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Holt Collier/Mississippi Bear Hunt Convention

Old Court House Museum, Vicksburg, Mississippi

May 28-29, 2011

Saturday, May 28

The 5th annual Holt Collier/Mississippi Bear Hunt Singing Convention was called to order by acting chairman Mark Davis leading 37b. Mark Davis offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Mark Davis 39t, 155. Henry Schuman explained that the class could select songs from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition, The B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition, or the Alabama Christian Harmony. He led 45t and 63. Darlene Reynolds led 484 (CB) and 490.

A business meeting was held and the following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Henry McGuire; Vice Chairman—Mark Davis; Secretary—Henry Schuman.

Leaders: Henry McGuire 19 (CH), 255 (CH); Drew McGuire 258 (CH), 268.

RECESS

Henry McGuire brought the class to order by leading 142 and 81t. Leaders: Brady Lewis 38b, 40; Nanette Olivier 268t (CB), 449 (CB); Charity Vaughn 489 (CB), 392 (CB); Carole Watts 319 (CB), 567; Warren Steel 131b, 542; Kurt Braun 492 (CB), 488b (CB); Robert DuPree 569b, 84; Arlon Gardner 83t, 67.

LUNCH

Henry McGuire brought the class to order leading 300. Leaders: Mark Davis 436, 106; Darlene Reynolds 189 (CH); Gabe Monroe 47b, 282; Pattie Monroe 77t; Drew McGuire 145t; Brady Lewis 186; Hannah Monroe 358; Emily Massey 287 (CH); Henry McGuire 518 (CB); Arlon Gardner 522 (CB); Nanette Olivier 463 (CB); Charity Vaughn 224 (CB); Carole Watts 559 (CB); Warren Steel 235 (CH), 203 (CH); Robert DuPree 121t (CH); Henry McGuire and Mark Davis 547 (CH) (for John Merritt); Henry McGuire 175 (CH).

Announcements were made. Henry McGuire and Mark Davis led 549b (CH) as the closing song. Arlon Gardner dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, May 29

The Sunday session of the Holt Collier/Mississippi Bear Hunt Singing Convention was called to order by Henry McGuire leading 32t. Drew McGuire offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Henry McGuire 36b, 100; Mark Davis 123t, 29b; Henry Schuman 131 (CH), 172 (CH); Darlene Reynolds 355 (CH), 188 (CH); Drew McGuire 569b, 418; Henry McGuire 199 (CB), 410 (CB).

RECESS

Mark Davis led 56b to bring the class back to order.

Darlene Reynolds and Arlon Gardner conducted the memorial lesson. Darlene spoke on behalf of the sick and shut-ins and led 457 in honor of the following: W.M. Allen, Dean Caldwell, Nellie Caldwell, Nellie Davis, Marion Grant, Brenda Chafin, John Merritt, John Van Horn, and Ruth Wyers.

Arlon Gardner spoke and led 313t in memory of the following deceased: Ernestine Pipkin and Pat Rigdon—Alabama; Bernice Embry and Jim Patton, Jr.—Mississippi.

Leaders: Carole Watts 87, 119; Nanette Olivier 393t (CB), 159 (CB); Kurt Braun 68b (CB), 571 (CB); Charity Vaughn 76b (CB), 400 (CB); Arlon Gardner 316 (CH), 372 (CH).

LUNCH

Drew McGuire called the afternoon session to order leading 209. Leaders: Robert DuPree 264 (CH); Mark Davis 277 (CH), 387; Henry Schuman and Linda Hellerich 96 (CB); Darlene Reynolds 111t (CH); Drew McGuire 373; Henry McGuire 68b; Carole Watts 40 (CB); Charity Vaughn and Henry McGuire 468 (CB); Robert DuPree 61 (CB).

Announcements were made. Henry McGuire and Mark Davis led 62 as the closing song. Mark Davis dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Henry McGuire; Vice Chairman—Mark Davis; Secretary—Henry Schuman