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Savannah Sacred Harp Singing

Faith Primitive Baptist Church, Savannah, Georgia

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The 5th annual Savannah Sacred Harp Singing was held on Saturday before the second Sunday in October at Faith Primitive Baptist Church. Gene Pinion called the class to order leading 28b. Elder Dean Robbins offered the opening prayer.

A business session resulted in the election or appointment of the following

officers: Chairman—Gene Pinion; Vice Chairman—Frank DeBolt; Secretary—Sharon Strong; Arranging Committee—Tom Ivey; Chaplain—Elder Dean Robbins.

Leaders: Frank DeBolt 33b, 569b; Sharon Strong 77b, 171; Lucile Gunnels 310, 143; John Gentry 569t, 354b; Riley Lee 31t, 63; Lynell McClure 49b, 454; Donna Smith 178, 276; Dean Robbins 99, 148; Nancy Wheless 147t, 146; Agnes Roberts 137, 120; Judith Parker 300, 84.


Gene Pinion called the class to order leading 48t. Leaders: Joyce Heath 294, 318; Sarah Grovenstein 111b, 123t; Tom Ivey 547, 269; Gene Pinion 40; Frank DeBolt 452, 155. A memorial lesson in remembrance of departed friends and family was conducted by John Gentry leading 463 (CB). Leaders: Lucile Gunnels 234; Tom Ivey 66.


Frank DeBolt called the class back to order and presented a beautiful

stained glass plaque, created by Nancy Wheless, on behalf of the Savannah Sacred Harp singing family, to Gene Pinion for his continued efforts to try to promote Sacred Harp singing in Savannah.

During the afternoon session the class sang from the Cooper Book. Leaders: Gene Pinion 282; Riley Lee 543, 573, 68b; Sharon Strong 113, 191, 189; Jairus Purcell 572, 571, 574; Donna Smith 122, 47b; Rexanna Lester 393t, 500, 268t; Dean Robbins 242, 107t; Nancy Wheless 511t, 515, 518.


Gene Pinion called the class to order leading 72 (t? b?). Leaders: Agnes Roberts

186, 358; Judith Parker 434, 159, 488b; Hedina Christiner 45t, 49t, 553;

Joyce Heath 127, 87, 82 (t? b?); Sarah Grovenstein 139, 111t; Tom Ivey 235; Gene Pinion 239 (?).

Following announcements, Gene Pinion led 62 as the closing song. Elder Dean Robbins closed the session with prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Gene Pinion; Vice Chairman—Frank DeBolt; Secretary—Sharon Strong