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Mississippi State Sacred Harp Singing Convention

Antioch Primitive Baptist Church, Scott County, Mississippi

August 25-26, 2007

Saturday, August 25

The 79th annual session of the Mississippi State Sacred Harp Singing Convention convened at Antioch Primitive Baptist Church, Scott County, Mississippi. President Mark Davis called the meeting to order, welcomed visitors and singers, and led 37b. Chaplain Arlon Gardner offered the opening prayer. Mark Davis led 47b. Appreciation and thanks were extended to Bro. Alfred Bailey and the people of Antioch Church for hosting the singing. Alfred Bailey extended a welcome to all.

Leaders: Mark Davis 208; John Lee Van Horn 213 (t? b?), 212; Jean Gray 418, 288; Darlene Reynolds 569b, 145t; Arlon Gardner 112, 76b; Lucy Sandidge 497, 361; Wanda Gregg 460, 40; Michael Spencer 207, 354t; Drew McGuire 354b, 282; T.J. Funderburk 68b, 63; Tom Gray and Carson Gray 358, 143.

RECESS

John Merritt and Bruce Hedrick led 478 (CB) and 392 (CB) to call the class to order. Leaders: Mike McNeil 522 (CB), 172 (CH); Michael Heyerman 55 (CB), 502 (CB); Jane Spencer 204t (CH), 316 (CH); Haley Gray, Madelyn Freeman, and Kate Gray 78b (CH), 175 (CH); Warren Steele 392, 359 (CB); Emily Mayes 145b, 235. Chaplain Arlon Gardner offered the blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Mark Davis leading 126. Leaders: Linda Funderburk 290, 373; Renee Eady 171; Hugh McGuire 240, 409; Mark Davis 117 (CH) (by request from the people of Antioch Church); Gabe Monroe 445, 117; Nancy Van Den Akker 497 (CB), 573 (CB); Matthew Howard 40 (CB); Bruce Hedrich 128, 59; Tim Gray and Haley Gray 222, 218; Regina Derstine 200, 440; Billy Hollingsworth 180 (CH), 236 (by request).

A business meeting was held and the current officers were re-elected: President—Mark Davis; Vice President—John Lee Van Horn; Secretary—Jean Gray; Assistant Secretary—Darlene Reynolds; Chaplains—W.M. Allen and Arlon Gardner.

RECESS

The singing resumed as John Lee Van Horn led 61. Leaders: John Hollingsworth 182; Junie McNeil 43 (CH), 64 (CH); Bobby Caldwell 201 (CH), 216t (CH); Henry McGuire 269, 442; Hugh Bill McGuire, Hugh McGuire, Henry McGuire, and Drew McGuire 155 (CH), 503; Wilma Mitchell 39t; Warren Steele 378b (CB); Mark Davis 131 (CH).

Mark Davis led “The Drone” as the closing song. The class was dismissed by prayer offered by Arlon Gardner.

Sunday, August 26

Mark Davis opened the Sunday morning session by leading 30t. W.M. Allen offered prayer.

Leaders: Mark Davis 101t, 203; John Lee Van Horn 254b (CH), 339 (CH); Darlene Reynolds and John Hollingsworth 188 (CH), 24t (CH); W.M. Allen 108t, 490; Arlon Gardner 183, 372 (CH); Natalie Davis 572 (CB), 354b; Bruce Hedrick 179 (CH), 117 (CH); Jane Spencer 322 (CH), 318 (CH).

RECESS

John Hollingsworth brought the class together leading 82t. Leaders: Lucy Sandidge 510, 24 (t? b?); Michael Spencer 23b (CH), 30b (CH); Haley Gray and Madelyn Freeman 323 (CH), 289 (CH); Michael Heyerman 520 (CB), 485 (CB); Linda Funderburk 328, 155; Drew McGuire 137, 388; Tom Gray and Carson Gray 268, 334. Chaplain Arlon Gardner offered prayer before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Mark Davis leading 160b. Leaders: Jean Gray, grandchildren (Haley, Hannah and Heidi Gray), Carson Gray, Cate Gray, Madelyn Freeman, and Will Freeman 142 (CH), 284 (CH), 214 (CH); Nancy Van Den Akker 38t (CB), 78 (CB); T.J. Funderburk 323b, 147t; Mike McNeil 308 (CH), 51 (CH); Billy Hollingsworth 399b, 23b (CH); Hugh McGuire 393t (CB), 511t (CB); Emily Mayes 154, 206 (CH).

The memorial lesson was conducted by John Hollingsworth and Esther Mann. John Hollingsworth led 95b (CH) for the following: Ellen Guthrie, Walterine Bartlett, Ester Everett, and Sam Smith—Mississippi; Richard Maudlin, Sr.—Alabama. Chaplain W.M. Allen offered prayer.

Members of the Business and Credential committee (Hugh McGuire, Mike McNeil, and Colvin Mann) reported funds sufficient to cover expenses.

The Resolutions committee (T.J. Funderburk and Alice McGuire) thanked everyone for their support of the singing and their hard work.

RECESS

The class was called together by Henry McGuire leading 318 and 254. Leaders: John Merritt 380b (CB), 380t (CB); Tim Gray, Haley Gray, and Madelyn Freeman 441, 220; Wanda Gregg 541, 408 (CB); Hugh Bill McGuire, Hugh McGuire, Henry McGuire, and Drew McGuire 168 (CH); Esther Mann 258 (CH), 85b (CH); Junie McNeil 253 (CH), 46t (CH), 564.

Announcements were made. Mark Davis led “The Drone” as the closing song. The class was dismissed by prayer offered by W.M. Allen.

President—Mark Davis; Vice President—John Lee Van Horn; Secretary—Jean Gray