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Mt. Zion Memorial Singing

Mt. Zion, Georgia

July 25-26, 2009

Saturday, July 25

The 117th session of the Mt. Zion Memorial Sacred Harp singing was held at Mt. Zion Methodist Church on the fourth Sunday and Saturday before in July. Earlis McGraw called the class to order leading 30t and 435. Hugh McGraw offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Carlene Griffin 448b; Lela Crowder 31t, 32t; Charlene Wallace 79, 99; Judy Henry 146, 77b; Tommy McGraw 475, 37b; Louise Holland 36b, 103; Robert Chambless 176b, 84; Donna Bell 171, 222; Steve Musker 128; Kelsey Campbell 127, 100; Hayden Arp 490, 282; Judy Chambless 349, 389.

RECESS

Charlene Wallace called the class back together leading 63. Leaders: Charles Woods 283, 78; Helen Bryson 217, 313b; B.M. Smith 73t, 72b; Adelaide Hanson 40, 178; Faye Hollis 340, 276; Margie Smith 373; Ed Thacker 192, 542; Lou Cotney 189, 300; Matt Hinton 485, 299; Martha Ann Stegar 155, 268; Earlis McGraw 210.

LUNCH

Earlis McGraw brought the class back together by singing birthday wishes to Eli Hinton. He then led 225t. Leaders: Henry Johnson 375, 385t; Erica Hinton 108t, 500; Michael Thompson 328, 175; Joyce Walton 67, 275b; Oscar McGuire 573, 336; Richard DeLong 74t, 271t; George Burnette 85, 129; Andy Anderson 28t; 28b.

A motion was made to go into a business session. The following officers and committee members were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Earlis McGraw; Vice Chairman—Carlene Griffin; Secretary—Lela Crowder; Chaplain—Hugh McGraw; Arranging Committee—Charlene Wallace, Judy Henry; Memorial Committee—Richard DeLong, Henry Johnson.

Leaders: Lonnie Rogers 345t, 343; Paige Harrod 112, 460; Kelsey Campbell 358; Hayden Arp 47b; Gail Musker 45t; Steve Musker 142; Adelaide Johnson 523; Henry Johnson 138t; Ed Thacker 528; Joyce Walton 438.

Announcements were made. Earlis McGraw led 544 as the closing song. Ed Thacker dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, July 26

The class was called to order by Earlis McGraw leading 32t. Hugh McGraw offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Earlis McGraw 56t; Carlene Griffin 37b, 155; Lela Crowder 48t; 131b; Judy Henry 95, 225t; Charlene Wallace 139, 141; Danny Griffin 569b, 400; Faye Hollis 283, 182; Robert Chambless 452, 77t; Jan House 40, 171; Robert Kelley 477, 488; Margie Smith 494; Myron House 102, 113; Judy Chambless 472, 186.

RECESS

Earlis McGraw brought the class back together leading 476. Leaders: Lisa Webb and Christian Webb 294, 46; Stanley Edwards and Marilyn Bradley 29t, 271t; Oscar McGuire 344, 54; B.M. Smith 109, 47t; Jeannette DePoy 129, 414; Cecil Roberts 229, 335; Stephanie Tingler 228, 117.

Richard DeLong spoke and led 420 for the following deceased: Lee Rogers, Sharon Bailey, Harold Westbrook, David Wilson, Frank Block, and Elizabeth Tolbert.

Henry Johnson led 68b for the sick and shut-in singers who included Bud and Sammie Oliver, S.T. and Lessie Reed, Sally MacEwen, John Plunkett, Violet Thomason, Jimmy Denney, Jeff and Shelbie Sheppard, and Henry Zittrouer. Cecil Roberts closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Sheri Taylor 203, 148; Tommy McGraw 91, 268.

LUNCH

Earlis McGraw brought the class back together leading 132. Leaders: Laura Frey 358, 163b; Shannon Primm 86, 483; Ed Thacker 527, 492; Malinda Snow 373, 136; Richard DeLong 28t, 125; Henry Johnson 138b, 96; B.M. Smith 64; Jan House 151; Judy Chambless 531; Robert Kelley 367; Stephanie Tingler 124; Robert Chambless 503; Robert Kelley and Jeannette DePoy 149; Lisa Webb 222; Oscar McGuire 551; Shannon Primm 354t; Ed Thacker 57; Myron House 234; Faye Hollis 137; Henry Johnson 288; Cecil Roberts 30b; Malinda Snow 540; Sheri Taylor 142; Lela Crowder 323t; Charlene Wallace 276; Earlis McGraw 45t.

Announcements were made. Earlis McGraw and Carlene Griffin led 62 as the closing song. Cecil Roberts offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Earlis McGraw; Vice Chairman—Carlene Griffin; Secretary—Lela Crowder