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Augusta Sacred Harp Singing

Augusta Old Line Primitive Baptist Church, Martinez, Georgia

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The 3rd annual Augusta Sacred Harp Singing was held at Augusta Old Line Primitive Baptist Church, 3646 Old Petersburg Road, Martinez, Georgia, on Saturday before the first Sunday in May. Gene Pinion began the meeting at 9:30 with a singing school and history. He explained the shaped notes and the four-part harmony sung by Sacred Harp singers. After the lesson and history, Agnes Roberts welcomed everyone, and led “The Great Roll Call” from a printed handout. Elder Dwayne Hooven, pastor of Augusta Old Line Primitive Baptist Church, gave the welcome from the church, and offered the opening prayer.

The class was called to order by Joyce Heath at 10:00 a.m. leading 127 and 318. Leaders: Frank DeBolt 569b, 63; Tom Ivey 201, 32t; Oscar McGuire 171, 75; Mary Brownlee 78, 84; Tollie Lee 30t, 565; Ted Seaman 64, 340; John Gentry 33b, 289.

RECESS

Gene Pinion called the class back to order by leading 354b. Leaders: Sharon Strong 479, 299; Donna Smith 276, 163b; Judith Parker 269, 268; Joyce Heath 159, 153; Gene Pinion 59, 49b; Frank DeBolt 186, 503; Agnes Roberts 358, 143. Gene Pinion prayed the blessing for lunch.

LUNCH

Joyce Heath called the class back to order at 1:00 p.m. and led 452. The class entered into a short business session with following officers elected to serve: Co-Chairpersons—Joyce Heath and Agnes Roberts; Arranging Officer—Gene Pinion; Vice Chairman—Rabon Holton; Secretary—Diane Goldman.

Leaders: Joyce Heath 436; Tom Ivey 196, 282; Oscar McGuire 229, 441; Mary Brownlee 47b, 224; Tollie Lee 551, 285t; Ted Seaman 80t, 293; Gene Pinion 145t, 569t; Sharon Strong 250; Donna Smith 142, 448t.

RECESS

Joyce Heath and Frank DeBolt led 334 to call the class back to order. Leaders: Gene Pinion 218; Terri Jowers 457; Judith Parker 168; Agnes Roberts 46; Oscar McGuire 155; Mary Brownlee 350; Tollie Lee 319; Ted Seaman 175; John Gentry 38b; Donna Smith 442; Sharon Strong 112; Terri Jowers 235; Tom Ivey 549.

Joyce Heath thanked all who attended and helped with this year’s singing. She led 146 as the closing song. Announcements were made. Elder Dwayne Hooven offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Joyce Heath; Vice Chairman—Rabon Holton; Secretary—Diane Goldman