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Henagar-Union Convention

Liberty Baptist Church, Henagar, Alabama

July 4-5, 2015

Saturday, July 4

The 99th annual session of the Henagar-Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention was held at Liberty Baptist Church on the first Sunday and Saturday before in July. David Ivey called the class to order at 9:00 a.m. by leading 36b. Bro. Ron Harper offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Shane Wootten 138t; Cheyenne Ivey 100; Chris Coughlin 30t; Cassie Allen 270; Henry Johnson 535; Lela Crowder 67; Boyd Scott 358; Sharon Strong 137; Hubert Nall 460; Phil Summerlin 225t; Tom Ivey 505; John Huffman, Mary Huffman, and Stephen Huffman 47t; David Killingsworth 416; Mary Wright 477; Philip Denney and John Huffman 120; Bill Beverly 297; Blake Sisemore 192; Rebecca Over 426b; Ken Kelley and Jamie Kelley 144; Daniel Lee 565; Pattie Wareh 299; Andy Ditzler 50t; Steve Brett 410b.


Ricky Harcrow led 74b to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Drew McGuire 472; Teresa Saylors and David Saylors 203; Jerusha Wheeler 352; Micah John Walter 99; Kate Fortin 349; Jesse C. Polhemus 96; Shirley Figura 318; Kevin Beirne 183; Lisa Bennett 191; Tullaia Powell and Sierra Saylors 300; Grace Patterson 344; Cora Wareh 110; Daniel Bearden 242; Jonathan Wood 216; Wyatt Denney 37b; Annaliza Cull 155; Justin Bowen 35; Jonathon Gaylord 385b; Joshua Hoover 178; Faiz Wareh 392.


The class was brought back together by Scott Ivey and Rodney Ivey leading 111t. Leaders: Martha Beverly 171; Eli Hinton 146; Nathan Stewart 228; Barrett Patton, Rodney Ivey, and Shane Wootten 73t; Roberta Strauss 269; Daphene Causey and Sharon DuPriest 196; Jimmy Ballinger and Buddy Ballinger 84; Pat Temple 481; Darrell Swarens and Janelle Davis 448t; Steve Adams and Cassie Allen 98; Michele Cull 168; Glenn Keeton 163b; Paul Figura 166; Ron Harper 454; Ryan Bowman and Nicole Bowman 542; Linda Sides 182; Marcus Whitman and Merlin Whitman 163t; John Kelso 214; Idy Kiser 112; Matt Hinton 217; Gail Doss 148; Nicholas Thompson 187; Mike Richards 320; Judy Mincey 346. The blessing before the noon meal was offered by Buddy Ballinger.


Loyd Ivey led 97 to begin the afternoon session. The following officers were elected by written ballot and the results were announced by Blake Sisemore: Chairman—-Shane Wootten; Vice Chairman—Jared Wootten; Secretary—Cheyenne Ivey. The Arranging Committee was appointed and included Cassie Allen, Chris Coughlin, and Shelley Calvert.

Leaders: Karen Freund 30b; Alvaro Witt Duarte 445; Nathan Rees, Jeff Wickes, and Jonathon Smith 304 (in memory of Danny Arms); Angela Myers and Judy Caudle 498; Reba Windom and Shelby Castillo 430; Lauren Bock 440; Bridgett Hill Kennedy 411; Emma Rose Brown 234; Aldo Ceresa 500; Elene Stovall, Ruth Jones, and George Jones 316; Steve Helwig 208; Cindy Tanner and Jackie Tanner 186; Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg 428; David Brodeur 302; Kelsey Ivey and Richard Ivey 298; Philippa Stoddard 534; Tom Owen 49b; Ann Jett 327; Gillian Inksetter 522; Evelyn Lamb 368; Carter Cook 142; B.M. Smith 475.


The class was brought to order by Jared Wootten leading 101t. Leaders: David Carlton 77t; Bob Davis 47b; Brian Harris 399b; Sheila Patterson 70b; Tarik Wareh 43; Faith Riley 56b; David Smead 353; Amber Davis 395; Richard Mauldin 446; Philip Gilmore, Paula Gilmore, and Grace Gilmore 277; Susan Cherones 564; Gary Wilson and Justin Bowen 63.

Shane Wootten and Jared Wootten led 521 as the closing song. Elder Philip Gilmore dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, July 5

The Sunday session of the Henagar-Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Shane Wootten leading 82t. The opening prayer was offered by Richard Mauldin.

Leaders: Jared Wootten 48t; Cheyenne Ivey 76b; Shane Wootten and Nathaniel Ledbetter 45t, 505 (CB). Alabama State Representative Nathaniel Ledbetter presented a donation to the Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association.

Leaders: Cassie Allen and Shelley Calvert 512; Nate Green and Norma Green 472; Charles Franklin 74b; Laura Ann Russell 504; Richard Mauldin 168; Randall Smith and Rodney Ivey 137; Vickie See and Billy See 108b; Michael Darby 102; Judy Chambless and Robert Chambless 143; Sheila Patterson 528; Teresa Hope 384; Guy Bankes 556; Aaron Wootten and Hayden Wootten 39t; Jenny Whitman 86; Brian Kelley, Vance Kelley, Presley Kelley, Kate Kelley, and Jake Kelley 354b; James Nugent 59; Owen Stoddard 276; Judy Mincey 571; Brian Harris 83t.


Jared Wootten led 56t to bring the class together. Leaders: Janelle Davis and Gail Doss 480; Kate Fortin and Evelyn Lamb 328; Ainslie Allen and Emma Calvert 196; Eli Hinton 268; Anna Hinton and Annaliza Cull 300; Faiz Wareh 183; Cora Wareh 71; Scott DePoy and Jeannette DePoy 129; David Gooch 128; Nicholas Thompson and Roberta Strauss 436; Anna Bowen and Holly Mixon 475; Tom Owen 106; Steve Brett 456; Pat Temple and Mary Wright 373; Susan Cherones and Barrett Patton 460; Pattie Wareh and Tarik Wareh 269.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Kelsey Ivey and Henry Johnson. Kelsey spoke on behalf of the sick and shut-ins, and read the following list of names: BeeGee Rechenberg, Doris Littrell, Phillip Springfield, Paula Springfield, Clarissa Springfield, Ernest Lee Hendrix, Jewel Wootten, S.T. Reed, Wayne Reed, Ruthie Greeson, Ed Thacker, Margaret Thacker, Loraine Bayer, Toney Smith, Lavoy Smith, Robert DePoy, Ottis Sides, Velton Chafin, Steven Smith, and Victoria Aplin. She led 57 in their honor.

Henry spoke in remembrance of the deceased, and read the following list of names: Stanly Edwards, Betty Wright, Sammie Oliver, Evelyn Harris, Donna Ruth Wootten, Olivia Wootten Allen, Phillip Wootten, Carl Frame, Jean Ballinger, Johnny Humber, Rena Humber, Charles Kitchens, Stella Pratt, Dawson Adams, Eldagene Roberson, Big ‘Un Peek—Alabama; Junie O. Wooten, Josephine Denney, Raymond Hamrick, Joyce Harrison, C.W. Garner—Georgia; David Rust and Daniel Sommers—Indiana; Danny Arms—North Carolina; Bob Sullivan—Illinois; Joe Fothergill—Ohio; Caroline Bonnet—California; Virginia Duke, David Hernandez, and Dale Johnson—Tennessee; Dan Adams—Connecticut; Rose Warnock—Massachusetts. He led 267 in memory of the deceased, and closed the memorial service with prayer.

Leaders: Ryan Bowman and Nicole Bowman 133; Bill Beverly and Martha Beverly 546; Carter Cook 312b; Grace Patterson 278t; Marty Wootten, Jamey Wootten, and Anna Wootten 172; Nathanael Schultz, Evangeline Schultz, and Donnie Simmet 383; Jonathan Wood and Jonathan Gaylord 83b; Henry Johnson 322; Marcus Whitman and Merlin Whitman 547; Andy Ditzler and David Brodeur 492; Jesse C. Polhemus 224. The blessing before the noon meal was offered by Eddie Mash.


The afternoon session began with Shane Wootten leading 89. Leaders: Paula Oliver 430; Eddie Mash and Brenda Waters 515; Kevin Beirne and Gillian Inksetter 532; Elene Stovall, Allison Davis, and Gresham Davis 192; Philippa Stoddard 222; Chris Coughlin and Fiona Nugent 216; Linda Sides and Amber Davis 215; Reba Windom, Shelby Castillo, and Drew McGuire 542; Judy Caudle and Angela Myers 348b; Linton Ballinger, David Ballinger, Larry Ballinger, Lisa Geist, and Teresa Hope 299; Daphene Causey and Sharon DuPriest 434; Bridgett Hill Kennedy and Aldo Ceresa 506; Ann Jett, Wanda Capps, Cindy Tanner, and Darrell Swarens 198; Lauren Bock and Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg 200; Dennis George and Tom George 439; Emma Rose Brown and Alvaro Witt Duarte 309; Matt Hinton, Erica Hinton, and Charlotte Hinton 432; Emily Wood and Rodney Ivey 39b; Jonathon Smith and Nathan Rees 80t; Shirley Figura and Paul Figura 30b; David Ivey, Karen Ivey, Stuart Ivey, Courtney Ivey, Richard Ivey, and Kelsey Ivey 34t (for Phil Summerlin); Buell Cobb 312t.


The class was brought to order by Jared Wootten leading 111b. Leaders: Karen Freund and Lela Crowder 77t; Daniel Bearden and friends 84; Daniel Lee and Mike Richards 350; Micah John Walter 274t; Tullaia Powell and Sierra Saylors 481; Marlon Wootten, Eloise Wootten, Shane Wootten, Anna Wootten, Levon Wootten, Claudene Townson, Brenda Carroll, and Betty Wootten 445; David Saylors and Teresa Saylors 203; Nathan Stewart and Flora Eason 457; Loyd Ivey, Marion Biddle, Theresa Bethune, Lindsey Watkins, Callie Watkins, and Lilly Underwood 501 (CB); Sylvia Ivey, Scott Ivey, Tony Ivey, Jared Wootten, Jamey Wootten, Hayden Wootten, Lorrie Wootten, Marty Wootten, and Sandy Ivey 278b; Ezra Lloyd, Elyssa Lloyd, Isaac Lloyd, and Gideon Lloyd 503; Coy Ivey 465 (CB).

Announcements were made. Shane Wootten, Jared Wootten, Coy Ivey, and Loyd Ivey led 62 as the closing song. Tom Owen offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Shane Wootten; Vice Chairman—Jared Wootten; Secretary—Cheyenne Ivey