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Lookout Mountain Convention

Pine Grove Church

August 24-25, 1996

The ninety-third session of the Lookout Mountain Sacred Harp Singing Convention was held on the fourth Sunday and Saturday before in August at Pine Grove Church near Collinsville, Alabama. The class was called to order by Milton Oliver leading song on page 32t. The morning prayer was led by Lonnie Rogers. Leaders: S. T. Reed 82t; Randall Smith 36b, 137; Bud Oliver 145b; Lamar Smith 76b; Don Bowen 354t, 503b; Margie Smith 373; Thurman Nall 480; Judy Mincey 556; Dave Ressler 192; Hershell King 460, 112; Larry Ballinger 123t; Henry Johnson 73t.


The class was called to order by Milton Oliver leading song on page 40. A business session was held, and the following officers were elected to serve: Chairman—Milton Oliver; Vice Chairman—S. T. Reed; Secretary—Randall Smith; Arranging Committee—Bud Oliver; Memorial Committee—Alanna Blanks and Linda Thomas; Finance Committee—Lamar Smith and Scot Oliver. Leaders: B. M. Smith 475, 448b; Linton Ballinger 300; Boyd Scott 358; Jim Carnes 209; Edwin Ballinger 496; Martha Woodard 278t; Kat Kinkade 372, 542; Tommie Spurlock 430; Lonnie Rogers 225t; Michele Biery 163t, 163b; Mel Kersey 47t; Chris Ballinger 110; Aubrey Barfield 365, 283; Brenda Carroll.


The class resumed singing with Bud Oliver leading song on page 270. Leaders: Brad Oglesby 68b; Louis Hughes 306; Patricia Temple 85; Mary Wright 66; John Plunkett 535; Joan Aldridge 474; Lou Cotney 196; David Ballinger 111b; I. V. McWhorter 91; Ruth Walker 290; Shelton Williamson 222; Lomax Ballinger 168; Jonathan Blakely 77t.


S. T. Reed called the class to order leading song on page 32b. Leaders: Charlene Wallace 385b; Earl Ballinger 299; Rhoda Norris 316; Jeanette Lowry 216; Teresa Ballinger 361; John Etheridge 348b; Shelbie Sheppard 183; Don Clark 171; Charles Whitmer 218; Becky Browne 377; Gravis Ballinger 78; Jerry Enright 29t; Betty Sheppard 269; Roy Nelson 153; Anthony Reeves 150; Buell Cobb 440; Joyce Walton 455; Jewel Wootten 383; Ester Brown 426t.


The class was called to order by Bud Oliver leading song on page 145t. Leaders: Alice Edwards 73b; Elene Stovall 436; Syble Adams and Pam Wilkerson 441, 424; Jeff Sheppard 120; Mary Florence Smith 434; Leola Smith 220; Mary Ruth Stiefel 112; Tony Ivey 213 (t? b?); Mattie Lou Townsel 119; Alanna Blanks and Milton Oliver 405; Willie Mae Holt 224. Milton Oliver led song on page 46 as the closing song, and Hershell King dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, August 25

The Convention was called to order by Milton Oliver leading song on page 82t. The morning prayer was led by Lamar Smith. Leaders: S. T. Reed 72b; James Bud Oliver 39b; Scot Oliver 176b; Lamar Smith 36b; Rodney Ivey 47t; Jackie Tanner 101t, 108t; Evelyn Harris 155, 159; Coy Ivey 73t, 63; Linda Thomas 39t; Rex Wilks 37b, 53; Boyd Scott 58, 127.


The class was called to order by S. T. Reed leading song on page 79. Leaders: Marlon Wootten 103, 49t; B. J. Harris 503, 452b; J. C. Smith and James Bud Oliver 480; Pearl Guier 59, 303; Ruth Brown 142, 335; J. C. Rutledge 490; Karen Travis 117; Phil Summerlin 277; Billy Williams 78, 297.


The class was called to order by Milton Oliver and Eric Blanks leading song on page 206. Leaders: Don Bowen 34b, 497; Hershell King 34t, 97; Stuart Ivey 182, 300; Mary Wright 148, 324; Myra Dalton and Christy Blevins 523, 448t; Richard Ivey 76b, 270; Cassie Franklin 217, 368; Dennis George 68b; Allison Ivey 134, 111b; Anthony Reeves 504; 378b.


James Bud Oliver and Rodney Ivey called the class to order leading song on page 48t. Leaders: Henry Guthery 151; David Ivey 336; Kat Kinkade 411; Leola Smith and Buddy Davis 166; Dave Ressler 430; Karen Ivey 475; Mark Brown 282; Cindy Franklin 269; Brad Oglesby 369; Patrica Temple 89.

A memorial lesson was held by Linda Thomas and Alanna Blanks. Linda Thomas read scripture from l Thessolonians 4:13-18, and Alanna Blanks read the names of the deceassed. Bud Oliver and Milton Oliver led song on page 452 in memory of Paul Wagner; David Ivey 48t in memory of Aunt Ester Reed; David Ivey led song on page 418 in memory of his uncle, Ed Latham, husband of Norma Latham, who passed away the previous week; Coy Ivey led “Trusting” in memory of the following: Colbie Allen, Fleecie Tucker, Joe Smith, Kelsey Wootten, Guy Parker, Luther Miller, Agnes Hocutt, Aver Crider, Floyd Stiefel, Andrew Stiefel, Tommy Creel, Hazel Cagle, Elder Cladis Moon, Evelyn Brown, and William Headrick. Bud Oliver led song on page 343 for the following sick and shut-ins: Barrett Ashley, Bonnie Ashley, Lawrence Underwood, Lula Underwood, Mary Stiefel, Vester Jones, Virgil Phillips, Ruby Phillips, Herbert Phillips, Lessie Reed, Bill Green, and from Missouri: Joyce Smith and Karen House.

“Happy Birthday” was sung for Aunt Woodie Walker. The memorial lesson was closed with prayer by Mark Brown.

Leaders: Betty Shepherd 216; Loyd Ivey 454; Michele Biery 189; Charles Whitmer 147t.


The class was called to order by Alanna Blanks leading song on page 405. Leaders: Becky Browne 203; Jim Carnes 146; Roy Nelson 456; Joan Aldridge 273; Jerry Enright 383 in honor of Barrett Ashley and Lawrence Underwood; Jeanette Lowry 314; Verlon Stiefel and Mary Ruth Stiefel 348 (t? b?); Shelbie Sheppard 106; Louis Hughes 410t; Wayne Wootten 276; B. M. Smith and Margie Smith 501; Ben Bridges 63; Elene Stovall 99; Kristy Finley and Nelda Tolbert 73t; Melvin Stiefel 512; Eloise Wootten 171; Jeff Sheppard 457; Willie Mae Holt 183. Milton Oliver called for a report from the Finance Committee. The Committee reported a collection of $207.00. Announcements were made. Milton Oliver, S. T. Reed, Lamar Smith, Bud Oliver and Wayne Reed led song on page 62 for the closing song, and all who wished, took the parting hand. The Convention was dismissed with prayer by B. J. Harris.

Chairman—Milton Oliver; Vice Chairman—S. T. Reed; Secretary—Randall Smith.