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Alpharetta Municipal Building

Alpharetta, Georgia

June 8, 1997

The one hundred twenty-ninth annual session was opened by Chairman Richard DeLong leading songs on pages 60 and 81 (t? b?). The opening prayer was led by Mrs. Ruth Wills.

Richard DeLong led song on page 207. Vice Chairman Kenneth DeLong led songs on pages 171, 176b (for Kim Cagle), and 177. Richard DeLong called the following leader: Helen Bryson 299, 566, 448b.

Doug Allison and Lee Rogers were asked to serve as the arranging committee. Leaders: Doug Allison 277, 213t, 278t (for his mother who is ill); Lee Rogers 535, 287, 354t; Dan Bailey 35, 114, 66; Laurie Allison 100, 178; Don Bowen 117, 86, 163b.

The class organized with the following officers elected: Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Kenneth DeLong; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson.


Kenneth DeLong called the class to order leading song on page 31b. Leaders: Jeanette DePoy 385t, 475 (dedicated to the DeLong family), 225t; Loy Garrison 74b, 503, 565; Frances Mary D’Andrea leading with Tim Cook’s mother 142, 143, 318; Tim Cook leading with his father 49t, 47t, 276; Faye Pettis 532, 380, 218; Pete Ellerston 312b, 72b, 133.


The afternoon session was opened by Richard DeLong leading song on page 426 (t? b?). Leaders: Judy Mincey 474, 501; Janice Paulk 446, 478; Horace DeLong 384, 192; Reuben Ball 460, 497; Jack Corley 430, 110; Dollie Hudgins 343, 119; Cathy White 31t, 84; Louis Hughes 77b, 347; Jacob Griffith 146, 358; Liz Bryant 190 (?), 280.


Kenneth DeLong called the class to order leading song on page 316. Leaders: Jack Paulk 68b, 452b; Diane Walls 108t, 147t; Andy Morse 448t, 57.

Richard DeLong conducted the memorial lesson. He spoke of how the deceased had worked so hard through the decades to preserve this singing with sacrifices made, money spent, and food prepared. WE are the June singing, and are now struggling to carry on this singing. The deceased were the mothers and fathers of the June singing. Those deceased since the last June singing include: Charles Dannals, Eva Corley Reeves, Hazel Cagle, Chris Crow, Annette Blalock, and Edna Wilson. Richard DeLong led song on page 420.

Jeanette DePoy led song on page 129 for the following sick and shut-ins: Mary Hackney, Jap Walton, and Kim Cagle. Jeanette DePoy also spoke of how much the Sacred Harp family has come to mean to her. Leaders: Richard Whatley 82t, 569b; Becky Almand 170 (for her friend Martha Reb), 217; David Carlton 191, 319; Mike Castleberry 401, 417.

Announcements were made. Visiting with us today are Pete Ellerston from Illinois and David Carlton from Nashville, Tennessee.

Richard DeLong led song on page 62 as the closing song. Mrs. Ruth Wills prayed the benediction.

Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Kenneth DeLong; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson.