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William Walker Memorial Singing

Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina

January 7, 1995

The second annual William Walker Memorial Singing was held at Wofford College on Saturday, January 7, 1995. Hugh McGraw opened the singing at 10 a.m., welcoming the singers and visitors, and conducting a brief shape note singing school, including page 49 from “Sacred Harp”. Harry Eskew then opened the singing with a prayer, followed by remarks from Harry Eskew and G. C. Waldrep.

The first portion of the singing was devoted to songs from William Walker’s “Southern Harmony—1835”. Leaders: Laura Boosinger 83; Sharon Kellam 103; Margie Dietz 3a; John Fedderson 276b; Patty Foy “Bellvue”; Laurel Horton 50; J. B. Parker 265; Mary Johnston 137; Harry Eskew 106b; Becky Hart 107.


The second half of the morning was dedicated to songs from William Walker’s “Christian Harmony—1877, or “N.C.” version, recently reprinted. Leaders: Willie Israel 159a; Mildred Chandler 89; Diane Eskenasy 359; Terry Chandler 369; Dan Huger 55b; Jean Allen 381c; James Edgerton 381a; Brent Holcomb 293; J.B. Parker 128a; Laura Boosinger 341; Lisa Cox and Amy Ferguson 78b; Scott Swanton 129; Wayne Richard 215a; Betty Moore 117; Sharon Kellam 204a; Laurel Horton 381b; Claudia Egelhoff 86; Terry Chandler 127. (Mr. James Edgerton, age 90, was the oldest participant in the singing. He first learned to sing at the Rock Springs Baptist Church on the Polk-Rutherford Co. line in North Carolina in 1910.) Dr. John Bullard gave the blessing, followed by dinner at the college.


G. C. Waldrep called the singing back together after lunch leading 300 from the “Sacred Harp”. Leaders: Hugh McGraw 369; Nancy Newell 178; Richard and Evan Whatley 82t; Leanne Carnell 277; Margie Dietz 123t; Lynda Hambourger 347; Charlene Wallace 49t; Scott Swanton 40; John Fedderson 528; Frances Carnell 240; Willie Israel 38b; Mary Johnston 344; Sandra Polanski 497; Eric Carnell 480; Becky Hart 192; Lynda Hambourger 453; Laurel Horton 196; Charlene Wallace 503; Henry Zittrouer 490; Richard and Evan Whatley 207; Diane Eskenasy 200; John Hollingsworth 408; Nancy Newell 107; Sandra Polanski 504; Claudia Egelhoff 203; Eric Carnell 86; Bill Perrin 39t; Frances Carnell 74t; Leanne Carnell 53. Dr. John Bullard closed the singing with 62, after which the singing adjourned to the nearby cemetery and sang 341, 128, and 159 at William Walker’s grave.

Chairman—Dr. John Bullard; Secretary—Willie Israel.