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DeLong-Roberts Memorial Singing

Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Alpharetta, Georgia

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The annual DeLong-Roberts Memorial Singing was called to order by Jessica Altman leading 47t and 101t. Elder Jesse Roberts offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Helen Bryson 101b, 542; John Plunkett 467, 73b; Rachel Carlisle 145t, 137; Kevin Kleinfelter 117; Malinda Snow 465, 494; Jesse Roberts 475, 547; Samuel Williams 498, 399b; Faye Holbrook 455, 290; Dan Bailey 66, 569b (in honor of his mother).


Richard DeLong brought the class to order leading 74t and 270. Leaders: Dianne O’Shields 496, 497 (in memory of her father, Reuben Ball); Oscar McGuire 441, 336.

A business session was held. After much discussion, the following officers were elected to serve: Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Jessica Altman; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson; Arranging Officer—John Plunkett. Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church has graciously agreed to host this singing in 2019.

Leaders: Timothy Altman 63, 45t; Eric Tweedy 52t, 200; David Smead 230, 164; Tabitha Altman 354b; Bert Collins and Glenda Collins 99, 340; Ashley Thompson 171, 481.


Richard DeLong called the class back to order leading 36t. Leaders: Daniel Williams 404, 442; Don Bowen 549, 39b; Lisa Bennett 475, 318; Virgel (Cricket) Campbell 146 (in memory of her father, Matthew Long), 144.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Ashley Thompson, who shared memories of those singers who have gone on before and left us with the Sacred Harp legacy. She led 501 in memory of the following deceased: Daphene Causey—Alabama; Louise Holland, Melba Castleberry, and Elder Edward Cagle—Georgia. Rebecca Carlisle led 503 for the following sick and shut-ins: Leon Carnell and Matt DeLong. Elder Jesse Roberts shared memories of the Roberts family and led 480. Richard DeLong shared memories of the DeLong family and spoke of being thankful for friends. Richard led 541. The memorial lesson was closed with prayer offered by Elder Jesse Roberts.

Leaders: Vaudie Sherer 278b, 119; Judy Mincey 444, 505; Kathy Williams 472, 186; Micah Roberts 326, 376; Jerusha Wheeler 107, 157; Tony Hammock 112, 89; Sandra Wilkinson 421, 143 (in memory of Ms. Venie Faith); Brady DeLong 61, 32t; Janice Paulk 337, 384; Cecil Roberts 30t, 285t.

Announcements were made. Richard DeLong and Jessica Altman led 62 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Elder Jesse Roberts.

Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Jessica Altman; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson