Mississippi Sacred Harp Singings

Selected Minutes, 2000

  • New Years Day Singing (Cooper Book)
  • Mississippi College
  • Oxford City Hall
  • Bethel
  • Concord
  • Sherman
  • Oak Springs
  • Calhoun County Convention
  • Mississippi State Convention
  • Cherry Tree
  • Taylor
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    New Years Day Singing

    Collins, Mississippi

    January 1, 2000

    The annual New Years Day singing met at Pine Ridge Dunkard Brethren Church. The Cooper Revision was used. Andrew Albers called the class to order leading song on page 49t. Johnny Lee offered the opening prayer. Andrew Albers led song on page 35. The class organized with the following officers elected: Chairman - Andrew Albers; Vice Chairman - Bill Hogan; Secretary - Nancy Van Den Akker; Chaplain - G.C. Waldrep. Leaders: Andrew Albers 24; Bill Hogan 528; Nancy Van Den Akker 44; G.C. Waldrep 488b; Johnny Lee 511b; Brooks Strickland 393t; Wanda Gregg 40; Tim Cook 478; John Van Horn 497; Martha Henderson 39; Ben Caston 85; Mark Davis 224; Junie McNeil 572; Henry McGuire 300; Curt Davis 45t; Jen Gray 545; Regina Glass 162; John Merritt 511t.

    Recess.

    Bill Hogan called the class to order with song on page 331b. Deceased singers Durwood Scarborough and Neva Dee Mayes were remembered in prayer. The sick and shut-ins were also remembered in prayer: Arlon Gardner, Harry Eskew, Mary Turner, and Bill Green. Andrew Albers led the memorial lesson. Mark Davis led song on page 240 in memory of Durwood Scarborough. Andrew Albers closed the memorial with song on page 377. Leaders: Tim Cook and Mako Cook 505, 484b; Martha Henderson 503; Johnny Lee 507b; G.C. Waldrep 524; Nancy Van Den Akker 573; Andrew Albers 369. G.C. Waldrep offered prayer for the noon meal.

    Lunch.

    Bill Hogan and John Merritt called the class to order leading song on page 490. Leaders: Curt Davis 348t; Andrew Albers 267b; Bill Hogan 184b; Nancy Van Den Akker 384; G.C. Waldrep 192; Wanda Gregg 470; John Merritt and Curt Davis 392; Elizabeth Muhleisen 268t; Ben Caston 72; Tim Cook 553b; Henry McGuire 220; Regina Glass 339; Johnny Lee 515; Brooks Stickland 485; John Lee Van Horn 56; Junie McNeil 397; Jean Gray 299; Martha Henderson 376; Mark Davis 522; Andrew Albers 254.

    Recess.

    Andrew Albers called the class to order leading song on page 396. Leaders: Bill Hogan 68t; Nancy Van Den Akker 31t; G.C. Waldrep 86; Elizabeth Muhleisen 159; Wanda Gregg 38t; John Merritt 76b; Tim Cook and Mako Cook 571; Johnny Lee 47t; Martha Henderson 199; John Lee Van Horn 54t; Jean Gray 82; Regina Glass "Delusion" (text by John Merritt); Andrew Albers 543b, 45b. Following announcemenrs, Andrew Albers led song on page 496t as the closing song. G.C. Waldrep dismissed the class with prayer.

    Chairman - Andrew Albers
    Vice Chairman - Bill Hogan
    Secretary - Nancy Van Den Akker

    Mississippi College

    Clinton, Mississippi

    February 12, 2000

    The annual Mississippi College Singing was held on Saturday before the second Sunday in February, and was called to order by Mark Davis leading songs on pages 45, 72b, and 63. Lewis Oswalt led the opening prayer. Leaders: Mark Davis 452, 87, 81, 82; Kurt Davis 45t, 354b, 128; John Van Horn 183, 220; Arlon Gardner 144, 166; Bob DeJohn 159; Mark Davis 168, 137; Walter Blair 155, 154; Henry McGuire 300, 306.

    Recess.

    Lewis Oswalt called the class to order leading songs on pages 146 and 196. Leaders: Regina Glass 147t, 142; Colvin Mann 143; Toni Hines 515; John Hollingsworth 489; Esther Mann 270, 369.

    Lunch.

    The afternoon session began with Bob DeJohn leading song on page 162. Leaders: Arlon Gardner 448; Lydia Hamby 175, 268; John Lee Van Horn 269; Lydia Hamby 200; Mark Davis 224; Drew McGuire 63; Arlon Gardner 83; Esther Mann 66.

    Recess.

    Henry McGuire brought the class to order leading song on page 171. Leaders: John Hollingsworth 347; Henry McGuire 490; Lydia Hamby 312b, 434, 442; Lewis Oswalt 40; Esther Mann 297; Pat Hamby 117. A memorial lesson was held for Durwood Scarborough and song on page 240 was sung in his memory. Floowing announcements, Mark Davis led song on page 46 as the closing song and dismissed the class with prayer.

    Chairman - Mark Davis
    Secretary - Regina Glass

    Oxford City Hall

    Oxford, Mississippi

    March 12, 2000

    The twentieth annual Sacred Harp singing at Oxford City Hall was called to order by Warren Steel leading songs on page 138b and 142. John Van Horn led the morning prayer. Mark Tew led songs on page 108b and 117, and the class organized by electing the following officers: Chairman, Warren Steel; Vice Chairman, Mark Tew; Secretary, Anne Steel; Arranging Committee, Regina Foster and Lavaughn Ballinger. Leaders: Anne Steel, 180, 503; John Merritt, 47b, 240; Josie Hyde, 234, 220; Kurt Davis, 45t, 354b; Brenda Merritt, 428, 440; John Hyde, 314, 297; Tim Reynolds, 86, 203; Sandie Scott, 128, 40; Mark Davis, 441, 209.

    Recess.

    Larry Ballinger called the class together leading songs on page 300 and 425. Others who led: Lisa Geist, 276, 546; Lena Keeton, 112, 475; Amber Springfield, 391, 137 and 475 (for Virgil Phillips, via cell-phone to his hospital room in Birmingham); Bob Cook, 457, 361; John Van Horn, 179, 442; Gravis Ballinger, 34b, 78; John Simmons, 178, 547; Gene Wakefield, 138t, 168; Velton Chafin, 348b, 97.

    Lunch.

    The afternoon session began with Warren Steel leading song on page 65. Other leaders: Regina Foster, 114, 216; Carolyn Craig, 324, 146; Janet Jenkins, 288, 268; Ruby Easley, 569b; Lavaughn Ballinger, 63; Mary Alice Wakefield, 145b, 87; Julie Poston, 101t, 343b; Marilyn Burkett, 42, 29t; Jack Barbera, 89, 139; Andy Davis, 269, 434; Tim Cook, 344, 448t; Willadean Brunette, 341; Dorothea McCowan, 120, 196, 64; Tim Reynolds, 192; Sandie Scott, 130; Carolyn Craig, 277; Marilyn Burkett, 408. Following announcements, Warren Steel led the closing song on page 235, and John Simmons dismissed the class with prayer.

    Chairman - Warren Steel, mudws@olemiss.edu
    Vice-Chairman - Mark Tew, eemdt@olemiss.edu
    Secretary - Anne Steel, oxsteel@cypress.mcsr.olemiss.edu

    Bethel

    Bruce, Mississippi

    April 2, 2000

    The annual Sacred Harp singing at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church was called to order by John Van Horn leading song on page 89 and 104. T.J. Funderburk led the morning prayer. John Van Horn then led songs on page 111t and 40, and called the following leaders: T.J. Funderburk, 68b, 87, 63; Bob Cook, 143, J.L. White edition (W)519; 119; Linda Funderburk, 108b, 103, 37b; Anne Steel, 36t, 36b, 37t, 416; Virginia Carter, 147b, 120, 99; Warren Steel, 67, 66, 297, 316; Ruby Easley, 145t, 145b; Mark Tew, 46, 339, 338, 117.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    John Van Horn called the afternoon session together leading song on page 209. Other leaders were: Robert Earl Alexander, 144, 159; John Van Horn, 448t; T.J. Funderburk, 147t, 61, 569b; Bob Cook, 459, 149, 457; Andy Davis, 460, 424, 236; Anne Steel, 200, 201, 348b; George Easley, 313t, 299, 34b; Linda Funderburk, 373, 85; Charles Porter, 136, 137, 155; Virginia Carter, 48t, 49b, W527; Warren Steel, 208, 288, 215; Phil Yarbrough, 418; Ruby Easley, 146; Mark Tew, 410t, 406; Jenny Trevelyan, 378t, 39t; Andy Davis, 434, 430. Following announcements, Hugh Bill McGuire led the closing song on page 528, and the class was dismissed with prayer by George Easley.


    Concord

    Calhoun County, Mississippi

    May 21, 2000

    The annual Sacred Harp singing at Concord Baptist Church was called to order after dinner by John Van Horn leading song on page 129 and 144. He then called the following leaders: Mark Tew, 339, 406, 147b, 146; Robert Earl Alexander, 424, 290, 124; Curtis Bryant, 323b, Christian Harmony (CH)248, J.L. White edition (W)494; Warren Steel, 47t, 47b, 36b, 313t; Debbie Dunn, 127, 46, 63; Mark Tew, 236; Andy Davis, 460, 106, 120, 119; John Van Horn, W519, W517; Mark Tew, 45t, 117; Warren Steel, 288, 65, 155; Andy Davis, 53, 388, 145t, 145b in memory of Ruby Easley. Following announcedments, Mark Tew led the closing song on page 235. and the class was dismissed with prayer by R.E. Alexander.


    Sherman

    Calhoun County, Mississippi

    June 4, 2000

    The annual Hill Roane memorial Sacred Harp Singing at Sherman Baptist Church was called to order by Mark Davis leading songs on page 37b and 36b. After leading the morning prayer, he then led song on page 274b, and called the following leaders: John Van Horn, 418; 299, 297; John Merritt, 268, 410, 491; Kurt Davis, 354, 345t, 45t; Warren Steel, 30t, 183, 138t; Brenda Merritt, 142, 168, 300; Regina Foster, 107, 327, 455; Velton Chafin, 97, 144, 68b; Wilma Mitchell, 147t, 47t; Mark Tew, 99, 48t, 338; Mark Davis, 137.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    Mark Davis called the afternoon session leading songs on page 203, 171, and J.L. White edition (W)154. Other leaders: John Van Horn, 176b, 40, 96; John Merritt, Cooper Revision (C)449, C38t; Kurt Davis, 124, 128; Warren Steel, 131t, 556, 66; Curtis Bryant, 323b, 119, Christian Harmony (CH)248; Andy Davis, 430, 373, 254; Brenda Merritt, 475; Regina Foster, 123t, 67; John Van Horn, 236; Wilma Mitchell, 569b; Mark Davis, 145t (in memory of Ruby Easley), W519; Andy Davis, 145b, 195, 200; Mark Davis, W526, W527; Warren Steel, 445, 153; Following announcements, Mark Davis led the closing song on page 46, and Warren Steel dismissed the class with prayer.


    Oak Springs

    Calhoun County, Mississippi

    June 11, 2000

    The annual Sacred Harp Singing at Oak Springs Church was called to order on the morning of June 11. Leaders included Hugh Bill McGuire, T.J. Funderburk, and J.E. Simpson. At 11:00, the regular preaching service commenced.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    John Van horn called the class to order after dinner leading songs on page 72b, 384, 222, 120 and 127. Other leaders: Charles Porter, 136, 137, 155, 108t; Linda Funderburk, 108b, 277, 276; Andy Davis, 268, 273, 129; Warren Steel, 148, 135 (in memory of Ruby Easley), 297, 39t, 39b; George Easley, 313, 418, 34b; John Van Horn, 236; Virginia Carter, 147b, J.L. White edition (W)527, W526, 49b; T.J. Funderburk, 145t, 145b, 147t; John Van Horn, 146, 358; Charles Porter, 379; Linda Funderburk, 378t, 143; Andy Davis, 164, 159, 142, 40; Warren Steel, 163b, 144. Following announcements, Warren Steel led the closing song on page 235 and the class was dismissed with prayer by Elder Charles Porter.

    Calhoun County Musical Association

    Mt. Herman Primitive Baptist Church

    August 11, 2000

    The Calhoun County Musical Association was called to order by President John Van Horn leading songs on page 31b, 72b and 83t. T.J. Funderburk led the morning prayer, and led songs on page 30t, 61 and 63. Delegates from the Chickasaw County Convention were recognized: T.J. and Linda Funderburk, W.M. Allen. Leaders were: G.F. Carter, 100, 155, 338; Charles Porter, 36b, 37t, 137; W.M. Allen, 108t, 75, 59; Junie McNeil, 319, 32t; Virginia Carter, 65, 123; Linda Funderburk, 358, 277, 119; Jean Gray, 290, 434, 288; Warren Steel, 135, 142, 150; Andy Davis, 299, 268; George Easley, 438, 523; Tim Grey, 146, 222; Mike McNeil, 101t, 384, 200; Joe Cobb, 147t, 147b; Wilma Mitchell, J.L. White edition (W)517 (Not Made with Hands). The executive committee was appointed, consisting of G.F. Carter, Hugh Bill McGuire, and Andy Davis.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    President Van Horn called the afternoon session together leading song on page 348b. Other leaders: Bob Cook, W519 (Land of Beulah), 457, 53; Hugh Bill McGuire, 220; T.J. Funderburk, 45t, 569b; G.F. Carter, 418, 410t; Charles Porter, 379, 460; W.M. Allen, 490; Junie McNeil, 176b, 176t; Virginia Carter, 48t; Linda Funderburk, 47t, 373; Jean Gray, 143, 172; Andy Davis, 254, 269. A business meeting was held at this time. Delegates to State Convention: John Van Horn, Hugh Bill and Alice McGuire. Delegates to the Chickasaw County Convention: Andy Davis, Virginia Carter, John Van Horn. End of business session. Other leaders: John Van Horn, 236; Warren Steel, 360, 378b; George Easley, 313t, 34b; Tim Grey, 46, 192; Mike McNeil, 240 in memory of Durward Scarbrough; Joe Cobb, 28b, 38b; Wilma Mitchell, 145b in memory of Ruby Easley; Bob Cook, 198, 339. Following announcements, Hugh Bill McGuire led the closing song on page 385b, and the convention was dismissed with prayer by T.J. Funderburk.

    John Van Horn, president
    Virginia Carter, secretary

    Mississippi State Sacred Harp Singing Convention

    Antioch Primitive Baptist Church

    August 26-27, 2000

    Saturday, August 26

    The Mississippi State Sacred Harp Singing Convention convened at Antioch Church in its seventy-second annual session for two days of worship in song service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, when and where the following proceedings were had, to-wit. The Convention was called to order by President Mark Davis leading song on page 37b. After welcoming everyone, the president led song on page 48t, and Arlon Gardner led the morning prayer. The president then led song on page 47b and appointed the following committees: Arrangement Committee: Nancy Van den Akker and Junie McNeil. Business and Credentials Committee: Tim Gray, Billy Hollingsworth and Hugh McGuire; Memorial Committee, Ester Mann and Wanda Gregg. Resolutions Committee: Andrew Albers, Regina Foster. The following program was presented: John Van Horn, 203, 440; Jean Gray, 82t, 297; Arloon Gardner, 448t, 39t, Nabcy Van den Akker, C575, C573; John Etheridge, CH155; Robert Handel, 51, CH49; Ernestine Pipkin, 276, 209; Bill Hogan, CH101, 50; Kelly Beard, CH117; Cheryl Foreman, 324.

    Recess.

    Singing was resumed after a ten minute recess with President Mark Davis leading song on page 36b. Leaders: Wanda Gregg, 40, 460; Hugh McGuire, 365, 375; Billy Hollingsworth, 49b, 250; Tim Gray, 268, 46; John Hollingsworth, 236; John Kanode, C571, 229.

    Lunch.

    After a bountiful lunch the convention resumed with President Mark Davis leading song on page 218. Leaders: Linda Funderburk, 373, 290; Baron Powers, 85, 159; T.J. Funderburk, C563, 147t; Dennis Cranford, 277, 178; Junie McNeil, CH43, 64; Darlene Reynolds and Steve Kelly, CH175, CH201; Mike McNeil, 172, CH204t; Hugh Bill, Hugh, and Henry McGuire, CH507b, CH63, 63; Charles Franklin, CH480, 85.

    Recess.

    John Van Horn called the convention together leading song on page 384. Leaders: Andrew Albers, CH144b, 195; Harvest Quartet, C505; Henry McGuire, 442, 220; Robert Jahnke, 417. The Business Meeting was held at 2:00 p.m. to elect officers. A motion was made and carried to elect the following officers: President: Mark Davis; Vice President: John Van Horn; Secretary; Jean Gray; Chaplain: Arlon Gardiner. End of business session. More leaders: W.M. Allen, 490; Georgia Kanode, C395b; Mark Davis, 572; John Etheridge and Hugh Bill McGuire, 503; Harry Beemon, CH281; Hugh McGuire, 454. Following announcements, President Mark Davis led "The Drone" as the closing song. And the session was dismissed with prayer by Arlon Gardner.

    Sunday, August 27

    The Sunday morning session was called to order at 10:00 a.m. with a welcome extended to all by President Mark Davis, who led songs on page 30t and 123t. The opening prayer was led by Arlon Gardiner. President Mark Davis led song on page 74b. Vice President John Van Horn directed songs on pages 89 and 183. Secretary Jean Gray led songs on pages 108 and 170. Chaplain Arlon Gardiner led songs on pages 410 and 166b. Leaders: Nancy Van den Akker, CH25b, CH149; Ernestine Pipkin, 82t, 108t; Kelly Beard, 503, 229; Cheryl Foreman, C497, 300; T.J. Funderburk, 61, 569b; Wanda Gregg, 288, 120.

    Recess.

    Leaders: Mark Davis, 179; Junie McNeil, 32t, 319; Mark Davis, CH117 for Alfred Bailey; Charles Franklin, 342, 68b; Billy Hollingsworth, 146, 551b; Linda Funderburk, 358, 37b; Darlene Reynolds and Steve Kelly, 145t, 145b; Robert Handel, 234, C41.

    Lunch.

    John Van Horn brought the class together leading song on page 101t. Leaders: Andrew Albers, C271b, C524; Andy Davis, 254, 269; Regina Foster, 215, 369; John Kanode, C49t; CH7; Hugh McGuire, 196, 68t; Baron Powers, 457, 85; Tim Cook, CH284, 448t; Mako Cook, C515, 301. The Memorial Session was held at this time for those God had called to their Heavenly Home since our last convention. They were: Walter Dansby, Ruby Easley, Durward Scarbrough, Neve Dee Mayes, Agnes Hollingsworth; also (from other states), Ed Craig, Willie Mosley, Ruby Phillips, Virgil Phillips, Horace Batchelor, Karen House, David Terry Davis, Walter Wyers. Wanda Gregg led songs on page 399 and 235 for these deceased. End of memorial lesson. After reports from each committee, President Mark Davis expressed his thanks to the people of Macedonia Church and others for bringing food and helping with the convention. Motion and second to approve the reports of the committees.

    Recess.

    Kelly Beard called the class together leading song on page 57. Leaders: Nancy Van den Akker, CH142; Tim and Mako Cook, C292t; Alfred Bailey, 341; Hugh Bill McGuire, C244, C522. A motion was made to dismiss. After announcements were given, President Mark Davis led "The Drone" for the closing song. The convention was closed with prayer by Chaplain Arlon Gardner.

    Chairman - Mark Davis, Horn4@aol.com
    Vice-Chairman - John Van Horn
    Secretary - Jean Gray
    Chaplain - Arlon Gardiner

    Cherry Tree Singing

    Itawamba County, Mississippi

    August 27, 2000

    The annual Sacred Harp Singing at James Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Itawamba County, Mississippi on the fourth Sunday in August was called to order by Elmer Conwill leading song on page 82t. The morning prayer was led by Linton Ballinger. The class was organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman - Elmer Conwill; Vice Chairman - Travis Keeton; Secretary - Mae Conwill; Arranging Committee - John Hyde. Leaders: Tracis Keeton, 75, 129; Linton Ballinger, 335, 339; Wayne Baines, 30t, 354; Warren Steel, 144, 430; Alonzo Malone, 285t, 348b; Wilton Donaldson, 426t, 37b; Lisa Geist, 155, 31t; Anne Steel, 36t, 490; Ivalene Donaldson, 328; Faye Donaldson, 270, 284; Clarence McCool, 111t, 111b.

    Recess.

    Larry Ballinger called the class to order leading songs on pages 425 and 113. Leaders: Julie Poston, 101t, 354b; Anne Price, 340, 168; Edwin Ballinger, 81t, 460; Emma Barton, 300, 299; John Merritt, 45t, Cooper Revision (C)571; Margaret Keeton, 445, 410t; Earl Ballinger, 410b, 224; Brenda Merritt, 225t, 542; Gravis Ballinger, 112, 217.

    Lunch.

    The afternoon session began with Travis Keeton leading song on page 48t. Leaders: Betty Backus, 73t, 100; Josie Hyde, 220, 234; Marlin Beasley, 336, 318; Ercelle Jackson, 322, 34b; Estes Jackson, 436, 396; Ivalene Donaldson, 146; Anne Steel, 39t; Brenda Merritt, 215; John Merritt, 438; Warren Steel, 360; Lisa Geist, 546; Linton Ballinger, 64; John Merritt, 451; Betty Backus and Edwin Ballinger, 448b; John Hyde, 313, 297; Josie Hyde, 342; Wilton Donaldson, 317; John Merritt, 331; Larry Ballinger, 119; Elmer Conwill, 179; Earl Ballinger, 338. Marie Aldridge, 155; Johnny Humber, 146, 389; Following announcements, Elmer Conwill led the closing song on page 45t, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Estes Jackson.

    Chairman - Elmer Conwill
    Vice-Chairman - Travis Keeton
    Secretary - Josie Hyde

    Taylor

    Lafayette County, Mississippi

    October 8, 2000

    The twelfth 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 138b and 138t. John Van Horn led the morning prayer. Warren Steel led song on page 137, and called the following leaders: John Simmons, 29t, 71, 81t; Anne Steel, 318, 47t, 38b; Dena Wise, 358, 63; Bob Cook, 143, 457, 128.

    Recess.

    Warren Steel alled the class together leading song on page 273. Other leaders: Bob Lence, 479, 183, 107; Janet Jenkins, 117, 268, 127; Regina Foster, 77t, 142, 123t; Mark Tew, 335, 30t, 106; Andy Davis, 430, 434, 159, 460; Warren Steel, 280.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    Warren Steel called the class together leading song on page 61 and 65. Other leaders: John Van Horn, 176b, 384; John Simmons, 68b, 178, 480; Steve DePriest, 146, 209; Anne Steel, 59, 348b. In the memorial lesson, Mark Tew led song on page 406 in memory of Myrtle Pryor; John Van Horn led 145b in memory of Ruby Easley. Other leaders: Dena Wise, 101t, 223; Bob Cook, 222, J.L. White edition (W)519 (Land of Beulah), 119; Bob Lence, 163b, 86, 66; Andy Davis 236; Marilyn Snow, 288, 274t; Regina Foster, 203, 110; Billy Stevens, 338, 339; Miguel Queyja, 147t, 108t; Bruce Dobbs, 45t, 87; Andy Davis, 217, 299, 383; Hugh Bill McGuire, 528; Warren Steel, 200. Following announcements Warren Steel led the closing song on page 285t, and the class was dismissed with prayer by John Simmons.


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