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The United Sacred Harp Musical Association

Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church, Bremen, Georgia

September 8-9, 2018

Saturday, September 8

The 115th session of The United Sacred Harp Musical Association met at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church, on the second Sunday and Saturday before in September. Nathan Rees called the class to order. He welcomed those in attendance, and led 31t. Henry Johnson offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Angela Myers 30t; Eddie Mash 33t; Cindy Tanner 275b; Richard Ivey 90; Bridgett Hill Kennedy 33b; David Ivey 57; Jim Aaron 47b; Tom Booth 47t; Jeannette DePoy 34b; Winfred Kerr 36b; Jerusha Wheeler 107; Judy Chambless 472 (in honor of Karen Rollins); Mary Huffman 75; Warren Steel 453; Daniel Williams 328; Janice Paulk 317; Nate Green and Norma Green 63; David Jackson 39b; Stephen Huffman 131b; Eli Hinton 299; Bea Aaron 456.


Eddie Mash called the class back to order leading 378t. Leaders: Henry Johnson 230; Glenda Collins 35; Fred Eady and Cliff Clayton 192.

A business session was held and the following officers and committee members were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Nathan Rees; Vice Chairmen—Phillip Langley and Lela Crowder; Secretary—Angela Myers; Arranging Committee—Cindy Tanner, Eddie Mash, and Anna Hinton; Finance Committee—Oscar McGuire, Eli Hinton, and Shelby Bagley; Memorial Committee—Nicholas Thompson and Kathy Williams; Resolutions Committee—Rebecca Over, Rachel Speer, and Paul Landskroener; Chaplain—Philip Denney; Location Committee—David Ivey and Jeannette DePoy.

Leaders: Blake Sisemore 371; Shelby Bagley 142; Robert Chambless 32t; Carolyn Thompson 240; Jenna Frey 408; Louis Hughes 403; Alex Forsyth 234; Rebecca Over 353 (in memory of Hugh McGraw and Earlis McGraw); Phillip Langley 430; Jack Nelson 504 (in honor of Eugene Forbes); Bert Collins 340.


The class was called back to order by Philip Denney leading 384. Leaders: Justin Bowen 405; Shane Brown 285t; Lottie Hinton 77t; Johnathon Kelso 545 (in honor of Bo Shemjean); Dan Edwards 148; Sandra Wilkinson 445; David Brodeur 385t; Lisa Bennett 122 (in honor of Steve Everhart and his mother); Lela Crowder 121; Jesse Karlsberg, Lauren Bock, Andrea Owens, and Justin Owens 48t; Tim Gregg 426b.


Angela Myers and Garrett Harper called the class to order leading 112. Leaders: Nicholas Thompson 310; Sadie Bagley 542; Oscar McGuire and Rachel Speer 573; Anna Hinton 203; Dean Jens 308; Jonathon Smith 505; Kelsey Ivey 76b; Barbara Swetman 198; Reba Windom and Pam Nunn 269; David Smead 220; Cornelia van den Doel 128; Judy Caudle 106; Amber Davis 224; Paul Landskroener 348t; Kathy Manning 383; Lauren Bock and Jesse Karlsberg 396; Rachel Speer 296; Tammy Heinsohn 178; Sheri Taylor 306; Molly Bagley 111b; Andy Ditzler 470 (in memory of Lloyd Redding); Kathy Williams 276; Elene Stovall 273 (in memory of Louise Holland); Billy See and Vickie See 480; Matt Hinton 195; Joyce Heath 40; Samuel Williams 286; Erica Hinton 157.

Nathan Rees led 521 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Shane Brown.

Sunday, September 9

Nathan Rees welcomed the class and gave some historical information about the United Convention being established in 1905 by Joe James, and this year was the first time the United had been held at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church. Nathan led 313t as the opening song. Philip Denney offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Lela Crowder 421; Phillip Langley 546; Eddie Mash and Angela Myers 101t; Philip Denney 100; Anna Hinton 383; Cindy Tanner 498; Paul Landskroener 349; Rebecca Over 506; Nicholas Thompson 530 (in honor of Ottis and Linda Sides); Rachel Speer 56t; Kathy Williams 151; David Ivey 185; Jeannette DePoy 213t; Oscar McGuire 485; Shelby Bagley 168; Jim Neal 406; Daniel Lee 474; Hubert Nall 129; Wyatt Denney 82t; Robert Kelley 393; Winfred Kerr 422.


Phillip Langley and Lela Crowder called the class back to order leading 436. Leaders: Tom Ivey 182; Jonathon Smith 423; Cornelia van den Doel 551; Cheyenne Ivey 318; Richard Mauldin 446; Jamey Wootten 445; Helen Bryson 568; Sadie Bagley 110; Celeste Silva and Caleb Joseph Silva 277; Kelsey Ivey, Everett Ivey, and Lucey Rose Karlsberg 214; Samuel Williams and Eddie Mash 365; Beth Anne Clay 377; Eli Snyder 411.


The class was called back to order by Cindy Tanner and Jesse Karlsberg leading 155. Leaders: Isaac Green 395; Bill Hollingsworth 236; Laura Frey 358; John Hollingsworth 186; Matt Hinton 138t; Paula Oliver 540.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Kathy Williams and Nicholas Thompson. Kathy began by saying the memorial lesson makes her think of people we miss who are unable to sing. Kathy remembered a time when she was not able to attend singings. She talked about reading the cards that were sent to her during that time, over and over like a novel. Kathy read the following list of names of the sick and shut-ins: Ottis Sides, Linda Sides, Eugene Forbes, Don Bowen, Velton Chafin, Brenda Chafin, Allen Lambert, Ann Jett, Virginia Douglas, Kelsey Taylor, Frank DeBolt, Cindy Mann, Paul Wilson, Norma Mincey, Karen Rollins, and Anne Chalker. Kathy led 33b in their honor.

Nicholas talked about those who are no longer with us may not fill our benches, but forever fill our hearts. Nicholas spoke about the memorial lesson being a time we remember those we loved and cared for, remembering a song they liked or a dish they prepared. He said remembering those tidbits keep them in our hearts. Nicholas read the following list of names of the deceased: Daphene Causey, Glenda Hopper, Lily Hopper—Alabama; Linda Domholt—California; Florice Akin, Wawena Entrekin Miles, Louise Holland, Ruth Ayers, Audrey Ruth Garner, Daniel Evans, Thomas Sanders, Agnes Roberts—Georgia; Darrell Swarens—Indiana; Wayne Jens—Iowa; Michele Kaye and Sonya Rae Manning—New York; Elizabeth Rechenberg—Ohio; Steve Helwig—Oregon; Susan Carr—United Kingdom. Nicholas led 374 in their memory. Philip Denney offered prayer to conclude the memorial lesson.

Leaders: Terry Wootten 131b; Lina Silva 117; Buell Cobb 50t; Hayden Arp 384; Faye Hollis 340; Rodney Ivey 316; Jenna Frey 163b; Elene Stovall 500.


Nathan Rees led 343 to call the class back to order. Leaders: Marty Wootten 123t; Tim Gregg 373; John Plunkett and Myra Tucker 145t; Pam Nunn and David Ivey 528; Sharon Strong 524; Shane Wootten 317 (dedicated to Karen Rollins); David Jackson 426t; Susan Cherones 564; Bridgett Hill Kennedy 300; Jack Nelson 518; Barbara Swetman 475; Dean Jens 375; Andy Ditzler 434; Reba Windom 216; Daniel Williams 285t; Judy Caudle 208 (in memory of Darrell Swarens); Richard Ivey 460; Kathy Manning 181; Lauren Bock 126; Lisa Bennett 538; David Brodeur and Rebecca Over 386; Molly Bagley 481; Jesse Karlsberg 567; Fallon Dyer 47b; Amber Davis 380; Lottie Hinton 32t; Cain Cook and Fallon Dyer 401; Henry Johnson 322; Jesse Roberts 53; Billy See and Vickie See 35; David Smead 54; Tammy Heinsohn 547; Molly Silva and Zachary Silva 282; Sheri Taylor 227; Lori Silva and Hadassah Silva 131t (in memory of the 9/11 victims and victims of war); Lisa Webb and Christian Webb 124.

A business session was held to hear committee reports. The Secretary reported that all expenses were paid. The Arranging Committee reported one hundred and seventy-three leaders for both days. The Resolutions Committee resolved to thank all of the officers and committees for their dedication and service, those who prepared plentiful and delicious food, the use of the church, the preparations behind the scenes, and resolved to meet again for the one hundredth and sixteenth session in 2019. The Location Committee reported that no requests for next year were submitted, and that a location will be announced at a later date. All reports were accepted, and the business session was closed.

The officers led 62 as the closing song. Shane Wootten offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Nathan Rees; Vice Chairmen—Lela Crowder and Phillip Langley; Secretary—Angela Myers