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Lookout Mountain Convention

Pine Grove Church, near Collinsville, Alabama

August 22-23, 1998

Saturday, August 22

The ninety-fifth session of the Lookout Mountain Sacred Harp Singing Convention was held on the fourth Sunday and Saturday before in August at Pine Grove Church near Collinsville, Alabama.

The class was called to order by S.T. Reed leading song on page 82t. The morning prayer was led by J.L. Hooper.

Leaders: Milton Oliver 314; Randall Smith 36b; Lamar Smith 76b; Bud Oliver 145t; Thurman Nall 503; Kat Kinkade 411; Johnny Humber 389; Stephen Parker 276; Hubert Nall 186; Sherry Lis and Michelle Cull 155; Winston Jones 285 (t? b?); Max Berueffy 312b; Gail Doss 80b; Don Bowen 99; Janine Smith 282; Tony Graves 59; Boyd Scott 58; William Shetter 441; Bob Meek and Wanda Waters 68b.


The class was called to order by S.T. Reed leading song on page 123t.

A business session was held and the following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Randall Smith; Vice Chairman—Scot Oliver; Secretary—Alanna Blanks; Arranging Committee—Bud Oliver and Milton Oliver; Memorial Committee—Shelbie Sheppard and Becky Browne; Finance Committee—S.T. Reed and Wayne Reed; Chaplain—Wayne Reed.

Leaders: Dave Ressler 192; Kelsey Taylor 128; Clarke Lee 209; Anna Taylor 385 (t? b?); Denney Rogers 318; Louis Hughes, Sr. 480; Val Eng 474; Jenny Willard 378 (t? b?); Mel Kersey 565; Sandy Scott 40; Lonnie Rogers 348b; Peggy Bergman 218; Charles Wood 358; Martha Henderson 196; Jimmie Denney 313t; Thomas Willard 106; Lorena Moore 148; Jo Dell Albi 32b.


The class resumed singing with Rodney Ivey leading song on page 47 (t? b?). Leaders: Gravis Ballinger and Edward Ballinger 300; Jerry Enright 383; Joan Aldridge 475; Bryant Beard, Paula Oliver, Milton Oliver, and Scot Oliver 354b; Lisa Ballinger Geist 269; Keith Willard 32t; Reba Dell Windom 436; Felton Denney 31t; Katharine Manning 377; Henry Schuman 532; Denise Morris 28b; Daphene Causey 200; Everette Denney 405; Bob Meek “Where The Soul Never Dies”.


Randall Smith called the class to order leading song on page 137. Leaders: B.M. Smith 384; Dennis George 569b; Cindy Franklin, Wanda Capps, and Ann Jett 546; Larry Ballinger, Earl Ballinger, and Lomax Ballinger 224; Judy Caudle 193; Henry Johnson 288; John Etheridge 34 (t? b?); Karen Willard 349; Johnny Lee 201; Pat Temple 566; David Lee 42; Daryl Mayberry 340; Buckley Hopper 268; Bobby Jackson 290; Jeanette Lowry 216; Cassie Franklin 373; Judy Mincey 538; Gary Gronau 222; Lou Cotney 212; Teresa Ballinger and Jimmy Ballinger 299; Sandy Schultheis 101 (t? b?); Mary Wright 145 (t? b?); Mike Jones 159; William L. Green 39b; Becky Browne 304.


The singing resumed with Bud Oliver leading song on page 334. Leaders: David Carlton 528; Don Clark 171; Blake Morris 505; Karen Freund 277; Jackie Tanner 112; Marilyn Burchett 29 (t? b?); Roy Nelson 434; Phil Summerlin 460; Jeff Sheppard and Shelbie Sheppard 448b; Elene Stovall 442; Douglas Conn and Linda Thomas 317; Mattie Townsel, Coy Ivey, and Norma Sue Latham 454; Scott Swanton 146; Loyd Ivey, Eloise Wootten, and Marlon Wootten 97; David Ivey 74 (t? b?).

Scot Oliver, Randall Smith, and Wayne Reed led song on page 46 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Wayne Reed.

Sunday, August 23

The Sunday morning session was called to order by Randall Smith and Wayne Reed leading song on page 82t. The morning prayer was given by Wayne Reed.

Leaders: Scot Oliver and Milton Oliver 176b; S.T. Reed 176t; Lamar Smith 36b; Henry Johnson 138b; Wayne Reed 108b; Bud Oliver 42; Lorena Moore and Jerry Enright 77 (t? b?); Cecil Gilliland 217; Betty Wright 347; Jackie Tanner 182; Roy Nelson 283; Michelle Cull 163 (t? b?); Leola Smith 349; Virgil Phillips 475, 137; Louis Hughes, Jr. 448t; Bob Meek 441; Martha Woodard 274t; Robert Cull and Michelle Cull 312b.


The singing resumed with Coy Ivey leading song on page 56 (t? b?). Leaders: Gary Gronau 163t; Kelsey Taylor 40; Anna Taylor 388; Ashley Keeton 215; Thomas Willard 145b; Stuart Ivey 222; Richard Ivey 270; Ruth Garza 107; Sandie Scott 117; Lena Keeton 546; Genny Green Whitworth 565; Debra Kean 162; Syble Adams 171; Scott Schroeder 313b; Don Bowen and Coy Ivey 384; Dave Ressler 181; Rex Wilks 480; Philip Gilmore 30b; Max Berueffy 337; Blake Morris 501b.


The class was brought together by S. T. Reed and J.C. Smith leading song on page 45t. Leaders: Louis Hughes, Jr. 515b; Julie Lee 87; Caroline Simmons 147 (t? b?); Eric Coates 365; Erika Mitchell 145b; Keith Willard 101b; Pat Temple 183; Johnny Lee 31t; William L. Green 378 (t? b?); William A. Dubose and Bob Meek 148; Kat Kinkade 328; Daryl Mayberry 85; David Lee 299; Faith Shine 73b.


Randall Smith, Rex Wilks, and David Ivey called the class to order leading song on page 454. Leaders: Mary Wright 71; Michelle Cull and Brenda Waters 68b; Mary Ruth Stiefel 333; Jenny Willard 564; Glenn Keeton 236.

A Memorial Lesson was held by Shelbie Sheppard and Becky Browne. In her talk, Becky Browne recalled the constant theme of her minister father: that we should love one another and show appreciation for each other; that though we cry for our loved ones who are gone it is from our missing them not because we wish them back to their former suffering; and that our names, too, will someday appear on the Memorial Lesson and we should consider now how we want to be remembered. Shelbie Sheppard led 61 for the following deceased: Mary Ramsey Berueffy, Vernice Calvert, Hadyn Creel, Mamie Creel, Wm. Tom Doss, Willie Mae Chambers Driskill, Ozetta Gilliland, Hussell Godsey, Estelle Napier, Mae Seymour, Jerry Sheppard, Hollis Sizemore, Alvin Stanson—Alabama; Myreeta Hardin—Georgia; Janet Borman and Diane Cagle—Illinois; Paul Sharp and Eva Waters—Kentucky; Susan Wantland—Maryland; Billie Taylor—Massachusetts; Matt Bue and Karen Wiard—Minnesota. Bud Oliver, Milton Oliver, and S.T. Reed led song on page 300 for: J.B. Ashley, Arlie Ashley, and J.D. Shelton.

Becky Browne led 343b for the sick and shut-ins which included: Esther Rottmann, June McIntyre, Mary Stiefel, Warren Mason, Roy Driskell, Walter Manning, Vester Jones, Flossie Jones, Woodie Walker, Karen Hojnacki, Ruby Phillips, Lawrence Underwood, Lula Underwood, Mary Hulbert, Marie Aldridge, and Essie Calvert.

The Memorial Lesson was closed with prayer by Johnny Lee.

Leaders: Reba Dell Windom 196; Clarke Lee 503; Karen Ivey 192; Marie Guthrie 389; Jeanette Lowry 168; Val Eng 66; Jo Dell Albi 474; Karen Willard 497; Janine Smith 542; Katharine Manning 98; Stephen Parker 547; Elvin Guthrie 218.


Singing resumed with CindyFranklin leading song on page 198. Leaders: Sherry Lis 84; Cassie Franklin and Rodney Ivey 186; John Gregg 155; Gail Doss 47b; Sandy Schultheis 48t; Martha Henderson 319; Buell Cobb 425; Pam Nunn 200; Elene Stovall 99; William Shetter 350; Karen Freund 129; Charles Stiefel and Randall Smith 285 (t? b?); Mattie Townsel, Norma Sue Latham, Eloise Wootten, and Hobert Ivey 313t; Dennis George 532; Jeff Sheppard 142; Linda Thomas, Elene Stovall, and Cassie Franklin 556; Anna Sylvester 31b.

Randall Smith called for a report from the Finance Committee. The Committee reported a collection of $464.

Announcements were made. Randall Smith, Scot Oliver, Wayne Reed, S.T. Reed, Milton Oliver, and Bud Oliver led song on page 62 as the closing song, and all who wished took the parting hand. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Wayne Reed.

Chairman—Randall Smith; Vice Chairman—Scot Oliver; Secretary—Alanna Blanks.