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South Georgia Sacred Harp Singing Convention

Roberta Civic Center, Roberta, Georgia

Sunday, October 4, 2020

The 101st session of the South Georgia Sacred Harp Singing Convention was held on the first Sunday in October at the Civic Center in Roberta, Georgia. President Oscar McGuire called the class together leading songs on pages 59 and 34b. Daniel Williams offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Isaac Green 359, 420; Daniel Williams 144, 42; Helen Bryson 217, 496; Amber Davis 436, 208; Laura Frey 358, 163b; Rosemund Watson 503, 341. Oscar McGuire served as Secretary Pro Tem.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Oscar McGuire leading 37b. Leaders: Philip Denney 145b, 300; Mary Brownlee 348b, 47b; Samuel Williams 271b, 562; Winfred Kerr 36b, 283 (in memory of Bentley McGuire and at the request of Rebecca Over); Phillip Ford 49t, 535.

A business session was held at this time. Due to low attendance of officers because of the coronavirus pandemic, the class decided to retain all officers for one more year: President—Oscar McGuire; Vice President—Sandra Wilkinson; Secretaries—Lauren Bock and Jesse P. Karlsberg; Treasurer—Helen Bryson; Chaplain—Judy Chambless. The class reviewed and accepted a list of singings for the coming year. Helen Bryson gave the Treasurer’s Report for 2019-2020. The class approved all reports. The business session was closed. John Brownlee asked blessings over the noon meal.

LUNCH

Oscar McGuire called the afternoon session to order leading 515. Sheri Taylor led 142 and 128. Oscar McGuire and Mary Brownlee conducted the memorial lesson. Oscar McGuire read the list of names of the sick and shut-ins: Coy Ivey, Betty Shepherd, Ozella Blackmon, Gayle Denney, David Grant, Beth Hagues, and Rebecca Over.

Oscar McGuire read the list of names of the deceased: Richard DeLong, Bentley McGuire, Charlene Wallace—Georgia; Velton Chafin, Ottis Sides, Bill Windom—Alabama. Mary Brownlee read a special memorial for Bentley McGuire. Oscar McGuire and Mary Brownlee led 489 for all of the names on the lists. John Brownlee closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Isaac Green 279; Samuel Williams 163t; Winfred Kerr 282; Phillip Ford 68b; Philip Denney 143; Rosemund Watson 94; Laura Frey 119; Amber Davis 48t; Daniel Williams 65; Sheri Taylor 114; Mary Brownlee 84; Laura Frey 178 (for Beth Hagues); Oscar McGuire 56b (in memory of Bentley McGuire). Announcements were made. Rosemund Watson led 347 as the closing song. Philip Denney offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

President—Oscar McGuire; Vice President—Sandra Wilkinson; Secretaries—Lauren Bock and Jesse P. Karlsberg