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South Carolina State Singing
in Memory of William Walker

Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The 15th annual session of the South Carolina State Singing in Memory of William Walker was held in the Burwell Building at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, on the Saturday before the third Sunday in March. The books used during the singing were The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition, and The Christian Harmony (1873/1994 Edition).

Dr. Doyle Boggs of Wofford College welcomed the participants. Jonathon Smith taught an introductory lesson covering four shapes and seven shapes.

The first session of singing was from The Sacred Harp. Jonathon Smith brought the class to order leading 59. John Plunkett offered prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Hugh McGraw; Vice Chairmen—Jonathon Smith and Dan Huger; Secretary—Jane Spencer.

Leaders: Jonathon Smith 48t; Nathan Rees 37b; Michael Spencer 68b; John Plunkett 130; David Mitchum 35; Dorothy Lane 312b; Adam Lockamy 47b; Brent Holcomb 40; Danny Arms 177; Tom Taylor 72b; Tina Becker 273; Jane Spencer 213t; Gib Rogers 63; Ken George 45t; Bobbi Albert 278t; Shannon Primm 410b; Ann Strange 38b; Walter Hartley 300; Caroline Parsons 142; Robert Kelley 161; Charlene Wallace 155.

RECESS

Jonathon Smith brought the class back to order leading 56b. Leaders: Chris Wilhelm 65; Harry Eskew 146; Diane Eskenasy 200; Mary Baumeister 569b; Sandra Whittle and Nathan Rees 284; Nate Zweig 225t; Tom Taylor 48b; Henry Zittrouer 127; Rachel Rudi 160b.

LUNCH

The afternoon session of singing was from The Christian Harmony. Jonathon Smith brought the class to order leading 135. Leaders: Nathan Rees 323t; Michael Spencer 361; John Plunkett 175t; David Mitchum 43t; Adam Lockamy 381A; Danny Arms 355; Tom Taylor 174t; Tina Becker 339; Jane Spencer 318; Gib Rogers 63b; Ken George 208b; Bobbi Albert 265 (?); Shannon Primm 327; Ann Strange 359; Walter Hartley 369; Caroline Parsons 147t; Robert Kelley 101t.

RECESS

Jonathon Smith brought the class back to order leading 100. Leaders: Dorothy Lane 235; Chris Wilhelm 337t; Harry Eskew 336; Diane Eskenasy 51; Mary Baumeister 287; Sandra Whittle and Robert Kelley 117; Nate Zweig 81t; Tom Taylor 30b; Harry Eskew [381B//381]; Charles Lowery and Victoria Wellborn 291b.

Announcements were made. Jonathon Smith led 200b as the closing song. John Plunkett offered the closing prayer and the class was dismissed. After the singing, several singers met at the grave site of William Walker, A.S.H. to sing “New Britain”.

Chairman—Hugh McGraw; Vice Chairmen—Jonathon Smith and Dan Huger; Secretary—Jane Spencer