Mississippi Sacred Harp Singings

Selected Minutes, 2017

  • Oxford
  • Bethel
  • Enon
  • Concord
  • Vicksburg
  • Sherman
  • 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 12, 2017

    The thirty-seventh 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 556. Earl Ballinger offered the morning prayer. Mark Davis then led 530 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: Nicholas Thompson. Leaders: Wanda Capps (AL) 199; Nicholas Thompson (AL) 436; Anne Steel 318; Logan Green (TN) 315; Susan Dickey 59; Richard Mauldin (AL) 66; Jan Murray 457; Earl Ballinger (AL) 439; Ken Tate (AL) 411; Regina Derstine 426t; Glenn Keeton (AL) 349; Hubert Nall (AL) 566; Matt Bell (TN) 377; Arlon Gardner 455; Caroline Green (TN) 276; Lisa Geist (AL) 527 (for Gravis Ballinger and Libby Hankins).

    Recess.

    Warren Steel called the class to order leading 213t. Leaders: Elene Stovall (AL) 430; Henry McGuire 456; Mark Tew 268; Danny Creel 215; Andy Davis 269; Kim and Kail Funderburk 63; Linda Thomas (AL) 32t; Dorothea Maynard (TN) 442; Jamira Jackson 65; Gordon Bigelow (TN) 47b; Larry Ballinger (AL) 224; Allison Davis (AL) 373; Jeff Corbett (AR) 107; Chuck Howell 354b.

    Recess.

    Mark Davis brought the class to order leading 147b. Leaders: Becky Briggs (FL) 558; Bob, Ben and Karol Barber 277. A memorial lesson was held. Dorothea Maynard led 492 for the sick and homebound. Richard Mauldin led 383 in memory of the deceased: Kermit Adams, Steve Adams, Gary Smith, Toney Smith, Lavoy Smith, Elsie Moon, Kenneth Fannin and Sam Chalker (Alabama); Stites Gardner, Billie Margaret Gardner and Willadean Brunette (Mississippi); Helen Beauchamp (Tennessee); Joe Nall (Florida); Earlis McGraw (Georgia); Janelle Davis (Illinois); Sister Frances Carr (Maine). Earl Ballinger led the memorial prayer. Other leaders: Yancey Jett 172; Bobby Neyman 479; Drew McGuire (AL) 212.

    Lunch.

    Warren Steel called the afternoon session to order leading 306. Leaders: Jack Barbera 162; Shelbie Castillo (AL) 208; Sarah Beasley (AL) 340; Vicky Neyman 178; Buell Cobb (AL) 467b; Alicia Canterbury 37b; Loretta Whitman (AL) 399b; Sarah Tidwell 42; Will McGuire 111b; Curtis Gregory 119; Nicholas Thompson 120 (for Gravis Ballinger); Warren Steel and Mark Davis 218; Danny Creel, Wanda Capps, Yancey Jett and Ken Tate 145t; Earl Ballinger, Larry Ballinger and Lisa Geist 112; Logan and Caroline Green 56b; Sarah Beasley, Becky Briggs, Dorothea Maynard and Glenn Keeton 204; Richard Mauldin and Hubert Nall 168; Linda Thomas, Elene Stovall and Alison Davis 217; Tamira Jackson and Regina Derstine 339; Loretta Whitman, Margaret Keeton (AL) and Louise Yaeger (AL) 402; Anne Steel and Jan Murray 348b; Arlon Gardner and Jeff Corbett 481; Mark Tew, Matt Bell and Jack Barbera 139; Gordon Bigelow and Chuck Howell 191; Andy Davis 236; Henry McGuire and Sarah Tidwell 209. Following announcements, Warren Steel, Mark Davis and Nicholas Thompson led the closing song on 278b, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Sister Susan Karina Dickey.

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

    Bethel

    Bruce, Mississippi

    April 2, 2017

    The sixty-eighth 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, Drew and Will McGuire and Thomas Burns then led 511 (WB), and the class organized by electing the following officers: Chairman – Henry McGuire; Vice Chairman – Drew McGuire; Secretary – Warren Steel. Leaders: Drew McGuire 40, 29b; Mark Davis 122, 371; Anne Steel 209, 480; Earl Ballinger 208, 389; Linda Funderburk 47t, 108b; Arlon Gardner 70b, 481; Pam Nunn 155, 186; Darlene Reynolds and Bentley Rose 569b, 282.

    Recess.

    Henry McGuire called the class together leading 492 (WB). Other leaders: Warren Steel 176b (WB), 240; Amber Davis 34b, 391; Reba Windom 36b, 112; Andy Davis 196, 434; Chris Ballinger 120 (WB), 478t (WB); Mark Tew 59, 335; Lisa Geist 273, 528; Kim and Kail Funderbirk 63, 72b; Nikos Pappas 37b, 218; Mike Hankins 460, 299; Will McGuire 370, 317b (WB).

    Lunch.

    Henry McGuire called the afternoon session together leading 442. Other leaders: Larry Ballinger 300, 276; Scotty Polston 108t, 268; Robert Earl Alexander 145t, 145b; Sarah Tidwell 146, 42; Drew McGuire 236; Mark Davis 376; Anne Steel 378b; Earl Ballinger 378t; Arlon Gardner 278t; Pam Nunn and Reba Windom 192; Shelbie Castillo 500, 436; Darlene Reynolds 354b; Warren Steel 285t; Amber Davis 291; Andy Davis 198; Chris Ballinger 84; Mark Tew 269; Lisa Geist 228; Mike Hankins 527; Will McGuire 111b; Larry Ballinger 403 in memory of Gravis Ballinger; Scotty Polston 171; Nikos Pappas 505 (WB); Robert Earl Alexander 47b for T.J. Funderburk; Henry McGuire 486t (WB). Following announcements, Henry and Drew McGuire led the closing song on page 62, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Drew McGuire.

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

    Enon

    Chickasaw County, Mississippi

    April 16, 2017

    Enon Primitive Baptist Church today celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first all-day singing held on April 15, 1917. The class was called to order after dinner by Brian Harrison leading song on page 59 and 139. Leaders: Robert Earl Alexander 100, 101t; T. J. Funderburk 47b, 68b; Arlon Gardner 102; Mark Davis 448t, 106; Colvin Mann 40, 159; Regina Derstine 495, 163t; Anne Steel 192, 61; Ester Mann 480, 32t; Linda Funderburk 38b, 85; Kim Funderburk 145t, 145b; Judy Harrison 358; Andy Davis 400, 236; Warren Steel 203, 179. Following announcements, Colvin Mann led 155 in memory of Elder Charles Porter. Warren Steel led 438 in memory of George Easley. Members of the extended Allen family led 75 and 519 (WB) in memory of W. M. Allen. Members of the Wilson-Funderburk family led 119. Arlon Gardner led 285t and Linda Funderburk led the closing song on page 330t. Mark Davis dismissed the class with prayer.

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

    Concord

    Calhoun County, Mississippi

    May 21, 2017

    The one hundred forty-third annual Sacred Harp singing at Concord Baptist Church was called to order after dinner. Singers included John Van Horn, Mark Davis, Andy Davis, Anne Steel, Robert Earl Alexander, Wanda Gregg and Linda Jenkins. Leaders were not called, but the following songs were sung: 37b, 36b, 31b, 222, 384, 106, 313t, 388, 215, 79, 198, 217, 63, 84, 99, 182, 460, 297, 119, 348b, 318, 229, 183, 107, 313b, 385b, 196, 385t, 196. Following the closing song on page 323t, Robert Earl Alexander dismissed the class with prayer.


    John N. Merritt Memorial

    Vicksburg, Mississippi

    May 27-28, 2017

    [ Minutes not yet available. ]


    Sherman

    Calhoun County, Mississippi

    June 4, 2017

    The sixty-eighth 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 30t. Arlon Gardner led the morning prayer. Mark Davis then led 102, and called the following leaders: Mike Hankins 34b, 72b, 120; Arlon Gardner 106, 67, 535; Drew McGuire 73t, 37b, 317; Anne Steel 472, 66, 137; Nathan Stewart 546, 498; Darlene Reynolds 486t (WB), 511 (WB); Bentley Rose 282.

    Recess.

    Mark Davis reassembled the class with song on page 151. Leaders: Andy Davis 454, 434, 334; John Van Horn 175, 163t, 186; Regina Derstine 214, 297, 33b; Julie Heerin 32t, 146, 163b; Warren Steel 370, 376; 320; Amber Davis 362, 142, 391; John Van Horn 300, 168.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    Drew McGuire called the afternoon session together leading song on page 82t. Other leaders: Mark Davis 527 (WB), 154b (WB); Henry McGuire 138t (WB), 547t (WB), 471 (WB); Mark Davis 291; Mike Hankins 527; Arlon Gardner 148, 285t; Drew McGuire 197; Anne Steel 200; Darlene Reynolds and Bentley Rose 354b; Andy Davis 269; Regina Derstine 154; Julie Heerin 45t; Warren Steel 36t, 157; Amber Davis 440, 436; Henry McGuire 213t, 500; Drew McGuire 236; Judy Harrison 358. Following announcements, Mark Davis led the closing song on page 62, and Drew McGuire dismissed the class with prayer.

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

    Calhoun County Musical Association

    Bethel Primitive Baptist Church

    August 12, 2017

    [ Minutes not yet available. ]


    Mississippi State Sacred Harp Singing Convention

    Antioch Primitive Baptist Church

    August 26-27, 2017

    [ Minutes not yet available. ]


    Taylor

    Lafayette County, Mississippi

    October 7, 2017

    The thirtieth 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 313t and 203. Jerry Henson led the morning prayer. Leaders: Warren Steel 144; Nathan Stewart 220, 546, 112; Anne Steel 268, 171, 39t; Scotty Polston 129, 128, 162; Jeff Corbett 326, 143, 31t; Bobby Neyman 40, 479, 347.

    Recess.

    Warren Steel reassembled the class leading 142. Other leaders: Vicki Neyman 282, 146, 178; Amber Davis 179, 208, 436; Henry McGuire 426t, 60, 110; Lorraine Cotton 45t; Chris Cotton 457; Katy Cotton 59; Warren Steel (for Lee Uhlhorn) 36b.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    Nathan Stewart called the class together leading song on page 327 and 138t. Leaders: Warren Steel 141, 280; Henry McGuire 382, 138b, 475. A memorial lesson was held for the deceased: Willadean Brunette, Stites Gardner, Billie Margaret Gardner, Gravis Ballinger, Johnnie Chafin, Yaeko Takada and Anne Percy. Amber Davis led 348b and Warren Steel led 285t. End of memorial lesson. Other leaders: Amber Davis 391, 192, 66; Kim Funderburk 119, 63 (for T. J. Funderburk); Vicki Neyman 163b, 504; Bobby Neyman 276, 117; Jeff Corbett 106, 99; Scotty Polston 535, 335; Nathan Stewart 222, 217, 532; Lee Uhlhorn 74b, 75; Anne Steel 472, 318. Following announcements of future singings Warren Steel led the closing song on page 288 and the class was dismissed with prayer by Rex Brunt.

    Chairman - Warren Steel
    Vice Chairman - Nathan Stewart
    Secretary - Anne Steel

    Harvest Festival Singing

    Jackson, Mississippi

    November 11, 2017

    [ Minutes not yet available. ]


    Calhoun County Nursing Home

    Calhoun City, Mississippi

    December 2, 2017

    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 127, 100, 101t. Other leaders: Anne Steel 77t, 146, 354b; Warren Steel 53, 282, 36b; Andy Davis 39t, 40, 46; John Van Horn 45t, 106, 81t; Mark Tew 108t, 59, 63; Robert Earl Alexander 400, 288; Anne Steel 569b, 434; Warren Steel 273, 274t; Andy Davis 480, 119; John Van Horn 460, 217; Mark Tew 30t, 31b. Following announcements, Robert Earl Alexander led the closing song on page 519 (WB), and John Van Horn dismissed the class with prayer.

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