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Augusta Sacred Harp Singing

Augusta Old Line Primitive Baptist Church, Martinez, Georgia

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The 5th annual Augusta Sacred Harp Singing was held at Augusta Old Line Primitive Baptist Church, Martinez, Georgia, on Saturday before the first Sunday in May. Gene Pinion began the meeting at 9:30 a.m. 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, Joyce Heath welcomed everyone, and led 31t. Elder Dwayne Hooven offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Joyce Heath 40; Oscar McGuire 75, 348t; John Gentry 312b, 313b; Frank DeBolt 569b, 503; Michael Spencer 278b, 166; Mary Brownlee 84, 47b; Gene Pinion 138b, 142; Joyce Heath 318, 212.

RECESS

Joyce Heath brought the class back to order by leading 155. Leaders: Oscar McGuire 127, 171; John Gentry 139, 38t; John Hooven 146; Frank DeBolt 515, 136; Richard Noegle 268, 63; Michael Spender 354t, 205; Mary Brownlee 66, 111b; Gene Pinion 354b, 232; Agnes Roberts and Chandler Thigpen 143, 358. Elder Dwayne Hooven prayed the blessing for lunch.

LUNCH

Joyce Heath called the class back to order by leading 282 and 168. Leaders: Oscar McGuire 276, 229; John Gentry 106, 148; Frank DeBolt 323b, 551; Ginny Howard 324, 159; Michael Spencer 308, 420; Mary Brownlee 501, 78.

The class entered into a short business session with the following officers elected to serve: Chairman—Joyce Heath; Vice Chairman—Agnes Roberts; Secretary—Diane Goldman and Chandler Thigpen.

Leaders: Joyce Heath 135, 358; Oscar McGuire 163b; John Gentry 569t, 383.

Joyce Heath thanked all who attended and helped with this year’s singing. She led 347 as the closing song. Announcements were made. Elder Dwayne Hooven offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Joyce Heath; Vice Chairman—Agnes Roberts; Secretary—Diane Goldman