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Henagar-Union Convention

Liberty Baptist Church, Henagar, Alabama

July 5-6, 2014

Saturday, July 5

The 98th annual session of the Henagar-Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention was held at Liberty Baptist Church on the first Sunday and Saturday before in July. The class was called to order by David Ivey leading 31t. The opening prayer was offered by Ron Harper.

Leaders: Shane Wootten 111b; Cheyenne Ivey 77t; Scott Ivey, Cassie Allen, and Jeff Adcock 460; B.M. Smith and Loyd Ivey 47t, 283; David Ballinger and Teresa Hope 78; Hubert Nall 168; Judy Chambless 29t; David Killingsworth 429; Boyd Scott 358; Loretta Whitman 129; Laura Ann Russell 318; Steve Adams 331; Nicholas Thompson 436; Ryan Bowman and Nicole Bowman 504; Pattie Wareh 171; Nate Green and Norma Green 403; Bill Beverly 304; Linda Booth 198; Sonny Erwin 493; Daniel Lee 497; Carol Ann Munro 392; Terry Ryan 344.

The following officers and committee members were previously elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—David Ivey; Vice Chairman—Shane Wootten; Secretary—Cheyenne Ivey; Arranging Committee—Scott Ivey, Cassie Allen, and Jeff Adcock; Memorial Committee—Shane Wootten and Judy Caudle; Finance Committee—Rodney Ivey and B.M. Smith.


Rodney Ivey led 421 to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Drew McGuire 349; Anne Drexler 87; Cora Wareh and Gwen Gethner 178; April Watkins 146; Faiz Wareh 86; Anna Hinton 40; Sierra Saylors 142; Lilly Underwood 496; Phillip Denney, Karis Askin, and Eva Grace Horsley 84; Eli Hinton 65; Bobby Watkins and Taylor Watkins 345t; Buddy Ballinger and Lomax Ballinger 354b; Daniel Bearden 395; Eimear Cradock and Carrie Elizabeth Gentry 76b; Arlon Gardner 454; Karen Rollins 327; Rebecca Over 380; David Carlton 377; Jon Giles 376; Darrell Swarens and Richard Mauldin 43; Vivian Rogan 503; Micah Roberts 475.


The class was called back together by Richard Ivey leading 36b. Leaders: Robert Chambless 569t; Gracie Barrett and Lauren Bock 59; Wendy Futral and Robby Anderson 373; Michael Darby 291; Gary Trentham, Gary Trentham II, Rodney Ivey, and Shane Wootten 282; Buell Cobb 81b; Jesse Roberts 442 (for Frances Carnell); Roberta Strauss 440; Sharon DuPriest and Daphene Causey 242; Corinne Ducey 108b; Gideon Dresdner 417; Steven Taylor 81t; Rick Cunningham 276; Kathy Williams 273; David Saylors and Teresa Saylors 274t; Claudia Dean 144; Linda Sides 182; Clinton Davis 426t; Erica Hinton and Faith Riley 111b. Elder Jesse Roberts offered prayer before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with David Ivey leading 133. Leaders: Ann Jett and Cindy Tanner 546; Ron Harper 455; Liora O’Donnell Goldensher 187; Eddie Mash 160b; Amanda Jokerst 445; James Nugent 355; Jaclyn O’Riley 340; Aldo Ceresa 506; Wanda Capps 542; Matt Hinton 203; Bridgett Hill Kennedy 37b; Jesse P. Karlsberg 396; Rachel Rudi, Lela Crowder, and Marie Campbell 145t; Blake Sisemore and Jackson Harcrow 507; Tom George and Dennis George 434; Michele Curran 67; Jonathan Smith 419; Carol Huang 112; Marcus Whitman 191; Ben Bath 189; Liz Kiser 426b; Gary Rogan 383; Elene Stovall 430; Nathan Rees 431; Martha Beverly 217; Kelsey Ivey 272.


The class was brought back together by Scott Ivey leading 42. Leaders: Scott Curran 500; Samuel Sommers 422; Tarik Wareh 505; Erica Martinez 201; Calum Woods 437; Henry Johnson 418; Susan Cherones 564; Jackson Fleder 321; David Brodeur 110; Elizabeth Betz 268; Anna Marie Bethune 275b; Judy Caudle and Angela Myers 343; Reba Windom 216; John Plunkett 136; Syble Adams and Jeff Adcock 47b.

David Ivey led 56t as the closing song. David Gooch dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, July 6

The Sunday session of the Henagar-Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention was brought to order by David Ivey leading 82t. The morning prayer was offered by Phil Summerlin.

Leaders: Shane Wootten 176t; Cheyenne Ivey 101t (for Betty Wright); Richard Ivey, Scott Ivey, and Loyd Ivey 426t; Scott Ivey, Jeff Adcock, and Loyd Ivey 97; Cheryl Foreman 187; Earl Ballinger, Linton Ballinger, and Gravis Ballinger 299; Tony Ivey 139; Geraldine Sharpton 148; Andy Ditzler 89; James Nugent and Fiona Nugent 455; Jared Wootten 460; Wendy Futral and Robby Anderson 35; Phil Summerlin 283; Nate Green and Norma Green 426b; Daniel Bearden 367; Susan Cherones 173; Wayne Wootten 36b; Jennifer Betz and Elizabeth Betz 25; Josh Collier and Deborah Morton 59; Henry Johnson 289; Hayden Wootten and Jamey Wootten 42; Martha Beverly and Bill Beverly 546; Bobby Watkins, Taylor Watkins, and April Watkins 277; Darrell Swarens 341 (in memory of Hobert Ivey); Loretta Smith and Amy Smith 171; Niamh Ducey and Corinne Ducey 472.


Scott Ivey led 270 to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Larry Ballinger, Lisa Geist, and Chris Ballinger 528; Arlon Gardner 313b; Linda Sides 225t; Rick Foreman 481; Tom George, Dennis George, and Jared George 39t; Liz Kiser, Cody Geaslin, and Idy Kiser 338; Jon Giles 181; Lela Crowder 534; Clinton Davis 400; Linda Booth and Susan Cherones 31t; Marcus Whitman 131t; David Gooch and Richard Ivey 319; Aaron Wootten 378b; Ryan Bowman and Nicole Bowman 107.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Shane Wootten. He spoke on behalf of the sick and shut-ins and the deceased. Judy Caudle read the following list of names of the sick and shut-ins: Stella Pratt, Toney Smith, Lavoy Smith, Martha Waide, Josephine Denney, Betty Wright, Sammie Oliver, Ed Thacker, Margaret Thacker, Curtis Owen, Edith Owen, Ollie Tetloff, Mr. and Mrs. Stites Gardner, and Susan Roberts.

She then read the following list of names of the deceased: Hobert Ivey, Lillie Brandon, Alicia Williams, Winnie Blevins, Nadine Willis, C.T. Williams, Jeff Sheppard, Shelbie Sheppard, Josie Hyde, Mary Kitchens Gardner, Wendell Wakefield, Lou Cotney, Bill Aplin, Tat Bailey, Voncile Nall, and Genny Whitworth—Alabama; Teenie Moody, Rueben Ball, and Carlene Griffin—Georgia; Carroll Lunsford—California; Hugh Bill McGuire and W.M. Allen—Mississippi; Somen Goodman—Quebec; Diane Mennella and Charles Waide—New York; Mary Lou Reynolds—Tennessee; Jim Hearne—Missouri; Sharon Kellam—North Carolina; Doris Hanks and Sallie Foreman—Texas; Phil Davis—District of Columbia; Arlin Kottman—Virginia.

Shane Wootten and Judy Caudle led 564. Scott Ivey, Jared Wootten, Hayden Wootten, and Jamey Wootten led 39b in memory of Hobert Ivey. The memorial service was closed with prayer offered by Eddie Mash.

Leaders: Kelsey Ivey 521; Ivey Biddle, Loyd Ivey, Marion Biddle, and Timothy Thoren 424; Terry Ryan 369; Roberta Strauss 441; Delone Cobbs 354t; Linda Thomas 47t; Max Bruce 285t. Scott Curran returned thanks before the noon meal.


David Ivey led 313t to begin the afternoon session. The ballots for the election of officers for the coming year were tallied and the results were announced as follows: Chairman—David Ivey; Vice Chairman—Shane Wootten; Secretary—Cheyenne Ivey.

Leaders: Eddie Mash 457; Gary Rogan 99; Jackson Fleder 56b; Jeannette DePoy, Scott DePoy, and Cathy White 84; Scott Curran and Reba Windom 192; Gwen Gethner and Gideon Dresdner 300; Nathan Rees and Carol Huang 411; Jesse P. Karlsberg and Lauren Bock 522; Karen Ivey and Coy Ivey 384; Ben Bath and Liora O’Donnell Goldensher 318; Loyd Ivey, Adam Biddle, Candace Sisemore, Martha Underwood, and Teresa Bethune 503; Lilly Underwood and Anna Marie Bethune 46; Matt Hinton, Eli Hinton, Anna Hinton, Lottie Hinton, and Erica Hinton 32t; Calum Woods and Robin Betz 73t; David Brodeur 283; Erica Martinez and Tarik Wareh 497; Pattie Wareh and Cora Wareh 127; Sharon DuPriest and Daphene Causey 434; Faiz Wareh 163t; Eloise Wootten and Anna Wootten 465 (CB); Sonny Erwin and Angela Myers 106; Judy Caudle and Bridgett Hill Kennedy 212; Nicholas Thompson 189; Elene Stovall 436; Jonathan Smith and Rodney Ivey 30b; Michele Curran 269; Drew McGuire 183; Jaclyn O’Riley and Logan Green 125; Jeanette Dollar and Mary Ruth Stiefel 358; Marty Wootten and Levon Wootten 421.


The class was reconvened by Rodney Ivey and Richard Ivey leading 317.

Leaders: Daniel Lee 316; Amanda Jokerst 95; Sarah Vaughn 129; Vivian Rogan 222; Aldo Ceresa 280; Shelby Castillo and Reba Windom 112; Claudia Dean 290; Kathy Williams 540; Samuel Sommers and Syble Adams 512; Richard Ivey and Ryan Hill 72b.

Announcements were made. David Ivey, Shane Wootten, and Tony Ivey led 146 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Tony Ivey, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—David Ivey; Vice Chairman—Shane Wootten; Secretary—Cheyenne Ivey