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Holt Collier/Mississippi Bear Hunt Convention

Old Court House Museum, Vicksburg, Mississippi

May 29-30, 2010

Saturday, May 29

The 4th annual Holt Collier/Mississippi Bear Hunt Singing Convention was called to order by John Merritt leading 36b (CB). John Van Horn offered the morning prayer. John Merritt explained that the class could sing from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition, The B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition, or the Alabama Christian Harmony.

Leaders: Henry Guthery 138t (CB), 450 (CB); Wendell Rinehart 445 (CB), 457; Juanita Beasley 61, 39b; John Van Horn 38t (CB), 45b (CB); SR Susan Karina Dickey 128, 178; Natalie Davis 572 (CB), 348t (CB).

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—John Merritt; Vice Chairman—Henry Guthery; Secretary—Henry Schuman.

RECESS

John Merritt brought the class to order by leading 81t (CH). Leaders: John Merritt “Perfect Love”, “Trav’lers Rest”; Leslie Booher 448t, 155; Bill Beverly 264 (CH), 51 (CH), 74 (CH); Carole Watts 392 (CB), 563 (CB); Hugh Bill McGuire 573 (CB); Hugh Bill McGuire and Henry McGuire 559 (CB); Emily Creel 186 (CH), 172 (CH).

RECESS

Henry Guthery brought the class to order by leading 316 (CH). Leaders: Henry Guthery and Kurt Braun 68b (CB); Darlene Reynolds 484b (CB); Darlene Reynolds and John Merritt 490; Charity Vaughn 137 (CB), 133 (CB); Dennis Cranford 277, 30b; Alice Sundberg 449 (CB); Alice Sundberg and John Merritt 369 (CB).

LUNCH

John Merritt and Emily Creel brought the class to order leading 43 (CH). Leaders: Arlon Gardner 67, 372 (CH); Bea Carnathan and Steve Sanoski 295, 472; Ken Sundberg 255 (CH), 569b; Martha Beverly 140 (CB), 522 (CB); Henry Schuman 149 (CH), 42 (CH); Warren Steel 203 (CH), 195 (CH); Danny Creel 338b (CH), 82b (CH); Sandra Melsheimer and John Merritt 96 (CB); Linda Hellerich and John Merritt 95 (CB); Henry McGuire 64 (CH), 313 (CH); Mark Davis 155 (CH), 281 (CH); Marlin Beasley 39t, 496.

Announcements were made. John Merritt led 23b (CB) as the closing song. Danny Creel dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, May 30

The Sunday session of the Holt Collier/Mississippi Bear Hunt Convention was called to order by John Merritt leading 59. Marlin Beasley offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Henry Guthery 336t (CH), 133 (CH); Nanette Olivier 571 (CB), 117 (CH); Charlene Heaton and John Merritt 47b (CB), 116 (CB); Bill Beverly 208b (CH), 511t (CB); Charity Vaughn 440, 521 (CB); Arlon Gardner and Lynn Dennis 163t, 448t; Wilma Mitchell 569b, 61.

RECESS

John Merritt brought the class back together by leading 176t. Leaders: Henry Guthery “Higher Ground”; Leslie Booher 81t, 63; Ken Sundberg 297 (CB), 533 (CB); Darlene Reynolds and Mark Davis 189 (CH), 248 (CH); Max Berueffy and Karin Covi 505 (CB), 182, 222; Carole Watts and Mark Davis 478 (CB), 344; Marlin Beasley 192, 172; Natalie Davis 79, 345t; Martha Beverly 39 (CB), 210 (CB); Robert DuPree 63t (CH), 293 (CH).

Emily Creel and Henry Guthery conducted the memorial lesson. Henry Guthery spoke of the sick and shut-ins and led 40t (CH) in honor of the following: Nellie Davis, Vickie Keith, Katy Knaps, Linda Pair, Vernon Smith, Allison Smith, R.C. Stricklin, Debbie Switzer, Carolyn Thompson, Julie Vea, and Ruth Wyers.

Emily Creel spoke and led 352 in memory of the following deceased: Uel Freeman, Charlotte Creel McCarn, Willie Mae Moon, Thurman “Shorty” Nall, Ray Tate, and Corene White—Alabama; Jimmie Denney—Georgia; Bill Ellason—Missouri; Cindy Kissee—Minnesota; Hobbs Freeman and Marsha Hedrick—Mississippi.

Leaders: Max Berueffy and John Merritt 392 (CB).

LUNCH

John Merritt called the afternoon session to order leading 105. Leaders: Wendell Rinehart 68b, 445; Alice Sundberg 179 (CH), 199 (CB); John Merritt 81t (CH); John Van Horn 142 (CH), 204 (CH); Bea Carnathan 205, 184 (CH); Mark Davis 258 (CH), 76b (CH); Henry Schuman 318, 532; Juanita Beasley 36t, 56t; John Merritt and Kurt Braun 143 (CH); Martha Beverly 377; John Merritt, Sandra Melsheimer, and Gordon Cotton 358, 36t.

Announcements were made. John Merritt led 45t as the closing song. Arlon Gardner dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—John Merritt; Vice Chairman—Henry Guthery; Secretary—Henry Schuman