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Mississippi State Convention

Antioch Primitive Baptist Church, Forest, Mississippi

August 25-26, 2018

Saturday, August 25

The 88th session of the Mississippi State Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order by Mark Davis leading 100. Arlon Gardner offered the opening prayer. Mark Davis welcomed everyone to the convention, and thanked Alfred Bailey and Antioch Primitive Baptist Church for hosting the convention.

Leaders: Mark Davis 35; Darlene Reynolds 484 (CB), 454; Arlon Gardner 278t, 481; Regina Derstine and Todd Derstine 495, 181, 57, 85; Dennis Cranford 229, 129; Henry McGuire 503 (WB), 509 (CH); Susan Dickey 470 (CH), 507 (CH); Stephen Huffman 155, 500; Jamira Jackson 455, 168. Mark Davis appointed Hugh McGuire and Henry McGuire to the Business and Credentials Committee.

RECESS

Warren Steel called the class back to order leading 392 and 264 (WB). Leaders: Scott Sexton and Katelyn Kyser 159, 299; Lisa Geist 472, 528; John Hollingsworth 236; Robert Vaughn 45t, 68b; Wilma Mitchell 39t, 480; Mary Huffman 442, 86; Nicholas Thompson 317, 200; Amber Davis 192, 391. Robert Vaughn offered the prayer to bless the food.

LUNCH

Mark Davis brought the class back together by leading 212. Leaders: Hugh McGuire 455b (CH), 256t (CH); Nancy Van Den Akker and Daron Douglas 84, 208; Howe Pearson, Paris Achenbach, and Ben Fox 505, 288; Henry McGuire and Hugh McGuire 505 (CB), 85t (CB) (for Esther Mann); Mark Davis 201 (CH) (for Bobby Caldwell), 117 (CH) (for the people of Antioch Primitive Baptist Church); Chris Nicholson 293b (CB), 95t (CB); Warren Steel 358; Nanette Olivier 227, 300; Christine Murphy 468, 163b.

A business meeting was held for the election of officers as follows: President—Mark Davis; Vice President—John Van Horn; Secretary—Darlene Reynolds; Chaplain—Arlon Gardner. Mark Davis led 198.

RECESS

Leaders: Stephen Huffman 172 (CH); Robert Vaughn 516 (CB); Amber Davis 189 (CH); Nicholas Thompson 203 (CH); Lisa Geist 559 (CB); Jamira Jackson and Nicholas Thompson 196; Chris Nicholson 64 (CH); Hugh McGuire 82t (CH). Announcements were made.

Mark Davis, Hugh McGuire, and Henry McGuire led the Drone as the closing song. Arlon Gardner offered the closing prayer.

Sunday, August 26

The Sunday Session of the Mississippi State Convention was called to order by Mark Davis leading 313t. He welcomed everyone to the convention. Arlon Gardner opened the service with prayer. Mark Davis appointed Nicholas Thompson and Jane Armstrong to the Memorial Committee.

Leaders: Mark Davis 361; Darlene Reynolds, Hugh McGuire, and Henry McGuire 511 (WB) (in memory of Hugh Bill McGuire); Darlene Reynolds 142 (CH); Arlon Gardner 313b, 324; Lisa Geist 269, 137 (CB); Jane Armstrong 105, 318; Nicholas Thompson 110 (CH), 439; Will McGuire 181, 374 (WB); Bentley Rose 282; Bentley Rose and Nicholas Thompson 188 (CH); Gordon Bigelow 191, 38b; Chris Nicholson 264t (CB), 264b (CH).

RECESS

Mark Davis brought the class back together by leading 121. Leaders: Jamira Jackson 344, 518 (CB); Charles Hughes 384, 345b; Peth Gardner and Arlon Gardner 500, 30t.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Nicholas Thompson and Jane Armstrong. Nicholas read the following list of names of the sick and shut-ins: Velton Chafin, Ruth Daniels, John Van Horn, Alice McGuire, Roy Davis, Curtis Owen, and Ozella Blackmon. They led 37b.

They led 544 in memory of the following deceased: Glenda Hopper, Daphne Causey, Lily Hopper, Johnnie Chafin, and Willodean Barton—Alabama; T.J. Funderburk—Arkansas; Mary Ellen Schrock—New York; Darrell Swarens—Indiana; Steve Helwig—Oregon; Edith Owen—Texas. Arlon Gardner closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Amber Davis 142, 234; Hugh McGuire 82t, 319. Mark Davis offered the prayer to bless the food.

LUNCH

Leaders: Mark Davis 28b; Henry McGuire 196 (WB), 543t (WB); Wilma Mitchell and Esther Mann 204t (CH), 569b; Regina Derstine and Todd Derstine 98 (CB), 138t (CB), 58; Ari Eisenberg 112, 120; Hugh McGuire 40, 147t, 320; Amber Davis 396; Chris Nicholson 347; Nicholas Thompson 168; Lisa Geist 304.

The Business and Credentials Committee gave the financial report. The collections and disbursements were itemized and approved. The business meeting was closed. Nicholas Thompson and Charlie McGuire led 216. Announcements were made.

Mark Davis, Hugh McGuire, and Henry McGuire led the Drone. The closing prayer was offered by Arlon Gardner.

President—Mark Davis; Vice President—John Van Horn; Secretary—Darlene Reynolds