548; Bill Beverly 547; Erica Hinton 503; Gaston White 236.

RECESS

John Plunkett called the class together leading 74b. Leaders: Martha Beverly 217; Jerry Creason 49b; David Yeager 40; Jane Spencer 232; Eddie Mash 144.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Judy Mincey and Kathy Williams. Judy Mincey led 516 for the following deceased: Nancy Allen, Sgt. Philip Dodson, Ruth Johnson, Olin Gresham, Donnie McGraw, I.V. McWhorter, Carolyn Huckeba, Elvern Downing Lee, Preston McClendon, Floyd Peters, and Sherri Edwards—Georgia; Elsie Beasley, Phil Tabor, Alice Edwards, Maxine Lacy, Gerald Wootten, Ivalene Donaldson, Jap Walton, and Teddy Creel—Alabama; Dean Slaton—Indiana; Al Frank—Illinois; Mark Seiler—Maine; Larry Olszewski—Tennessee.

Kathy Williams led 330b for the following sick and shut-ins: Bill Green, Loyd Ivey, Lloyd Caldwell, Shirley Figura, Gene Holbrook, B.J. Harris, Nora Roberts, Mike Spencer, Bobby Jackson, Bernice Jackson, Genny Whitworth, Loy Garrison, Dorothy Garrison, Violet Thomason, Lynn Allen, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Hubbard, Felton Denney, Josephine Denney, Henry Bizzell, Kat Kincaid, Amanda Denson Brady, Bailey June Lee, Homer Benefield, and Katherine Benefield. The memorial was closed with prayer by David Lee.

Leaders: Jo Schultz 38t; Pat Temple 567.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by John Plunkett leading 123t. Leaders: Sharona Nelson 137; Jeff Sheppard 120; Daphene Causey 242; Rodney Ivey 97 (for Loyd Ivey); LaRue Allen 222; Richard Ivey 422; Reba Windom 224; Henry Johnson 70b; Karen Ivey 475; Jesse Roberts 296; Judy Caudle 291; Micah Roberts 354b; Shelbie Sheppard 211; David Ivey 94; Bridgett Hill 500; Richard DeLong 395; Lela Crowder 110; Scott DePoy 277; Frances Mary D’Andrea 480; John Redman 513; Sharon DuPriest 172; Stuart Ivey 424.

RECESS

The class was called together by Jeannette DePoy leading 384. Leaders: Lucretia Franklin 153; Glenn Latimer 535; Susan Posey 148; Eric Tweedy 58.

The convention went into a business session to hear reports from various committees.

The Resolutions Committee, Helen Bryson and David Yeager, submitted the report, thanking everyone who contributed in making the convention possible.

The Finance report was given by Charlene Wallace.

The Locating Committee (Phillip Langley, Charles Woods, and Andy Morse) reported that the 2007 session of the Georgia State Sacred Harp Convention would be held at Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Alpharetta, Georgia.

The business session was closed.

Leaders: Sharona Nelson 434; Martha Beverly 546; Reba Windom 276; Bill Beverly 481; Richard Ivey, Brittany Lea, Stewart Ivey, and Lauren Hassel 171; Laura Patterson and Karen Ivey 63; Jo Schultz 532; Henry Johnson and Judy Caudle 132; Stanley Edwards and David Ivey 108b.

Announcements were made. John Plunkett and Jeannette DePoy led 323t as the closing song. Elder Jesse Roberts offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—John Plunkett; Vice Chairlady—Jeannette DePoy; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.