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Middle Georgia Sacred Harp Singing

Union Primitive Baptist Church, Johnstonville, Georgia

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The 13th annual Middle Georgia Sacred Harp Singing was held on Saturday before the third Sunday in April. Harry Eskew called the class to order leading 59. John Hollingsworth offered the morning prayer.

A business session was held with the following officers elected to serve: Chairman—Harry Eskew; Vice Chairman—John Plunkett; Secretary—Helen Bryson. Harry Eskew welcomed Mercer University students attending the singing today.

Leaders: Oscar McGuire 34b; Helen Bryson 100; John Plunkett 490; Bill Hollingsworth 288; Richard DeLong 36t; Martha Harrell 178; Debora Grosse 94; Gene Pinion 228; Lela Crowder 32t; Philip Denney 168; Jeannette DePoy 89; B.M. Smith 138t; Susan Ford and Oscar McGuire 45t; Robert Kelley 115; Karen Rollins 540.


John Plunkett called the class to order leading 50b (in memory of Sara Lynn Fountain and Jimmy Fountain of Union Primitive Baptist Church). Leaders: Riley Lee 545; Jesse Karlsberg 486; Charlene Wallace 283 (for Earlis McGraw); Sandra Wilkinson 313t; Philip Ford 47b; Matt Ebarb 344; Rita Haley 268; Scott DePoy 48t; Rosemund Watson 503; David Smead 571; Patty Dancy and son, Joshua Byrd 119; David Brodeur 60; Mary Brownlee 556; John Hollingsworth 354t.

John Plunkett, on behalf of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company, presented a plaque to the family of Raymond Hamrick. In his remarks, John noted that Raymond was very active in the Publishing Company early on. Further, Raymond was noted for being generous with his time, sharing of information, and contributions to Sacred Harp music. He was known as a prolific writer and his dry wit was well known throughout the Sacred Harp community. Accepting the plaque were Raymond’s daughter Patty Dancy and grandson, Joshua Byrd. Raymond’s daughter, Susan Hatfield, could not be in attendance. Also present was Raymond’s niece, Sharon Hamrick.

Leaders: Laura Akerman and Mercer students 454; Lisa Bennett 492; Rose Yntema 183; David Grant 34t.


Harry Eskew called the class to order leading 63. Leaders: John Plunkett 111b; Karen Rollins 389 (for Earlis McGraw and in memory of Lonnie Rogers); Riley Lee 318; Marilyn Tucker-Mark 159; Sandra Wilkinson 111t; B.M. Smith 101t; Helen Bryson 287; Robert Kelley 467; Sharon Hamrick 276; Susan Ford 457; Philip Denney 87; Rose Yntema 163b; Debora Grosse 405; David Brodeur 56b; Bill Hollingsworth 466; Lela Crowder 110; David Grant 523; Lisa Bennett 569t; Wayne Watson 112; Jesse Karlsberg 83b; Rosemund Watson 149; Patty Dancy 155; Philip Ford 49t; David Smead 323t; Mary Brownlee 501; Harry Eskew 128; Oscar McGuire 515 (in memory of Sara Lynn Fountain).

Announcements were made. Rosemund Watson led 347 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by John Plunkett

Chairman—Harry Eskew; Vice Chairman—John Plunkett; Secretary—Helen Bryson