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The Big Singing

Old Marshall County Courthouse, Benton, Kentucky

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The morning session of the 130th annual Big Singing using The Southern Harmony, compiled by William Walker, was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Gene Gilliland. Jeff Adcock offered the morning prayer. Gene Gilliland led 103.

Leaders: William Paris 112, 259; Don Waggener 24b; Tom Waggener and Marcelyn Thobaben 16; Tom Waggener and Randy Webber 19t (in honor of Pastor Rod Buchanan); Jeff Adcock 22t; Randy Webber 281t; Trent Hollinger 89b, 8; David Killingsworth 46, 165t; Kerry Lovett 159b; Don Waggener 213; Matt Meacham 11, 312t; Randy Webber 48; James Thobaben and Marcelyn Thobaben 51; William Paris 1.

An instructional session was led by William Paris and Gene Gilliland. Leaders: William Paris 78; Don Waggener 322; Tom Waggener 116; Gene Gilliland 302; William Paris told story of Johnny Carson Hollerin’ Contest. The winner and his dog hollered “Jerusalem, My Happy Home”. Don Waggener, Pat Waggener, and Trent Hollinger led 38.


The afternoon session was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by Gene Gilliland. Welcoming remarks were made by Sheriff Kevin Byars. Gene Gilliland made a few remarks about the background of the singing, and about singing shape notes. He concluded by leading 103 and 10b. Leaders: Gary Clark 31t, 51; Kerry Lovett 144, 159b.

The memorial lesson was conducted by William Paris (for Buck Brian and Martha Aiden), who led 80 and 27b. Leaders: Randy Webber 150, 296; Don Waggener and Jeff Adcock 123 (in honor of Gene Gilliland), 256; David Killingsworth 322, 199; Tom Waggener 166, 189; Mark Cain 11, 89b; Matt Meacham 83, 312t; Don Waggener 20; David Killingsworth and Jeff Adcock 34t; Trent Hollinger 252; William Paris 299; Jeff Adcock and Randy Webber 276b; Trent Hollinger 2; Don Waggener and Trent Hollinger 302.

Gene Gilliland led 334 as the closing song. Gary Clark offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Gene Gilliland; Vice Chairman—William Paris; Secretary—Darlene Abell