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Singing Service at THE Funeral of Hugh McGraw

Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church, Bremen, Georgia

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A large number of Sacred Harp singers from a number of U.S. states and the U.K. came together at 2:00 p.m. with family and friends of Hugh McGraw for his funeral at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church. Richard DeLong led 36b and 381. Elder Jesse Roberts offered prayer.

Leaders and song selections: P. Dan Brittain 353; Ted Mercer 500; Cecil Roberts 225t; John Plunkett 516; Jesse Roberts and Micah Roberts 517; Rebecca Over 527; Terry Wootten 548; David Ivey and Karen Ivey 570; Phillip Langley 48t; Michael Thompson and Shane Brown 312t; Richard Mauldin 446; Reba Windom and Pam Nunn 196; Virginia Dyer and Donna Bell 454; Matt DeLong 530; Richard Ivey and Rodney Ivey 436; Fallon Cook and Hayden Arp 269; Helen Bryson 411; Janice Paulk and Rachel Carlisle 75; Elene Stovall 192; Oscar McGuire 485; Mandy Denson Brady 77t; Jeannette DePoy and Scott DePoy 347.

Reverend Scott Hannah, husband of Hugh’s daughter Paula, thanked the singers and introduced Buell Cobb. Buell Cobb talked about his long friendship with Hugh McGraw and about Hugh’s contributions and legacy to Sacred Harp. Reverend Scott Hannah conducted a eulogy and ended this by quoting words from the song “Phillip’s Farewell”.

Richard DeLong and Charlene Wallace led 45t. Reverend Scott Hannah offered prayer. Nathan Rees led 146 as Hugh’s coffin was carried from the church.

At the graveside at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Bremen, Georgia, Reverend Scott Hannah read the 23rd Psalm and conducted a prayer. Daniel Williams led 339, and the class was dismissed.

Director of Music—Richard DeLong; Secretary—Rebecca P. Over