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Elder Homer Benefield, Katherine Benefield, and Mildred Johnson Memorial

Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, south of Tallapoosa, Georgia

Friday night, April 11, 2014

The annual session of the Elder Homer Benefield, Katherine Benefield, and Mildred Johnson Memorial Sacred Harp singing was held on Friday night before the second Sunday in April. Cecil Roberts called the class to order by leading 56t (in memory of Elder Homer Benefield). Charles Towler offered the opening prayer. Cecil led 37b.

Leaders: Johnny Wright 58, 274t; Donna Bell 426 (t? b?), 186 (for Eugene Forbes).

A business session was held with the following officers retained or appointed: Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairman—Johnny Wright; Secretary—Donna Bell; Arranging Officer—Margie Smith. The location of this singing alternates between Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church and Antioch Baptist Church. A motion was made to make Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church the permanent home of this singing. The motion carried and the business session was closed.

Leaders: Dylan Feezell 435, 36b; Karen Rollins 213b (in memory of her Grandpa Denney), 313t; Hayden Arp 32t, 406; Kathe Pilibosian 422, 283; Robby Rivers and Hugh McGraw 146, 378t; Laura Densmore 228, 142; Chris Holley 30b, 77t; Gennie Prater 460, 318. Hugh McGraw offered the blessing of the evening meal.


The class resumed singing with Johnny Wright leading 335. Leaders: Paula Picton 453, 430; Ian Quinn 57; Daniel Williams 61; Louise Holland 63; Samuel Williams 107; Joyce Lambert 127; Earlis McGraw 111b (in memory of his sister, Carlene Griffin; his grandson, Cacy Simpson; and his cousin); B.M. Smith 340, 294 (by request). Charles Towler sang a solo, “His Blood Has Made Us One” (in memory of Everett Ellis).

Announcements were made. Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church is the permanent home for this singing. Johnny Wright led 46 as the closing song. Charles Towler offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairman—Johnny Wright; Secretary—Donna Bell