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The Big Singing

Old Marshall County Courthouse, Benton, Kentucky

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The morning session of the 131st annual Big Singing using The Southern Harmony, compiled by William Walker, was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Gene Gilliland, who also offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Ralph Paris 103; Tom Waggener 31t; Kerry Lovett 89b; Nate Dwight 15; Trent Hollinger 16; David Killingsworth 213; Gene Gilliland 8t; Ralph Paris 159b, 302; Randy Webber 189, 4b; Matt Meacham 11, 312t; Marcelyn Thobaben 46; Trent Hollinger 303; Janelle Davis 252; Nate Dwight 106b; Kerry Lovett 144; Ralph Paris 1; Gene Gilliland 51; Nate Dwight 4t; Randy Webber 123; Ralph Paris 5b, 50, 210; Mac McDonald 275; Tom Waggener 10b; David Killingsworth 107, 19t. Kevin Byars offered prayer before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order at 1:15 p.m. by Sheriff Kevin Byars, who made welcoming remarks. Gene Gilliland and Ralph Paris provided a brief introduction to Southern Harmony singing notation.

Leaders: Gary Clark 103, 31t; Gene Gilliland 181t, 275; Kerry Lovett 64, 159b; Ralph Paris 133, 283.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Ralph Paris, who led 8 for Maxine Story of St. Louis, Benson Blackey of Benton, and Lestie Brian of Benton.

Leaders: Randy Webber 276b, 282; David Killingsworth 165t, 38; Randy Webber 83 (for Don Waggener); Tom Waggener 116; Marcelyn Thobaben 46; Mark Cain 296, 11; Trent Hollinger 89b, 16; Matt Meacham 166, 144, 189; Ralph Paris 107; Trent Hollinger 252; Randy Webber 322, 259; Ralph Paris 7t; Nate Dwight 8b; Randy Webber 2; Nate Dwight 10b; Randy Webber 213; Ralph Paris 3t; Gene Gilliland 334. Gary Clark offered the closing prayer.

Chairman and Secretary—Gene Gilliland; Vice Chairman—Ralph Paris