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Mt. Zion Memorial Singing

Mt. Zion, Georgia

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The 127th session of the Mt. Zion Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was held at Mt. Zion Methodist Church on the fourth Sunday in July. Richard DeLong called the class together leading 32t. Daniel Williams asked the morning prayer.

Leaders: Richard DeLong 47t; Gary Davis 49t, 565; Donna Bell 564 (for Charlene Wallace), 40; Judy Henry 146, 283; Chris Tweedy 101t, 156; Robert Chambless 471, 72b; Esther Williams 73b, 277; Isaac Green 483, 488; David Carlton 171, 48t; Lela Crowder 37b, 77b (for Charlene Wallace); Henry Johnson 96, 138t; Karen Rollins 97, 99; Charles Woods 420, 164.


Gary Davis called the class back together by leading 335. Leaders: Faye Hollis 155; Daniel Williams 312t; Rebecca Over 395; Eric Tweedy 385b; Helen Bryson 436; Reba Windom 299.

The class went into a short business session. The following officers and committee members were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Gary Davis; Secretary—Lela Crowder; Arranging Officer—Judy Chambless; Memorial Committee—Rebecca Over and Charles Woods; Chaplain—Daniel Williams.

Leaders: Oscar McGuire 485; Amber Davis 192; Samuel Williams 493; Jack Nelson 165.

Rebecca Over and Charles Woods conducted the memorial lesson. Charles Woods read the names of the following sick and shut-ins, and led 312b: Robbie Anderson, Velton Chafin, Betty Culver, Virginia Dyer, Virginia Futral, William Futral, Lucy Garner, Juanita McGraw, Sandie Scott, Ottis Sides, and Charlene Wallace.

Rebecca reminded us of members of the Mt. Zion community and how important it is to honor their memory for their contributions to the singing. She reminded us of the importance of the Sick and Shut-ins list and the Memorial list and that the singers remembered on these lists are important to their communities. She shared memories and stories of singers and reminded us that they are indeed in a better land where we will join them one day. Rebecca led 390 for the deceased who included Ruth Daniel, Eugene Forbes, and Jane Tate—Alabama; Carol Chapman, Allen Lambert, Mildred Patterson, and Susan Roberts—Georgia. Daniel Williams closed the memorial lesson with prayer. Pastor Donald Richards spoke and prayed.


Richard DeLong brought the class back to order leading 132. Leaders: Michael Spencer 370; Virgel (Cricket) Campbell 421; Winfred Kerr 383; Joshua Lant 522; Isaac Green 120 (for Philip Denney); Butch White 547; Karen Flagg 47b; Malinda Snow 496; Garrett Morton 106; Sheri Taylor and Laura Frey 358; John Plunkett 88b; Donna Duke and Gene Duke 448b; Emmadean Williams 75; Cecil Roberts 76b; Rebecca Over 294 (in memory of Mildred Patterson); David Carlton 332; Butch White 344; Virgel (Cricket) Campbell 167; Michael Spencer 289; Joshua Lant 100; Garrett Morton 56t; Judy Chambless 549; Richard DeLong and Donald Richards 45t.

Announcements were made. Richard DeLong and Gary Davis led 323t as the closing song. Henry Johnson dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Gary Davis; Secretary—Lela Crowder