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Mt. Zion Memorial Singing

Mt. Zion, Georgia

July 26-27, 2014

Saturday, July 26

The 122nd session of the Mt. Zion Memorial Sacred Harp singing was held at Mt. Zion Methodist Church on the fourth Sunday and Saturday before in July. Earlis McGraw called the class together leading 30t. Cecil Roberts offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Earlis McGraw 225t; Tommy McGraw 76b, 542; Lela Crowder 126, 90; Judy Chambless 318, 319; Charlene Wallace 99, 155; Jason Stanford 335, 512; Cecil Roberts 100, 97; Judy Henry 77b, 146; Wyatt Denney 84, 300; Robert Rivers 384, 480; Karis Askin 142, 143; Eli Hinton 65, 77t; Anna Hinton 282, 40.

RECESS

Earlis McGraw brought the class back together leading 283. Leaders: Henry Johnson 108t, 435; Richard DeLong 116, 88b; Holly Mixon 182, 196; Erica Hinton 122, 460; Samuel Williams 276, 107; Jan House 151, 148; Daniel Williams 73b, 110; Rebecca Over 395, 530; Robert Chambless 145b, 66; Karen Rollins 153, 317 (for Stanly Edwards and in memory of Teenie Moody).

LUNCH

Earlis McGraw brought the class back to order by asking everyone to sing birthday wishes to Eli Hinton, and then leading 568. Leaders: B.M. Smith 340 (for Stanly Edwards), 389; Scott DePoy 128; Hayden Arp 293, 204; Jeannette DePoy 385b, 328.

A motion was made to go into a business session. The following officers and committee members were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Earlis McGraw; Vice Chairman—Tommy McGraw; Secretary—Lela Crowder; Chaplain—Hugh McGraw; Arranging Officer—Judy Chambless; Memorial Committee—Charles Woods and Rebecca Over.

Leaders: Tony Hammock 105, 61 (for Stanly Edwards); David Brodeur 268, 63; Oscar McGuire 441, 573; Judy Mincey 169, 383; Matt Hinton and Eli Hinton 347, 36b; Myron House 173, 227; Eric Tweedy 377, 112; Philip Denney, Gayle Denney, Karis Askin, and Eva Grace Horsley 313b, 313t; Eva Grace Horsley and Karis Askin 47b, 178; Rebecca Over.

Announcements were made. Earlis McGraw and Tommy McGraw led 209 as the closing song. Cecil Roberts closed with prayer.

Sunday, July 27

Earlis McGraw called the Sunday session of the Mt. Zion Memorial Sacred Harp Singing to order leading 32t. Hugh McGraw asked the class to sing 531 as the morning prayer.

Leaders: Tommy McGraw 430, 475; Lela Crowder 39b, 391; Judy Chambless 527, 549; Charlene Wallace 139, 159; Karen Rollins 220; Judy Henry 117, 283; Charles Woods 373, 197; Lauren Bock 416, 458; Winford Kerr 282, 146; Donna Bell 460, 569b; John Plunkett 471, 381; Faye Hollis 268, 340; Rene Green 101t, 182.

RECESS

Tommy McGraw brought the class back to order by leading 399b. Leaders: David Smead 396, 142; Virginia Dyer 171, 193.

Charles Woods conducted the memorial lesson. He read the following list of names of the sick and shut-ins: Josephine Denney, James Hughes, Stanly Edwards, George Garner, Lucy Garner, Evelyn Harris, Ruth Daniel, Ed Thacker, and Margaret Thacker. He led 489 for them.

Rebecca Over read a poem in honor of the deceased singers, who included Jetha Brooks, Reuben Ball, Teenie Moody, Carlene Griffin, and Anita Jones—Georgia; John Oliver Tetloff, Jeff Sheppard, Shelbie Sheppard, Mike Nunn, Lou Cotney, Clyde McWhorter, and Thomas Lacy Simpson—Alabama; Neysa Kilgore—Tennessee. Charles Woods led 111b in their memory. Charlene Wallace and Hayden Arp led 530 in memory of Clyde McWhorter and 155 in memory of Carlene Griffin. Charles Woods closed the memorial service with prayer.

Leaders: Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg 399t, 411; Richard DeLong 511, 407; Jonathan Smith 131b, 150; Earlis McGraw 225t, 358.

LUNCH

Earlis McGraw brought the class back to order leading 271t. Leaders: Lisa Bennett 504, 547; Nathan Rees 272, 315; Malinda Snow 395, 548; Hayden Arp 543, 470; Rebecca Over 386, 517; Fallon Cook 192, 215; Holly Mixon 99, 183; Daniel Williams 145t, 74t; Jeannette DePoy 187, 274t; Henry Johnson 206, 409; Judy Caudle 499, 498; Robert Chambless 551; David Brodeur 500, 564; Robert Rivers 480, 384; Cecil Roberts 29b, 29t (for Stanly Edwards); Oscar McGuire 515; B.M. Smith 270 (for Don Bowen); Sheri Taylor 48t, 42; Jason Stanford 354b, 568; Michael Spencer 166, 308.

Announcements were made. Earlis McGraw, Tommy McGraw, and Lela Crowder led 62 as the closing song. Cecil Roberts offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Earlis McGraw; Vice Chairman—Tommy McGraw; Secretary—Lela Crowder