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John Newton Merritt Memorial Singing

Old Courthouse Museum, Vicksburg, Mississippi

May 26-27, 2018

Saturday, May 26

The 7th annual John Newton Merritt Memorial Singing was called to order by Henry McGuire leading 47t. Elder Robert Vaughn offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Henry McGuire 505 (CB); Mark Davis 31b, 76b; Darlene Reynolds 484 (CB), 411 (CB); Robert Vaughn 31t, 339; Lisa Geist 546, 228; Will McGuire 181, 180; Sonja Kirkham 268t (CB), 330t (CB).

RECESS

Leaders: Hugh McGuire 487t (WB), 196 (WB); Jamira Jackson 455, 57; Andy Davis 198; Amber Davis 436, 500; Regina Derstine 36t, 390; Wilma Mitchell 39t, 204t (CH); Susan Dickey 392, 159; Carole Watts 298 (CH), 189 (CH); Todd Derstine 128, 84; Carol Selman 86. Chris Nicholson offered prayer before the noon meal.

LUNCH

Leaders: Henry McGuire 140 (CB); Natalie Davis 155, 273; Chris Nicholson 32t, 34b; Robert Vaughn 210 (CB), 211 (CB); Lisa Geist 182, 472; Mark Davis 450, 316; Will McGuire 214 (CH), 314 (CH); Sonja Kirkham 480, 63; Hugh McGuire 163t (CH), 354 (CH); Jamira Jackson 109 (CH), 369 (CH); Andy Davis 208, 212; Regina Derstine and Todd Derstine 327, 410t; Susan Dickey 507t (CH), 470 (CH); Carole Watts 572 (CB), 573 (CB); Chris Nicholson 490 (CH); Henry McGuire 76b (CH), 505 (CB).

Mark Davis, Hugh McGuire, and Henry McGuire led “The Drone” as the closing song. Elder Robert Vaughn dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, May 27

The class was brought to order by Henry McGuire leading 33b and 91. Mark Davis offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Mark Davis 179, 416, 137; Nicholas Thompson 200, 318, 93 (CH); Amber Davis 507, 306, 381; Will McGuire 129, 483, 142 (CH); Sonja Kirkham 128t (CH), 255 (CH), 355 (CH); Lisa Geist 527, 528, 215.

RECESS

Leaders: Hugh McGuire 256t (CH), 82t (CH), 145t; Jamira Jackson 571 (CB), 383 (CB), 282 (CB); Natalie Davis 192, 340, 460; Regina Derstine 86 (CB), 264 (CH), 64 (CH); Lisa Davis 99, 276, 434.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Lisa Geist and Amber Davis. Amber and Lisa led 199 (CB) in honor of the following sick and shut-ins: Ron Davis, Curtis Owen, Alice McGuire, Charlene Wallace, Roni Robbins, Esther Mann, Nancy van den Akker, and Ozella Blackmon.

Lisa and Amber led 559 (CB) in memory of the following deceased: Daphne Causey, Glenda Hopper, Marion Grant, Elder Lowell McLain, Eloise Wootten, Floy Wilder, Darrell Swarens, Steve Helwig, Lily Hopper, Edith Owen, and Caleb Allred. Mark Davis closed the memorial lesson with prayer. Nicholas Thompson offered the prayer to bless the food.

LUNCH

Leaders: Henry McGuire 492 (WB); Chris Nicholson 30b (CB), 264t (CB), 264b (CB); Carol Selman 277, 46; Bentley Rose and Nicholas Thompson 569b; Darlene Reynolds 486t (WB), 145t, 454; Nicholas Thompson 328, 216; Amber Davis 234; Lisa Geist 542; Will McGuire, Henry McGuire, and Charlie McGuire 236; Hugh McGuire 499t (WB); Chris Nicholson 546t (WB); Jamira Jackson 85; Lisa Davis 189.

Mark Davis, Henry McGuire, and Hugh McGuire led “The Drone” as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Nicholas Thompson.

Chairman—Henry McGuire; Vice Chairman—Mark Davis; Secretary—Darlene Reynolds