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Shiloh-Littlevine Singing

Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, Tallapoosa, Georgia

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church was held on the first Sunday in September. The class was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Cecil Roberts leading 28b and 33b. The opening prayer was offered by Samuel Williams. Nathan Rees led 52b and 40.

Since the Secretary was absent, Karen Rollins was asked to serve as Secretary. The following officers were retained: Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairman—Nathan Rees; Arranging Officer—Judy Chambless.

Leaders: Karen Rollins 36b, 405; Judy Chambless 128, 76t; Joyce Lambert 82t, 56t; Sherrell Cleino 127, 335; Winfred Kerr 540, 516; Gary Davis 565, 426t; Virginia Dyer 31b, 460; Samuel Williams 278t; Nancy Novotny 312b, 132; Bert Collins and Glenda Collins 35, 340; Robert Chambless 68b, 225t.


Nathan Rees brought the class back to order by leading 57. Leaders: Fallon Cook 59, 294; Rebecca Over 386, 283; Chance Cook 192; Nancy Novotny 47t, 569t; Samuel Williams 487, 48t; Joyce Lambert 485, 145t; Sherrell Cleino 81t, 72b.

At this time, Karen Rollins led the memorial lesson. She talked about the different ways that singers lead their lessons, and the way that lessons have changed throughout Sacred Harp history. She said that the memorial lesson is a quieter, special lesson that has different meanings for different singers. It means more as one sings for a longer period of time. She read the list of names of the sick and shut-ins: Tommie Spurlock, Chris Holley, Donna Bell, Brenda Johnson, Sandra Johnson, Sherry Pope, and Concetta Branson. She then read the following list of names of the deceased: Hugh McGraw, Eloise Wootten, Gravis Ballinger, Harold DeLong, Lynn Swafford Key, Johnny Lee, Delorese Lee, Johnnie Chafin, Dan Summerlin, Bobby Bonds, Laverne Shealy, Marshall Patterson, and Gail Jackson. Karen led 45t. Cecil Roberts closed the memorial service with prayer. Judy Chambless led 348t, and Fallon Cook led 358.


Cecil Roberts welcomed the class after lunch by leading 163b. Leaders: Winfred Kerr 314; Bert Collins and Glenda Collins 63; Gary Davis 99; Amy Hicks 274t; Rebecca Over 65; Karen Rollins 399b; Robert Chambless 50b; Nathan Rees 204; Cecil Roberts 303; Fallon Cook 146; Jason Stanford 548, 29b, 155; Philip Denney 129, 142, 84; Rebecca Over 500; Nancy Novotny 32t. Announcements were made. Karen Rollins dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairman—Nathan Rees; Secretary—Karen Rollins