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The Big Singing

Old Marshall County Courthouse, Benton, Kentucky

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The morning practice session of the 126th annual Big Singing using The Southern Harmony by William Walker was called to order at 10:09 a.m. by Frank Nichols leading 103. William Paris offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Frank Nichols 8t; David Killingsworth 1, 107; Timothy Morton 24b; William Paris 7t, Nate Zweig 166; Matt Meacham 11; Marcie Thobaben 16; David Carlton 137, 123; Tom Waggener 276b, 38; Darrell Swarens 77, 275; Don Waggener 39t, 322.

LUNCH

Frank Nichols called the main session of the Big Singing together at 1:00 p.m., giving opening remarks and leading 103. Mike Miller welcomed the class. Frank Nichols led 133. Dr. Gene Gilliland gave a brief lesson in singing from The Southern Harmony and led 71 and 181.

Leaders: Harvey Elder 123, 332; Don Waggener 256, 252; William Paris 276b.

William Paris conducted the memorial lesson, leading 288 in memory of William J. Reynolds and William E. Hunt.

Leaders: Gary E. Clark 51, 31; Kerry Lovett 144, 89b; Tom Waggener 116, 189; David Carlton 64, 74; David Killingsworth 19, 266; Matt Meacham 46, 96; Timothy Morton 165t; Wayne Dell 213; Darrell Swarens 38; Robert Paris 8t; Nate Zweig 10t; Gene Gilliland 20; Sherrill Coursey 123; Matt Meacham 11; Darrell Swarens 299; Nancy Paris and William Paris 3t; Don Waggener 80; Matt Meacham and David Killingsworth 12; Laurel Cornell 22.

Frank Nichols made closing remarks, introduced the officers of the Society for the Preservation of Southern Harmony Singing, and led 334 as the closing song. Gene Gilliland closed the singing with prayer.

Chairman—Frank Nichols; Secretary—David Carlton