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Henagar-Union Convention

Liberty Baptist Church, Henagar, Alabama

July 2-3, 2016

Saturday, July 2

The Henagar-Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention was held at Liberty Baptist Church, Henagar, Alabama, on the first Sunday and Saturday before in July. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the Henagar Convention, and the 130th anniversary of the Union Convention. The class was called to order by Shane Wootten and Jared Wootten leading 82t. The opening prayer was offered.

Leaders: Cheyenne Ivey 134; Karis Askin 270; Jerusha Wheeler 107; Dann Pell 387; Kate Fine 494; David Carlton 332; Roberta Strauss 228; Daniel Lee 566; Reed Schilbach 318; Henry Johnson 515; Cecelia Kramer 444; Boyd Scott 358; Jim Neal 84; Andre Kuney 189; Micah Walter 546; Caroline Thompson 500; Louis Hughes 166; Zilpha Cornett 361; Karen Rollins 298; Rodney Ivey 419; Jim Aaron and Bea Aaron 47b; Samuel Wright 198; Geraldine Sharpton 299; Phil Summerlin 460.

David Ivey spoke about the histories of the two conventions, and when they were united. Alabama Representative Nathaniel Ledbetter presented a certificate of appreciation to the following Ivey cousins in attendance: Coy Ivey, Eloise Wootten, Loyd Ivey, Rex Wilks, and Norma Green. The cousins, Shane Wootten, and Nathaniel Ledbetter led 45t.


Shane Wootten and Scott Ivey led 56t to bring the class together. Leaders: Susan Cherones 300; Hubert Nall 168; Leslie Booher 274b; Joel Chan 58; Kevin Beirne 411; Gillian Inksetter 447; Teresa Hope, David Ballinger, and Beth Wallace 442; Lisa Bennett and David Smead 145b (in memory of Earlis McGraw and Janelle Davis); Jonathan Wood 553; Bob Watkins 110; Sierra Saylors and Tullaia Powell 504; Daniel Bearden 330t; Laura Hodges 208; Annaliza Cull and Anna Hinton 142; Buell Cobb 69b; Asa Horvitz and Gedney Barclay 30b; Darrell Swarens, Michele Cull, and Sheila Patterson 448t (in memory of Janelle Davis); Natalie Sims 349; Brody Ross and Finley Ross 388.


The class was brought back to order by Richard Ivey leading 37b. Leaders: Daniel Williams 74t; Ainsley Ross 430; April Watkins and Taylor Watkins 288; Jesse Flynn 101t; Drew McGuire 472; Joel Bennett 542; Tom Owen 70b; David Walton 38b; Eli Hinton 99; Jesse Vear 292; Faiz Wareh 26; David Brodeur and Andy Ditzler 240; Laura McMurray 101b; Cora Wareh 362; Eva Grace Horsley 201; Wendy Anderson 98. Phil Summerlin asked a blessing before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Jared Wootten leading 76b. Leaders: Mark Davis 263; Philip Denney and Gayle Denney 120; Alex Forsyth 426b; Cindy Tanner and Barrett Patton 220; Justin Bowen 454; Diane Ross and Donald Ross 350; Ron Harper 522; Daphene Causey 304; Chris Ryan 310; Angela Myers and Bridgett Hill Kennedy 349; Erica Hinton and Matt Hinton 112; Nathan Stewart 272; Nathan Rees, David Gooch, and Jonathon Smith 319; Sasha Hsuczyk and Ruth Wampler 181; Nicholas Thompson and Judy Caudle 276 (for Margaret Keeton); Rachel Rudi, Kate Coxon, and Blake Sisemore 336; Lauren Bock and Jesse P. Karlsberg 422; Richard Ivey and Kelsey Ivey 73t; Phil Summerlin and Peter Trumbore 313t; Reba Windom, Shelby Castillo, and Elene Stovall 216; James Eldridge, Virginia Eldridge, and Katherine Eldridge 260; Henry McGuire 320; Jonathan Gaylord 95.


Coy Ivey led 384 to bring the class together. Leaders: Sarah Trumbore 327; Shawn Whelan 274t; Rachel Rodgers 67; Kris Paprocki 297; Martha Beverly 217; Keillor Mose 222; Tarik Wareh 392; Kate Fortin 373; Mike Richards 57; Traci Naylor 383; Paul Figura and Shirley Figura 68b (in memory of Charlie Derleth); Pat Temple and Mary Wright 59; Vickie See and Billy See 480; Isaac Green 282; Dan Edwards and Karen Edwards 77t; Syble Adams, David Ivey, and Loyd Ivey 426t; Isaac Stiefel, Brianna Wells, Jared Wootten, and Scott Ivey 445; Ann Riley Gray 178; Mary Blake Thompson 36b; David Saylors and Teresa Saylors 203; Aldo Ceresa 396; Elizabeth Gentry 275b; Ivy Hauser 416; Becky Wright 375; Rachel Hall 88b.

Shane Wootten led 45b as the closing song. Samuel Sommers dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, July 3

The Sunday session of the Henagar-Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order by Richard Ivey and Shane Wootten leading 32t. Richard Mauldin offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Cheyenne Ivey 76b; Jonathon Smith 74b; Ryan Bowman and Nicole Bowman 542; Isaac Green and Isaac Stiefel 338; Jonathan Gaylord 40; David Carlton 547; Ben Fink 417; Diane Ross and Donald Ross 209; Mark Davis 468; Philip Denney and Gayle Denney 276; Stephen Miller 155; Leslie Booher 163b; Micah Walter 432; Martha Beverly and Cecelia Kramer 71; Ann Riley Gray 318; Eva Grace Horsley 445; Jim Patterson, Grace Patterson, and Sheila Patterson 81t; Peter Trumbore 480; Chris Ryan 496; James Eldridge, Katherine Eldridge, and Virginia Eldridge 182; Shawn Whelan and Daniel Whelan 168; Emma Calvert and Wanda Capps 388; Kate Fortin 481; Aldo Ceresa 309; Judy Mincey 279; Susan Cherones 564; Joel Chan 46.


Rodney Ivey and David Ivey led 144. Leaders: Paul Figura, Shirley Figura, and Anne Drexler 187; Jonathan Wood 176b; Tim Morton 284; Kris Paprocki 172; Jamie Dalton 274t; Bob Watkins and Taylor Watkins 129; Finley Ross 63; Ainslie Allen 196; April Watkins 30b.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Barrett Patton and Cindy Tanner. Barrett spoke on behalf of the sick and shut-ins. Cindy read the following list of names: Margaret Keeton, Dan Summerlin, William Futral, Virginia Futral, Heidi Miller, Alice McGuire, Bobby Willis, Betty Shepherd, Lois Baugh, Kathleen Robbins, Beegee Rechenberg, Michael Appert, Brooke Blake, Floy Wilder, Toney Smith, Lavoy Smith, Anne Chalker, Ed Thacker, Margaret Thacker, Laura Densmore, and Martin Adams. Barrett and Cindy led 404 in their honor.

Barrett Patton spoke in memory of the deceased. Cindy Tanner read the following list of names: S.T. Reed, Kermit Adams, Steve Adams, Kathleen Doss Traywick, Azalee Adams, Elsie Moon, Sandra Spradlin, Robert DuPree, Gib Amason, Vernelle Amason, Jim Travis, Sharon Noojin, Bernice Williams Harvey, Elijah Kenny Graves, Abby Harris—Alabama; Janelle Davis—Illinois; Earlis McGraw, Shelly Posovenko, Robert DePoy, Bernice Steadman Thompson, Zelma Dixon, John Casbarro—Georgia; Eveline Inksetter—New York and Quebec; Ann Henry—New York; Reuben Summerlin, Charlie Saylors, Don Wood—Tennessee; Oliver Kindig-Stokes—Pennsylvania; Daniel Sommers—Indiana; Charlie Derleth—Missouri; Steve Miller and Christina Miller family—Colorado; Sami Malas—California; Loraine Bayer—Ohio; Sarah Hauser, Tammi Ziola, Anne Barko—Oregon; Joe Nall—Florida; Jason Dunlap—Connecticut; Roy Dow, John Vear, Francis Bliss—Maine; Bennett Joel Green—Kansas. Barrett and Cindy led 290 and 421 in memory of the deceased. Tony Ivey closed the memorial service with prayer.

Leaders: Annaliza Cull 448t (in memory of Janelle Davis); Brody Ross 53; Anna Hinton 300; Ainsley Ross 348t; Tommy Schultz 31t; Paula Oliver 222; Ellen Culpepper and Sam Culpepper 283; Daphene Causey 242; Gail Doss 148; Holly Mixon and Mary Andrews 58; Nicholas Tuff 448b; Tom Owen 503; Amy Wells and Andres Wells 110; Philippe Doyle 235; Dorothea Maynard 442; Daniel Lee and Mary Beth Thompson 569b.


Shane Wootten led 131b to bring the class to order. Leaders: Ruth Wampler and Keillor Mose 385b; Justin Bowen, Kevin Beirne, and Sarah Trumbore 528; Gillian Inksetter and Kate Coxon 171; Jackie Tanner and Cindy Tanner 477; Matt Hinton and Erica Hinton 460; Jesse Vear and Jesse Flynn 314; Jesse P. Karlsberg, Lauren Bock, and Nathan Rees 197; Cassie Allen 434 (for Kathleen Robbins); Gedney Barclay, Asa Horvitz, and Trevor Wilson 89; Rachel Hall, Linda Baysore, and Joel Bassett 343; Mike Richards and Laura Hodges 377; Bridgett Hill Kennedy, Rodney Ivey, and Judy Caudle 440; Roberta Strauss and Barrett Patton 269; Ann Jett and Danny Creel 475; Drew McGuire and Shelby Castillo 411; Nicholas Thompson and Elizabeth Gentry 498; Richard Ivey and Kelsey Ivey 371; David Brodeur and Andy Ditzler 346; Natalie Sims 106; Linton Ballinger, Earl Ballinger, Larry Ballinger, and Chris Ballinger 112; Elene Stovall and Karen Ivey 192.


Shane Wootten led 101t. Leaders: Darrell Swarens and Michele Cull 236; Andre Kuney 339; Nate Green, Norma Green, and Alex Makris 282; Marlon Wootten, Eloise Wootten, Anna Wootten, and Shane Wootten 97; Syble Adams, Darlene Dalton, and Claudene Townson 472; Aaron Wootten and Sarah Wootten 39t; Loyd Ivey, Will Ivey, Martha Underwood, Theresa Bethune, Louise Ivey, Lilly Underwood, and Anna Marie Bethune 47t; Marty Wootten, Levon Wootten, and Dewayne Wootten 99; Dennis George and Tom George 39b; Hayden Wootten, Jamey Wootten, Jared Wootten, Scott Ivey, and Sylvia Ivey 48t; Faith Riley, Becky Wright, and Ivy Hauser 399b; Nathan Stewart and Samuel Sommers 316; Isaac Lloyd, Malachi Lloyd, Ezra Lloyd, and Gideon Lloyd 86; Sharon DuPriest and Reba Windom 546; Henry Johnson and Rachel Rodgers 418; Richard Mauldin and David Gooch 128; Sasha Hsuczyk and Alex Forsyth 293; Teresa Saylors, David Saylors, Sierra Saylors, Tullaia Powell, Amber Saylors, and Spencer Hegwood 142; Kate Fine and Laura McMurray 512; Dan Edwards and Karen Edwards 270; Idy Kiser and Reed Schilbach 61; Tarik Wareh, Cora Wareh, and Faiz Wareh 333; Coy Ivey 465 (CB).

Shane Wootten, Coy Ivey, Loyd Ivey, Eloise Wootten, and Marlon Wootten led 146 as the closing song. Tony Ivey offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Shane Wootten; Vice Chairman—Richard Ivey; Secretary-Cheyenne Ivey