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Missouri State Sacred Harp Singing Convention

St. John’s United Church of Christ, Pinckney, Missouri

March 13-14, 1999

Saturday, March 13

Chairman Charles Derleth called the fourteenth annual Missouri Convention to order at 9:30 a.m. leading song on 36b. David Ressler led the opening prayer.

Leaders: JoDell Albi 480; Pattie Butterfield 29t; Bill Ellason 59; Ann Leckie 56b; Dave Ressler 171; Jeanette Lowry 276; Gary Gronau 32t; Kathleen Thro 385t; John Uhlemann 362; Wendy Hofmann 38b; Karen Isbell 377; Janet Fraembs 532; Presley Barker 86; Ted Johnson 216; Lou Cotney 218; Henry Johnson 565; Susan Green 350; Felton Denney 73t; Kathy Kaiser 335; Jackie Tanner 182.


Chairman Charles Derleth called the class back to order with song on page 65. Leaders: Elene Stovall 436; Jerry Schreiber 66; Mary Florence Smith 192; Jim Solheim 454; Sharyn Kropp 117; Jerry Enright 222; Jon Gregg 29b; Linda Sides 148; Marcia Johnson 434; Rodney Ivey 99; Teenie Moody 122; Sarah Harcrow 40; Ted Mercer 132; Jan Ketelle 168; Shelbie Sheppard 183; Everette Denney 405; Connie Karduck 498; B.J. Harris 503; Jon Giles 359; J.C. Denney 123b; Dean Slaton 500; Evelyn Harris 47t; Pearl Guier 49t; Jeff Sheppard 43. Marcia Johnson offered prayer for the noon meal.


Chairman Charles Derleth led song on page 52b to start the afternoon session. Leaders: Jeanette Lowry 270; Jerry Enright 300; Sarah Harcrow 551; Susan Green 217; Gary Gronau 430; Mary Florence Smith 317; Jerry Schreiber 528; Lou Cotney 189; Marcia Johnson 340; Dave Ressler 215; Rodney Ivey 137; Karen Isbell 142; Dean Slaton 361; Elene Stovall 269; Kathleen Thro 196; Jon Gregg 541; Teenie Moody 383; Jackie Tanner 89; J.C. Denney 101t; Bill Ellason 351; Wendy Hofmann 535; Henry Johnson 288; Janet Fraembs 440; Evelyn Harris 155; Pattie Butterfield 419.


Vice Chairwoman Wendy Hofmann called the class back to order with 569b. Leaders: Lila Leland 38t; B.J. Harris 303; Presley Barker 313b; Jeff Sheppard 316; Jan Ketelle 464; Felton Denney 31t; Rebecca Browne 299; Linda Sides 475; Dave Para 495; Ted Mercer 69t; Pearl Guier 448b; Shelbie Sheppard 195; Kathy Kaiser 341; Jon Giles 524; Sharyn Kropp 282; Ted Johnson 48b; JoDell Albi 428; Everette Denney 34b; Connie Karduck 352; John Uhlemann 202; Ann Leckie 191. Jim Hearne closed the Saturday session with prayer.

Sunday, March 14

Vice Chairwoman Wendy Hofmann called the Sunday session to order with 142. Rebecca Browne led the class in the morning prayer. Some selections from the Missouri Harmony book were used and are annotated as (MH).

Leaders: Presley Barker 84; Pattie Butterfield 40 (MH); Dan Gibbons 208; Karen Isbell 313t; Dave Ressler 18 (MH); Ann Leckie 30 (MH); John Uhlemann 497; Jeanette Lowry and Charles Derleth 68b; Gary Gronau 163t; Jon Giles 566; Kathy Kaiser 203; Berkley Moore 215; Evelyn Harris 39b; Teenie Moody 40; Ted Johnson 368; Carol Arrington 268; Pete Ellertsen 473; J.C. Denney 143; Pearl Guier 127.


Chairman Charles Derleth called the class back to order with song on page 114. Leaders: Dean Slaton 245; Sarah Harcrow 159; Luke Barker 178; B.J. Harris 452; Connie Karduck 460; Jim Solheim 532; Henry Johnson 570; Janet Fraembs 448t; Jerry Schreiber 304; Mary Florence Smith 329; Jerry Enright 16 (MH).


Dave Ressler called the class back to order with 212; Rebecca Browne followed with 74b.

The Memorial Lesson was held. Linda Sides spoke for the deceased. She said that a pile of stones often signified a place of worship and memorial, and that we make a big pile of songs, not stones, as a memorial to those who have gone before. This helps us to remember to keep our eyes on the prize of rejoining them to sing with them again. Linda Sides led song on 47b for the following deceased: Jerry Sheppard, Mae Seymour, Maude Keeton, Essie Calvert, Hollis Sizemore, Alvin Stanson, Alice Washburn, Elmer Cordell, Ada Godsey, Ozella Gilliland, and Clifford Wakefield—Alabama; Grady Abney, Horace DeLong, and Velma Richardson—Georgia; Ethel Klein—Florida; Janet Borman—Illinois; Margaret Wright—Tennessee; Herbert Leopard and Louis Smith—Texas; Joseph Brooks.

Connie Karduck spoke for the sick and shut-in. She said it was wonderful that we sing for them, but that we can do more: with cards, calls, and person-to-person contacts, we can show them that we are thinking of them. Connie Karduck led song on page 107 for the sick and shut-ins: Mozelle Sheppard, Lynn Jacco, Flarce Creel, Don Jolly, Vester Jones, Flossie Jones, Jap Walton, Joyce Walton, Jim Kropp, Allene Denney Vaughn, Virgil Phillips, Ruby Phillips, Allene Stanford, Estelle Flowers, Lois Stanson, Cecil Edwards, Reba Edwards, Tommye Mauldin, June McIntyre, Lawrence Underwood, Lula Underwood, and Ruth White. Linda Sides closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Elene Stovall 441; Jan Ketelle 36b; Rodney Ivey 186; Ted Mercer 13 (MH); Jackie Tanner 298; Lou Cotney 172; Shelbie Sheppard 106. Presley Barker offered prayer to grace the noon meal.


Chairman Charles Derleth called the class back to order with song on page 348b. Leaders: Jon Gregg 211; Felton Denney 147b; Bill Ellason 107; Marcia Johnson 485; Josephine Denney 145b; Jeff Sheppard 439; Linda Sides 328; Everette Denney 274 (t? b?); Mary Florence Smith 213 (t? b?); Pearl Guier 45t; B.J. Harris 225t; Rebecca Browne 474; J.C. Denney 30b; Shelbie Sheppard 202; Evelyn Harris 63; Lou Cotney 358; Jim Solheim 464; Sarah Harcrow 354 (t? b?); Jerry Schreiber 19 (MH); Elene Stovall 270; Pet Ellertsen 207; Janet Fraembs 385b; Henry Johnson 493; Jan Ketelle 384.


Chairman Charles Derleth called the class back to order with 100. Leaders: Ann Leckie 272; Jerry Enright 42; Jackie Tanner 112; Connie Karduck 391; Jon Giles 501; Berkley Moore 290; Ted Johnson 46 (MH); Wendy Hofmann 457; Dean Slaton 38 (MH); Rodney Ivey 475; Ted Mercer 76b; Luke Barker 324; Karen Isbell 224; Dan Gibbons 148; Pattie Butterfield 222; Presley Barker 54 (MH); Marcia Johnson 436; Jerry Schreiber 198; Jeanette Lowry 411.

The class sang song on page 62 as the closing song, and all who wished took the parting hand. Rebecca Browne closed the Convention with prayer.

Chairman—Charles Derleth; Secretary—Rebecca Browne.