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Union Musical Sacred Harp Singing Convention

Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Alpharetta, Georgia

September 29-30, 2007

Saturday, September 29

The 139th session of the Union Musical Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order by Jeannette DePoy leading 32t. Jesse Roberts offered the morning prayer. Jeannette DePoy led 516.

Richard DeLong conducted the introductory lesson by leading 61, 60, 43, 65, 421, 511, and 316.

Leaders: Helen Bryson 176b, 275b; Junie Wooten 84, 503; Andy Anderson 31b, 34b; Jesse Roberts 507, 30t; Tony Hammock 428, 37b; Reuben Ball 318, 435; Loy Garrison 99, 74b.


Jeannette DePoy called the class to order leading 129. Scott DePoy led 448t and 277.

The convention entered into a business session. The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Matt Hinton; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson; Arranging Committee—Sandra Wilkinson, Judy Mincey, and John Plunkett; Chaplain—Elder Charles Cagle.

Leaders: Richard DeLong 123b; Lee Rogers 354t, 350; Billy Hollingsworth 399 (t? b?), 56b; Jack Paulk 565, 569b; John Plunkett 304, 429; Kelly Morris 49b, 159; Sandra Wilkinson 177, 394; Beth Branscome 501, 145t; George Burnette 417, 76b.


Matt Hinton opened the afternoon session leading 40. Leaders: Judy Mincey 497, 50b; Mike Thompson 232, 294; John Hollingsworth 347; Joyce Walton 439; Don Bowen 510, 494; Robert Kelly 36t, 222; Ed Thacker 486, 278t (for Toney Smith); Jonathon Smith 31t, 426b; Ray Richards 73b, 111b; Janice Paulk 448b, 75; Henry Johnson 138t, 141; Erica Hinton 42, 77t; Erin Mills 128, 278b; Matt Hinton 376; Phoebe Eckhardt 300, 148; Shirley Ellis 234, 454; Richard DeLong 340 (for Violet Thomason), 45t (for Dorothy Garrison); George Burnette 101t; Joyce Walton 34t; Henry Johnson 341.

Announcements were made. Richard DeLong led 544 as the closing song. Ed Thacker dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, September 30

The class was called to order by Richard Delong leading 47t. Bobby Cagle offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Richard DeLong 60; Helen Bryson 568, 70t; John Plunkett 569t, 490; Judy Mincey 415, 475; Tony Hammock 321, 112; Jeannette DePoy 39t, 39b; Robert Kelley 69t, 348b; Sandra Wilkinson 388, 274t; Billy Hollingsworth and John Hollingsworth 236; David McGukin 49b, 222; Karen Clark 94, 501; Andy Anderson 49t, 28b.


Matt Hinton called the class to order leading 82t and 99. Leaders: Bobby Cagle 283; Eddie Mash 91, 378b; Stephanie Tingler 335, 63; Loy Garrison 544, 498; Debra Grosse 480, 171; Jonathon Smith 319, 208; Erica Hinton 540, 410t; Scott DePoy 201.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Jeannette DePoy and Scott DePoy. The following deceased were remembered: B.J. Harris, Dick Mauldin, LaRue Allen, Herby Bailey, and Wilton Donaldson—Alabama; Frank Faerber, William Cagle, Albert Bryson, and Jessie Bryson—Georgia; Charlie Vaughn—Texas; Minja Lausevic—Minnesota. Jonathon Smith led 48t in their memory.

Jeannette DePoy led 176t for the following sick and shut-ins: Gladys McGraw, Sharona Nelson’s father, Nora Roberts, Gertrude DeLong, Lonnie Rogers, Violet Thomason, and Regina Cagle. Elder Charles Cagle closed the memorial lesson with prayer.


Richard DeLong called the class to order leading 131b. Leaders: Reuben Ball 497, 318; Don Clark 31t, 350; Malinda Snow 28t, 472; Laura Ackerman 124, 312t; Vaudie Sherer 335, 460; Ellie Soler 38b, 277; Jesse Roberts 553, 33b; Shirley Ellis 192, 155; Billy Hollingsworth 551; Jonathon Smith and his parents 45t.


Richard DeLong called the class back to order leading 339. Leaders: Anna Hinton 282; Robert Kelly 524; Eddie Mash 547; Karen Clark 387.

A business session was held for the purpose of giving reports. Helen Bryson gave the Financial Report.

The Resolutions Report was presented by Robert Kelly and Jonathon Smith, who thanked everyone who helped in any way to make the convention possible.

The 140th Union Musical Sacred Harp Convention will be held in 2008 at Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, on the fifth Sunday and Saturday before in November. The business session was closed.

Following announcements, Richard DeLong led 62 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Elder Charles Cagle, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Matt Hinton; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson