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Lookout Mountain Convention

Pine Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Collinsville, Alabama

August 27-28, 2016

Saturday, August 27

The 113th session of the Lookout Mountain Sacred Harp Singing Convention was held at Pine Grove Church on the fourth Sunday and Saturday before in August. The class was called to order by Scot Oliver leading 32t. Donnie Reed offered the opening prayer.

Wayne Reed welcomed the class, and requested that this session of the convention be dedicated to the memory of S.T. Reed. Wayne Reed, Scot Oliver, and Rodney Ivey led 59.

Leaders: Donnie Reed 146; Judy Caudle 79; Cindy Tanner 155; Phil Summerlin 97; Boyd Scott 358; Hubert Nall 496; Emma Rose Brown 336; John Wendt 229; Andy Ditzler 418; Pat Temple 415; Philip Denney 177; Paula Oliver 217; Nicholas Thompson 560; Daniel Lee 566; Lilly Underwood 354b; Henry Johnson 278t; Cornelia Van den Doel 270; Isaac Green and Hayden Arp 411 (for Sasha Hsuczyk); Judy Chambless and Robert Chambless 475 (for B.M. Smith); Myra Dalton and James Dalton 45t.


The class was called to order by Shane Wootten leading 40. Leaders: Daphene Causey 137; Pam Nunn 280.

A business session was held and the following officers and committee members were elected or appointed to serve: Co-Chairmen—Scot Oliver and Wayne Reed; Secretary—Judy Caudle; Treasurer—Alanna Blanks; Arranging Officer—Cindy Tanner; Finance Officer—Rodney Ivey; Memorial Committee—Wayne Reed and Henry Johnson.

Loyd Ivey told a joke in memory of B.J. Harris, and then led 283. Leaders: Winfred Kerr 36b; Vickie See and Billy See 33b; Calum Woods 322; Karen Rollins 318 (for B.M. Smith); John Plunkett 53; Reba Windom 373 (for B.M. and Margie Smith); David Brodeur 193; Angela Myers 272; Lomax Ballinger 430; Lauren Bock 186 (for her mom); Mary Wright 328; Darrell Swarens and Cornelia Van den Doel 84; Michael Thompson 196; Shelby Castillo and Reba Windom 215; Katherine Eldridge 377; Buell Cobb 69b; Kelsey Ivey 129; Justin Bowen and Dan Fuller 314; Jane Cannon 201; David Carlton 198; Linda Thomas and Rodney Ivey 73t (in memory of Oliver family members); Nathan Rees 227; Jesse P. Karlsberg 423 (in memory of Oliver Kindig-Stokes). Philip Denney asked a blessing at the table before the noon meal.


The class was brought to order by Scot Oliver and Rodney Ivey leading 343. Leaders: Virginia Eldridge 461; David Gooch 112; Elene Stovall 200; David Ivey 419; Cassie Allen 506; Jim Carnes 171; Erin Johnson-Williams 500; Sharon DuPriest 546; Richard Ivey and Emma Rose Brown 432; Larry Brasher and Louise Brasher 332; Cheyenne Ivey 176b; Matt Hinton and Lottie Hinton 172; Susan Cherones 460; Judy Mincey 140; Alanna Blanks and Arleigh Beard 551; Don Bowen and Shane Wootten 39b; Garrett Sipe and Delone Cobbs 47b; Ed Johnson-Williams 442; Mary Ruth Stiefel and Verlon Stiefel 348b; Dan Edwards 56b; Lynne deBenedette 456; Aaron Little 448t; Karen Edwards 77t; Elizabeth Gentry 76b; Gail Doss 268; Tom George 309; Brian Field 457; Dennis George 485; Hayden Arp 530; Jonathon Smith 125.

Announcements were made. Scot Oliver led 46 as the closing song. Donnie Reed dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, August 28

The Sunday session of the Lookout Mountain Convention was called to order by Scot Oliver leading 82t. Donnie Reed offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Donnie Reed 571 (CB); Judy Caudle 121; Cindy Tanner 220 (for Barrett Patton); Boyd Scott 58; Dennis George 79; Larry Ballinger 78; Linda Booth 504; Scott Ivey and Brianna Wells 542; Earl Ballinger 439; Isaac Stiefel 87; Susan Field 496; Ainslie Allen and Emma Hayden Calvert 196, 76b; Jamey Wootten 99; Jackie Tanner 129; Courtney Baine and David Ivey 401; Brian Field 303; Drew McGuire 37b; Bridgett Hill Kennedy 168; Linton Ballinger 421 (in memory of Bud Oliver).


Scot Oliver and Eric Blanks led 480 to bring the class together. Leaders: David Smead 539; Dan Edwards and Greta Edwards 547; Lilly Underwood 159; Joyce Whittington 143; Billy See and Vickie See 282; Eric Blanks 384; Erin Johnson-Williams 340; Chris Ballinger 112; Lisa Bennett 296 (in memory of Oliver Kindig-Stokes); Wanda Capps and Emma Calvert 388; Mary Wright 71; Justin Bowen 440; Calum Woods 138b; Pam Nunn 362.


The class was brought to order by Cindy Tanner leading 123t. Leaders: Isaac Green and Cassie Allen 39t; Daniel Lee 29t; Emma Rose Brown 313t; Winfred Kerr 225t; Judy Chambless 153; Shelley Calvert and Cassie Allen 498; Lauren Bock 181 (in memory of Oliver Kindig-Stokes); Katherine Eldridge 91; Cornelia Van den Doel, David Brodeur, and Andy Ditzler 370; Gail Doss 556; Gavin Blakeley 189; Jonathon Smith 302; Elene Stovall and David Ivey 42 (in memory of Bud Oliver and Marie Ivey); Nicholas Thompson 327 (for Ann Jett); Loyd Ivey 426t (in memory of Bud Oliver); Karen Edwards 209; Ed Johnson-Williams 111b; Ellen Ray 128.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Scot Oliver leading 108b. Leaders: Karen Freund 300; Pat Temple 232; Mark Carroll 481; Richard Ivey and Kelsey Ivey 396.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Henry Johnson. Henry spoke of encouragement, and read the following list of names of the sick and shut-ins: Ben Price, Dan Summerlin, Eloise Wootten, Albert Whittaker, Michael Appert, B.M. Smith, Margie Smith, Jewel Wootten, Doug Conn, Carla Smith, Margaret Keeton, Ed Thacker, Margaret Thacker, Ann Jett, Wayne Reed, and Susan Harcrow. Cindy Tanner led 475.

Henry spoke about welcome, love, and community. He read the following list of names of the deceased: Janelle Davis—Illinois; Ruth Redmon—Texas; Bernice Stedman Thompson and Earlis McGraw—Georgia; Ruth Steggles—England; Joe Nall—Florida; Oliver Kindig-Stokes—Pennsylvania; Tony Conrad—New York; Kathleen Doss Traywick, Elsie Moon, Kermit Adams, Steve Adams, Gary Smith, S.T. Reed, Sandra Spradlin, Toney Smith, and Kenneth Fannin—Alabama. Henry led 55 in memory of the deceased. Donnie Reed closed the memorial service with prayer.

Leaders: Richard Ivey 566 (in memory of S.T. Reed); Darrell Swarens 507; David Brodeur 197; Alanna Blanks and Arleigh Beard 405; Rodney Ivey and Marty Wootten 426b (for Susan Harcrow and Eloise Wootten); Virginia Eldridge 107; Chita Blakeley 411 (for Doug Conn); Hayden Arp 434; Daphene Causey 291; Jesse P. Karlsberg 183 (in memory of George Seiler); Andy Ditzler 352; Shelby Castillo and Reba Windom 216; Nathan Rees 371; Sharon DuPriest and Pam Nunn 269; David Gooch 319.


Shane Wootten led 56t to bring the class together. Leaders: Mairye Bates 312b; Paula Oliver 222; Lynne deBenedette 142 (in memory of Ruth Brown); Sarah Trumbore 474; Susan Cherones 564; Nate Green 105; Elizabeth Gentry 361; Jared Wootten 182; Erica Martinez 436; Coy Ivey 465 (CB).

Announcements were made. Scot Oliver, Donnie Reed, Alanna Blanks, and Eric Blanks led 62 as the closing song. Donnie Reed offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Co-Chairmen—Scot Oliver and Wayne Reed; Secretary—Judy Caudle