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Poplar Springs Church

North of Tallapoosa, Georgia, off Hwy. 100

May 24, 1998

The annual all day Sacred Harp singing at Poplar Springs Baptist Church was held the fourth Sunday in May. The class was called together by Mironel Swafford leading song on page 569 (t? b?). Lonnie Rogers led the morning prayer. Mironel Swafford then led song on page 155; Florence Williams 290; Charlene Wallace 186, 276; Margie Smith 405, 225t.

The class was organized for the day by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Mironel Swafford; Vice Chairman—Florence Williams; Secretary—Charlene Wallace; Arranging Committee—Margie Smith; Memorial Committee—Shelbie Sheppard.

Leaders: Mironel Swafford 40; Jerry Schreiber 84, 556; Shelbie Sheppard 105, 142; George Garner 212, 222; Jimmie Denney 143, 313t; Nancy Allen 146; G.C. Waldrep 512, 475; Mia Makris 354b, 388; Felton Denney 299, 503.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Florence Williams leading song on page 39b. Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 197, 439; B.M. Smith 497, 284; Reba Stanford 318, 335; Carla Smith 94, 498.

The memorial lesson was held by Shelbie Sheppard. Lonnie Rogers led songs on pages 499 and 45t for the following deceased: Johnny Williams, Hoyt Pope, Myrtice Hughes, Roland Brown, Josie McAlpin, Willie Mae McClendon, Kim Cagle, and Vennie Faith.

The sick and shut-ins were remembered with Lonnie Rogers leading song on page 127. The memorial session was closed with prayer by Louis Hughes. The pastor of the church, Rev. Mike Benefield, welcomed everyone, and blessed the food.

LUNCH

The afternoon session resumed with Mironel Swafford leading song on page 345 (t? b?). Leaders: Richard DeLong 379, 132; Carlene Griffin 139, 448b; Louis Hughes 426 (t? b?), 153; Allison Dodson 145b; Norma Latham 452, 78; Bobby Jackson 535, 72b; C.W. Garner 73 (t? b?), 87; Avis Robinson 59, 457; Mildred Patterson 89, 339; Katherine Benefield 108 (t? b?), 445; Jerry Schreiber 120, 35; Carla Smith 191, 213 (t? b?); G.C. Waldrep 306, 347; Lonnie Rogers 348 (t? b?).

After announcements, Mironel Swafford and Florence Williams led song on page 46 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Lonnie Rogers.

Chairman—Mironel Swafford; Vice Chairman—Florence Williams; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.