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The Original B.F. White Sacred Harp Singing Convention (1911 J.L. White Revision)

Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia

Sunday, September 20, 2009

John Plunkett brought the class to order by leading 30t. Charles Woods offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: John Plunkett 54t; Sandra Wilkinson 316, 118t; Billy Hollingsworth 546t, 487t; Russ Hanson 511, 526; Tony Hammock 46t, 83t; B.M. Smith 112, 222; Mary Brownlee 496b, 264t; John Hollingsworth 480t, 544t; Martha Ann Stegar 519, 317t; Helen Bryson 313, 487b.

The class entered into a business session and the following officers were elected: Chairman—John Plunkett; Vice Chairman—Oscar McGuire; Secretary—Sandra Wilkinson.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Oscar McGuire leading 49t. Leaders: Charles Woods 499t, 517; Tom Hanson 512, 447t; Malinda Snow 83b, 108b; Karen Clark 507, 97; Gaylon Powell 540, 154b; Robert Kelley 443, 372; Don Clark 348; Andy Morse 480b, 60; Carol Hanson 192, 389t; Pierce Phillips 478t, 495. The blessing for the noon meal was offered at the lunch table by Andy Morse.

LUNCH

John Plunkett called the class to order leading 504. Leaders: Laura Akerman 328, 327; Ellie Soler 209, 330t; Raymond Hamrick 490b; Shannon Primm 108t, 109; Charles Woods 191.

The memorial lesson was humbly presented by Helen Bryson who concluded her inspiring remarks by leading 491b for the deceased and the sick and shut-ins. The deceased memorialized were Nora Roberts, Jimmie Denney, Harold Cook, Pat Cook, Barbara Cook Smith, Lee Rogers, Clarence Cook, and Richard Johnson—Georgia; Elder Gerald Hand—New Mexico; Frank Green—North Carolina; John Etheridge—Florida; Frank Hataway and Paul King—Alabama; Dick Steil, Ophelia Matthews, Dutch Owen, Adele Reed, and Pama Jo Cook McMillen—Texas. The sick and shut-ins remembered were Robert Cook, Rodney Willard, Bob DePoy, Wanda Talley, Myra Palmer, and Benny Walls.

Leaders: Debora Grosse 489t, 155; Betty Harber 341, 491t; Linda Thompson 548t, 527; Carol Brown 91t, 26 (in back of book); Alice West 40, 63.

RECESS

John Plunkett brought the class together leading 535. Leaders: Karen Clark 486t; Don Clark 208; Gaylon Powell 422t; Robert Kelley 488t; Oscar McGuire 37t; Billy Hollingsworth 317b.

Following announcements, John Plunkett led 54b as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer offered by John Hollingsworth.

Chairman—John Plunkett; Vice Chairman—Oscar McGuire; Secretary—Sandra Wilkinson