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Union Musical Sacred Harp Singing Convention

Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Alpharetta, Georgia

November 29-30, 2008

Saturday, November 29

The 140th session of the Union Musical Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order by Richard DeLong leading 60. Tony Hammock offered the morning prayer. Richard DeLong led 57. Matt Hinton led 32t and 37b.

Dr. Steve Kick conducted the introductory lesson leading songs on pages 49b, 88t, 112, 542, 294, 475, and 217.

Leaders: Helen Bryson 208; Faye Holbrook 67; John Plunkett 437; Junie Wooten 503; Jeannette DePoy 566 (in memory of Dollie Hudgins); Vaudie Sherer 460; George Burnette 159; Jeannie Marsh 146; Bill Hollingsworth 236; Shannon Primm and Jennifer Primm 120; Kate Kiefer, Alex Lee, Rachel Williams, David Koworlski, and Matt Hinton 347; Mike Castleberry 480.


Richard DeLong called the class to order leading 458. The convention entered into a business session. The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Matt Hinton; Vice Chairman—Jane Spencer; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson; Memorial Committee—Jeannette DePoy and Scott DePoy; Arranging Committee—John Plunkett; Finance Committee—Mike Spencer and Jonathan Smith; Resolutions Committee—Robert Kelly and Steven Kick; Chaplain—Tony Hammock.

Leaders: Matt Hinton 186; Tony Hammock 494; Ben Dicks 277; Mary Beaumeister 184; Joe Todd 106; Rachel Rudi 569b; Alexander Garden 105; Jonathan Smith 47t; Lena Keeton 200; B.M. Smith 225t (for Lonnie Rogers); Charlene Wallace 63 (in memory of Dollie Hudgins); Mark King 102; Chris Wilhelm 278t; Stephanie Fida 442; Scott DePoy 201 (in memory of Kenneth DeLong); Laura Akerman 224; Don Keeton 454.


Jane Spencer opened the afternoon session leading 33b. Leaders: Eddie Mash 213b; Beth Todd 89; Ted Mercer 210; Erica Hinton 168; Mike Thompson 495; Nathan Rees 380; Darrell Swarens 335; Jenna Strizak 192; Joyce Walton 428; Dan Huger 137; Judy Mincey 492; Robert Kelly 140; Bridgett Hill 142; Mike Spencer 451; Judy Caudle 528; Susan Posey 148; Jane Spencer 225b; Alexander Garden 263; Junie Wooten 461.


Jonathan Smith called the class back to order leading 501. Leaders: Richard DeLong 522; B.M. Smith 222; Rachel Rudi 284; George Burnette 421; Susan Posey 178 (for her son David Posey); Joe Todd and Beth Todd 373; Dan Huger, Mary Beaumeister, and Chris Wilhelm 182; Charlene Wallace and Joyce Walton 500; Stephanie Fida and Darrell Swarens 448t; Bridgett Hill and Judy Caudle 110; Eddie Mash and Ted Mercer 383; Don Keeton and Lena Keeton 384; Stephen Kick 270.

Announcements were made. Matt Hinton led 323t as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Tony Hammock, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, November 30

The Sunday session of the Union Musical Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order by Matt Hinton leading 32t. Tony Hammock offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Matt Hinton 157; Helen Bryson 81b, 411; Tony Hammock 321, 314; John Plunkett 441, 413; Scott DePoy 179; Jane Spencer 76t, 472; Jonathan Smith 312t, 189 (for Violet Thomason); Jeannette DePoy 183, 39b; Robert Kelly 553; Steven Kick 448b, 204; Mike Spencer 191, 420; Faye Holbrook 455, 45t (for her father, James Tolbert).


Jane Spencer called the class to order leading 31t. Leaders: Shannon Primm and Jennifer Primm 84, 28b; Mike Castleberry 334; Malinda Snow 384, 49t; Don Keeton 317, 490.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Jeannette DePoy and Scott DePoy. Scott DePoy spoke and read the names of the following deceased: Corrine Laminack, Amanda Denson Brady, Dale Harris, Edith Tate, Frank Hataway, Kim Jenkins, Milton Oliver, Mattie Townsel, Lora Keeton, Jimmie Keeton, Pat Keeton Kanaday—Alabama; Muriel Morgan, Elizabeth Tolbert, Myrtle Smith, Loy Garrison, Lee Rogers, Gladys McGraw, Reby Stanford, Felton Denney—Georgia; Pauline Childers—Michigan; Wally Bloch—Illinois. Steven Kick led 414 in memory of the deceased.

Jeannette DePoy spoke on behalf of the sick and shut-ins. Mike Thompson led 176b in honor of the following: Frank Block, James Tolbert, Lonnie Rogers, Raymond Hamrick, John Hollingsworth, Judge Donald Ross, Jenna Strizak, Violet Thomason, Reuben Ball, Mary Florence Lambert Smith, Joan Aldridge, and Corene White. Scott DePoy closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Nathan Rees 75, 121; Bill Hollingsworth 70t, 56b. The blessing before the noon meal was offered by Bridgett Hill.


Matt Hinton and friends called the afternoon session to order leading 142. Leaders: Beth Todd 68t, 436; Jeannie Marsh 145t, 163b; Joel Jenkins 76b, 176t; Reba Windom 306, 403 (in memory of Milton Oliver); Darrell Swarens 72b, 198; Richard DeLong 419, 216; Judy Caudle 458, 444; Eddie Mash 476, 271t; Stephanie Fida and Holly Evans 417, 148; Ted Mercer 123b (in memory of Jack Corley), 468; Erica Hinton 99, 108t; Rodney Ivey 389 (for Lonnie Rogers), 432; Joyce Walton 439.


Mike Thompson called the class back to order leading 532. Leaders: Judy Mincey 475; Joe Todd 312b, 58; Bridgett Hill 504, 276; Sarah Jenkins 101t, 418; Lena Keeton 120, 546; Oscar McGuire 573.

A business session for the purpose of giving reports was held. Finance Committee reported collections and expenses for the two days. The Resolutions report was presented by Robert Kelly and Steven Kick, thanking everyone who helped make the convention a success and resolving to meet next year at the 141st Union Convention on the fifth Sunday and Saturday before in November (location to be determined).

Following announcements, Matt Hinton led 62 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Mike Spencer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Matt Hinton; Vice Chairman—Jane Spencer; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson