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Emmaus Baptist Church

Carrollton, Georgia

May 3, 1998

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church was held the first Sunday in May. The class was called to order by Felton Denney leading songs on pages 47t and 72b. Lonnie Rogers led the morning prayer. Everette Denney led songs on pages 335 and 405; Sheri Taylor led songs on pages 128 and 430.

The class organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Felton Denney; Vice Chairman—Everette Denney; Secretary—Sheri Taylor; Chaplain—Lonnie Rogers; Arranging Committee—Jimmie Denney and Josephine Denney; Memorial Committee—Ruth Brown and Shelbie Sheppard.

Leaders: Felton Denney 143; Myron House 131t, 74b; Jimmie Denney 100, 101t; Roy Nelson 82 (t? b?), 97; Margie Smith 303, 225t; Johnny Wright 142, 294; Jan House 361, 276; Karleen Williams 146, 298; Oscar McGuire 155, 441.


Felton Denney and Casey Akins brought the class to order leading song on page 87. Leaders: Bobby Jackson 535, 388; Pearl Guier 49t, 59; Liz Bryant 32b, 377; Chris Thorman 569b, 384; Dan Bailey 66, 183; Lori Goode 176b, 358; Wilford Denney 159, 144.


Everette Denny called the afternoon session to order leading song on page 145b. Bernard Denney led songs on pages 164 and 222.

The memorial was given by Ruth Brown talking on “Traditions” of Sacred Harp. Shelbie Sheppard led song on page 47b for the following deceased: Anne Block, Louise Shaddinger, Josie McAlpin, Gertrude Bateman, Willie Mae McClendon, Jerry Huckeba, Kim Cagle, Clifford Wakefield, and Ozetta Gilliland.

Richard DeLong led song on page 390 for the sick and shut-ins.

The memorial was closed with prayer by Moena Denney.

Leaders: Lonnie Rogers 204, 318; Preston McClendon 127, 45t; Jeannette DePoy 457, 436; Louis Hughes 565, 515; Teenie Moody 171, 203.


Felton Denney brought the class to order leading song on page 31t. Leaders: Nancy Allen 31b; Louise Holland 37b, 323b; B.M. Smith 273, 475; Shelbie Sheppard 105; Gene Duke 129, 56t; Mary Florence Smith 53, 43; Charlene Wallace and Carlene Griffin 282, 283; Loyd Toney 68b; Jeff Sheppard 140, 168; Richard DeLong 202, 418.

Felton Denney led song on page 209 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Everette Denney.

Chairman—Felton Denney; Vice Chairman—Everette Denney; Secretary—Sheri Taylor.