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South Georgia Sacred Harp Singing Convention

Roberta Civic Center, Roberta, Georgia

Sunday, October 2, 2022

President Oscar McGuire called the 103rd session of the South Georgia Sacred Harp Singing Convention to order by leading 59. Wayne Watson offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Oscar McGuire 34b; Jesse P. Karlsberg 83b, 569t; Helen Bryson 501, 47t (in memory of Marvin Worthy); Glenda Collins 335, 124; Bert Collins 97, 35; Robert Kelley 142, 505; Susan Ford 45t, 282.


Oscar McGuire brought the class back to order by leading 66. Leaders: Sheri Taylor 67, 39t; Rosemund Watson 503, 94; Martha Harrell 77t, 542; Bill DuPre 49b, 472; Phillip Ford 288, 135; Wayne Watson and Mary Brownlee 47b; Wayne Watson 480.

The class entered into a business session in which the following officers were elected to serve: President—Oscar McGuire; Vice President—Bill DuPre; Secretaries—Jesse P. Karlsberg and Lauren Bock; Treasurer—Helen Bryson; Chaplain—Phillip Ford. Helen Bryson presented the treasurer’s report for 2021-22, which the class approved. The class reviewed and confirmed the list of singings for 2023. A motion was made and adopted to move the South Georgia Sacred Harp Singing Convention to Saturday before the first Sunday in October and the Andrew’s Chapel Singing to Saturday before the third Sunday in October beginning in 2023. The President invited petitions up to thirty days after the convention to host next year’s session. The business session was closed. Phillip Ford offered the blessing over the noon meal.


Bill DuPre called the class back together leading 460. Leaders: Helen Bryson 568; Jesse P. Karlsberg 486; Susan Ford 63; Oscar McGuire and Alpha Watson 155; Rosemund Watson 149; Martha Harrell 178; Bill DuPre 82t.

Oscar McGuire conducted the memorial lesson, leading 348b for the following deceased and sick and shut-ins. The deceased remembered were Tom Hanson—Georgia; Coy Ivey—Alabama; Ted Mercer—Illinois; Sue Bunch—Florida. The sick and shut-ins recognized were Philip Denney, Virginia Dyer, Sharon Hamrick, the Hollingsworth family, and Leesa Hamrick Rickman. Phillip Ford concluded the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Phillip Ford 74t; Wesley Haley 268; Robert Kelley 464; Bert Collins and Glenda Collins 454; Oscar McGuire and Katy McGuire 515; Oscar McGuire 163b (for Mary Brownlee).

After announcements, Rosemund Watson led 347 as the closing song. Phillip Ford offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

President—Oscar McGuire; Vice President—Bill DuPre; Secretaries—Jesse P. Karlsberg and Lauren Bock