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Jack Smith Memorial Singing

Oakhurst Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia

Monday, May 26, 2014

The 14th annual Jack Smith Memorial Singing was held on Memorial Day at Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia. After welcoming the class, John Plunkett gave a brief introduction about Jack Smith, his enthusiasm for Sacred Harp singing, and his work in introducing people to the tradition. As an opening song, John Plunkett led 59. Andy Morse offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: John Plunkett 39b; Joan Durdin 470, 34b; Malinda Snow 61, 137; Andy Morse 86, 99; Janet Wuichet 146, 72b; George Burnette 101t, 128; Ellen Stockstill 32t, 32b; Lisa Bennett 39t, 110; Glenda Collins and Bert Collins 335, 45t; Bob Goodman 452, 63; Jessica Kelso 326, 129; Susan Firestone 84, 504.

RECESS

John Plunkett brought the class together leading 52t. In a business session, the class voted to keep the same officers as follows: Chairman—John Plunkett; Vice Chairman—Joan Durdin; Secretary—Malinda Snow.

Leaders: Ellen Culpepper 175, 112; Lauren Bock 80b, 325; David Smead 480, 545; John Kelso 447, 214; Guy Bankes 538, 315; Ellen Foster 77t, 455; Carol Buche 481, 150; John Hollingsworth 189, 361. John Kelso asked the blessing before lunch.

LUNCH

Joan Durdin brought the class back to order leading 81t. Leaders: Helen Bryson 348t; Jesse Karlsberg, Sam Culpepper, and Kathy Culpepper 145t, 415; Kelsey Ivey 42, 505; Richard Ivey 135, 131b; Laura Densmore 228, 528; Matt Hinton 171, 168; Jim Neal 448b, 282; Debora Grosse 346, 40; Erica Hinton and Lottie Hinton 204; Jesse Karlsberg 272; Susan Posey 174, 178; Dan Edwards 270, 49t; Andy Morse 377; Anna Hinton 277; Eli Hinton 65; Guy Bankes 442; Richard Ivey and Kelsey Ivey 399b; Carol Buche 503; Jesse Karlsberg and Lauren Bock 527; Laura Densmore 430.

After announcements, John Plunkett thanked the class for attending, and led 56t as the closing song. Malinda Snow dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—John Plunkett; Vice Chairman—Joan Durdin; Secretary—Malinda Snow