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Henagar-Union Convention

Liberty Baptist Church, Henagar, Alabama

July 1-2, 2017

Saturday, July 1

The Henagar-Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention was held at Liberty Baptist Church, Henagar, Alabama, on the first Sunday and Saturday before in July. The class was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Shane Wootten leading 56t. Ron Harper offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Richard Ivey, Kelsey Ivey, and Everett Ivey 42; Cheyenne Ivey 33b; Cassie Allen, Hayden Arp, and Isaac Green 434; Nathan Rees 36t; David Light 436; Delone Cobbs and Anna Grace Sipe 39b; Susan Cherones 460; Vickie See and Billy See 480; Henry Johnson 176b; Carolyn Thompson 280; Winfred Kerr 318; Boyd Scott 358; David Killingsworth 49b; Kathy Williams 291; Hubert Nall 566; Lomax Ballinger and Buddy Ballinger 277; Karen Edwards 500; Ron Harper 370; Daniel Lee 28b; Blake Sisemore 30b; Mary Wright 328; Nicholas Thompson 530; Lela Crowder 288 (in memory of Lisa Crowder); Caleb Dillehay 298.


David Ivey led 309 to bring the class back together. Leaders: Hoss Curran 35; Louis Hughes 400; April Watkins 87; Linda Sides 225t; Ellie Curran 274t; Phil Summerlin 348b; Silas Huckaby 344; Cora Wareh 481; Eli Hinton 99; Gracie Davis 63; Faiz Wareh 301; Anna Hinton 203; Ainslie Allen 29t; Greta Edwards 77t; Taylor Watkins 445; Sarah Huckaby and Abby Huckaby 146; AnnaLiza Cull 155.


The class was brought back to order by Shane Wootten leading 89. Leaders: Jonathan Gaylord 428; David Carlton 538; Pattie Wareh 299; Stuart Ivey 293; Deidra Montgomery 316; Dan Edwards 497; Matt Hinton and Erica Hinton 228; Martha Beverly 197; Bill Waddington 217; Jackson Fleder 170; David Smead and Lisa Bennett 486; Pat Temple 59; John Shoulders and Mary Shoulders 108t; Cecelia Kramer 71; Jim Aaron and Bea Aaron 47b; Daniel Bearden 271b; Larry Brasher, Louise Brasher, and Ellen Harris 47t; Ruth Wampler 279; James Eldridge 485; Darrell Swarens 208; Gillian Inksetter 396; Vivian Rogan and Gary Rogan 168. Elder Ricky Harcrow asked a blessing before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Rodney Ivey leading 166. Leaders: Justin Bowen 550; Barrett Patton and Judy Caudle 218; Jonathon Smith 379; Denise Kania and Jim Pfau 496; Alvaro Witt Duarte 186; Sasha Hsuczyk 302; Samuel Sommers 502; Andy Ditzler 498; Calum Woods 273; Elene Stovall and Ed Thacker 548; Thom Fahrbach 399b; Katherine Eldridge 446; Tom George and Dennis George 512; Alex Forsyth 389; Aldo Ceresa 402; Anna Pfau 430; Scott Curran and Michele Curran 472; Lauren Bock and Jesse P. Karlsberg 542; Ellen Ray 564; Catherine Rogan 84; Ann Jett 319; Adrian Eldridge 390; Jeannette DePoy, Tabitha Cook, Taylor Cook, and Trinity Cook 159; Bobby Watkins 426b; Shane Wootten 518 (CB) (by request). Dennis George announced the results of the ballot election of officers as follows: Chairman—Kelsey Ivey; Vice Chairman—Shane Wootten; Secretaries—Cheyenne Ivey and Shelby Castillo.


The class was brought back together by Scott Ivey and Tony Ivey leading 269. Leaders: Betty Shepherd and Reba Windom 216; John Plunkett 117; Jackie Tanner 172; Loyd Ivey and Cassie Allen 424; Judy Chambless and Robert Chambless 137; Nancy Price and William Price 196; Samuel Williams 286; Nate Green and Norma Green 556; Cindy Tanner 546; Tarik Wareh 374.

Kelsey Ivey led 323t as the closing song. Loyd Ivey dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, July 2

The Sunday session of the Henagar-Union Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order by Kelsey Ivey leading 32t. The opening prayer was offered by Samuel Sommers.

Leaders: Shane Wootten 426t; Cheyenne Ivey 224; Cassie Allen, Hayden Arp, and Isaac Green 97; Ed Thacker 532; Loyd Ivey 283; Norma Green 84; Bobby Watkins 33b; Buell Cobb 371; Rachel Rogers 96; Karen Edwards, Dan Edwards, and Greta Edwards 282; Jonathan Gaylord and Keri Smith Gaylord 146; Isaac Lloyd 311; Vivian Rogan and Ellie Curran 163b; Kevin Eddins, Dana Eddins, and Elliott Eddins 38b; Hoss Curran 274t; Ben Fink 569b; Jim Pfau 411; AnnaLiza Cull 504; Samuel Sommers 132; Ezra Lloyd and Malachi Lloyd 40; Boyd Scott 58; Judy Caudle 422.


Scott Ivey led 113 to bring the class together. Leaders: Eli Hinton 148; Gracie Davis and Ainslie Allen 76b; Daniel Lee 147t; Stephen Miller 328; Ezra Eddins and Eric Eddins 344; Louis Hughes and Scot Oliver 314; Guy Bankes 534; Silas Huckaby 455; Don Bowen and Bill Waddington 99; Eli Eddins and Ethan Eddins 445; Denney Rogers 345t (for Karen Rollins); Nate Zweig 337; Calum Woods and Justin Bowen 391.


The class was brought back to order by Karen Ivey, Richard Ivey, and Allison Whitener leading 182. Darrell Swarens and Katherine Eldridge led 507.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Judy Caudle and Samuel Sommers. Judy Caudle read a devotional from the writings of Charles H. Spurgeon in honor of the following sick and shut-ins: Velton Chafin, Johnnie Chafin, Ottis Sides, Willodean Barton, Keillor Mose, Chris Holley, Frances Sasser, Concetta Branson, Karen Rollins, Eloise Wootten, Daphene Causey, Sharon DuPriest, and Aline Summerlin. She led 437.

Samuel Sommers asked Nathan Rees to speak of Hugh McGraw. Nathan briefly told of the relationship between Mr. McGraw and the singing community in the Henagar area.

Samuel Sommers spoke in remembrance of the deceased, and read the following list of names: Kermit Adams, Steve Adams, Gravis Ballinger, Toney Smith, Lavoy Smith, Levon Wootten, and Gary Smith—Alabama; Johnny Lee, Delorese Lee, Hugh McGraw, B.M. Smith, Loyd Landrum, and Edna Vickers—Georgia; John Bayer and Loraine Bayer—Ohio; Evelyn Tornabane—Iowa; Bill Mates—New Jersey; Skip Trout—Pennsylvania; Don Fahrbach—Michigan; Janelle Davis and Les Sontag—Illinois; Charles Wells and Collette Miller—Minnesota; Erin Harris—Tennessee; Marion Walsingham—Florida; Ruth Steggles—United Kingdom; Dimitri Kikis—Greece. He led 123t. James Eldridge closed the memorial service with prayer.

Leaders: Gary Rogan 324; Andy Ditzler 158; Ellen Ray and Anna Hinton 383; Dan Brittain 465; Evie Eddins, Emily Eddins, and Edith Eddins 133; Martha Beverly 474; Gideon Lloyd 34b; Caleb Dillehay 440; Ellie Curran 35; Robert Chambless and Judy Chambless 143 (for Karen Rollins); Billy See and Vickie See 72b. Louis Hughes asked a blessing before the noon meal.


Jared Wootten and Jamey Wootten led 101t to bring the class to order. Leaders: Linda Sides and Isaac Green 170; Barrett Patton and Nicholas Thompson 522 (in memory of Oliver-Kindig Stokes); Nancy Price and William Price 222; Catherine Rogan 454; Anna Pfau 362; Scott Curran and Michele Curran 475; Earl Ballinger, Linton Ballinger, and Larry Ballinger 215; Coy Ivey, David Ivey, Rodney Ivey, Cheyenne Ivey, Karen Ivey, Richard Ivey, Allison Whitener, Grace Whitener, Kelsey Ivey, and Everett Ivey 384; Reba Windom and Shelby Castillo 112; Sam Culpepper, Ellen Culpepper, and Byrn Culpepper 426b; Aldo Ceresa 456; Elene Stovall 200; Lauren Bock, Jesse P. Karlsberg, and Lucey Rose Karlsberg 434; Ruth Wampler 380 (for Keillor Mose); James Eldridge 432; Gillian Inksetter 195; Chris Ballinger and Lisa Geist 120 (in memory of Gravis Ballinger); Alex Forsyth and Sasha Hsuczyk 340; David Brodeur 150; Kathy Williams 479; Thom Fahrbach 94 (in memory of Don Fahrbach); Alvaro Witt Duarte 276; Jonathon Smith and Nathan Rees 189; April Watkins and Taylor Watkins 29t.


Shane Wootten and Rodney Ivey led 358 (for Lois Ball). Leaders: Jackie Tanner and Shane Wootten 73t (in memory of Bud Oliver); Pattie Wareh and Cora Wareh 501; Cecelia Kramer and Dan Brittain 313b; Ewan Eddins 107; Adrian Eldridge and Judy Caudle 121; Sierra Saylors and Gus Carter 67; Jackson Fleder 398; Erica Hinton and Matt Hinton 70b; Danny Creel, Ann Jett, and Cindy Tanner 269; Elyssa Lloyd, Havilah Lloyd, Amariah Lloyd, Tim Simon, and Lidia Simon 393 (CB); Denise Kania 142; Chris Ryan 572; Lindsay Kruse 77t; Paula Oliver 540; Drew Smith and Mattie Sue Pruitt 385b; Hubert Nall 313t; Susan Cherones 349; Henry Johnson 205; Marty Wootten, Lorie Wootten, Aaron Wootten, Jamey Wootten, Hayden Wootten, Chelsea Higdon, Cole Wootten, and Patricia Wootten 546; Teresa Saylors and David Saylors 203; Tarik Wareh and Faiz Wareh 397.

Kelsey Ivey, Loyd Ivey, and Coy Ivey led 62 as the closing song, and those who wished took the parting hand. Scott Curran offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Kelsey Ivey; Vice Chairman—Shane Wootten; Secretaries—Cheyenne Ivey and Shelby Castillo