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The Original B.F. White Sacred Harp Singing Convention (1911 J.L. White Revision)

Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Original B.F. White Sacred Harp Singing Convention (1911 J.L. White Revision) was held at Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia, on the third Sunday in September. The class was called to order by John Plunkett, who welcomed everyone, and then led 73b. Henry Johnson offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: John Plunkett 77b; Russell Hanson 61, 72b; Sandra Wilkinson 316, 70b; Kelly Morris and Bill Levisay 49b, 159; Henry Johnson 32b, 88t; John Whittemore 48b, 99; Malinda Snow 138b, 547t; Helen Bryson 498t (for Carol Martin and in memory of Jetha Brooks); Oscar McGuire 276, 155.


Russell Hanson brought the class together leading 358. Leaders: Carol Hanson 513, 395b; Tom Hanson 512, 36b; Mary Brownlee 47b, 287; Jerusha Wheeler 482b; Jerusha Wheeler and Malinda Snow 304; Leslie Hanson 540, 137.

A business session was held for the purpose of electing officers, and any other business brought before the class. A motion was made and seconded to retain the same officers for another year. The business session was closed in order.

Leaders: John Plunkett 55t; Russell Hanson 491b; Sandra Wilkinson 95b; Kelly Morris 37b; Henry Johnson 495. Tom Hanson offered the prayer at the lunch table.


John Plunkett reconvened the singing class by leading 154b. Leaders: John Whittemore 40; Malinda Snow 96; Helen Bryson 549b; Oscar McGuire 171; Sharon Hamrick 297; Carol Hanson 389t; Kelly Morris 38b; Tom Hanson 299; Jesse Roberts 490b, 34b; Micah Roberts 29b, 27; Judy Mincey 279, 396b; Debra Grosse 492, 511; Leslie Hanson 487t.

Sandra Wilkinson conducted the memorial lesson. Judy Mincey led 501b in memory of the deceased and in honor of the sick and shut-ins. The deceased included Hugh McGraw, B.M. Smith, Bobby Mabry, Betty Barton, and Elder Ed Smith—Georgia; and Eloise Wootten—Alabama. The sick and shut-ins included Andy Anderson, Martha Ann Stegar, and Bessie Prince. The memorial prayer was offered by Henry Johnson.

Leaders: Mary Brownlee 496b; Jerusha Wheeler 284t; Sandra Wilkinson 507; Micah Roberts 29t; Jesse Roberts 74b; Henry Johnson 488b; Judy Mincey 487b; Tom Hanson 483t, 317b.

Following announcements, Russell Hanson led R26 as the closing song. Elder Jesse Roberts offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—John Plunkett; Vice Chairman—Russell Hanson; Secretary—Sandra Wilkinson