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DeLong-Roberts Memorial Singing

Antioch Primitive Baptist Church, Whitesburg, Georgia

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The annual DeLong-Roberts Memorial Singing was opened with Vice Chairman Jesse Roberts leading 138b. The morning prayer was offered by Henry Johnson.

Leaders: Jesse Roberts 57; John Plunkett 435, 541; Tony Hammock 400, 75; Matt DeLong 288; Helen Bryson 172, 328; Frances Mary D’Andrea 384,148; Jack Paulk 569b, 565; Ed Thacker 176b, 48t; Jeremy Shipp 260; Lisa Grayson 201, 192; Lonnie Rogers 389, 141; Jeannette DePoy 142, 99; Rachel Carlisle 145t, 204.


Richard DeLong called the class to order leading 77t.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairmen—Matt DeLong and Jesse Roberts; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson.

Leaders: Jane Spencer 335, 564; Jason Hollis 72b, 155; Judy Chambless 339, 415; Scott DePoy 448t, 277; Erica Hinton 29b, 81t; Karleen Williams 168, 45t; Brady DeLong 37b, 61; Cecil Roberts 491, 30b; Micah Roberts 354b.


Jesse Roberts called the class to order leading 137. Leaders: Robert Chambless 145b; Lisa Webb 222; Claudia Egelhoff 556; Bentley McGuire 153; Ashley Roberts 196; Matt Hinton 186; Jonathan Smith 282; Henry Johnson 539; Judy Mincey 538; Malinda Snow 344; Janice Paulk 518; Stanley Edwards and Marilyn Bradley 503, 528; Andy Morse 183; Oscar McGuire 441; Jessica Altman 542; Jean Payne 480; Faye Hollis 340; Ted Mercer 151; Mark Puckett 454.


Jesse Roberts called the class to order leading 47t.

John Plunkett conducted the memorial lesson and led 465 for the following deceased: Sherri Edwards and Mary Morse—Georgia; Alice Edwards—Alabama; Dean Slaton—Indiana.

Helen Bryson led 475 for the following sick and shut-ins: Richard DeLong, Shirley Hardy, Irvin Roberts, Nora Roberts, Violet Thomason, Loy Garrison, Dorothy Garrison, and Shelbie Sheppard. Richard DeLong led 318 for all the DeLong and Roberts families who have been instrumental in leaving a rich legacy for us to follow. Henry Johnson closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Sheri Taylor 209; Claudia Egelhoff 474; Lisa Grayson 370; Jonathan Smith 312b; Ashley Roberts 347; Jessica Altman and Jesse Roberts 112; Ed Thacker and Tony Hammock 494; Frances Mary D’Andrea 532; Ted Mercer 123b; Matt DeLong and Richard DeLong 34t (by request).

The Locating Committee, Janice Paulk, John Plunkett, and Jesse Roberts, reported on possible locations for the singing to be held next year. Those discussed were Sweetwater Chapel, Antioch Primitive Baptist Church, and Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church. It was decided on Sweetwater Chapel (depending on its availability) for the singing in 2007; Antioch Primitive Baptist Church in 2008, with Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church as an alternate choice. The committee will have a final determination by the end of July.

Announcements were made. Richard DeLong, Matt DeLong, and Jesse Roberts led 323t for the closing song. John Plunkett dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairmen—Matt DeLong and Jesse Roberts; Secretary/Treasure—Helen Bryson.