Mississippi Sacred Harp Singings

Selected Minutes, 1998

  • Oxford City Hall
  • Bethel
  • Concord
  • Oak Springs
  • Chickasaw County Convention
  • Calhoun County Convention
  • Mississippi State Convention
  • Cherry Tree
  • Taylor
  • Mt. Olive (Cooper Book)
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    Oxford City Hall

    Oxford, Mississippi

    March 8, 1998

    The eighteenth annual Sacred Harp singing at Oxford City Hall was called to order by Warren Steel leading songs on page 61 and 48t. Joe Jones led the morning prayer. Warren Steel led song on page 126. Mark Tew led songs on page 31b and 30t, and the class organized by electing the following officers: Chairman, Warren Steel; Vice Chairman, Mark Tew; Secretary, Anne Steel; Arranging Committee, John Van Horn. Leaders: Anne Steel, 318, 306, 110; Bob Cook, 46, 314; Mark Davis, 30b, 182; Joshua Keeton, 189, 268; Lisa Davis, 63, 217; Regina Glass, 430, 163t; Ruby Easley, 145b.

    Recess.

    Glenn Keeton called the class together leading songs on page 231 and 475. Others who led: Linda Gilmore, 164, 144; Willadean Brunette, 108t, 341; Henry McGuire, 327, 442; Virginia Carter, 147b, 64; Lee Wise, 47b; Hugh Bill McGuire, 556, 240; Kurt Davis, 274t, 354; Sarah Tidwell, 42, 72b.

    Lunch.

    The afternoon session began with Warren Steel leading songs on page 349 and 317 Other leaders: Pamela Keeton, 171, 220; Ashley Keeton, 159, 421; Sara Smith, 337, 290; Gary Smith, 31a, 569b; Gene Wakefield, 56t, 138t; Frances Jones, 143, 40; Hope Tidwell, 45t, 129; Steve DePriest, 85, 288. Warren Steel led song on page 376 in memory of Estelle Napier, Mamie Creel, and Hadyn Creel. Other leaders: Jack Barbera, 313t; John Van Horn, 344, 300; Carol Rushing, 59, 373; John Van Horn, 236; Billy Stevens, 457, 460; Glenn Keeton, 34b; Joshua Keeton, 408; Ashley Keeton 146; Pamela Keeton, 382; Gene Wakefield, 168; Gary and Sara Smith, 384; Frances Jones, 358; Wes McComas, 447; Following announcements, Hugh Bill McGuire led the closing song, "We're traveling to the grave," also known as The Drone, and 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 5, 1998

    The annual Sacred Harp singing at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church was called to order on Palm Sunday by John Van Horn leading song on page 111t and 49b. T.J. Funderburk led the morning prayer. John Van Horn then led song on page 270, and called the following leaders: Virginia Carter, 144, 65; T.J. Funderburk, 30t, 61; Regina Glass, 312t, 313t, 436; Mark Tew, 99, 335, 117; Margaret Whitworth, 105, 334; Anne Steel, 419, 421, 171; Ruby Easley, 146, 147t; Warren Steel, 150, 131t, 179; Mark Davis, 126, 391, 148, 176b; Walter Wade, 159, 64, 143; Linda Funderburk, 288, 85, 373; Andy Davis, 460, 434, 269.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    John Van Horn called the afternoon session together leading songs on page 101t and 222. Other leaders were: Robert Earl Alexander, 82t, 397; Virginia Carter, 46, 147b, 457; T.J. Funderburk, 63, 92, 569b; Wilma Mitchell, 155, 108t, 480; Janet Jenkins, 274t, 268, 53; Charles Porter, 31b, 36b, 379; W.M. Allen, 75, 490, J.L. White edition 400; George Easley, 438, 34b, (W)527; Mark Tew, 339, 406; Regina Glass, 40, 236; Mark Davis, 273, 310; Andy Davis, 254; Walter Wade, 127, 81t; Linda Funderburk, 123b, 37b; Nora Parker, 123t. Following announcements, John Van Horn led the closing song on page 83t, and the class was dismissed with prayer by T.J. Funderburk.


    Concord

    Calhoun County, Mississippi

    May 17, 1998

    The annual Sacred Harp singing at Concord Baptist Church was called to order after dinner by John Van Horn leading song on page 312b and 209. He then called the following leaders: Mark Tew, 68b, 318, 406; Robert Earl Alexander, 111t, 313t; Lisa Davis, 276, 327, 344; John Van Horn, J.L. White edition (W) 494 (Don't Grieve Your Mother); Anne Steel, 56b, 446, 31t; Janet Jenkins, 40, 117, 339; Curtis Bryant, 323b, 127, Christian Harmony (CH) 248 (Twilight Is Falling); Ruby Easley, CH 137 (Antioch), W 517 (Not Made With Hands); Mark Tew, 236; Bob Cook, W 519 (Land of Beulah), 457, 46; Mark Davis, 229, 203, 30t; Andy Davis, 101t, 155, 434; Debbie Dunn, 268, 45t, 63; Warren Steel, 416 (for Hugh Bill McGuire), 277, 36b; Caroline Herring, 288, 133. John Van Horn, W511 (Willie). Following announcements, John Van Horn led the closing song on page 348b, and the class was dismissed with prayer by R.E. Alexander.


    Oak Springs

    Calhoun County, Mississippi

    June 14, 1998

    The annual Sacred Harp Singing at Oak Springs Church was called to order after dinner by John Van Horn leading songs on page 47t, 30t, 270, 63 and 61. He then called the following leaders: Charles Porter, 31b, 155, 40, J.L. White edition (W) 494. W527, W 526; Curtis Bryant, Christian Harmony (CH) 180, CH 248, 323b; J.E. Simpson, W517, W519, CH 284; Robert Earl Alexander, 170, 424, 124; W.M. Allen, 108t, 490, 75; Virginia Carter, 127, 145b; Ruby Easley, 146, 147t; Lydia Hamby, 72b, 101t, 452; Warren Steel, 153, 36b, 39t, 288, W512, 59. Following announcements,John Van Horn led the closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer by R. E. Alexander.


    Chickasaw County Singing Convention

    Enon Primitive Baptist Church

    July 26, 1997

    The 117th annual session of the Chickasaw County Sacred Harp Singing Convention was convened at Enon Primitive Baptist Church with T. J. Funderburk presiding. The session was called to order by President Funderburk leading song on page 31b. Prayer was led by W.M. Allen. Leaders: T.J. Funderburk, 30t, 63; W.M. Allen, 108t, 75; Mark Davis, 89, 209, 208, 122; John Van Horn, 270, 204, 179; Arlon Gardner, 410t, 39t, 74b; George Easley, 313t, 299, 34b; Regina Glass, 67, 334, 324; Ester Mann, 503b, 454, 371; Linda Funderburk, 325, 97, 37b; Katie Wilson, 145b, 119. Delegates and visitors were recognized and seated, and the following committees appointed: Hospitality: Beth Porter and Mabelene Easley; Arrangements, Linda Funderburk and Ester Mann; Memorials: W.M. Allen and Charles Porter.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    President T. J. Funderburk opened the afternoon session leading songs on page 45t, 61 and 147t; Charles Porter, 155, 136, 137; Robert Earl Alexander, 421, 417, 53; W.M. Allen, J.L. White edition (W)519; W526; Arlon Gardner, 183, 542, 168; Mark Davis, 96, 182, 142; John Van Horn, 236. The following officers were elected: T.J. Funderburk, president; W.M. Allen, vice president, Josie Griggs, secretary; Charles Porter, chaplain.

    Report of Committees:

    1. President appoints delegates to State Convention: Charles and Beth Porter, George and Maybelene Easley.
    2. President appoints delegates to Calhoun Convention: Charles and Beth Porter, George and Maybelene Easley.
    3. Committee recommends convention be held at Enon in 1998.

    Singing resumed as follows: John Van Horn, 515; George Easley, 127; Regina Glass, 365, 361, 360; Ester Mann, 178, 163b, 86; ; Linda Funderburk, 159, 65; Arlon Gardner, 83t, 201b. Following announcements, motion made and carried to adjourn. T.J. Funderburk led the closing songs on page 408 and 460 and Robert Earl Alexander dismissed the convention with prayer.

    President - T.J. Funderburk
    Vice President - W.M. Allen
    Secretary - Josie Griggs

    Calhoun County Musical Association

    Mt. Herman Primitive Baptist Church

    August 8, 1998

    The 121st annual session of the Calhoun County Musical Association was convened at Mt. Herman Primitive Baptist Church. The session was called to order by President John Van Horn leading song on page 59. Prayer was led by T.J. Funderburk. John Van Horn, 47, 73t; T.J. Funderburk, 68b, 30t, 35; Charles Porter, 31b, 40, 155; W.M. Allen, 108t, 75, 135; George Easley, 438, 323b, 313t. President Van Horn appointed the arrangment committee as follows: Ruby Easley, Mark Davis, and George Carter. Other leaders: Joe Cobb, 147t, 28b, 38b; Anne Steel, 400, 328, 384; Virginia Carter, 108b, 61, 104; Regina Glass, 442, 410t, 203. President acknowledged delegates from Chickasaw and Scott County, who were duly seated.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    President Van Horn opened the afternoon session leading song on page 358. Other leaders: T.J. Funderburk, 45t, 39t; Charles Porter, 379, 460; W.M. Allen, 490; Linda Funderburk, 341, 527. The following officers were elected: John Van Horn, president; Virginia Carter, Secretary-Treasurer.

    Recess.

    John Van Horn led songs on page 176b and 236, and the following leaders were called: Joe Cobb, 288, 147b; Anne Steel, 378b, 212; Warren Steel, 171, 67, 65; Virginia Carter, 109; Regina Glass, 322, 86; Bob Cook, 268, 146.

    Report of Business Committee:

    1. Committee reports collection of $37.00.
    2. Committee recommends sending $25.00 to State Convention.
    3. Committee recommends convention be held at Mt. Herman in 1998.
    4. President appoints delegates to Chickasaw Convention: Virginia Carter, Hugh Bill McGuire, and Hugh Bill McGuire.

    President Van Horn sang song on page 505 by request. Following announcements, motion made and carried to adjourn. J.T. Funderburk dismissed the convention with prayer.

    President - John Van Horn
    Secretary/Treasurer - Virginia Carter

    Mississippi State Sacred Harp Singing Convention

    Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church

    August 22-23, 1998

    Saturday, August 22

    The Mississippi State Sacred Harp Singing Convention convened at Macedonia Church in its seventieth 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, Mark Davis led song on page 47b. The opening prayer was led by John Hollingsworth. The president appointed the following committees: Arrangement Committee: Junie McNeil and John Van Horn. Business and Credentials Committee: Durward Scarborough, Hugh McGuire, and George Easley. Mark Davis led song on page 74b. Vice President John Van Horn led songs on pages 77 and 383. Secretary Jean Gray led songs on pages 82t and 143. Leaders: John Hollingsworth 192, 196 for Mrs. Ottic Matthews; Andrew Albers 67b (Christian Harmony), 146; Ben Burroughs 478, 200; Billy Hollingsworth 551b, 236; Wanda Gregg 40, 339; Charles Franklin 99, 480.

    Recess.

    Singing was resumed after a ten minute recess with President Mark Davis leading song on page 317b. Leaders: Regina Glass 122, 142; Hugh McGuire 503, 515 (Cooper Book); Dennis Cranford 312t, 147t; Henry McGuire 460, 442; Bill Hogan 171, 283 (Christian Harmony); Durward Scarborough 45t, 68b; Darlene Reynolds 39b, 145t.

    Lunch.

    President Mark Davis opened the afternoon session leading song on page 84. Leaders: Anne Brodbeck 435b; Junie McNeil 319, 104; George Easley 341, 438; Elder Charles Porter 155, 137; W.M. Allen 282, 490; Dr. Harry Eskew 146, 159; Mike McNeil 573 (Cooper Book), 204 (Christian Harmony), in memory of Bennie Rigdon; Tish Crocker, from Centreville, Alabama 287, 201 (Christian Harmony); Ester and Jordan Mann, with W.M. Allen 66, 32t. 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 - T.J. Funderburk. President Mark Davis appointed a Location Committee as follows: John Hollingsworth, Andrew Albers, and Elder Charles Porter.

    Recess.

    The convention resumed with President Mark Davis leading song on page 36b. Mark and Kurt Davis, led song on page 354b. Leaders: T.J. Funderburk 61, 75; Linda Funderburk 277, 290; Bobby Caldwell 216, 151; John Hollingsworth 408 (for Mrs. Ottic Matthews, one of her favorite songs); Neva Dee Mayes 145b (with notes, numbers, and words); Harry Beemon, assisted by Mark Davis 281b (Christian Harmony); Bill Hogan 72t (Christian Harmony), in memory of Elder Virgil Smith; John Van Horn 101 (for Hugh Bill McGuire). Following announcements, President Mark Davis led 46 for the closing song. The Saturday session was dismissed by Chaplain T.J. Funderburk.

    Sunday, August 23

    The Sunday morning session was called to order at 10:00 a.m. with a welcome extended to all by President Mark Davis. President Mark Davis led "Glory Land" from sheet music as a special gift for Mae Ola Nelson in appreciation for her love and support of the singing convention. President Mark Davis led song on page 33b. The opening prayer was led by Chaplain T.J. Funderburk. President Mark Davis appointed John Van Horn to the Arrangement Committee in absence of Junie McNeil. President Mark Davis led song on 73t in memory of Mrs. Cleo Hawkins whose funeral was to be held this afternoon, August 23. Vice President John Van Horn directed songs on pages 129 and 269. Secretary Jean Gray led songs on pages 418 and 299. Chaplain T.J. Funderburk led songs on pages 322 and 569b. Committees appointed by President Mark Davis were: Memorial Committee - Linda Funderburk and Mike McNeil; Resolutions Committee - Andrew Albers and Christine McNeil. Leaders: Arlon Gardner 47b, 49b; John Hollingsworth 82 (Christian Harmony) in memory of Mrs. Cleo Hawkins and her husband, S.T. Hawkins, and those gone on before us; Andrew Albers 513t, 559; Billy Hollingsworth 186, 361.

    Recess.

    President Mark Davis called the class together leading song on page 76b. Leaders: Wanda Gregg 87, 63; Regina Glass 448t, 117; Hugh McGuire 108t, 172; Betty Moore 35b (Christian Harmony); Bill Hogan 135 (Christian Harmony), 475; Durward Scarborough 111t, 240; Darlene Reynolds 288, 388.

    Lunch.

    President Mark Davis brought the class together leading song on page 209. Leaders: Neva Dee Mayes 235b, 339; Junie McNeil 119, 97; George Easley 313t, 34b; Mike McNeil 172, 308 (Christian Harmony); Linda Funderburk 360, 379; Bobby Caldwell 82t, 101t; Mark Davis 254 (by request); John Van Horn 384; Jean Gray 563 (Cooper Book); T.J. Funderburk, Emily Bream, and Chip Rosenblatt 45t. The Memorial Session was held at this time for those God had called to their Heavenly Home since our last convention. They were: Rush Pumphrey, Cleo Hawkins, and Meda Wilson White. Leaders for the Memorial Service were Mike McNeil and Linda Funderburk leading song on page 178 from the Christian Harmony. 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. President Mark Davis resumed singing leading song on page 143 in Christian Harmony. Leaders: Arlon Gardner 406; Andrew Albers 393t (Cooper Book); Wanda Gregg 85; Regina Glass 270; Hugh McGuire 220; Bill Hogan 39t; Durward Scarborough 496; Darlene Reynolds 354b; Neva Dee Mayes 145b; Junie McNeil 401; George Easley 323b; Mike McNeil 522 (Cooper Book); Linda Funderburk 373; Bobby Caldwell 68b. A motion was made by Hugh McGuire to dismiss. After announcements were given, President Mark Davis led 62 for the closing song. The convention was closed with prayer by Chaplain T.J. Funderburk.

    Chairman - Mark Davis, Horn4@aol.com
    Vice-Chairman - John Van Horn
    Secretary - Jean Gray
    Chaplain - T. J. Funderburk

    Cherry Tree Singing

    Itawamba County, Mississippi

    August 23, 1998

    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 45t. The morning prayer was led by Lavaughn Ballinger. The class was organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman - Elmer Conwill; Vice Chairman - John Hyde; Secretary - Mae Conwill; Arranging Committee - Travis Keeton. Elmer Conwill led songs on pages 48t and 63. Leaders: Billy Williams 410t, 48b; Clarence McCool 112, 172; Gene Wakefield 138t, 168; A.A. Malone 73t, 448t; Cecil Sanders 225t, 512; Arnold Moore 460; Annie Lou Price 434, 436; Ivalene Donaldson 326, 175b; Wayne Bains 176t, 340; Lisa Ballinger Geist 120, 546; Faye Donaldson 273, 440.

    Recess.

    John Hyde called the class to order leading songs on pages 75 and 313t. Leaders: Parnell Berry 306, 99; Josie Hyde 451, 477; Larry Ballinger 101t, 139; Margaret Keeton 177; Marlin Beasley 348b, 349; Jim Page 348t, 26; Earl Ballinger 299, 80b; Beatrice Brewer 137, 384; Emma Barton 298, 441; Anne Steel 285t, 318.

    Lunch.

    The afternoon session began with Travis Keeton leading songs on pages 155 and 126. Leaders: Johnny Humber 283, 382; Warren Steel 131t, 442; Mae Conwill 500; Ila Ingle 530, 498; Gravis Ballinger 78, 110; Bunk Beasley 81t; Edwin Ballinger 89, 148; Kermit Adams 426t, 220; Chuck Beasley 33b, 354b; Julietta Haynes 209, 216; Ercelle Jackson 34b, 201b; Ricky Beasley 47b, 146; Estes Jackson 282, 186; David Beasley 317b, 39b; Pat Shaddix 300, 40; John Beasley 35, 37b. Elmer Conwill led song on page 44 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Estes Jackson.

    Chairman - Elmer Conwill
    Vice-Chairman - John Hyde
    Secretary - Mae Conwill

    Taylor

    Lafayette County, Mississippi

    October 11, 1998

    The tenth 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 48t. T. J. Funderburk led the morning prayer. Warren Steel led song on page 39t, and called the following leaders: T. J. Funderburk, 30t, 31b, 63, 82t; John Van Horn, 36b, 58, 297, 53; Regina Glass, 65, 298, 276, 277; Linda Funderburk, 32t, 37b, 37t, 85; Bob Cook, 40, 339, J.L. White edition (W)519 ("Land of Beulah"); Anne Steel, 171, 442, 480, 348b; Mark Tew, 299, 341, 126, 147; Warren Steel, 274t.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    Warren Steel called the class together leading song on page 142, 144. Other leaders: Andy Davis, 460, 269, 268, 222; George Easley, 313t, 34b; Janet Jenkins, 61, 200, 117; William Fitzgerald, 448t, 189; Caroline Herring, 45t, 101t; Warren Steel, 129 (in memory of Cleo Hawkins); Darwin Brooks, 128; John Van Horn, 236 ("Easter Anthem"); T. J. Funderburk, 569b, 75; Anne Steel, 59, 203, 318; Linda Funderburk, 373, 379; Regina Glass, 410t, 168, 110; Bob Cook, 345b, W517 ("Not Made with Hands"), W512 ("Pray On"); Mark Tew, W494 ("Don't Grieve Your Mother"), 335, 406; George Easley, W527 ("Lady Touch Thy Harp Again"); Andy Davis, 430, 424, 434. Following announcements Warren Steel led the closing song on page 288, and the class was dismissed with prayer by John Van Horn.


    Mount Olive

    Morton, Mississippi

    October 24, 1998

    The annual Mississippi Cooper Book Convention singing was held at Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist church on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in October. The class was called to order by Chairman John Merritt leading song on page 86. The morning prayer was led by Don Clark. The class held a business meeting with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman - John Merritt; Vice Chairman - Andrew Albers; Secretary - Regina Glass; Arranging Committee - Bill Hogan. Leaders: John Merritt 36, 263; Andrew Albers 496, 50t; John Lee Van Horn 73t, 56; Durward Scarborough 45, 240; John Etheridge 564, 478; Bill Green "Singing Day," "Nettie" (by request - both songs written by Bill Green); Bill Hogan 411, 497.

    Recess.

    The class was called to order by Andrew Albers leading song on page 500. Leaders: Don Clark 292b, 171; Thurman Nall 511b; J.A. Mosley 526, 527; Richard Graham 559; Genny Whitworth 92, 511t; Elizabeth Muhleisen 54t, 572; Brenda Merritt 450, 567; Warren Steel 536, 422t; Nancy Van Den Akker 373, 384; L.B. Smith 58; Velton Chafin 336b, 225t; Alice Mosley 145b, 343, 484b.

    Dismissed for lunch.

    The class was called back to order by John Merritt leading songs on pages 297 and 331. Leaders: John Lee Van Horn 563, 140; Andrew Albers 271, 150, 339; Durward Scarborough 339, 107; William Ansley 41, 94 (Old School Hymnal); John Etheridge 40 (Old School Hymnal), 270; Bill Green Morning Light (his own composition); Bill Hogan 45b, 69; Don Clark 398b, 359 (Old School Hymnal); J.A. Mosley 282, 542; Genny Whitworth 324; Thurman Nall 38t; Richard Graham 571; Brenda Merritt 543, 522; Warren Steel 494, 71; Nancy Van Den Akker 164, 475; L.B. Smith 451b; Regina Glass 128; Warren Steel 372 (Old School Hymnal). The class was dismissed with prayer by Bill Hogan.

    Chairman - John Merritt
    Vice Chairman - Andrew Albers
    Secretary - Regina Glass

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