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Georgia State Christian Harmony Convention

Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, Tallapoosa, Georgia

December 3-4, 2011

Saturday, December 3

The 2nd annual Georgia State Christian Harmony Convention was held at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, Tallapoosa, Georgia, on the first Sunday and Saturday before in December. John Hollingsworth welcomed the singers and opened the convention leading 21b. Henry Johnson offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Mike Spencer 163t; John Plunkett 527; Jane Spencer 61t; Eddie Mash 544; Helen Bryson 131; Michael Walker 29; William Shetter 171b; Michael Thompson 80; Henry Johnson 459t; Leslie Booher 48; Ken Tate 54; Gary Smith 46t; Andy Morse 189; Chris Wilhelm 280; Lauren Bock 172; Tony Hammock 5t; Cecil Roberts 174t; Robert Kelley 2; Tim Cook 498; Henry Schuman 133; Jesse Perlman Karlsberg 9b; Joan Aldridge 19; Bill Hollingsworth 72t.


John Hollingsworth called the class back together by leading 137. Leaders: Darrell Swarens 81t; Judy Mincey 50; Hayden Arp 149; Danny Creel 186; Mako Cook 51; William Shetter 210t; Robert Kelley 455b; Mike Spencer 120; Helen Bryson 346; Eddie Mash 195; Henry Johnson 274; John Plunkett 404t; Leslie Booher 188; Ken Tate 142; Gary Smith 281b; Lauren Bock 198; Andy Morse 64. The blessing before the noon meal was offered by John Plunkett.


John Hollingsworth led 24t to bring the class to order. Leaders: John Hollingsworth 347; Michael Thompson 267; Shannon Primm 103; Tony Hammock 143; Henry Schuman 42; Sarah Beasley 23b; Cecil Roberts 261t; Jesse Perlman Karlsberg 8; Joan Aldridge 168b; Michael Walker 307; Jane Spencer and Andreas Manz 419t; Tim Cook 490; Mako Cook 214; Danny Creel 354; Hayden Arp 109; Judy Mincey 304; Shannon Primm 546t; Bill Hollingsworth 369; Darrell Swarens 117; Sarah Beasley 76b; Henry Schuman 421b; Robert Kelley 3; Eddie Mash 326; Michael Walker 365; Andreas Manz 147; Ken Tate 176; William Shetter 228; Leslie Booher 294; Danny Creel 364; Tim Cook and Mako Cook 510t.

Announcements were made. John Hollingsworth led 23t as the closing song. Eddie Mash offered the closing prayer.

Sunday, December 4

The Sunday session of the Georgia State Christian Harmony Convention began with John Hollingsworth leading 73t. John Plunkett offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: John Hollingsworth 72b; Mike Spencer 465t; John Plunkett 36t; Shannon Primm 67t; Jane Spencer 203; Michael Walker 471t; Henry Schuman 16; Leslie Booher 393b; Gary Smith 142; William Shetter 490; Sarah Beasley 238 (for Harrison Creel); Robert Kelley 4; Joan Aldridge 280; Darrell Swarens 107; Judy Mincey 51; Henry Johnson 105t; Chris Wilhelm 53t; Eddie Mash 507t; Tony Hammock 464.

A business session was held with the following officers elected for the 2012 convention: Chairman—Mike Spencer; Vice Chairman—Bill Hollingsworth; Secretary—John Plunkett; Treasurer—Shannon Primm. Treasurer Shannon Primm presented the financial report for the convention. The class voted to donate $200. 00 to Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, leaving a balance of $510. 86. The class voted to accept the financial report. The business session was closed. [It was also noted that we had discussed at the 2010 convention that we would explore alternative dates for the convention. Ballots were made available for attendees to vote their preference for another weekend of December (the singing calendar is rather full). The class overwhelmingly voted to continue the convention on the first Sunday and Saturday before of December. ] Singing resumed with chairman John Hollingsworth leading 143. Leaders: Cecil Roberts 86t; Earlis McGraw 316; Henry Guthrie 120; Shannon Primm 339; Hayden Arp 172; Mike Spencer 493b; John Plunkett 63t; Jane Spencer 192; Michael Spencer 123; Henry Schuman and Linda Hellerich 85; Leslie Booher 436b; Bill Hollingsworth 336t. Eddie Mash offered the blessing before the midday meal.


John Hollingsworth brought the afternoon session to order by leading 428. Leaders: Robert Kelley 374; Sarah Beasley 56b; William Shetter 149.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Eddie Mash and Henry Johnson. The names on the sick and shut-ins list were as follows: Alexander Garden, Lois Bowman, Ed Smith; Harrison Creel, and John Merritt. Eddie Mash led 432b in their honor.

The names on the deceased list were as follows: Junie McNeil, Pat Rigdon, Kathy Jones, Leonard Mooney, and James Tolbert. Henry Johnson led 131 in their memory. Eddie Mash concluded the memorial lesson with prayer.

Singing resumed with Gary Smith leading 204t. Leaders: Judy Mincey 401b; Darrell Swarens 91; Sarah Beasley 327; Andreas Manz 207t; Tony Hammock 546b; Hayden Arp 168b; Eddie Mash 49; Henry Johnson 121t.


John Hollingsworth led 127b to bring the class to order. Leaders: Michael Walker and Andreas Manz 258; Darrell Swarens, Henry Guthrie and William Shetter 547; Mike Spencer, Henry Johnson, and Earlis McGraw 166; Jane Spencer and Hayden Arp 548; Eddie Mash, Leslie Booher, and Chris Wilhelm 450b; Henry Schuman and Linda Hellerich 189; Shannon Primm and John Hollingsworth 231.

Announcements were made. The 2012 convention will meet the first Sunday and Saturday before of December at Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church in Tallapoosa, Georgia.

Mike Spencer and Bill Hollingsworth led 549b (“The Drone”) as the closing song. Henry Guthrie offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—John Hollingsworth; Vice Chairman—Mike Spencer; Secretary—John Plunkett