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Poplar Springs Baptist Church

North of Tallapoosa, Georgia, off Hwy. 100

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Note: This will be the last Sacred Harp singing at this church.

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Poplar Springs Baptist Church was held on the fourth Sunday in May. The class was called to order by Cecil Roberts leading 59. Lonnie Rogers offered the morning prayer. Cecil Roberts led 32t; Earlis McGraw 46, 345t (in memory of Buford McGraw); Charlene Wallace 47t, 61.

The class was organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairman—Earlis McGraw; Secretary—Charlene Wallace; Arranging Committee—Miranel Swafford and Carlene Griffin.

Leaders: B.M. Smith 294, 475; Donna Bell 480 (for George Garner); Lonnie Rogers 97, 141; Oscar McGuire 129, 155; Karleen Williams 45t, 136.


The class was called together by Cecil Roberts leading 335 and 303. Leaders: Tony Hammock 39b, 434; Lela Crowder 138t, 138b; Phillip Langley 30t, 270; Debra Jiles 145t, 145b; B.J. Harris 47t, 82t.

Donna Bell conducted the memorial lesson leading 340 for the sick and shut-ins. Those honored were Bobby Jackson, Sherry Lovvorn, LaRue Allen, Richard DeLong, and Myrtle Smith.

Karleen Williams led 159 for the deceased. Those remembered were Sherri Edwards, I.V. McWhorter, Eunice Spearman, Albert Pope, Bertha Pope, Nancy Allen, Jimmy Ray Robinson, and Hattie Wood Saxon.

Earlis McGraw thanked everyone for all the support the church has given to the Sacred Harp singing over the past years. Lee Hollis, pastor of the church, closed the memorial session with prayer, and offered the blessing for the noon meal.


The afternoon session was called to order by Earlis McGraw leading 312b and 313t. Leaders: Carlene Griffin 117, 448b; Miranel Swafford and Belinda Stansberry 441, 119; Inez Chandler and Ceford Wood 490, 457; B.M. Smith 143, 222; Mildred Patterson and Ellen Walters 274t, 111t; Hugh McGraw 37b, 37t; Phillip Langley 217, 410t; Donna Bell 322, 28t; Lela Crowder 186, 300; Oscar McGuire 276, 473; Tony Hammock 83b, 112; Karleen Williams 40; B.J. Harris 317, 452; Cecil Roberts 285t.

Announcements were made. Cecil Roberts led 56t as the closing song. B.J. Harris offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

This was the last singing to be held at this church.

Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairman—Earlis McGraw; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.