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Cleburne County Convention

Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church, near Heflin, Alabama

August 20, 2000

The one hundred-eleventh session of the Cleburne County Sacred Harp Singing Convention met at Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church near Heflin, Alabama on the third Sunday in August. Cecil Edwards called the class to order leading songs on pages 97 and 144. Everette Denney offered the morning prayer.

Cecil Edwards led the Introductory Lesson with the following songs selected: 35, 49b, and 100. Jeff Sheppard led songs on pages 87 and 110.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Cecil Edwards; Vice Chairman—B.J. Harris; Secretary—Mary Florence Smith; Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards; Memorial Committee—Mary Florence Smith.

Leaders: B.J. Harris 503, 303; Mary Florence Smith 146, 30t; Nancy Allen 82t; C.W. Garner 112, 111b, 129; Alice Edwards 73b, 104; Jimmie Denney 111t, 101t, 313t; Evelyn Harris 155, 47t; George Garner 162, 119; Margie Smith 31b, 32t.


Cecil Edwards brought the class together leading song on page 147t. Leaders: Richard Mauldin 72b, 36b; Reba Norton and Glenda Watkins 373, 410 (t? b?); Felton Denney 164, 317b; Shelbie Sheppard 371, 217; B.M. Smith 318, 441; Bud Oliver 345t, 274t; Flora Skinner 426b, 434. The class sang “Happy Birthday” to Flora Skinner who turned 92 today!

Mary Florence Smith gave the memorial service, and asked that we remember all those who have passed away that were instrumental in forming, supporting, and sustaining this convention over the years. Mary Florence pointed out that this was the 111th session of the Cleburne County Convention with the first session being held at St. Michael Church, Cleburne County, Alabama. The convention was formed with three days of singing, and remained so until 1988 or 1989. At that time the convention was cut to two days and remained so until 1992 when it was cut to one day. Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church is considered to be the home of the convention, but any church in Cleburne County can call for the singing. Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church has also stated that the convention was welcome there anytime that there was no place else to meet. Mary Florence Smith led song on page 285t for the deceased and song on page 30b for the sick and shut-ins. Felton Denney closed the memorial with prayer.


Cecil Edwards called the afternoon session to order leading song on page 159.

The business session was reopened to discuss the location for next year’s convention. The Convention will meet back at Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church next year. The business session was closed.

Leaders: Cecil Edwards 75; Everette Denney 489b, 490, 405; Estelle Flowers 89, 176b; Jeff Sheppard 81t, 212 (for Louise Allen), 208 (for Gertrude Norton); Milton Oliver 384, 314; Eunice Webb 551, 496; Eloise Watkins 37b, 460; Bonnie Flowers 225t, 475; Lois Owen 290, 168; Betty Wright 312t, 323b; Winford Kerr 294, 47b; Lou Cotney 172, 222; Karen Reeves 143, 339; Corene Laminack 186, 137; Lewis Norton 39b, 322.

Cecil Edwards and B.J. Harris led song on page 46 as the closing song. B. J. Harris dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Cecil Edwards; Vice Chairman—B.J. Harris; Secretary—Mary Florence Smith.