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Auburn Sacred Harp Singing

The First Presbyterian Church, Auburn, Alabama

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The 16th annual Auburn Sacred Harp Singing was held on Saturday before the third Sunday in January at The First Presbyterian Church of Auburn, Alabama. The class was called to order by Elizabeth Gentry leading 171. After welcoming the singers and visitors, she called on Scott Azbell to offer the morning prayer.

Leaders: Elizabeth Gentry 76b; Michael Panhorst 159; Judy Chambless 283; Jack Nelson 528; Robert Chambless 163b (in memory of Eugene Forbes); Philip Denney and Gayle Denney 448t; Winfred Kerr 225t; Karen Rollins 138t; Shane Wootten 131b; Jesse Karlsberg and Lucey Karlsberg 134; Bill Hogan 53; Karen Clark 70t; Reba Windom 542; Larry Ballinger 448b; David Ivey 351; Jeannette DePoy 39t; Cheyenne Ivey 383; Stephanie Fida 32b; Michael Walker 35.


Elizabeth Gentry brought the class back to order leading 56t. Leaders: John Plunkett 295; Lauren Bock and Lucey Karlsberg 340; Samuel Sommers 367; Wyatt Denney 100; David Brodeur 409; Kelsey Ivey and Everett Ivey 282; Elene Stovall 218 (in memory of Eugene Forbes and Lou Cotney); Gillian Inksetter 466; Richard DeLong 44; Lisa Geist 492; Will Fitzgerald 365; Kathy Williams 455. At the business meeting the following officers were elected: Chairman—Elizabeth Gentry; Vice Chairman—Michael Panhorst; Arranging Officer/Secretary—Judy Chambless.


Elizabeth Gentry brought the class back to order leading 155. The memorial lesson was conducted by Karen Clark and John Plunkett. Karen led 475 for the following sick and shut-ins: Verona Campbell, Charlene Wallace, Earl McLendon, Helen Bryson, William Futral, Virginia Futral, and Coy Ivey.

John read a poem about losing a loved one, and talked about the singer’s heartache of a beloved singer dying this week. He led 330b in memory of the following deceased: Eugene Forbes, Hollis Gentry, Louise Holland, Steve Helwig, Dick Levine, and Peggy Martin. Shane Wootten offered the prayer to close the memorial lesson.

Leaders: Glenda Collins 454; Richard Ivey 371; Chris Parris 206; Denise Kania 208; Chris Ballinger 460; Andy Ditzler 562; Anna Pfau 534; Jim Carnes 203; Ansley Christmas and Jack Nelson 45t; Oscar McGuire 515; Jim Pfau 328; Bert Collins 97; Amy Wells 430; Ken Miller, Jack Nelson, and Ansley Christmas 560. Robert Chambless offered the blessing before the noon meal.


Elizabeth Gentry bought the class to order leading 388. Leaders: Samuel Sommers and Elizabeth Gentry 90; Gillian Inksetter 568; Jim Carnes 440; Stephanie Fida 527; Will Fitzgerald 61; Denise Kania 500; Anna Pfau 505; Amy Wells 228; Jim Pfau 541; Kathy Williams 472; Oscar McGuire 34b; Reba Windom 217; Chris Ballinger 344; Richard Ivey, Kelsey Ivey, Everett Ivey, and Meredith Ivey 317; Lisa Geist 377; Richard DeLong 376; Andy Ditzler 26; Lauren Bock, Jesse Karlsberg, and Lucey Karlsberg 296; John Plunkett 160b; Cheyenne Ivey and David Ivey 172; Chris Parris and Richard DeLong 153; Jack Nelson, Ansley Christmas, and Ken Miller 399b; Shane Wootten 268; Glenda Collins and Bert Collins 81t; Karen Clark 32t; Michael Walker 111b; Larry Ballinger 224; David Brodeur 540.

After announcements, Elizabeth Gentry and Michael Panhorst led 347 as the closing song. Michael Panhorst offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Elizabeth Gentry; Vice Chairman—Michael Panhorst; Secretary—Judy Chambless