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National Sacred Harp Convention

Unitarian Universalist Church, Birmingham, Alabama

June 15-17, 2006

Thursday, June 15

The twenty-seventh session of the National Sacred Harp Convention opened at 9:30 a.m. with Buell Cobb leading 52t. Jesse Roberts offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Mark Davis 129; Cathryn Bearov 114; Jesse Roberts 344; Mike Hinton 373; Helen Brown 542; Hubert Nall 72b; Sandie Scott 472; George Pomfret 38b; Victoria Bolles 273; Don Bowen and Syd Caldwell 353; Pat Temple 473; Jim Helke 157; Mary Wright 290; John Redman 532; Charles Woods 291; Danny Creel 498; Eugene Forbes 203; Karen Rollins 34b; Toney Smith 428; Karleen Williams 345t; Lee Bradley 32t; Hugh McGraw 413; Arlene Woods 178.


Danny Creel brought the class back to order leading 76b. Leaders: Charlene Wallace 313t; Edward Houghton 436; Henry Guthery 380; Kathy Robinson (for her mother) 546; Richard Mauldin and Dick Mauldin 358.

A business meeting was called to order. The following officers were elected or appointed: Chairman—Buell Cobb; Vice Chairman—Mark Davis; Chaplain—Jesse Roberts; Secretary—Cathryn Bearov; Arranging Committee—Jim Helke, Hubert Nall, Helen Brown, Lee Bradley, Pat Temple, and Gaston White. The business meeting was closed.

Leaders: Lee Rogers 528; Travis Keeton 343; Daphene Causey 269; Sue Bunch 225t; Lou Cotney 222; Morgan Bunch 250; Natalie Davis 354t; Micah Roberts 45t; Charles McCravy 204; Uel Freeman 54; Judy Caudle 540; Sharona Nelson 66; Leah Latimer 145t; Carroll Lunsford 89; Janet Fraembs 74b; Marlin Beasley 137; Alice Bejnar 39b; Cora Sweatt 46; Gary Smith 569b; Joan Aldridge 228.


Henry Guthery brought the class back to order leading 97. Leaders: Henry Johnson 418; Syd Caldwell 314; Helen Brown, Ted Brown, and Buell Cobb (for Dave Richardson and his recently deceased mother-in-law, Alice Cole) 278t; Ila Ingle 434; Walter Hartley 300; Judy Mincey 510; Gaston White 186; Kermit Adams 99; Ginnie Ely 446; Elisa Fairless 68b; Marilyn Burchett 42; Nancy Van Den Akker 285t; Andrew Farris 120; Amanda Denson and Hugh McGraw 328; Robert Dove 474; Ann Webb 142.


Toney Smith led 111t to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Robert Stoddard 183; Glenn Latimer 299; Judy Hauff 398; Elene Stovall and Linda Thomas 556; Melanie Hauff 216; Hugh McGraw 94; Larry Brasher 385b; Ellen Gwynn 335; Kurt Davis 268; Karen Rollins 143; Joyce Cauthen 105; Sarah Smith 61; Kathryn Eastburn 82t; Linda Thomas, Theresa Ratliff, and Jordan Ratliff “Mercy Seat” (LH); Becky Briggs 480; Richard Mauldin and Dick Mauldin 378t. Jesse Roberts offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Friday, June 16

The second day of the convention was opened by Chairman Buell Cobb leading 31b. Jesse Roberts offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Mark Davis 38b; Cathryn Bearov 95; Jesse Roberts 173; Mike Hinton and John Etheridge 434; Helen Brown 411; Pat Temple 33t; Hubert Nall 212; Sandie Scott 176t; George Pomfret 171; Victoria Bolles 391; Don Bowen 283; Jim Helke 77t; Mary Wright 390; John Redman 349; Syd Caldwell and Annette Coor 512 (in memory of Vedie Touchstone); Lee Bradley 49t; Cora Sweatt 159; Sharona Nelson 547 (for her parents); Gaston White 236; Ginnie Ely 454.


Jesse Roberts brought the class back leading 34t. Leaders: Pauline Griggs 36b; Jim Carnes 288; Sonya Sipe 39b; Rosalynn Fairless 569t; Juanita Beasley and Marlin Beasley 61; Emily Creel, Harrison Creel, and Cassie Allen 498; Arthur Gilmore 378t; Jennifer Allred 183; Ann Chalker 146; Ruth Johnson 172; Dr. William Reynolds 128; Tim Reynolds 313b; Rachel Allred 440; Joyce Walton 455; Rodney Ivey 500; Jimmie Gilmore 276; Bridgett Hill 377; Oscar McGuire 573; David Ivey 224 (for Richard DeLong); H.J. Jackson 384; Faye Hollis 155; Wesley Miller 159; Natalie Davis 79; Karen Ivey 192.


Warren Steele brought the class back to order leading 392. Leaders: Eugene Forbes 460; John Etheridge 76b; Amber Davis 187; Jason Hollis 299; Bernice Harvey 176b, “Just a Little More Time” (by request); Phillip Langley 542; Nancy Tuck 335; Lomax Ballinger 300; Julietta Haynes 216; Wilton Donaldson 100; Leon Ballinger 327; Lela Crowder 222; Bentley McGuire 457; Rachel Speer 456; Ivan Mann 49b; Jeannette DePoy 567 (for Richard DeLong); Linda Thomas 474; Morgan Bunch 485; Judy Caudle 195; H.J. Jackson 400; Charles McCravy 153.


Travis Keeton brought the class back to order leading 475. Leaders: Louis Hughes 348b; Lou Cotney 218; Syd Caldwell 383 (in memory of Rosa Hughes); Uel Freeman 388; Sue Bunch 163b; Daphene Causey 361; John Feddersen 378b; Vivian Rogan 84; Eddie Mash 178; Stephen Marini 250; Becky Briggs 354b; Beth Ann Clay 274t; Chris Nolen 189.

Buell Cobb and Mark Davis led 358 as the closing song. Jesse Roberts offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Saturday, June 17

The last day of the convention began with Buell Cobb leading 75. Jesse Roberts offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Mark Davis 47b; Jesse Roberts 208; Jim Helke 438; Victoria Bolles 217; Helen Brown 430; George Pomfret 503; Don Bowen 517; John Redman 38b; Syd Caldwell and Amanda Denson 365 (in memory of all the Denson family); Gaston White 40; Warren Steele 320; Beth Ann Clay and Jennifer Clay 39t; Matt Hinton 112; Lee Bradley 39b; Jayne Fulmer 300; Delone Cobbs 147t; Lynda Hambourger 532; Gary Rogan 319; Ron Harper 42.


Sharona Nelson brought the class back leading 270. Leaders: Sharon DuPriest 460; Jeff Adcock 49t; Robert Walker 490; Bill Hogan 27; Judy Chambless 415; Terry Hogg 43; Bill Stewart 569b; Ed Thacker and Margaret Thacker 489; Louis Hughes, Jr. 448t; Lauren Harrison 236; David Yeager 240; Erin Cole 282.

Mike Hinton, Cora Sweatt, Sharona Nelson, and Ginnie Ely conducted the memorial lesson. The following deceased were remembered: Bill Green, Jap Walton, Ethel H. McGough, Adeline Hunt, Imogene Tyree Bradshaw, Teddy Creel, Elsie Beasley, Alice Edwards, Cecile Cox, Ora Lee Adams Fannin, Gerald Wootten, and Martha Woodard—Alabama; Jocelyn Richards and John Ozbirn—California; Dr. Steve Wilson—Arkansas; Alice Cole and Barbara Koster—England; Tom Fox—Maryland; Gertrude Lines and Sharon Smith Stevenson—Texas; Betty Blankers, Alice Mercer, and Larry Olszewski—Tennessee; Violet Stark and Al Frank—Illinois; Dean Slaton—Indiana; John Stoddard—North Carolina; I.V. McWhorter, Donnie McGraw, Nancy Allen, Sgt. Phil Dodson, and Carolyn Huckeba—Georgia. Mike Hinton led 312t for the Alabama deceased, and Cora Sweatt and Sharona Nelson led 348b for the deceased from other states.

Ginnie Ely spoke for the sick and shut-ins and led 340 for the following: Chuck Beasley, Thurman Nall, Gib Amason, Verville Amason, Elder B. McGough, and Elder Guy Hunt—Alabama; Richard DeLong, Nora Roberts, Bobby Jackson, Felton Denney, Josephine Denney, Katherine Benefield, Mary Hackney, and Margie Smith—Georgia; Myra Palmer, Ophelia Matthews, and Edith Owen—Texas; Sue Cate and Beau Caldwell—Arkansas; Nathan Wallace—Oklahoma; Shirley Figura and Jeanette Lowry—Missouri; Edith Tate—Florida; Pauline Childers—Michigan; Mary Nelson and Ed Nelson—Delaware; Tom Cole—North Carolina; Kat Kinkade—Virginia; Cathryn Bearov and James Oss—Illinois; Dr. William Reynolds and Hibbard Thatcher—Tennessee; Bob Scorgie—Wisconsin; Emily Boswell-Mississippi; Rosalind Oldham—England. Dr. Maggie Lauterer closed the memorial with prayer.

Stephen Marini led 228. Jesse Roberts offered the blessing for the noon meal.


Helen Brown brought the class back leading 345b. Leaders: Janet Fraembs 150; Jim Cauthen 274t; Henry Johnson 138t; Micah Roberts 119; Gary Smith 565; Ann Ballard 421; Natalie Davis 87; Elene Stovall and Don Bowen 99; Carroll Lunsford 426t; Marilyn Burchett and Judy Mincey 254; Cathryn Bearov 269; Syd Caldwell, Amanda Denson, and John Redman 224; Robert Stoddard 215; Robert Hartley 106; Nancy Van Den Akker 369; Marlin Beasley 294; Robert Dove 107; Seth Holloway 388; Melanie Hauff 564; Elley Gwynn and Walter Hartley 347.


Judy Hauff brought the class back leading 129. Leaders: Warren Steele 284; Sarah Smith 73t (for Edith Tate); Matt Hinton 186; Alice Bejnar 497; John Feddersen and Lee Bradley 86; Kathryn Eastburn 496; Chris Noren 198.

A business meeting was called for the purpose of hearing committee reports.

The Finance Committee reported that the collection would enable the convention to meet expenses.

The Resolutions Committee presented their report, thanking all who contributed to making the convention a success, and especially to Chairman Buell Cobb for his cheerful, unwavering leadership.

The Secretary reported that 453 attendees from nineteen states and the United Kingdom registered for the convention: Alabama—315; Georgia—37; Florida—21 Tennessee; 17; North Carolina—10; Massachusetts—10; Illinois—8; Arkansas—7; Texas—6; Mississippi—5; Colorado—4; Arizona—2; Louisiana—2; Virginia—2; California—1; Maryland—1; Minnesota—1; New Jersey—1; Pennsylvania—1; United Kingdom—2. Over the course of three days the class sang 243 (?) lessons led by 231 leaders. The business meeting was closed.

Leaders: Glenn Latimer 155; Vivian Rogan 344; Terry Hogg 523; Judy Mincey 50b; Eddie Mash 32t; Leah Latimer 146; Bridgett Hill 142. Announcements were made. Buell Cobb, Mark Davis, and Cathryn Bearov led 62, and those who wished took the parting hand. Jesse Roberts offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Buell Cobb; Vice-Chairman—Mark Davis; Secretary—Cathryn Bearov.