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Gray Court Pioneer Day Singing

Ora Old Fields Presbyterian Church, Culbertson Backcountry Settlement, Gray Court, Laurens County, South Carolina

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The 4th session of the Gray Court Pioneer Day singing was held in the Ora Old Fields Presbyterian Church, Gray Court, Laurens County, South Carolina. The class was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Frances Carnell leading 32t and 33t. Leon Carnell offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Leon Carnell 47b, 56b; Dan Huger 209, 99; Robert Kelley 471, 214; Lela Crowder 126, 77t; Marshall Gagne 38b, 522; David Libbey 523, 569t; Tom Ivey 108b, 472; Amandeep Gill 267, 268.

In a business session the following officers were elected: Chairperson—Frances Carnell; Vice Chairman—Leon Carnell; Secretary—Victoria Eastland.

RECESS

Frances Carnell brought the class back to order by leading 569b. Leaders: Mary Baumeister 102, 565; Jesse Roberts 280, 284; Kirk Boyer 42, 59; John Hollingsworth 354t, 418; Mike Spencer 382, 499; John Plunkett 410b, 271b; Charlene Wallace 171, 401; Frances Carnell 384, 34t; Leon Carnell 479, 503; Dan Huger 546, 81t. The blessing for dinner was offered by Jesse Roberts.

LUNCH

Frances Carnell called the afternoon session to order leading 143. Leaders: Robert Kelley 414, 260; Lela Crowder 306, 273; Chris Carnell 430, 189; Sarah Carnell 282, 178; Marshall Gagne 419, 457; David Libbey 348t, 47t; Tom Ivey 549, 254; Amandeep Gill 335; Mary Baumeister 539, 67; Jesse Roberts 316, 285t.

RECESS

Dan Huger brought the class back together leading 501. Leaders: Kirk Boyer 448b; Mike Spencer 29b; Eric Carnell 86, 277; John Plunkett 160t; Chris Carnell 142, 332; Frances Carnell 192; Leon Carnell 51, 481; Robert Kelley 50b; Marshall Gagne 218; David Libbey 566; Tom Ivey 66; Amandeep Gill 48t; Jesse Roberts 454 (in memory of Lee Rogers).

Announcements were made. Frances Carnell, Leon Carnell, and Dan Huger led 347 as the closing song. Jesse Roberts offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairperson—Frances Carnell; Vice Chairman—Leon Carnell; Secretary—Victoria Eastland