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Elder and Mrs. Jason Davis Memorial Singing

Historic Sugar Valley Baptist Church, Sugar Valley, Georgia

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The annual Elder and Mrs. Jason Davis Memorial singing was held in a new location, the historic Sugar Valley Baptist Church. This lovely, acoustically lively building was the site of memorable singings in the late 19th and early 20th century. A small band attended the renewal of the tradition in this special place. Hugh McGraw was in attendance, but did not lead.

The class was called to order by Judy Mincey leading 59, the traditional opening song. Eddie Mash offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Judy Mincey 225t: John Plunkett 495, 153; David Brodeur 41, 371; Coy Coggins 354b, 335; Eddie Mash 75, 77t; Andy Ditzler 66, 571; Richard DeLong 81t, 332; John Hollingsworth 341; Donna Bell 113, 441; Virginia Dyer 63, 222; Roy Brunson 457 (in memory of Elder Davis and Mrs. Brunson, Roy’s mother), 282.


Judy Mincey called the class to order leading 358 (in memory of Bernice Thompson Steadman). Leaders: John Plunkett 101t (in honor of Elder Ed Smith) 132; B.M. Smith 373, 34b; David Brodeur 275b, 138t; Coy Coggins 100, 108t; Eddie Mash 92, 374; John Hollingsworth 35, 230; Andy Ditzler 500.


The class reconvened after a bountiful lunch with Judy Mincey leading 283 (for Don Bowen).

A business session was held and the following officers were elected: Chairman—Judy Mincey; Vice Chairman—Coy Coggins. The class elected to return to this site for the singing next year.

Leaders: Charlene Wallace 171, 155; Richard DeLong 127 (in memory of Eva Corley Reeves), 407; John Hollingsworth 354t; Donna Bell 532, 472; John Plunkett 540; B.M. Smith 503; David Brodeur 521; Coy Coggins 274t; Eddie Mash 70t; Andy Ditzler 70b; Charlene Wallace and Ellen Johnson 79; Judy Mincey 320 (in memory of deceased friends); Richard Delong 411; Gail Dunn and Judy Mincey 129; Eddie Mash 77b.

The class sang 62, and took the parting hand. Eddie Mash prayed a benediction.

Chairman—Judy Mincey; Vice Chairman—Coy Coggins