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Rotunda Singing

Alabama State Capitol, Montgomery, Alabama

Saturday, January 31, 2009

The 12th annual session of the Rotunda Singing was held on Saturday before the first Sunday in February at the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama. The class was called to order by Jim Carnes leading 48t. The morning prayer was offered by Henry Guthery.

A business session was held and the following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Bill Hogan; Vice Chairman—Joey Brackner; Secretary—Judy Caudle.

The first session of singing was from the Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Bill Hogan 171; Judy Caudle 85; Jeff Sheppard 276; Jordan Leigh Taylor 270; Harrison Creel 498; Beth Branscome 77b; Stuart Ivey 351; Corene White and Jim Carnes 97; Gary Smith 66; Linda Thomas 32t; Ken Sundberg 358.

The second session of singing was from the Alabama Christian Harmony. Leaders: Tim Cook 61b; David Daniel 180; Karen Clark 189; Danny Creel 149; Nancy Hogan 214; Robert DuPree 86t; Billy Thompson 248; Henry Guthery 64; Stanley Smith 43; Bill Hogan 54; Sarah Smith 47; Alice Sundberg 81t; Gary Smith 142.

RECESS

The third session of singing was from the B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition. The class was brought back to order by Bill Hogan leading 292b. Leaders: Tommie Spurlock 140; Kennon Smith 189; Adrian Nall 393t; Sam Smith 239; Jonathon Blakeley and Audrey Blakeley 96 (in memory of John Etheridge and Guy Hunt); Voncile Nall 133; Hubert Nall 573; Gavin Blakeley 138t; Karen Clark 55 (in memory of John Etheridge).

The last morning session of singing was from the Colored Sacred Harp. Leaders: Bill Hogan 25; Henry Guthery 24; Ken Sundberg 12; Karen Clark 19; Kennon Smith 65t; Steve Grauberger 4; Stanley Smith 87. Kennon Smith offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought to order by Jeff Sheppard leading 383. The first afternoon session of singing was from the Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Elene Stovall 203; Doug Conn 460; Pam Nunn 220; Ann Webb 282; Chita Blakeley 196; Erycl Vidrine 490; Harrison Creel 111b; Jim Carnes 440; Joey Brackner and Jeb Brackner 361; Beth Branscome 201; Hubert Nall 64; Gavin Blakeley 192; Henry Guthery 543; Judy Caudle and Ed Bridges 312b.

The second afternoon session of singing was from the Alabama Christian Harmony. Leaders: Kennon Smith 253; Steve Grauberger 117; Jonathon Blakeley 111t; Judy Caudle 76b (in memory of Guy Hunt); Danny Creel 338; Tim Cook 133; Karen Clark 258; David Daniel 109; Jim Carnes 16; Stanley Smith 186; Billy Thompson 178; Robert DuPree 91; Henry Guthery 316.

The third afternoon session of singing was from the B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition. Leaders: Henry Guthery 38t (by request); Nancy Hogan 114b; Seth Holloway 406; Stanley Smith 559; Tommie Spurlock 574; Adrian Nall and Voncile Nall 464; Linda Thomas and Doug Conn 500; Linda Thomas 54t (in memory of Flarce Creel); Hubert Nall 313; Elene Stovall 478. Stanley Smith led “Lord, Give Me Just A Little More Time” for Bernice Harvey.

Bill Hogan and Jim Carnes led 146 as the closing song. Tommie Spurlock offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Bill Hogan; Vice Chairman—Joey Brackner; Secretary—Judy Caudle