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Henagar-Union Convention

Liberty Baptist Church, Henagar, Alabama

June 30 - July 1, 2018

Saturday, June 30

The Henagar-Union Sacred Harp 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 Kelsey Ivey leading 81t. The opening prayer was offered by Barrett Patton.

Leaders: Cheyenne Ivey 182; John Shoulders and Mary Shoulders 288; Tim Gregg 64; Karen Rollins 540; Samuel Sommers 492; Amber Davis 224; Henry Johnson 52b; Judy Caudle 276 (in memory of her mother); Dennis George 148; Susan Cherones 564; Ed Thacker and Don Bowen 28b; Bea Aaron 456; Nicholas Thompson 171; Nate Green and Norma Green 426b; Blake Sisemore and Mamie Sisemore 30b; Elene Stovall 99 (in memory of Bud Oliver); Winfred Kerr 500; Gary Huffman and Jamie Dohman 47b; Daniel Lee 489; Louis Hughes 314; Beth Branscome 228; Tom George and Sarah Trumbore 95; Jim Aaron 68b.


Rodney Ivey led 111t to bring the class together. Special guest, Representative Nathaniel Ledbetter spoke of the tradition of singing in the Henagar area, and presented a donation check to Loyd Ivey. Rodney Ivey, Loyd Ivey, and Nathaniel Ledbetter led 45t.

Leaders: Jackie Tanner 298; David Killingsworth 186; April Watkins 53; Mary Ruth Stiefel 322; Eli Hinton 146; Gail Doss 137; Barrett Patton 214; Judy Mincey 375; Kathy Williams 273; Anna Hinton 142; Andy Ditzler and Wesley Jackson 448t; Holly Long 480; Justin Bowen 391; Erica Hinton 464; Anna Grace Sipe and Delone Cobbs 551; Daniel Bearden 193; Mary Huffman 123t; Gillian Inksetter 283; Ricky Harcrow 112; Lomax Ballinger, Buddy Ballinger, and Jimmy Ballinger 84.


The class was brought back to order by Richard Ivey and Everett Ivey leading 317. Leaders: Cindy Tanner 358 (by request); Alex Forsyth and Amy Wootten 454; J.L. Hopper 534; Joanna Bennett 189; Keillor Mose 200; Rebecca Over 197 (for Charles Woods); David Brodeur 292; Aldo Ceresa 275b; Peter Trumbore 76b; Brian Harris 440; Sasha Hsuczyk 161; Bill Beverly 547; Jesse P. Karlsberg 422; Mark Godfrey 204; Anna Dohman and Jamie Dohman 29t; Bobby Watkins and Betty Shepherd 216; Philip Denney and Gayle Denney 120; Lindsay Kruse 124; Ben Fink and Sam Brainin 89; John Huffman and Katie Huffman 178; Molly Sauder 569b; Jonathon Smith 458; Leigh Cooper 277. John Huffman asked a blessing before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Scott Ivey leading 119. Leaders: Jose Camacho-Cerna 527; Greta Edwards 77t; Matt Hinton 430; Charlotte Ehrman 486; Arlon Gardner 481; Idy Kiser 217; Stephen Huffman 131b; Buell Cobb 409; Lisa Bennett 315; Martha Beverly 504; Ryan Konopka 63; Dan Edwards 448b; Nathan Rees 181; Ann Jett 269; Hubert Nall 475; John Plunkett 271b; Richard Mauldin 43; Jerusha Wheeler 328; David Smead 210; Lauren Bock 286; Samuel Williams 260; Steven Taylor 56b; Shelby Castillo and Reba Windom 396; Rodney Ivey and Sharon DuPriest 299; Sam Brainin and Jayden Hunt 87; Ryan Nash 128; Isaac Green and Cindy Tanner 187; David Ivey and Karen Ivey 192.

Dennis George announced the results of the ballot election of officers as follows: Chairman—Shane Wootten; Vice Chairman—Kelsey Ivey; Secretary—Cheyenne Ivey.

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

Sunday, July 1

The Sunday session of the Henagar-Union Convention began with Shane Wootten leading 32t. Ed Thacker offered the opening prayer. Shane Wootten and Loyd Ivey led 47t in memory of Eloise Wootten.

Leaders: Kelsey Ivey and Everett Ivey 85; Isaac Green 493; Don Bowen and Ed Thacker 532; Nate Green and Norma Green 400; Sierra Saylors and Gus Carter 67; Taylor Watkins 445; Arlon Gardner 285t; David Gooch 112; Lela Crowder 322; Dan Brittain 399b; Anna Hinton 383; David Saylors 203; James Eldridge 354t; Samuel Williams 485; Pam Wilkerson 63; Gillian Parris 159.


Rodney Ivey led 345t to bring the class back together. Leaders: Daniel Lee 101b; Rebecca Over 392; Hayden Arp 140; Stuart Ivey and Vivian Ivey 107; Tim Gregg 30t; Beth Anne Clay 500; Winfred Kerr 318; Tommy Schultz 284; David Carlton 538; Blake Sisemore and Alex Forsyth 507; Sandra Wilkinson and Russ Hanson 300; Keillor Mose 302; Samuel Sommers 184; Ann Jett, Amelia Jett, Ainslie Allen, and Cindy Tanner 186; David Light 436; Louis Hughes 512; Theresa Saylors 440; Chris Parris 206.


Richard Ivey and Everett Ivey led 176b to bring the class to order. Leaders: Gillian Inksetter 541; Gail Doss and Judy Mincey 543.

The memorial lesson was conducted by David Ivey and Jonathon Smith. David Ivey recognized Eloise Wootten for her years of faithful service to Liberty Baptist Church and Sacred Harp singing. He led 171 in her memory. He read the following list of names of the deceased: Eloise Wootten, Caleb Allred, Johnnie Chafin, Daphene Causey, Arthur Gilmore, J.A. Mosley, Glenda Hopper, Hollis Gentry, and Verlon Stiefel—Alabama; Audrey Ruth Garner, Wawena Entrekin Miles, Louise Holland, Florice Akin, and Agnes Roberts—Georgia; Edith Owen, Jane Goforth, Amy Dennison, and Peter Nichols—Texas; Julia Vea—Wisconsin; Ann Sleeva and Berkley Moore—Illinois; Darrell Swarens—Indiana; Steve Helwig—Oregon; Yango Polel—Germany; Barbara Willard—Arizona; Mary Ellen Schrock—New York; Evelyn Tornabane—Iowa; Elizabeth Rechenberg—Ohio; Linda Domholt—California. David led 61 in their memory.

Jonathon Smith spoke on behalf of the sick and shut-ins. He read the following list of names: Charles Woods, Ottis Sides, Linda Sides, Johanna Fabke, Charlene Wallace, Jack Stiefel, Lance Phillips, Velton Chafin, Ozella Blackmon, Paul Adams, Jerry Little, Donnie Reed, Wayne Reed, Mark Brown, Raymon Cruz, Aubrey Barfield, Mike Jones, and Jerry Kitchens. Jonathon led 32b in their honor. Tony Ivey spoke and read the second verse of 543, and then offered the closing prayer.

Leaders: Henry Guthery 548; Joanna Bennett 444; Joyce Walton 65; Sierra Saylors and Tullaia Powell 142; Alex Makris and Renae Makris 418; Shane Brown 36t; Katherine Eldridge and Virginia Eldridge 306; David Brodeur and Andy Ditzler 198. Shane Brown asked a blessing before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Rodney Ivey leading 401. Leaders: Emily Stutzman 217; Aldo Ceresa 456; Eli Hinton 99; Nicholas Thompson and Judy Caudle 150; Barrett Patton and Jonathon Smith 234; Karen Edwards, Dan Edwards, and Greta Edwards 282; Bobby Watkins, April Watkins, and Lucey Rose Karlsberg 340; Kathy Williams 222; Chris Ballinger, Larry Ballinger, Linton Ballinger, and Earl Ballinger 215; Lauren Bock and Jesse P. Karlsberg 419; Ben Fink 240; Mark Godfrey and Leigh Cooper 377; Sasha Hsuczyk 36b; Jose Camacho-Cerna and Sam Brainin 280; Marty Wootten, Terry Wootten, Lorie Wootten, Jamey Wootten Hayden Wootten, and Jared Wootten 472; Martha Beverly and Bill Beverly 546; Shane Wootten, Jackie Tanner, and Anna Wootten 73t; Matt Hinton and Erica Hinton 460; Tom George, Sarah Trumbore, and Dennis George 313t; Reba Windom, Shelby Castillo, and Elene Stovall 542; Scott Ivey, Tony Ivey, Sandy Ivey, and Sylvia Ivey 309; Philip Denney and Gayle Denney 101t; Loyd Ivey, Marion Biddle, Teresa Bethune, Lindsay Watkins, Louise Ivey, Lilly Underwood, Callie Watkins, and Kate Watkins 501 (CB).


Shane Wootten and Cindy Tanner led 70b. Leaders: Paula Oliver and Scot Oliver 540; John Huffman and Kate Huffman 528; Anna Hinton and AnnaLiza Cull 155; Mary Ruth Stiefel and Charlotte Ehrman 438; Isaac Lloyd, Gideon Lloyd, Malachi Lloyd, and Ezra Lloyd 38b; Nathan Rees and Eddie Mash 100; Brian Harris 411; Anna Dohman, Don Dohman, and Kate Huffman 503; Peter Trumbore and Sarah Trumbore 350; Steven Taylor 37b; Henry Johnson 138t; Cheyenne Ivey, Rodney Ivey, and Lucey Rose Karlsberg 432; Pam Nunn and Sharon DuPriest 196; Susan Cherones 349; Coy Ivey 384; Amber Davis 380; Syble Adams, Shane Wootten, Richard Ivey, Pam Wilkerson, and Mark Carroll 496; Shane Wootten 518 (CB).

Shane Wootten, Coy Ivey, Norma Green, Loyd Ivey, and Marlon Wootten led 146 as the closing song. David Gooch offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

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