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Henagar-Union Convention

Liberty Church, Henagar, Alabama

July 3-4, 1999

Saturday, July 3

The eighty-third session of the Henagar-Union Sacred Harp Convention was called to order with Chairman David Ivey leading song on page 82t. The morning prayer was led by Johnny Lee. Vice Chairman Rodney Ivey led song on page 47t.

Jackie Tanner, Cindy Franklin, and Shane Wootten were appointed as the Arranging Committee.

Leaders: Secretary Norma Latham Green 565; Jackie Tanner 101t; Tony Ivey 145t; Henry Johnson 385t; Cindy Franklin 123t; Loyd Ivey 89; Lamar Smith and Randall Smith 36b, 76b; Karen Hojnacki 448t; Tim Reynolds 86; Joan Aldridge 145b; Velton Chafin 573; Daryl Mayberry 475; Don Bowen and Bill Waddington 474, 99; Linda Sides 142.


The singing resumed with David Ivey leading song on page 405. Leaders: Thomas Willard 274t; Allison Dodson 45t; Jarrod George 358; Jackson Harcrow 63; Teresa Ballinger 300; Jenny Wootten 215; David Ballinger and Jimmy Ballinger 176b; Cassie Franklin 216; Amanda Ballinger 270; Sarah Harcrow 100; Milton Oliver 222; Nancy Allen and Margie Smith 313t; Jeanette Lowry 168; Johnny Lee 48t; Betty Wright 34t; Jenny Willard 422; S.T. Reed 425; Becky Browne 203; Rick Russell 566.


Rodney Ivey brought the class back together leading song on page 108t. Leaders: Reba Windom 192; Roy Nelson 318; Shelbie Sheppard and Rodney Ivey 148; Gordon Olson 547; Scott Ivey 87; Martha Beverly 344; David Lee 108b; Elene Stovall 298; Matt Wells 29t; Judy Mincey 464; Keith Willard 144; Martha Henderson 65; Terry Hogg 535; Ann Leckie 56b; Linton Ballinger and Lomax Ballinger 189; Karen Freund 201b; Dewayne Wootten 38b; Lynn deBenedette 129; Louis Hughes, Sr. 74b.


The afternoon session opened with David Ivey leading song on page 57. Leaders: Bud Oliver 480; Dennis George 198; Bill Beverly 272; Sandy Ivey and Scott Ivey 128; Jon Gregg 393; Carlene Griffin 548; Louis Hughes, Jr. 77b; Betty Shepherd 196; B.M. Smith 273; Ricky Harcrow 445.

Dekalb County Commissioner Ricky Harcrow then presented a plaque to the Henagar-Union Convention and read a citation on behalf of the Dekalb County Commission recognizing the continuous tradition of the Henagar-Union Convention in the Henagar community since 1917.

Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 336; Eloise Wootten and Andrew Wootten “Trusting” (WB); Nate Green and Norma Green 84; Terry Wootten 320; Meg Olson 454; Jerry Enright 378b; Laura Russell 345b; Marlon Wootten 97; Sandy Ivey 268; Laura Ackerman 543; Mike Dunn 137 (for Virgil Phillips); Joyce Walton 146; Billy Williams 231; Wayne Wootten 276; Linda Thomas and Syble Adams “Sweet By and By” (CB), “Cleansing Fountain” (CB); Shane Wootten 383.

The results of the election were announced at this time: Chairman—David Ivey; Vice Chairman—Rodney Ivey; Secretary—Norma Latham Green.

Leaders: Sandra Jordan and L.O. Harper 45t; Coy Ivey, Karen Ivey, and Susan Harcrow 384, 112; Hobert Ivey and Scott Ivey “Jesus Died For Me” (WB).

Following announcements, David Ivey led song on page 56t, and the class was dismissed with prayer led by Elder Tony Ivey.

Sunday, July 4

The Sunday session was called to order with David Ivey leading songs 33b and 124. The morning prayer was voiced by Phil Summerlin.

Leaders: Vice Chairman Rodney Ivey 186; Secretary Norma Latham Green 78; Jackie Tanner 48t; Cindy Franklin 432; Loyd Ivey 378t; Shane Wootten 77t; Patsy Gentle 68b; Lamar Smith 76b; Mary Ruth Stiefel 112; Phil Summerlin 39t; Willie Mae Moon 225t; Don Bowen 283; Lisa Geist 276; Marlon Wootten 59; Leola Smith 340; Larry Ballinger 425; Henry Johnson 390; Joan Aldridge 300.


Rodney Ivey brought the class together leading song on page 235. Leaders: Dennis George 47b; Eloise Watkins 512; Richard Ivey 222; Gravis Ballinger 99; Jewel Wootten 348b; Floyd Peters 454; Allison Ivey 410t; Linton Ballinger 460; Ann Leckie 377; David Carlton 442; Eloise Wootten and Donna Wootten 61; Randall Smith 137; Sandy Ivey and Scott Ivey 30t, 100; Lavaughn Ballinger 84; Lynn deBenedette 224.


The singing resumed with David Ivey leading song on page 371. Leaders: Sarah Harcrow 551; Stuart Ivey 299; Becky Browne 217; David Ballinger 373; Karen Ivey 192; Richard Green and Susan Green 350, 198; Karen Freund 278b; Lavon Wootten 347.

The Memorial Committee, Susan Harcrow and Eloise Wootten, presented the Memorial Lesson. The named deceased were: Elmer Cordell, Flossie Jones, Vester Jones, John Phillips, Roxie Duffy, George Lacey, Clara Black, Bernice Johns, Richard Allison, Phillip James, and Kim Dixon. Rodney Ivey and David Ivey led song on page 441 in memory of the deceased.

Susan Harcrow and Eloise Wootten led 39b for the following sick and shut-ins: Marie Ivey, Lindburg Lacy, Woodie Walker, J.V. Gilbert, Ruby Wilks, Susan Rebecca Green, and Cindy Shely. Dewayne Wootten closed the Memorial Lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Tony Ivey 28t; Jeanette Lowry 270; Sumner Ellis 82t; Betty Wright 317; Jerry Enright 349 (for Aunt Woodie Walker); Joyce Walton 65; Melvin Stiefel 138b; Marty Wootten 312b.


Shane Wootten opened the afternoon session leading song on page 155. Leaders: Milton Oliver 314; Terry Wootten 340; Elene Stovall 436; Bud Oliver 426t; Reba Windom 196; Nate Green and Norma Green 267; Jarrod George 354b; Dewayne Wootten 176t; Wayne Wootten “Love At Home” (WB); Susan Harcrow 171; Jenny Wootten and Cassie Franklin 147t, 559 (CB); Hobert Ivey and Rodney Ivey 47t; Coy Ivey and Terre Lawson “Trusting” (WB), 358; Betty Shepherd 216; Steve Lambert 49b; Shawn Carroll and Brenda Carroll 384, 28b; Lori Wootten and Sylvia Ivey 490, 474; Jeffrey Wootten 56t; Jenny Wootten “Beulah Land”; John Henry Busby, Loyd Ivey, and Coy Ivey “Jesus Died For Me” (WB), 401; Charles Stiefel and Shane Wootten 448t; David Ivey 110 (by request); Terry Wootten “Love At Home” (WB) (by request).

Following announcements, David Ivey, Coy Ivey, Loyd Ivey, and Tony Ivey led song on page 146 as the closing song, and those who wished took the parting hand. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Elder Tony Ivey.

Chairman—David Ivey; Vice Chairman—Rodney Ivey; Secretary—Norma Latham Green.