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DeLong-Roberts Memorial Singing

Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Alpharetta, Georgia

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The annual DeLong-Roberts Memorial Singing was called to order by Jessica Altman leading 34b. Elder Jesse Roberts offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Matt DeLong 418; Helen Bryson 131b; John Plunkett 167; Micah Roberts 348t; Brady DeLong 47t; Dianne O’Shields 497; Eric Tweedy 327; Janice Paulk 75; Ashley Thompson 300; Faye Holbrook 290 (remembering the Morris Kelly family); Hayden Arp 336; Tony Hammock 455 (in memory of his brother, Tim); Jesse Roberts 473; Rachel Carlisle 204.


Matt DeLong brought the class to order leading 348b. Leaders: Charles Woods 294; Richard DeLong 74t; Vaudie Sherer 145t; Virginia Dyer 137; Virgel “Cricket” Campbell 335; Judy Mincey 384; Timothy Altman 155; Fallon Cook 107; Lisa Bennett 87 (for Susan Posey).

A business session was held with the following officers elected to serve: Chairman—Jessica Altman; Vice Chairman—Matt DeLong; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson; Arranging Officer—John Plunkett. It was also voted to change the starting time for the singing to 10:00 a.m. effective 2018. Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church has graciously agreed to host this singing in 2018.

Leaders: Oscar McGuire 515; LeAnn Carter 32t; David Smead 465.

Janice Paulk conducted the memorial lesson. She said that each of us has a special memory of singers that we’ve sung with over the years. These singers have left us a special legacy and what better way to expand that legacy than for us to keep on singing. Richard DeLong led 153 in memory of the following deceased and past DeLong family members: Hugh McGraw, Johnny Lee, Delorese Lee, B.M. Smith, Alan Timothy Hammock (Tony Hammock’s brother), Harold DeLong, Geneva Pritchard, and George Snyder—Georgia; Charles Wells—Minnesota. Jesse Roberts led 328 for family and friends of the Roberts family, and closed with memorial lesson with prayer.


Jesse Roberts called the class back to order leading 162. Leaders: Helen Bryson 568; Malinda Snow 475; Dalton Lewis 472; Micah Roberts 567; Brady DeLong 49b; Dianne O’Shields 186; Tabitha Altman and Jessica Altman 354b; Eric Tweedy 182; Janice Paulk 318; Ashley Thompson 196; Faye Holbrook 376; Hayden Arp 112; Tony Hammock 105; Charles Woods 99.


John Plunkett called the class to order leading 101t. Leaders: Richard DeLong 399b; Vaudie Sherer 100; Virgel “Cricket” Campbell 481; Fallon Cook and Hayden Arp 340; Lisa Bennett 541; Oscar McGuire 229 (in honor of Cecil Roberts); Judy Mincey 301; David Smead 494; LeAnn Carter 64; Jesse Roberts 347.

Announcements were made. Brady DeLong and Jessica Altman led 62 as closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Elder Jesse Roberts.

Chairman—Jessica Altman; Vice Chairman—Matt DeLong; Secretary—Helen Bryson