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Lookout Mountain Convention

Pine Grove Church, near Collinsville, Alabama

August 21-22, 1999

Saturday, August 21

The ninety-sixth 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 Randall Smith and Scot Oliver leading songs on pages 82t and 36b. Elder J.L. Hopper led the class in the opening prayer.

Leaders: S.T. Reed 42; Milton Oliver 354b; Lamar Smith 76b; Henry Johnson 201b; Boyd Scott 358; Everette Denney 285t; Coy Ivey and Don Bowen 350; Nate Green and Norma Green 276; Joan Aldridge 120; Joyce Brown 495; Mary Wright 290; Hershell King 426 (t? b?); Felton Denney 387; Wayne Reed 145t; Jackie Tanner 112; Bob Meek 441.


The class was called to order by Randall Smith leading song on page 137.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—J.W. (Bud) Oliver; Vice Chairman—S.T. Reed; Secretary—Pauline Oliver; Arranging Committee—Milton Oliver; Memorial Committee—Wayne Reed, Henry Johnson, and Shelbie Sheppard; Finance Committee—Scot Oliver and Randall Smith; Chaplain—Wayne Reed.

Leaders: Bud Oliver 73t; Elsie Moon 434; Louis Hughes, Sr. 403; Pauline Childers 475; Elene Stovall 99; Linton Ballinger 142; Cassie Franklin 186; Reba Windom 192; Wanda Capps 222; Bob Parr 270; B.M. Smith 384; Mattie Townsel 68b; Max Berueffy 328; Rodney Ivey 300; Tim Reynolds 564; Flarce Creel and Cassie Franklin 454; Shelbie Sheppard 455.


The singing resumed with Bud Oliver leading song on page 312b. Leaders: Bobby Jackson 480; Betty Wright 235; Martha Henderson 57; Michelle Cull 53; Cindy Franklin 368; Charles Woods 338; Dennis George 198; Teresa Ballinger 371; Pam Nunn 220; William Shetter 171; Ann Jett 496; Ruth Garza 107; Charlene Wallace 225t (for Lonnie and Vivian Rogers); Pat Temple 85; Carol Fannin 47t; Karen Freund 282; Judy Caudle 460.


The afternoon session began with Bud Oliver leading song on page 345t. Leaders: Stuart Ivey 189; Harvey Austin 335; Jeff Sheppard 556; John Etheridge 565b; Lisa Geist 269; James Ballinger 84; Johnny Humber 268; David Ballinger 340; Mark Brown “Beulah Land”; Philip Gilmore 108t; J.C. Denney 155; Amanda Ballinger 59; Mary Ruth Stiefel 64; Jim Carnes 436; Gordon Wilkinson 217; Roy Nelson 456; Syble Adams 203; J.L. Hopper 149; Reba Norton 275 (t? b?); Jerry Enright 383; Merle Mateika 31t; Lynne deBenedette 448t; Hal Kunkel 558; Bob Cull 178; Sarah Harcrow 388; Kenneth Fannin 33b.


The singing resumed with Milton Oliver leading song on page 224. Leaders: David Carlton 327; Harrison Creel 111b; Larry Ballinger 425b; Brandon Borchman 485; Susan Harcrow 430; Judy Mincey 474; Andy Anderson 77b; Clayton Ezell 294; Linda Thomas and David Ivey 448b; Loyd Ivey and Eloise Wootten “Jesus Died For Me”; Melvin Stiefel 490; Margie Smith and Louise Nelson 373.

Bud Oliver led song on page 146 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Wayne Reed.

Sunday, August 22

The Sunday morning session was called to order by Bud Oliver leading song on page 32t. Louis Hughes, Sr. led the morning prayer.

Leaders: Bud Oliver 82t; S.T. Reed 48t; Milton Oliver and Alanna Blanks 496; Wayne Reed 108t; Henry Johnson 326; Allison Ivey 142; Louis Hughes, Jr. 201b; Judy Mincey 538; Loyd Ivey 378 (t? b?); Brandon Borchmen and Ruth Garza 117; B.J. Harris 503; Hubert Nall 565; Dennis George 178; Cindy Franklin 546; Leola Smith 408; Rodney Ivey 29t; Max Berueffy 37b; Richard Ivey 270.


The class was called to order by S.T. Reed leading song on page 123t. Leaders: B.M. Smith 284; Mattie Townsel 143; Bob Parr 218; Elene Stovall 441; Louis Hughes, Sr. 147b; Jackie Tanner 298; Nate Green and Norma Green 387; Boyd Scott 58; Hershell King 176b; Don Bowen 99; Coy Ivey and David Ivey 172; Bob Meek 454; Evelyn Harris 47t; Mary Wright 324; Joyce Brown 147t; Margie Smith 494; Karen Ivey 208; Michelle Cull 299.


The class resumed singing with Bud Oliver leading song on page 42. Leaders: William Shetter 195; Ruth Garza 63; Howard McGuire 192; Pam Nunn 236; Pat Temple 566; Karen Freund 56b; Estelle Flowers 475; Stuart Ivey 182; Bob Cull 312b; Shelbie Sheppard 216; Lynne deBenedette 542; Hal Kunkel 179; Sandra Jordan 73t; Jim Carnes 440; Jeff Sheppard 176t; Jewel Wootten 171; Martha Woodard 397; Jerry Enright 77t.


Bud Oliver brought the class to order leading song on page 39b. Leaders: Chita Blakeley 428; Lamar Smith and Randall Smith 36b; Rodney Ivey and Randall Smith 137; Coy Ivey and Karen Ivey 384; Jessica Davis 145b.

A memorial lesson was held by Wayne Reed and Henry Johnson. Wayne Reed read a passage of scripture and spoke of each one of us conducting our own memorial in our daily lives. S.T. Reed led song on page 418 in memory of Aunt Winnie Reeves. Bud Oliver led song on page 288 in memory of Troy “Boll Weevil” Cole. Karen Ivey sang “Beulah Land” for the following deceased: Richard Allison, Lindberg Lacy, Roxy Duffy, Phillip James, Alice Washburn, Cecil Gilliland, J.O. Handley, Roy Avery, Vester Jones, Flossie Jones, Sam McCool, Essie Calvert, Elmer Cordell, Horace DeLong, and Gaithe Jones from Mississippi.

Henry Johnson led song on page 68b for the following sick and shut-ins: Marie Aldridge, I.V. McWhorter, Lonnie Rogers, Vivian Rogers, Virgil Phillips, Ruby Phillips, Lawrence Underwood, Lula Underwood, Lee Rogers, Thurman Nall, Woodie Walker, Ruby Wilks, Jap Walton, Joyce Walton, Warren Mason, Lonnie West, Mary Oden, Alpha Black, Ester Brown, Herbert Phillips, Johnnie Blakeley, Vera Blakeley, Lydia Baswell, Aubrey Reeves, Audrey Reeves, Mary Stiefel, and Glenn Keeton.

The memorial was closed with prayer led by Louis Hughes, Sr.

Leaders: Melvin Stiefel 138 (t? b?); Reba Windom 196; Tony Ivey 378b; Bonnie Flowers 350; William Debose and Bob Meek 148; Brenda Waters 106; Ruth Garza and Brandon Borchman 49t; Shane Wooten and Donna Wootten 340, 155; Linda Thomas 515; Marlon Wootten 348b; Ron Crocker 31t; Scot Oliver, Alanna Blanks, Cheryl Beard, and Eric Blanks 100; Eloise Wootten 424; Charles Stiefel and Dennis George 445; Warren Meadows and David Ivey 569b; Sue Wills, Ardell Turnure, and S.T. Reed 332.

The Finance Committee reported a collection of $295.00.

Announcements were made. Bud Oliver, Wayne Reed, Milton Oliver, Scot Oliver, Randall Smith, Lamar Smith, S.T. Reed, and Henry Johnson led song on page 146 as the closing song, and all who wished took the parting hand. The class was dismissed with prayer by Wayne Reed.

Chairman—Bud Oliver; Vice Chairman—S.T. Reed; Secretary—Pauline Oliver.