Mississippi Sacred Harp Singings

Selected Minutes, 2016

  • Oxford
  • Bethel
  • Enon
  • Concord
  • Vicksburg
  • Sherman
  • Oak Springs
  • Calhoun County Convention
  • Mississippi State Convention
  • Taylor
  • Harvest Festival Singing
  • Calhoun County Nursing Home
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    Powerhouse Community Arts Center
    Oxford, Mississippi
    March 13, 2016

    The thirty-sixth annual Oxford Sacred Harp Singing was held in the Powerhouse Community Arts Center on the second Sunday in March. The class was called to order by Warren Steel leading 48t. Matt Bell offered the morning prayer. Mark Davis then led 181 and the class entered into a business session. The following officers were elected to serve: Chairman: Warren Steel; Vice Chairman: Mark Davis; Secretary: Wanda Capps; Arranging Committee: Marlon Beasley and Matt Bell. Andrew George welcomed the class on behalf of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. Leaders: Wanda Capps (AL) 546, 454; Mark Tew 339, 406; Gravis Ballinger (AL) 56t, 112; Jan Murray 31t, 285t; Lisa Geist (AL) 428, 377; Arlon Gardner 180, 455; Earl Ballinger (AL) 439, 177; John Van Horn 209, 378b; Cliff Hall 288, 59; Jerry Kitchens (AL) 282, 480.

    Recess.

    Warren Steel called the class to order leading 424. Leaders: Drew McGuire 106, 422; Jess Weller (AL) 187, Nathan Stewart 483, 430; Richard Mauldin (AL) 133, 168; Shelbie Castillo 300, 208; Steve Smith (AL) 126, 58; Ken Tate (AL) 129, 475; Sarah Tidwell 42, 63; Andrew George and Warren Steel 45t.

    Recess.

    Mark Davis brought the class to order leading 74b. Leaders: Mary Amelia Taylor (AL) 228, 203; Danny Creel (AL) 472, 327; Anne Steel 39t, 556; Will McGuire 40, 87. A memorial lesson was held. John Van Horn led 312t in memory of the deceased: George Easley, Charles Porter, Margie Bryant, Kenneth Stead, Al and Becky Moreton, and Henry Ray Reynolds from Mississippi, and Azilee Adams, Sandra Spradlin, Fred Killingsworth and Robert Dupree from Alabama. Glenn Keeton led 77t for the sick and homebound. End of memorial lesson. Marlon Beasley (AL) 318, 512.

    Lunch.

    Mark Davis called the afternoon session to order leading 399b, 68t and 481. Leaders: Glenn Keeton (AL) 365, 163b; Larry Ballinger (AL) 151, 217; Matt Bell (TN) 123t, 104; John Plunkett (GA) 391, 486; Henry McGuire 56b, 456; Dorothea Maynard (TN) 405, 361; Lee Uhlhorn 457, 36b; Chuck Howell 569b, 32t; Jack Barbera 162, 236; Logan Green (TN) and Caroline Brown (TX) 179, 547; Evangeline Schultz (MO) 448t, 183; Kataria Webb 171; Kevin Robinson 490, 268. Following announcements, Anne Steel and Effie Burt led 105. Warren Steel led the closing song on 157, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Mary Amelia Taylor.

    Chairman - Warren Steel, mudws@olemiss.edu
    Vice-Chairman - Mark Davis,
    Secretary - Wanda Capps

    Bethel

    Bruce, Mississippi

    April 3, 2016

    The sixty-seventh annual Sacred Harp singing at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church was held in memory of Hugh Bill McGuire. Henry McGuire called the class to order leading 547t (WB). Arlon Gardner led the morning prayer. Henry McGuire led 460, and the class organized by electing the following officers: Chairman - Henry McGuire; Vice Chairman - Drew McGuire; Secretary - Warren Steel. Leaders: Mark Davis 535, 217; Darlene Reynolds 282, 511 (WB); Mike Hankins 63, 480; Arlon Gardner 278t, 70b; Ann Jett 47b, 77t; Anne Steel 278b, 348b; Chris Ballinger 176b (WB), 145t (WB); Ken Tate 547, 475; Will McGuire 317b (WB), 45t (WB).

    Recess.

    Henry, Drew, Will, and Charlie McGuire and Thomas Burns called the class together leading 485t (WB). Other leaders: Drew McGuire 131b, 396; Lisa Geist 527, 528; David Killingsworth 448b, 277; Shelbie Castillo 472, 432; Chuck Howell 127, 452; Sarah Tidwell 31t, 32t; Gravis Ballinger 273, 268; John Van Horn 122 (WB), 192 (WB); Regina Derstine 181, 347.

    Recess.

    Henry McGuire called the class together leading 532. Other leaders: Larry Ballinger 540, 98; Reba Windom 208, 546; Andy Davis 269, 400; John Plunkett 114t (WB), 54t (WB); Danny Creel 222, 182; Julie Heerin 417, 64; Warren Steel 185, 183; Chuck Howell 84.

    Lunch.

    After lunch, Henry McGuire called the afternoon session together leading 492 (WB) and 505 (WB). Other leaders: Mark Davis 131t; Mike Hankins 111b; Arlon Gardner 454; Ann Jett 327; Darlene Reynolds 335; Chris Ballinger 350; Anne Steel 47t; Brian Harrison 139, 40; Ken Tate 147t; Will McGuire 87; Lisa Geist 272; Drew McGuire 542; David Killingsworth 28b; Shelbie Castillo 411; Gravis Ballinger 519 (WB), John Van Horn 196; Regina Derstine 504; Larry Ballinger 403; Reba Windom 224; Andy Davis 254; John Plunkett 504 (WB); Danny Creel 89; Julie Heerin 82t; Warren Steel 379; Robert Earl Alexander 35, 124. Following announcements, Henry and Drew McGuire and Mark Davis led The Drone as a closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Danny Creel.

    Chairman - Henry McGuire
    Vice Chairman - Drew McGuire
    Secretary - Warren Steel

    Enon

    Chickasaw County, Mississippi

    April 17, 2016

    The annual Sacred Harp singing at Enon Primitive Baptist Church was called to order after dinner by Brian Harrison leading song on page 63 and 155. Leaders: Ester Mann 297, 171, 64; Andy Davis 142, 82t, 400; John Van Horn 384, 81t, 53; Henry McGuire 74t, 137, 438; Stephen McLeod 396; Robert Earl Alexander 75, 424, 124; Judy Harrison 358, 59, 40; Regina Derstine 30b, 379, 335; Colvin Mann 147t, 49t, 268; Andy Davis 236; Warren Steel 134, 203, 36b; Brian Harrison 519 (WB). Following announcements, Brian Harrison led the closing song on page 282, and Robert Earl Alexander dismissed the class with prayer.

    Chairman - Brian Harrison
    Vice Chairman - Ester Mann
    Secretary - Judy Harrison

    Concord

    Calhoun County, Mississippi

    May 15, 2016

    The one hundred forty-second annual Sacred Harp singing at Concord Baptist Church was called to order after dinner by John Van Horn in the new church building, which is still under construction. He began by leading songs on page 56t, 288, 101t and 65. He then called the following leaders: Robert Earl Alexander 64, 569b; Andy Davis 460, 430, 400, 383; Warren Steel 119, 47t, 203, 274t; Wanda Gregg 40, 28b, 313t, 515; Anne Steel 512, 270; 271t, 101b; John Van Horn 236; Sandra Striblin 519 (WB), 358, 45t; John Van Horn 106, Andy Davis 196; Warren Steel 36b; Linda Jenkins 61; Anne Steel 192; Wanda Gregg 186. Following announcements, John Van Horn led the closing song on page 282, and Robert Earl Alexander dismissed the class with prayer.


    John N. Merritt Memorial

    Vicksburg, Mississippi

    May 21-22, 2016

    Saturday, May 21

    Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church

    The fifth annual John Newton Merritt Memorial Singing Convention was called to order by Henry McGuire leading 33t. Elder Robert Vaughn offered the morning prayer. Leaders: Henry McGuire 142; Mark Davis 75, 112; Carole Watts 470, 475; Robert Vaughn 392 (CB), 173 (CB); Nathan Stewart 396, 392; Brian Harris 56b, 299; Lisa Geist 273, 546; Mike Hinton 495, 480; Mary Blake Thompson 348b, 85; Shelby Castillo and Lisa Geist 186, 203; Hugh McGuire 487t (WB), 196.

    Recess.

    Drew McGuire called the class back together leading 82t and 16 (CH). Leaders: Charity Vaughn 108b (CB), 212 (CB); Peggy Ray 507b (CB), 573 (CB); Sonya Kirkham 99, 54 (CB); Nancy Van Den Akker 77b, 532; Regina Derstine and Todd Derstine 95, 124; Amber Davis 345t, 391; Will McGuire 317b (WB), 142 (CH); Henry McGuire 492 (WB).

    Dismissed for lunch.

    Nathan Stewart called the class back together leading 96 (CB). Leaders: Julie Hereen 32t, 34b; Robert Vaughn 441b (WB), 543t (WB); Brian Harris 138t, 448t; Lisa Geist 472, 527; Mike Hinton 477, 456; Mary Blake Thompson 193, 130b (CH); Shelby Castillo and Lisa Geist 434, 411; Hugh McGuire 262, 138 (CH); Drew McGuire 261t (CH), 204; Charity Vaughn 422b (CB), 270 (CB); Peggy Ray 569b, 143.

    Recess.

    Will McGuire called the class back together leading 486 (WB). Leaders: Sonya Kirkham 59t (CH), 255 (CH); Nancy Van Den Akker 182, 120; Regina Derstine and Todd Derstine 154, 410t; Amber Davis 192, 215; Julie Hereen 117 (CH), 417; Nathan Stewart 181, 304; Mark Davis 131 (CH), 155 (CH); Robert Vaughn 315 (CB); Henry McGuire 522 (CB); Henry McGuire, Mark Davis, and Hugh McGuire led The Drone as the closing song. Drew McGuire dismissed the class with prayer.

    Sunday, May 22

    Old Courthouse Museum

    The Sunday session of the John Newton Merritt Memorial Singing met at the Old Courthouse Museum in Vicksburg. The class was called to order by Henry McGuire leading 199 (CB) and 78 (CB). The opening prayer was offered by Drew McGuire. Leaders: Mark Davis 258 (CH), 307 (CH); Carole Watts 40 (CB) 45t; Warren Steel 26, 392; Nathan Stewart 222, 189; Brian Harris 144, 102; Lisa Geist 269, 528; Mike Hinton 268, 340; Mary Blake Thompson 365, 29t; Shelby Castillo and Drew McGuire 430, 215.

    Recess.

    Drew McGuire, Will McGuire, and Henry McGuire called the class to order leading 511 (WB); Leaders: Hugh McGuire 497 (CB), 521 (CB); Peggy Ray 67 (CB), 540 (CB); Sonya Kirkham 330t (CB), 268t (CB); John Van Horn 133 (CH), 63t (CH); Andy Davis 400, 196; Nancy Van Den Akker 287, 549; Regina Derstine and Todd Derstine 392 (CB), 408 (CB); Amber Davis 505 (CB), 137 (CB); Julie Hereen 148 (CB), 38t (CB). Charity Vaughn and Carole Watts conducted the memorial lesson. Charity spoke on behalf of the sick and shut-ins. She read the following list of names and led 66 in their behalf: Janelle Davis, Earlis McGraw, Ozella Blackmon, Willodean Barton, Glenn Keeton, Kermit Adams, Steve Adams, Susan Harcrow, Marion Grant, Ruth Redmon, Darlene Reynolds, and Alice McGuire. Carole spoke on behalf of the deceased and read the following names: George Easley, Charles Porter, and Henry Ray Reynolds - Mississippi; Sandra Spradlin and Robert DuPree - Alabama; Oliver Kindig-Stokes - Pennsylvania; Harold Hill - Texas. She led 544 (CB) in their memory. Leaders: Drew McGuire 56b, 472; Mark Davis 200.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    Henry McGuire brought the afternoon session to order leading 543. Leaders: Warren Steel 434; Nathan Stewart 383; Brian Harris 114; Lisa Geist 272; John Van Horn 157; Andy Davis 476; Amber Davis 224; Mike Hinton 318; Julie Hereen 106; Drew McGuire 78; Will McGuire 142 (CH); Nancy Van Den Akker 50b; Regina Derstine 69t; Mark Davis 228; Hugh McGuire 460; Shelby Castillo and Drew McGuire 216; Mary Blake Thompson 163b; Drew McGuire 236; Henry McGuire 85 (CH), 109 (CH); Henry McGuire and Hugh McGuire 442. Announcements were made. Henry McGuire, Mark Davis, and Hugh McGuire led The Drone as the closing song. John Van Horn dismissed the class with prayer.

    Chairman - Henry McGuire
    Vice Chairman - Mark Davis
    Secretary - Carole Watts

    Sherman

    Calhoun County, Mississippi

    June 5, 2016

    The sixty-seventh annual Hill Roane memorial Sacred Harp Singing was held at Sherman Baptist Church. The class was called to order by Mark Davis leading song on page 129. He then led the morning prayer, and songs on page 230, 70b and 138t and called the following leaders: John Van Horn 155, 29b, 131t; Darlene Reynolds 486 (WB), 511 (WB), 282; Warren Steel 375, 138b, 441; Jerry Kitchens 87, 421, 61; Amber Davis 499, 134, 212; Regina Derstine 337, 341, 456; Henry McGuire 100 (WB) 487t (WB), 60 (WB).

    Recess.

    Mark Davis reassembled the class with song on page 151. Leaders: Judy Harrison 40, 359, 400.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    Mark Davis called the afternoon session together leading songs on page 157 and 179. Other leaders: John Van Horn 163t, 163b; Darlene Reynolds 569b, 490; Warren Steel 57, 215; Jerry Kitchens 64, 65; Amber Davis 440, 224; Regina Derstine 385b, 208; Henry McGuire 512 (WB), 508t (WB); Mark Davis 527 (WB), 154b (WB).

    Recess.

    Mark Davis led 474 and 236. Other leaders: John Van Horn 297; Warren Steel 418; Jerry Kitchens 145b; Amber Davis 234; Regina Dersine 152 (WB); Henry McGuire 175 (WB). Following announcements, Mark Davis led the closing song on page 209, and Roy Davis dismissed the class with prayer.

    Chairman - Mark Davis
    Vice Chairman - John Van Horn
    Secretary - Warren Steel

    Oak Springs

    Calhoun County, Mississippi

    June 14, 2016

    The annual Sacred Harp singing at Oak Springs Church was called to order after lunch. Singers included John Van Horn, Andy Davis, Warren Steel, Mark Davis, Robert Earl Alexander, Warren Steel, Andy Davis, and Curtis Gregory. Leaders were not called, but the following songs were sung: 75, 153, 159, 91, 131b, 119 (in memory of Curtis Bryant), 143, 63, 335, 40, 323b, 144, 145t, 145b, 148, 274t, 457, 494 (WB), 127, 39t, 61, 100, 101t, 236, 379, 378t, 209, 217, 45t, 162, 85, 410t. Following announcements, the class sang the closing song on page 282, and John Van Horn dismissed the class with prayer.


    Calhoun County Musical Association

    Bethel Primitive Baptist Church

    August 9, 2016

    The 139th annual session of the Calhoun County Sacred Harp Musical Association convened at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, Bruce, Mississippi. President Drew McGuire called the class to order leading song on page 34b. John Van Horn led the morning prayer. The President led 209, and appointed the following Executive Committee: Mark Davis (Chairman), Warren Steel, and Henry McGuire. Leaders: Warren Steel 513, 163t; Mark Davis 160t, 150; Amber Davis 172, 391; Natalie Davis 63, 142; Matt Bell 175 (WB), 198 (WB); Larry Ballinger 112, 113; Henry McGuire 96, 195; Reba Windom 145t, 418; Andy Davis 480, 434; Earl Ballinger 141, 128; Lisa Geist 272, 424.

    Recess.

    Drew McGuire called the class together leading 426t. Leaders: Bobby Neyman 178, 479; Darlene Reynolds 176t, 511 (WB); Jack Pate 72b, 282; Shelbie Castillo 217, 203; Colvin Mann 155, 186; Chris Ballinger 176b (WB) 495 (WB); John Van Horn 29b, 168; Will McGuire 111b, 36t; Drew McGuire 147t; Earl Ballinger 224, 177.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    After a plentiful and delicious lunch, President Drew McGuire restored order and sang 76b. Leaders: Natalie Davis 200; Warren Steel 376b (WB), 30t (WB); Mark Davis 222; Chris Ballinger 460; Mark Davis 315; Amber Davis 78, 192; Matt Bell 138t (WB), 284t (WB); Larry Ballinger 486t (WB); Henry McGuire 492 (WB), 485b (WB); Anne Steel 208, 110, 318; Reba Windom 328 (WB); Andy Davis 436, 400; Ester Mann 490, 137; Lisa Geist 474; Jack Pate 215; Bobby Neyman 163b, 347; Shelbie Castillo 472; Will McGuire 40; John Van Horn 236. In a business session, Drew McGuire was elected as President, and Natalie Davis was elected Secretary. The President appointed John Van Horn, Henry McGuire, and Will McGuire as delegates to the Mississippi State Convention. The Executive Committee reported that the Association agreed to meet again at Bethel in 2017 with s start time of 10:00 am; $100 in monies were collected for the day, to be dispersed as directed by the Executive Committee. It was announced that the State Convention would be the fourth Sunday in August and the Saturday before at Antioch Church, Scott County. Upcoming singings will also be held at Taylor United Methodist Church in Lafayette County on the Saturday before the second Sunday in October, at the Calhoun County Nursing Home at 1:30 on the first Saturday afternoon in December, and third Sunday afternoons in November, January, February and March at 1:00 at Bethel Church in Bruce. Following announcements, the day of singing was closed by Drew McGuire leading the closing song 46. Matt Bell dismissed the convention with prayer.

    President - Drew McGuire
    Secretary pro tempore - Warren Steel

    Mississippi State Sacred Harp Singing Convention

    Antioch Primitive Baptist Church

    August 27-28, 2016

    Saturday, August 22

    The 88th session of the Mississippi State Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order by Mark Davis leading 81t. Arlon Gardner offered the opening prayer. Mark Davis welcomed everyone, and thanked Alfred Bailey and Antioch Primitive Baptist Church for hosting the Convention. Leaders: John Van Horn 225t (CB), 263; Arlon Gardner 278t, 313b; Darlene Reynolds 484 (CB), 515 (CB); Hugh McGuire 487t (WB), 460; Andy Davis 297, 196; Robert Vaughn 289b (CH), 507b (CB); John Hollingsworth 186 (CB), 548 (CH); Dennis Cranford 35, 178; Tim Gray 89 (CH), 140 (CH); Mike McNeil 172 (CH), 204t (CH).

    Recess.

    Wanda Gregg and Warren Steel called the class back to order leading 559 (CB). Leaders: Warren Steel 411; Nancy Van den Akker 319; Brian Harrison 358; Amy Armstrong Wells 112; Anne McLeod and Steven McLeod 48t; Bobby Caldwell 82 (CB); Henry McGuire 512 (WB); Zilpha Cornett 408 (CB); Samuel Wright 292 (CH); Julie Heeren 63. President Davis appointed Henry McGuire, Hugh McGuire, and Colvin Mann to the Business and Credentials Committee.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    Mark Davis brought the class back to order by leading 270. Leaders: Regina Derstine and Jamira Jackson 51 (CH); Elizabeth Muhleisen 566; Mike McNeil and Sharon McNeil 143 (CH); Sister Susan Dickey 392 (CB); Esther Mann 171; Will McGuire 142 (CH); Nathan Stewart 110; Todd Derstine and Regina Derstine 154; Mark Davis 117 (CH) (by request for the people of Antioch Primitive Baptist Church); John Van Horn 284 (CH); Amy Armstrong Wells 505 (CB); Zilpha Cornett and Brittany Thompson 362; Brian Harrison and Judy Harrison 40; Samuel Wright 372b (CH). A business meeting was held at 2:00 p.m. for the purpose of electing oficers. A motion and second was made to keep the same oficers as follows: President - Mark Davis; Vice President - John Van Horn; Chaplain - Arlon Gardner; Secretary - Darlene Reynolds. Mark Davis led 236.

    Recess.

    Leaders: John Van Horn 282; Sandy Fortenberry and Regina Derstine 388; Elizabeth Muhleisen 503; Julie Hereen 32t; Warren Steel 278b; Nancy Van den Akker 54t (CB); Sister Susan Dickey 59. Announcements were made. Mark Davis, Hugh McGuire, and Henry McGuire led the Drone. Arlon Gardner offered the closing prayer.

    Sunday, August 28

    The Sunday session of the Mississippi State Convention was called to order by Mark Davis leading 37b. Nathan Stewart offered the opening prayer. Leaders: Mark Davis 73t; John Van Horn 179, 201; Arlon Gardner 481, 448t; Darlene Reynolds and Bentley Rose 354b, 282; Nathan Stewart 225t, 546; Nancy Van den Akker 569b, 318; Amy Armstrong Wells 182 (CB), 393 (CB); Wanda Gregg 573 (CB), 460; Lisa Geist 527, 273; Amber Davis 440, 500; Mike McNeil 522 (CB), 176 (CH). Mark Davis appointed John Hollingsworth and Mike McNeil as the Memorial Committee. Wanda Gregg and Nancy Van den Akker were appointed as the Resolutions Committee.

    Recess.

    Leaders: Mark Davis 154b (WB); Caleb Jones, Brad Taylor, and Mike McNeil 175 (CH); Hugh McGuire 138 (CH), 521 (CH); Jane Armstrong 109 (CH), 108b; Henry McGuire 30b, 514 (WB); Will McGuire 63, 111b; Ben Fink 392 (CB), 582 (CB). John Hollingsworth and Mike McNeil conducted the memorial lesson. The following sick and shut-ins were honored: Benjamin Smith, Billie Margaret Gardner, Stites Gardner, Alice McGuire, Roy Davis, and Laura Densmore. They led 341 (CH). The following deceased were remembered: Charles Porter and Henry Reynolds - Mississippi; Loretta Rigdon, Gary Smith, Nancy Cassandra Kenield - Alabama; Ruth Redmon - Texas; Earlis McGraw - Georgia; Oliver Kindig-Stokes - Pennsylvania; Janelle Davis - Illinois. John Hollingsworth and Mike McNeil led 489 and 25t (CH). Arlon Gardner closed the memorial service with prayer.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    Leaders: Mike McNeil 214 (CH); Anne McLeod and Steven McLeod 312b; Regina Derstine and Jamira Jackson 45t, 280 (CH); Regina Derstine and Todd Derstine 181, 361; Mark Davis 147t; Lisa Geist 269; Amber Davis 215; Nathan Stewart 444; Nancy Van den Akker 180 (CH); Wanda Gregg 85; Hugh McGuire 587 (CB); Mike McNeil, Sharon McNeil, Caleb Jones, and Brad Taylor 248 (CH); Ben Fink 438; Henry McGuire 492 (WB); Jane Armstrong 107 (CH); Amy Armstrong Wells and Connie Ross 76b; Arlon Gardner 216t (CH). In a business session, the Business and Credentials Committee reported a total of $525.00 collected, and disbursements as follows: $350.00 to Antioch Primitive Baptist Church; $160.00 to Radio Broadcast Houston, MS; $30.00 to minutes; $250.00 to Camp Fasola. The report from the Resolutions Committee as follows: Thanks to Alfred Bailey and the members of Antioch Primitive Baptist Church for use of the church; Thanks to the singers from several states, oficers, those who brought food, and those who prepared the food on the table. We thank God irst and foremost for the gift of music and our ability to sing. We also thank Him for beautiful weather. The business meeting was closed. Announcements were made. Mark Davis, Henry McGuire, and Hugh McGuire led the Drone. The closing prayer was offered by Mike McNeil.

    President - Mark Davis
    Vice President - John Van Horn
    Secretary - Darlene Reynolds

    Taylor

    Lafayette County, Mississippi

    October 8, 2016

    The twenty-ninth annual Sacred Harp singing at Taylor United Methodist Church (formerly held at Pilgrim's Rest Primitive Baptist Church) was called to order by Warren Steel leading song on page 72b and 72t. Matt Bell led the morning prayer. Leaders: Matt Bell 57, 495; John Van Horn 61, 111t; Anne Steel 110, 335; Arlon Gardner 481, 65; Jeff Corbett 326, 230; Jan Murray 31b, 457; Bob Lence 40, 155; Sheree Lence 59, 128.

    Recess.

    Warren Steel reassembled the class leading 142. Other leaders: Jamira Jackson 45t, 114; Regina Derstine 229; Hamilton Lence 28t, 479; Hannah Gadd 49t, 27; Henry McGuire 29b, 475; Thomas Ardrey 162, 433; A memorial lesson was held. Warren Steel led 274t and Matt Bell led 318 in memory of the deceased: Kenneth Stead, Al and Becky Moreton, Curtis Bryant, Charles Pulliam and Helen Beauchamp. The sick and shut-in were also remembered, including Tera Hardwick, Roy Davis and Jack Barbera. Matt Bell offered the memorial prayer.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    Warren Steel called the class together leading song on page 213t and 141. Leaders: Matt Bell 214, 67; John Van Horn 297, 212; Anne Steel 217, 348b; Arlon Gardner 448t, 455; Jeff Corbett and Scotty Polston 503, 146; Jan Murray and Warren Steel 282, "Hurricane Creek," 285t; Bob Lence 163t, 236; Regina Derstine 107. 410t; Matt Bell 377; Scotty Polston 63; Henry McGuire 196, 436; Randy Weeks 354b; Regina Derstine (for T.K. Funderburk) 82t. Following announcements of future singings Will McGuire led song on page 81t. Warren Steel then led the closing song on page 235 and the class was dismissed with prayer by John Van Horn.

    Chairman - Warren Steel

    Harvest Festival Singing

    Jackson, Mississippi

    November 12, 2016

    The Harvest Festival singing was held in the former Episcopal Church of the Epiphany on the campus of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum. Drew McGuire called the class to order leading 318. Mark Davis offered the morning prayer, and led 319 and 297. Leaders: Amber Davis 440, 142; Anne Steel 47t; Todd Derstine and Regina Derstine 81t, 375; Earl Ballinger 97, 80b; Larry Ballinger 79, 78; Lisa Geist 228, 528; Arlon Gardner 455; 278t; Warren Steel 278b, 224; Shelby Castillo 217, 186.

    Recess.

    Drew McGuire called the class together leading 138t. Leaders: Mike McNeil 282, 51 (CH); Henry McGuire 442; Mark Davis 220, 340; Regina Derstine and Todd Derstine 385b, 65; Amber Davis 436, 192; Julia Heeren, Olivia Heeren, and Ashlyn Heeren 354b, 63; Anne Steel 384, 268; Arlon Gardner 76b, 277.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    Drew McGuire reassembled the class leading 37b. Leaders: Earl Ballinger 141, 139; Natalie Davis 112, 64; Lisa Davis 99, 182; Susan Karina Dickey 59, 274t; Larry Ballinger 291, 183; Warren Steel 240; Mike McNeil 222, 155; Jamira Jackson 45t, 345t, 345b; Henry McGuire 448t, 500; Julie Heeren 485, 163b; Todd Derstine and Regina Derstine 198; Amber Davis 475; Lisa Geist 472, 273; Shelby Castillo 208, 411. Following announcements, Drew McGuire led the class in “The Drone”, and offered the closing prayer.

    Chairman - Drew McGuire
    Secretary - Regina Derstine

    Calhoun County Nursing Home

    Calhoun City, Mississippi

    December 3, 2016

    The annual Sacred Harp singing at Calhoun County Nursing Home was called to order on the Saturday before the First Sunday in December at 1:30 by Robert Earl Alexander leading songs on page 354b, 108b, 108t, 45t. Other leaders: Mark Tew 48t, 36b, 53, 59; Anne Steel 46, 40, 503; Chuck Howell 186, 63, 373; Warren Steel 61, 335, 421; Andy Davis 300, 209, 282; Henry McGuire 68b, 49t, 272, 544; Robert Earl Alexander 358; Mark Tew 72b; Anne Steel 270; Chuck Howell 49b; Warren Steel 137; Andy Davis 457; Henry McGuire 166. Following announcements, Robert Earl Alexander led the closing song on page 452, and Chuck Howell dismissed the class with prayer.

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