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The Big Singing

Old Marshall County Courthouse, Benton, Kentucky

May 27, 2012

The morning session of the 129th annual Big Singing using The Southern Harmony, compiled by William Walker, was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by William Paris leading 103. Tim Reynolds offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: David Killingsworth 165t, 123; Tim Reynolds 51, 291t; Tom Waggener 24b, 39t; Don Waggener 252, 38; Kerry Lovett 8t, 144; William Paris 332, 1; David Killingsworth 275, 277; Tim Reynolds 42, 325; Matt Meacham 11, 312t; Tom Waggener 10b, 83; Don Waggener 20; Kerry Lovett 133; David Killingsworth 89b.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Gene Gilliland; Vice Chairman—William Paris; Secretary—Tim Reynolds.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by Gene Gilliland leading 103. Gene Gilliland gave the welcome, and made a few remarks about the background of the singing and about singing shape notes. He concluded by leading 11.

Leaders: Gary Clarke 31t, 275; Kerry Lovett 89b, 159b; William Paris 64, 3t.

William Paris conducted the memorial lesson for the following people, who had died in the last year: Frank Nichols and Elizabeth Shemwell Skerritt. He concluded the memorial by leading 276b.

Leaders: Matt Meacham 127, 296; Gene Gilliland 332; Don Waggener 195, 277; Tom Waggener 189, 165; Tim Reynolds 178, 40t; William Paris 107; Gene Gilliland 10b; Matt Meacham 166; William Paris 283; Don Waggener 123; Tim Reynolds 51, 42.

Gene Gilliland led 334 as the closing song. Gary Clark dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Gene Gilliland; Vice Chairman—William Paris; Secretary—Tim Reynolds