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Missouri State Convention

St. John’s United Church of Christ, Pinckney, Missouri

March 7-8, 1998

Saturday, March 7

The thirteenth annual Missouri State Sacred Harp Convention was called to order at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 1998 at St. John’s United Church of Christ near Pinckney, Missouri in southern Warren County by Chairman Rebecca Browne leading songs on pages 36b and 52t. Rebecca Browne offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Dave Ressler 171; Charlie Derleth 137; Bill Ellason 59; Presley Barker 313b; Dan Gibbons 313t; JoDell Albi 428; Bob Borcherding 215; John Uhlemann 280; Karen Isbell 8 in the recently reset Missouri Harmony booklet (hereafter designated as MH); Gary Gronau 23 (MH); Ann Leckie 142; John Bailey 112; Janet Fraembs 218; James Page 27 (MH); Don Bowen 34 (MH); Susan Green 474; Berkley Moore 148; Jeanette Lowry 276.


Rebecca Browne called the class to order by leading song on page 155. Leaders: Jan Ketelle 296; Karen Hojnacki 454; Pattie Doss-Butterfield 181; Kathryn Bowers 311; Shelbie Sheppard 216; J.C. Denney 434; Sandie Scott 128; Dean Slaton 145t; Sharyn Krupp 268; Judy Mincey 16 (MH); Ted Johnson 315; Floy Wilder 273; Melanie Hauff 444; Norma Latham 373; Henry Johnson 388; Wendy Hofmann 209.


Barb Uhlemann brought the class to order leading song on page 200. Leaders: Tim Reynolds 169; Jon Giles 380; Marcia Johnson 340; Jeff Brotemarkle 377; Teenie Moody 34 (t? b?); Rodney Ivey 186 (for Cassie Franklin), 47t; Kathleen Thro 448 (t? b?); Coy Ivey 475.


The class was reconvened by Rebecca Browne with song on page 102. Leaders: Ted Mercer 302; Bud Oliver 159; Pearl Guier 45t; Connie Karduck 498; S.T. Reed 32b; Mary Smith 318; Lou Cotney 222; Janet Borman 547; Felton Denney 299; Patsy Gentle 48t; Martha Beverly 497; B.J. Harris 452; Daphene Causey 442; Jerry Enright 399t; Jeff Sheppard 361; Richard Green and Ann Green 485; Mattie Townsel 334; Lila Leland 569b.


The class was called to order by Barb Uhlemann leading song on page 192. Leaders: Judy Hauff 20 (MH); Marilyn Burchett 294; Everette Denney 335; Evelyn Harris 146; Ruth Brown 101t; Emily Gruber 440; Kathryn Bowers 66; Susan Green 217; Bob Borcherding 122; Jan Ketelle 13 (MH); Dean Slaton 38 (MH); Coy Ivey 384; Wendy Hofmann 457.


The class was called to order by Jeanette Lowry leading song on page 39t. Leaders: Shelbie Sheppard 269; Gary Gronau 385t; Henry Johnson 288; Jeff Brotemarkle 203; JoDell Albi 383; Janet Borman 178; Rebecca Browne 304. Announcements were made. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Rebecca Browne.

Sunday, March 8

The Sunday session of the Missouri Sacred Harp Convention was called to order by Chairman Rebecca Browne leading song on page 37b. Marcia Johnson led the morning prayer.

Leaders: Dan Gibbons 39t; Dave Ressler 107; Barb Uhlemann 38b; JoDell Albi 39b; Presley Barker 46 (MH); Ann Leckie 419; Charlie Derleth 68b; Karen Isbell 7 (MH); John Uhlemann 40; Pattie Doss-Butterfield 384; Bob Meek 236; Gary Gronau 163t; John Bayer 433; Joe Douglas 441; Bill Beverly 86; Bud Oliver 73t; Janet Fraembs 481; Mattie Townsel 358; Jerry Enright 77t; Sandie Scott 154; James Page 56 (MH).


The singing resumed with Rebecca Browne leading song on page 82t. Leaders: Jeanette Lowry 411; Judy Mincey 52 (MH); Ted Mercer 406; Norma Latham 480; Tim Reynolds 492; Rodney Ivey 270; Mary Smith 421; Karen Hojnacki 475; Felton Denney 503; Teenie Moody 430; Jon Giles 189; B.J. Harris 303; Lou Cotney 196.

The Memorial Lesson was led by Tim Reynolds and Karen Isbell. They spoke of the precious memories of the friends and singers we have lost during the past year. Karen Isbell read the names of the deceased: Mamie Creel, Hadyn Creel, Vernice Calvert, Barrett Ashley, and Bonnie Ashley—Alabama; Opal Johnson—Florida; Helen Grove, Chub Gerard, Brian Walter, and Ruth Tipton—Illinois; Joseph Brooks, Shannon Gunn, Rev. Bill Froeschner, and John Seeley—Missouri; Ruth Reid—North Carolina. Karen Isbell led song on page 87 at the request of the Creel family.

Melanie Hauff spoke for the sick and shut-ins, and read these names: Mozelle Sheppard, Jerry Sheppard, Lawrence Underwood, Lula Underwood, Warren Mason, Ms. Mimms, Elmer Cordell, Virgil Phillips, and Ruby Phillips—Alabama; Ethel Klein—Florida; Myrtle Smith—Georgia; Fred Sprenger—Missouri; Beatrice Ezell—Tennessee; and Jim Kropp. Melanie Hauff led song on page 70t. Tim Reynolds closed the Memorial Lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Gary Gronau 378 (t? b?); Connie Karduck 362; S.T. Reed 64; Pearl Guier 448b; Jeff Sheppard 448t; Patsy Gentle 312b; Floy Wilder 293. John Bayer led the blessing for the noon meal.


Barb Uhlemann called the class to order leading song 29 (MH). Leaders: Dave Ressler 67; Berkley Moore 17 (MH); Daphene Causey 91; Ted Johnson 447; Don Bowen 347; Melanie Hauff 536; Martha Beverly 179; Marcia Johnson 47b; Bob Meek 313b; John Bayer 458; Joe Douglas 181; Rodney Ivey 138b; Norma Latham 126; Jan Ketelle 228; Shelbie Sheppard 211; Ted Mercer 327; Coy Ivey 222; Jerry Enright 300; Daphene Causey 198; Dean Slaton 348b; Jeff Sheppard 506; Connie Karduck 528; Lou Cotney 137.


The class was reconvened with Rebecca Browne leading song on page 203. Leaders: John Uhlemann 436; J.C. Denney 375; Ruth Brown 73b; Judy Hauff 392; Everette Denney 426t; James Page 284; Evelyn Harris 63; Mary Smith 207; Bill Ellason 40; Don Bowen 548; Patsy Gentle 147t; Karen Hojnacki 208; Pearl Guier 49t; Ted Johnson 48b; Felton Denney 155; Josephine Denney 45t.

Announcements were made. The convention closed with song on page 62. The class was dismissed with prayer.

Chairman—Rebecca Browne; Vice Chairman—Barb Uhlemann; Secretary—Jeanette Lowry.