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Tennessee State Sacred Harp Convention

Second Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Near Five Points, Tennessee

October 10-11, 2009

Saturday, October 10

Tim Reynolds called the 15th annual session of the Tennessee State Sacred Harp Convention to order on Saturday night leading 35. Eddie Mash offered the evening prayer. Song selections are from the B.F. White Sacred Harp, 2006 Edition.

Leaders: Tim Reynolds 427; Clayton Ezell 571; Kerene Box 146; Nelda Ezell 335; Sarah Smith 518; Sandie Scott 361; Wanda Capps 505; Darrell Swarens 511t; Michele Cull 393t; Margie Norwood 447t.


The class resumed singing with Bob Meek leading 516. Leaders: Gary Smith 54t; Ann Jett 503; Eddie Mash 96; Charlotte Plunkett 143; Elsie Moon 133; Seth Holloway 392; Marilyn Burchett 229; Vella B. Gillespie 408.

Tim Reynolds led 132 for the closing song. Darrell Swarens offered the closing prayer.

Sunday, October 11

Tim Reynolds opened the Sunday session of the Tennessee State Convention leading 63. Song selections are from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Danny Creel offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Tim Reynolds 159; Clayton Ezell 66; Eddie Mash 434; Sarah Smith 129; Gordon Wilkinson 475; Marilyn Burchett 108b; Larry Ballinger 109; Henry Guthery 548; Kerene Box 28b; Gravis Ballinger 410t; Sandie Scott 549; Bob Meek 551; David Carlton 417.


The class resumed singing with Judy Caudle leading 272. Leaders: Nelda Ezell and Clayton Ezell 65; Darrell Swarens 72b; Gary Smith 99; Lucy Heidorn 155; Michele Cull 82t; Linton Ballinger 144; Angela Myers 503; Danny Creel 456; Emily Creel 455; Seth Holloway 388; Wanda Capps 142; Margie Norwood 405; Charlotte Plunkett 143; Harrison Creel 111b.


A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Tim Reynolds; Vice Chairman—Eddie Mash; Arranging Committee—Nelda Ezell and Clayton Ezell; Memorial Committee—Eddie Mash and David Carlton; Secretary—Sandie Scott.

Tim Reynolds led 148. Leaders: Eddie Mash 149; Alicia Williams 340; Paige Owens 100; Margie Norwood 147t; Kerene Box 106; Sandie Scott 146; Darrell Swarens 236. Harrison Creel offered the blessing for the noon meal.


Tim Reynolds led 73b to bring the afternoon session to order. Leaders: Henry Guthery 488; Larry Ballinger 472; Marilyn Burchett 373; Bob Meek 556; Nelda Ezell and Clayton Ezell 335.

Eddie Mash and David Carlton conducted the memorial lesson. Eddie Mash led 454 for the following deceased: John Etheridge—Florida; Frank List, Gladys Cornelius—Kentucky; Reba Norton—Alabama; Dr. William J. Reynolds, Bill Anderson—Tennessee.

David Carlton led 501 for the following sick and shut-ins: Kenneth Hubbard, Doris Littrell, Clay Mattox, Frances Mattox, Emily Boswell, Clarence McCool, Glenda Hopper, Josie Hyde, Bud Oliver, Sammie Oliver, S.T. Reed, Lessie Reed, Mary Helen Guthery, Shirley Fisher, and Charlotte McCarn. Henry Guthery closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Linton Ballinger 35; Ezell Family 294; David Carlton 254; Emily Creel 540; Creel Family 342; Gravis Ballinger 91; Angela Myers 192; Gary Smith and Sarah Smith 268; Danny Creel 283; Vella B. Gillespie 358; Carol Taylor 75; Sarah Smith and Seth Holloway 274t; Lucy Heidorn and Harrison Creel 30t; Judy Caudle 528; Alicia Williams 84; Michele Cull 137; Gordon Wilkinson 112.

Harrison Creel and Darrell Swarens led 512 as the closing song. Darrell Swarens dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Tim Reynolds: Vice Chairman—Eddie Mash; Secretary—Sandie Scott