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Chattahoochee Convention

Wilson’s Chapel, Carrollton, Georgia

July 31-August 1, 1999

Saturday, July 31

The one hundred forty-seventh session of the Chattachoochee Convention was held at Wilson’s Chapel near Carrollton, Georgia on the first Sunday and Saturday before in August. The class was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Sheri Taylor leading songs on pages 73t and 77t. The morning prayer was led by Kenneth DeLong.

Leaders: Felton Denney 73b, 31t; Charlene Wallace 176 (t? b?), 177; Donna Duke 101 (t? b?), 100; Lori Goode 369, 171; Laura Frey 29t, 147t; Bobby Jackson 81 (t? b?), 569b; Jimmie Denney 313t, 312b; Tokay Shoemake 68b, 59; Everette Denney 138t, 138b; Carlene Griffin 144.


The class was called to order by Kenneth DeLong leading songs on pages 354t and 568. Leaders: Josephine Denney 32t, 145b; Gene Duke 129, 87; Helen Bryson 101b, 546.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Sheri Taylor; Vice Chairman—Phillip Langley; Secretary—Donna Duke; Chaplain—Rev. Lloyd Toney; Arranging Committee—Lori Goode and Laura Frey; Memorial Committee—Jeannette DePoy, Richard Mauldin, and D.J. Hatfield; Finance Committee—Diane Smith and Gene Duke; Resolutions Committee—Charlene Wallace, Hugh McGraw, and John Plunkett.

Leaders: Richard Mauldin 37b, 72b; John Plunkett 96, 202; Lou Cotney 196, 222; D.J. Hatfield 123t, 430; Gene Wakefield 168, 102; Eric Tweedy 428, 442.


The afternoon session was opened by Chairman Sheri Taylor leading song on page 192. Leaders: Phillip Langley 224, 498; Jeannette DePoy 216, 436; Kiri Miller 567, 454; Richard DeLong 545, 399 (t? b?); Andy Anderson 45 (t? b?), 30b; Dan Bailey 495, 515; Jack Smith 77 (t? b?), 299; Teenie Moody 34b, 50b; Joan Durdin 503, 114; Bernard Denney 164, 335; Andy Morse 86, 203; Rev. Lloyd Toney 127, 128; Earlis McGraw 181, 166; Jan House 137, 148; Janet Sheppard 384, 155.

Chairman Sheri Taylor closed the first day’s session by leading song on page 323 (t? b?). The class was dismissed with prayer.

Sunday, August 1

The Sunday morning session was brought to order by Chairman Sheri Taylor leading songs on pages 32t and 67. Lonnie Rogers led the class in the morning prayer.

Leaders: Lori Goode 120, 358; Lou Nelson 179, 145 (t? b?); Henry Johnson 385t, 326; D.J. Hatfield 56b, 383; Kiri Miller 535, 455; Lee Rogers 528, 454; Scott DePoy 277, 114; Charlene Wallace 99, 192; Patricia Mauldin 63, 146; Lonnie Rogers 186, 222; Laura Ackerman 240, 290; B.J. Harris 503, 225t.


Vice Chairman Phillip Langley called the class to order leading song on page 168. Leaders: Donna Duke 129, 200; Oscar McGuire 276, 441; John Plunkett 33t, 187; Bobby Jackson 147t, 480; Lisa Webb 124, 369; Laura Frey 178, 163b.

The Memorial Lesson was held at this time. Richard Mauldin read scripture from the Bible, and D.J. Hatfield read the following list of deceased: Vester Jones, Flossie Jones, Richard Allison, Horace DeLong, David Shirey, Elder Roy Avery, and Ruth Redding. D.J. Hatfield led song on page 354 (t? b?), “Happy Land”, for the deceased.

Jeannette DePoy read the list of sick and shut-ins: Tommye Denson Mauldin, Vivian Rogers, Charlotte Allison, Dollie Hudgins, Gertie DeLong, Andrew Snyder (Liz Bryant’s son), and Allen Lambert. Lonnie Rogers led song on page 348 (t? b?) for the sick and shut-ins. Rev. Lloyd Toney closed the memorial session with prayer.


The afternoon session was called to order by Chairman Sheri Taylor, Lisa Webb, and Laura Frey leading song on page 84. Leaders: Evelyn Harris 47t, 159; Jeannette DePoy 306, 215; Everette Denney 335, 405; Frances Mary D’Andrea 142, 532; Amanda Denson 373, 273; Carlene Griffin 171; Linda Sides 475, 148; Gene Duke 390, 45 (t? b?); Richard DeLong 44, 521; Judy Mincey 489, 50b; Bonnie Flowers 542, 512; Don Bowen 37b, 34b; Jimmie Denney 68b; Rev. Lloyd Toney 135; Bernard Denney 299, 64; Laura Frey and Lisa Webb 451 (for their grandmother, Mary Wilson Hackney).

A business session was held to hear reports from the different committees.

The Resolutions Committee Report was given by John Plunkett.

“The Resolution Committee wishes to thank God, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. We are grateful for God’s inspiration, past and present, for this music and its writers and singers. All the saints, past and present, who have preserved and carried this tradition to us today for our spiritual benefit. We especially thank the Wilson family and their descendants for establishing and preserving this place. To all those who have traveled from near and far to be a part of this convention; all the singers and all those who prepared food. To all the officers who have kept this convention running smoothly, especially Sheri Taylor for her efforts year in and year out. We resolve that, God willing, we will meet here again next year for the 148th Chattahoochee Convention.” Respectfully submitted: Charlene Wallace, Hugh McGraw, and Richard Mauldin.

Announcements for future singings were announced. Sheri Taylor and Phillip Langley led song page 62 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Red. Lloyd Toney.

Chairman—Sheri Taylor; Vice Chairman—Phillip Langley; Secretary—Donna Duke.