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Edwardsville Baptist Church

Edwardsville (Cleburne County), Alabama

April 2, 2000

The annual Sacred Harp singing held at Edwardsville Baptist Church on the first Sunday in April was called to order by Roy Nelson leading song on page 32t. Felton Denney led the morning prayer. Roy Nelson thanked everyone for coming and led song on page 82 (t? b?), followed by Mary Florence Smith leading songs on pages 61 and 63.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Roy Nelson; Vice Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Arranging Committee and Secretary—Hester Edwards; Memorial Committee—Mary Florence Smith and Molene Thompson.

Leaders: Pearl Guier 59, 127; Bobby Jackson 81 (t? b?), 569 (t? b?); Dennis George 39b, 285t; Lou Cotney 172, 189, 318; Tommy McGraw 37b, 73t, 268; Everette Denney 119, 274t; Carlene Griffin 146, 155, 448b; Rodney Ivey 101t, 144.

RECESS

Roy Nelson called the class together leading song on page 145t. Leaders: Earlis McGraw 435, 225t; Eunice Webb 317, 373; Max Berueffy 135, 278t, 411; Cassie Franklin 74b, 74t, 278b; Lonnie Rogers 186, 222, 33b; Lois Owen 168, 340.

Mary Florence Smith gave the memorial and led song on page 403 for the following deceased: Virgil Phillips, Lilly Austin Owen, and Kathleen Austin Purdue.

Mary Florence Smith led song on page 406 for all the sick and shut-ins. Rev. Junior Jones, pastor of the church, welcomed everyone and asked the blessing on the food.

LUNCH

Lonnie Rogers brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 97. Leaders: Coy Ivey 56t, 30t; Elene Stovall 217, 436, 31t; Felton Denney 231, 149, 503; Shelbie Sheppard 140, 139, 134; Billy Joe Harris 77b, 303, 312b; Jeff Sheppard 290, 313t, 313b; Karen Reaves and Connor Ewing 335, 445; Cecil Edwards 45t, 491 (for his wife, Reba), 124; Rodney Ivey and Max Berueffy 475, 384, 282.

Announcements were made. Roy Nelson and Lonnie Rogers led song on page 46 as the closing song. Everette Denney dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Roy Nelson; Vice Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Secretary—Hester Edwards.