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Florida State Convention

Holiday Inn, Panama City, Florida

December 3-4, 2011

Saturday, December 3

The 44th session of the Florida State Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order by Nate Green leading 82. The opening prayer was offered by Johnny Lee.

Leaders: Nate Green 461; Wayne Jones 59; Mary Whitehurst 186; Victoria Aplin 421; Jewell Rowland 341; Aubrey Barfield 306; Karen Willard 570; David Ivey 398b; Nancy Hogan 543; Chris Noren 96; Ann Barnett 72; Ken Sundberg 42; Wynette Smith 174; Riley Lee 361; Cheryl Foreman 86; Larry Ballinger 224; Elene Stovall 140. Riley Lee and Mary Whitehurst were appointed as the memorial committee.


B.M. Smith led 507t to bring the class to order. Leaders: Steve Cackley 55; Kathy Folsom 274t; Paul Figura 73t; Loretta Jones 380t; Sonny Erwin 464; Judy Chambless 367; Leland Phillips 572; Reba Windom 505; Will Reilly 343; Linda Thomas 84; Bill Aplin 166.


The class was brought back together by Morgan Bunch leading 99. Leaders: Ben Smith 411; Roberta Strauss 218; Royce Sellers 503; Sara Kahre 143; John Kelley 405; Annette Lanham 277; Lloyd Jones 45t; Geraldine Sharpton 393t; Robert Walker 38t; Shirley Figura 176t; Rick Foreman 225t; Sue Bunch 395b; Bill Hogan 414; Norma Green 244. Nate Green led 369, and Royce Sellers offered prayer before the midday meal.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Russ Scholz. Leaders: Johnny Lee 46; Linda Westbrook 229; Robert Chambless 451; Shelbie Sheppard 217; Kennon Smith 189; Sharon DuPriest 434; Daphene Causey 137; Tim Lanham 146; Shannan Guinn 162; Billy Kelley 100; Ellen Gwynn 76b; Jeff Sheppard 497; Beverly Dayton 122; Alice Sundberg 336t.


The class continued singing with Larry Ballinger leading 39. Leaders: Morgan Bunch 230; Ernest Cockcroft 553; Chip Westbrook 336b; Joe Nall 345t; Patrick McKenzie 488b; Russ Scholz 478; Emma Leigh Curtis 348t; Tommie Spurlock 98; Stanley Smith 235.

Announcements were made. Nate Green led 527 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer offered by Bill Aplin.

Sunday, December 4

The Sunday session of the Florida State Convention was called to order by Nate Green leading 31b. The opening prayer was offered by Bill Hogan.

Leaders: Nate Green 30t; Wayne Jones 513t; Mary Whitehurst 155; Jewell Rowland 186; Victoria Aplin 278t; Aubrey Barfield 522; Larry Ballinger 54t; Roberta Strauss 300; Coy Ivey 465; Cheryl Foreman 511b; Steve Cackley 412; Karen Willard 494; Chris Noren 463; Geraldine Sharpton 340; Sonny Erwin 430; Shirley Figura 28b; Riley Lee 170.


Wayne Jones led 156 to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Rick Foreman 273; Paul Figura 392; Sharon DuPriest and Daphene Causey 192, 414.

Riley Lee and Mary Whitehurst conducted the memorial session. The names of the sick and shut-ins were read by Riley Lee. He said it was a time to stop and remember our friends and loved ones who could not join us. He led 546 in their honor.

Mary Whitehurst then read the names of the deceased. She said at this time as we talk about the holidays we talk about going home. Our friends and loved ones have already gone home, and some day we hope to join them. She led 386 in their memory. The session was closed with prayer offered by Johnny Lee.

The class continued singing with Jeff Sheppard and Shelbie Sheppard leading 211 and 507b. Leaders: David Ivey 567; Judy Chambless 138t; Johnny Lee 95b; Sue Bunch 276; Tim Jones 310; B.M. Smith 471; Elene Stovall 559. The class sang 369, and Roberta Strauss offered the blessing before the noon meal.


The afternoon session was called to order by Tim Jones leading 63. Leaders: Russ Scholz 313; Bill Hogan 356; Eva Padgett 77t; Wynette Smith 49b; Morgan Bunch 280; Nancy Hogan 145b; Bill Aplin 106; Alice Sundberg 59; Joe Nall 543; Norma Green 455t; Ken Sundberg 533; Ernest Cockcroft 553; Shannan Guinn 540; Patrick McKenzie 274t; Stanley Smith 282 (for the Chafins), 358 (for Irma Shirah); Tommie Spurlock 299; Karen Willard 128 (for her father).

The officers were appointed, and those who served this year were thanked for their contribution to help make this singing a success. The officers for the 2012 session of the Florida State Convention are as follows: Chairman—Wayne Jones; 1st Vice Chairman—Mary Whitehurst; 2nd Vice Chairman—Aubrey Barfield. Announcements were made. Tommie Spurlock led 183.

The officers led 62 as the closing song. Bill Aplin offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Nate Green; Vice Chairman—Wayne Jones; Secretary—Jewell Rowland