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South Carolina State Singing
in Memory of William Walker

Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The 16th annual session of the South Carolina State Singing in Memory of William Walker was held in the Burwell Building at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Saturday before the third Sunday in March. The books used during the singing were The Sacred Harp (1991 Edition), The Christian Harmony (1873 Edition), and The Southern Harmony (1854 Edition). Dr. Doyle Boggs of Wofford College welcomed the participants. Nathan Rees taught an introductory lesson covering four shapes and seven shapes.

The first session was from The Sacred Harp. Jonathon Smith brought the class to order leading 59. John Hollingsworth offered prayer. Leaders: Jane Spencer 49t; Nathan Rees 48t; Charlene Wallace 49t; Walter Hartley 146; Shannon Primm 65; Rachel Rudi 230; Gib Rogers 63; Diane Eskenasy 155; Mike Spencer 113; Harry Eskew 159; Bobbi Albert 273; Leon Carnell 268; Michael Walker 213t; Frances Carnell 569b; Danny Arms 200; Mary Baumeister 48b; Chris Wilhelm 415; Sandra Whittle and Nathan Rees 284.

RECESS

Jonathon Smith brought the class back to order leading 36b. A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Jonathon Smith; Vice Chairman—Danny Arms; Secretary—Jane Spencer; Chaplain—Nathan Rees; Arranging Committee—Jane Spencer.

The following session was from The Christian Harmony. Leaders: Danny Arms 214 (CH); Jane Spencer 41t (CH); Nathan Rees 235 (CH); Dorothy Lane 215t (CH); Ken George 355 (CH); Adam Lockamy 381-A (CH); Walter Hartley 381-B (CH); Shannon Primm 327 (CH); Rachel Rudi 282 (CH); Gib Rogers 223t (CH); Diane Eskenasy 51 (CH); Mike Spencer 322t (CH); Harry Eskew 60b (CH); Chris Wilhelm 88 (CH); Bobbi Albert 171t (CH); Leon Carnell 34b (CH); Michael Walker 175t (CH).

LUNCH

Jonathon Smith brought the class back to order leading 259b (CH). Leaders: Frances Carnell 221t (CH); Mary Baumeister 121t (CH); John Hollingsworth 144 (CH).

Jonathon Smith led 261t (CH) as a memorial song for Charles Lowrey of Lancaster, South Carolina.

The next session was from The Southern Harmony. Leaders: Danny Arms 94t (SoH); Jane Spencer 313b (SoH); Nathan Rees 49 (SoH); Mike Spencer 41 (SoH); Rachel Rudi 63 (SoH); Shannon Primm 85 (SoH); Jonathon Smith 61 (SoH); Michael Walker 151 (SoH); Harry Eskew 302 (SoH); Robert Kelly 173 (SoH); Chris Wilhelm 331b (SoH); Mary Baumeister 82 (SoH); Walter Hartley 189 (SoH).

RECESS

The last session was “leader’s choice”. Jonathon Smith brought the class back to order leading 118 (SoH). Leaders: Danny Arms 286; Jane Spencer 34t; Nathan Rees 36 (SoH); Walter Hartley 316; Shannon Primm 410b; Rachel Rudi 114 (SoH); Gib Rogers 500; Jonathon Smith 11 (SoH) (by request); Diane Eskenasy 222; Mike Spencer 139b (CH); Robert Kelly 110 (SoH); Michael Walker 258 (CH); Francis Carnell 344; Mary Baumeister 82 (SoH); Ken George 341.

Announcements were made. Jonathon Smith led 62 as the closing song. Nathan Rees offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed. After the singing, several singers met at the grave site of William Walker, A.S.H. to sing “New Britain”.

Chairman—Jonathon Smith; Vice Chairman—Danny Arms; Secretary—Jane Spencer; Chaplain—Nathan Rees