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Smith Memorial Sacred Harp Singing
(Cooper Book/The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision)

New Harmony Community Center, New Harmony, Texas

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The 39th session of the Smith Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was called to order by Kristie Powell leading 406 (CB). Robert Vaughn offered the opening prayer. Leaders: Kristie Powell 68t (CB); Mike Hinton 68b, 63; Tammy Powell 163b, 217; Gaylon Powell 208, 298; Peggy Ray 568, 47t; Donald Ross 81b, 54; Olivia Powell 56t, 282; Kit Alderman 148, 410t; Diane Ross 480, 40; Robert Vaughn 357 (CB), 482 (CB); Myrl Jones 491 (CB), 300 (CB), 142 (CB). Robert Vaughn and Kevin Powell were appointed as the memorial committee.


Mike Hinton called the class back together by leading 87. Leaders: Kevin Powell 36t, 535; Tina Walston 573 (CB), 572 (CB); Monica Hill 500 (CB), 61 (CB); Robert Walston 501 (CB), 45t (CB).

The memorial lesson was conducted. Robert Vaughn led 73t (CB) for the following sick and shut-ins: Curtis Owen, Azalee Barnett, Margaret Roundsaval, Sue Utz, Curtis Jones, Landis Powell, and Charlotte Powell.

Kevin Powell led 503 in memory of the following deceased: Steve Helwig—Oregon; Daphene Causey—Alabama; Berkley Moore—Illinois; Julie Vea—Wisconsin; Louise Holland and Hugh McGraw—Georgia; Darrell Swarens—Indiana; Frank Price, Amy Denison, Peter Nichols, Julia Welch, Jane Goforth, Marian Grant, and Edith Owen—Texas. Donald Ross closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

A business meeting was held. Ken Smith opened a discussion about the continuation of the singing. The members are aging, and there is lack of support. Some of the family wanted to keep the singing going. No decision about discontinuation was made at this time. The following officers were nominated to serve next year: Chairman—Mike Hinton; Vice Chairman—Tina Walston; Secretary—Tammy Powell; Treasurer—Barbara Smith; Assistant Treasurer—Sue Utz; Chaplain—David Jones. David Jones offered the noon prayer.


Kristie Powell called the class to order by leading 268t (CB). Leaders: Sonya Kirkham 330t (CB), 54t (CB); Kate Agnew 393 (CB), 110 (CB); Amanda Lee 32t (CB), 270 (CB); Judy Hughes 580 (CB), 476 (CB); Tammy Powell 497 (CB); Kristie Powell and David Tidmore 159 (CB); Gaylon Powell 457; Peggy Ray 517 (CB); Donald Ross 514 (CB); Olivia Powell 36b (CB); Kit Alderman 484 (CB); Diane Ross 358; Robert Vaughn 521 (CB).


Kevin Powell called the class together by leading 543 (CB). Leaders: Tina Walston 199 (CB); Robert Walston and Shirley Smith 388 (CB); Sonya Kirkham 475 (CB); Kate Agnew 168; Judy Hughes 128 (CB); Amanda Lee 66; Mike Hinton 567 (CB); Kit Alderson 117.

Announcements were made. Kristie Powell led 323t as the closing song. Robert Vaughn offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Kristie Powell; Vice Chairman—Mike Hinton; Secretary—Tammy Powell