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Savannah Singing

Faith Primitive Baptist Church, Savannah, Georgia

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The fourth annual Savannah Singing was held on Saturday, October 11th at Faith Primitive Baptist Church. It was a collaborative event held in conjunction with the Savannah Folk Music Festival. Gene Pinion began the day with a brief introductory lesson which outlined the history of shape note music and its rudiments. The following songs were sung: 49t, 479, and 40.

RECESS

Gene Pinion called the class to order leading 452. John Gentry offered the morning prayer.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Gene Pinion; Vice Chairman—Frank DeBolt; Secretary—Sharon Strong; Arranging Committee—Tom Ivey; Chaplain—John Gentry.

Leaders: Gene Pinion 300; Frank DeBolt 569b, 63; Sharon Strong 338, 391; John Gentry 64, 133; Donna Smith 131b, 503; Judith Parker 146, 53; Ellen Lea 347, 45t; Lucile Gunnels 334, 100; Rexanna Lester 155, 186; Tom Ivey 159, 198.

RECESS

Leaders: Gene Pinion 234; Kathleen McClellan 209, 72b; Ellen Gross 49b, 47b; Frank DeBolt 56t; 515; John Gentry 455, 333; Sharon Strong 89, 474; Donna Smith 163b, 278b; Judith Parker 148, 434; Ellen Lea 106, 107. John Gentry offered thanks for the noon meal.

LUNCH

During the afternoon session the class sang from the Cooper Book. Leaders: Gene Pinion 32t, 229; Rexanna Lester 572, 573, 393t; Tom Ivey 260, 516, 62; Kathleen McClellan 463, 107, 38b; Ellen Lea 95b, 122, 68b; Lucile Gunnels 143, 137; Frank DeBolt 427 (?), 38t, 574; John Gentry 126, 344, 268b; Sharon Strong 494, 113, 112; Donna Smith 427 (?), 163t, 208, 268t; Judith Parker 571, 500; Lynnell McClure 517; Rexanna Lester 180; Bruce McClure 48t.

Announcements were made. Gene Pinion led 484b as the closing song. John Gentry closed the session with prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Gene Pinion; Vice Chairman—Frank DeBolt; Secretary—Sharon Strong