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Auburn Sacred Harp Singing

First Presbyterian Church, Auburn, Alabama

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The annual Auburn Sacred Harp Singing was held on Saturday before the third Sunday in January at Auburn First Presbyterian Church. The class was called to order by Elizabeth Gentry leading 30t. Rev. Kathy Reed offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Michael Panhorst 159; Lisa Bennett 208 (in memory of Darrell Swarens); Karen Rollins 540; Judy Chambless 34b; Winfred Kerr 36b; Isaac Green 483; Glenda Collins and Bert Collins 282; Ken Sundberg 214; Ann Riley 542; Philip Denney 142; John Plunkett 325; David Brodeur 418; Eugene Forbes 155; Robert Chambless, Rev. Kathy Reed and daughter 45t; Samuel Sommers 123t; Brenda Dunlap 76b; Jack Nelson 461; Gary Padgett 377; Chris Parris 52t; Pam Nunn 189; Bill Hogan 53; Jim Aaron 47b; Michael Spencer 370.


Elizabeth Gentry brought the class back to order leading 335. A business meeting was held to elect the following officers: Chairman—Elizabeth Gentry; Vice Chairman—Michael Panhorst; Arranging/Secretary—Judy Chambless.

Leaders: Kelsey Ivey 317; Chris Ballinger 344; Taylor Kennedy 146; Sarah Jenkins 314; Tammy Heinsohn 86; Justin Bowen 298; Karen Clark 387 (in memory of Floy Wilder); Hubert Nall 129; Oscar McGuire 485; Bea Aaron 475; Eugene Forbes 340; Richard Ivey 150; Andy Ditzler 33b; Nicholas Thompson 304; Mike Hankins 168; Reba Windom 318 (in memory of Eloise Wootten).

Karen Rollins and Lisa Bennett conducted the memorial lesson. Karen talked about how important it is to send cards to the sick and shut-ins, and how much she appreciated all the cards and gifts she received while sick. She led 70t for the following sick and shut-ins: Concetta Branson, Virginia Futral, Charlene Wallace, Chris Holley, Ottis Sides, and Jewel Wootten.

Lisa talked about how much the singing family means to each singer, and how we miss the ones who have died. She led 381 in memory of the following deceased: Darrell Swarens, Hugh McGraw, Daphene Causey, Eloise Wootten, Linda Domholt, Berkeley Moore, Amy Denison, Margaret Ray, Ann Sleeva, Julie Vea, Gravis Ballinger, Martha Moody, Floy Wilder, Edith Owen, Jean Baird, and Mary Shivers. Philip Denney closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Cheyenne Ivey 217; Sarah Beasley 354b; Lisa Geist 269.


Elizabeth Gentry brought the class back to order leading 56t. Leaders: Larry Ballinger 551; David Smead 380; Mark Carroll 285t; Alice Sundberg 161; Gary Davis and Karen Flagg 480; Samuel Sommers 534; Brenda Dunlap 448t; Michael Spencer 191; Gary Padgett 442; Nicholas Thompson and Reba Windom 216; Ken Sundberg 569b; Kelsey Ivey and Richard Ivey 187; Chris Ballinger, Lisa Geist, and Larry Ballinger 528; Bill Hogan 182; Justin Bowen 530; Cheyenne Ivey 172; Sarah Jenkins 99; Pam Nunn 200; Isaac Green 522; Jack Nelson, Ken Miller, and Taylor Kennedy 560; Ann Riley 454; John Plunkett 54; Andy Ditzler and David Brodeur 518; Karen Clark 234; Chris Parris 300; Winfred Kerr 516; Tammy Heinsohn 504; Hubert Nall 186; Oscar McGuire, Sarah Beasley, and Bea Aaron 175; Mike Hankins, David Smead, and Mark Carroll 411; Gary Davis and Karen Flagg 565. After announcements, Elizabeth Gentry and Michael Panhorst led 62 as the closing song. Robert Chambless offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Elizabeth Gentry; Vice Chairman—Michael Panhorst; Secretary—Judy Chambless