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Cross Roads Baptist Church

North of Tallapoosa, Georgia

July 2, 2000

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Cross Roads Baptist Church was held on the first Sunday in July. Louis Hughes, Sr. called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. with song on page 32t and led the class in prayer. Louis Hughes, Sr. extended a warm and heartfelt welcome to everyone for their attendance, and led song on page 138b in memory of his father, Rev. J.C. Hughes. Miranel Swafford led songs on pages 137 and 348b; Mary Florence Smith 31b, 45t; and Margie Smith 303.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Louis Hughes, Sr.; Vice Chairman—Miranel Swafford; Secretary—Hester Edwards; Memorial Committee—Mary Florence Smith; Arranging Committee—Margie Smith.

Leaders: Chairman Louis Hughes, Sr. 61; Allison Dodson 335; Jeff Sheppard 217; Nancy Allen 147 (t? b?); Martha Beverly 344, 503; David Lee 42; Shelbie Sheppard 28b (for Myrtle Smith); Matt Wells 436, 288; Charlene Wallace 276, 441; Eschol Hughes 460, 146; Jimmy Cates 37b, 332.


The class resumed singing with Louis Hughes, Sr. leading song on page 111t. Leaders: Marilyn Burchett 36b, 294; Lonnie Rogers 318, 225t; Thomas Willard 312b; Randa Rollins 268, 127; Bill Beverly 515b, 66; Melanie Hauff 271t, 536; Matt Garner 63, 333.

Mary Florence Smith conducted the memorial lesson with comments made about songs that are in our Sacred Harp book with thoughts centered on the song “Passing Away”.

Marcia Johnson gave a very moving memorial presentation with illustrations from the words in various songs and led songs on pages 345b and 91 to conclude her comments.

Teenie Moody led song on page 146 for the sick and shut-ins, followed by Mary Florence Smith leading song on page 445b. Rev. Howard Locklear, former pastor of the church, closed the memorial with prayer.


The afternoon of singing began with David Lee leading song on page 39t. Leaders: Kaley Morris 119; Keith Willard 480; Judy Hauff 65, 283; Donna Bell 87, 75; Ted Johnson 101b, 434; Jenny Willard 422, 565; Sloman twins 215, 358; Henry Schuman 28b, 501; Sandie Scott 547, 117; B.M. Smith 99, 499; Carlene Griffin 81 (t? b?), 155; Louis Hughes, Jr. 201; Louis Hughes, Jr. and Allison Dodson 89; Aaron Little 569b, 384.


Miranel Swafford called the class to order leading song on page 313t. Leaders: Everette Denney, Felton Denney, and Jimmie Denney 405; Bonnie Flowers and Estelle Flowers 284; Earlis McGraw 389; Lois Owens and Eunice Webb 392; Bobby Jackson 34t; Laura Ackerman 192; Milton Oliver 321; John Plunkett 466; Phillip Langley 110; Billy Joe Harris and Evelyn Harris 47t; Inez Chandler and Ceford Wood 290; George Garner 186; James Newman and Elaine Newman 30t; Cynthia Fielder and Herstine Bussey 47b.

Announcements were made. Louis Hughes, Sr. and Miranel Swafford led song on page 46 as the closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer led by Billy Joe Harris.

Chairman—Louis Hughes, Sr.; Vice Chairman—Miranel Swafford; Secretary—Hester Edwards.