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DeLong Memorial

Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church, Dunwoody, Georgia

June 27, 1999

The annual DeLong Memorial Sacred Harp singing was opened with Richard DeLong leading song on page 60. Elder Jesse Roberts offered the morning prayer. Richard DeLong led song on page 91; Vice Chairman Kenneth DeLong 317 and 316 (for his son, Brandy DeLong, who is ill today).

Leaders: Laura Akerman 84; Frances Mary D’Andrea 57; John Redmond 362; Charles Woods 523; Lee Rogers 298; Junnie Wooten 503; Hannah Roberts 157; Carlene Griffin 85; Martha Ann Stegar 198; Don Bowen 390; Bobby Jackson 76b; Doug Allison 475 (in memory of his brother, Richard Allison); Reuben Ball 497; Dollie Hudgins 61; Kathy Manning 319; Judy Mincey 538; Faye Pettis 532; Laurie Allison 45t (in memory of Richard Allison).

RECESS

Richard Delong brought the class to order leading song on page 333.

The business session was conducted with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Kenneth DeLong; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson.

Leaders: Chris Carnell 324; Charlene Wallace 515; Dianne Walls 66; Ashley Roberts 442; Scott DePoy 146; Frances Carnell 106; John Plunkett 43; Liz Bryant 159; Louis Hughes 403; LeAnn Carnell 236; Susan Roberts 112; Eric Tweedy 58; Eric Carnell 277; Jeannette DePoy 30b; Jack Corley 421.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Elder Jesse Roberts. We especially remember Horace DeLong this year. Jesse Roberts spoke of what the DeLong family has meant to Ebenezer Church over the years. He recalled that as growing up he visited the church and how Sacred Harp was sung every Sunday morning for 45 (t? b?) minutes before service. Even though we sorely miss Horace, we rejoice in knowing that he is singing over there. Horace was our bridge to the past. As the church is an institution, Horace was an institution in the Sacred Harp family. Jesse Roberts then led songs on pages 434 and 384; Richard DeLong led song on page 348 (t? b?).

Jeannette DePoy led song on page 503 for the sick and shut-ins: Charlotte Allison, Frank Block, Euna DeLong, Violet Thomason, and Herman Thomason.

LUNCH

Richard DeLong called the class to order leading song on page 296. Leaders: Janice Paul 518; Jessica Roberts 272; Howard McGuire 192; Cath Oss 318; Ted Mercer 216; Heather Carnell 446; Debra Jones 86; Raymond Hamrick 486; Matt DeLong 530; Helen Bryson 411; Jesse Roberts 299; Hugh McGraw 94; Jonathan Carnell 178; Susan Posey 35; Henry Johnson 108 (t? b?); Oscar McGuire 276.

RECESS

Kenneth DeLong brought the class to order leading song on page 365. Leaders: Andy Morse 151; Rebecca Tulie 341; Mike Castleberry 354 (t? b?); Cath Oss 67; Ashley Roberts 269; Louis Hughes 480; Ted Mercer 224; Kathy Manning 392; Henry Johnson 493; Jessica Roberts 542; Eric Carnell 547.

Announcements were made. Richard DeLong led song on page 323t as the closing song. Elder Jesse Roberts offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Kenneth DeLong; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson.