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Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church

Cleburne County, Near Heflin, Alabama

May 20, 2001

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church on the third Sunday in May was called to order by B.M. Smith leading song on page 59. Felton Denney offered the opening prayer. B.M. Smith led song on page 82t; Jeff Sheppard 75, 87; and Margie Smith 32t and 101t.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—B.M. Smith; Vice Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Arranging Committee—Margie Smith; Secretary—Hester Edwards; Memorial Committee—Ruth Brown.

Leaders: B.M. Smith 144; Henry Schuman 145t, 480; Nancy Allen 146; Bud Oliver 145b, 42; Pearl Guier 127, 448b; George Garner 112, 186; Alice Edwards 104, 271 (t? b?); Roy Nelson 270, 283; Ivalene Donaldson 129, 61; Henry Johnson 425, 338.


B.M. Smith called the class to order leading song on page 123t. Leaders: Carlene Griffin 70 (t? b?), 122; Everette Denney 84, 490, 405; Lou Cotney 189, 218; C.W. Garner 172, 173; Glenda Collins 45t, 124; Wilton Donaldson 317, 30t; Eunice Webb 208, 204; Felton Denney 549, 155.

Ruth Brown conducted the memorial lesson with comments about making a joyful noise, and what Sacred Harp singers and friends mean to each other.

Alice Edwards, Hester Edwards, Alonzo Edwards, Louise Owen, Alma Owen, Harvey Austin, and Jeff Sheppard led songs on pages 430 and 491 for Cecil Edwards, Ted Edwards, Ruby Smith, Nell Williams, Billy Ross Edwards, Nannie Sue Green, Lee Green, Fratus Owen, Bobbie Jean Morrow, Kevin Morrow, and Bercha Thompson. Felton Denney led song on page 285t for Leamon Norton, Franklin Snider, Bessie Mitchum, Opal Deese, Howard Murray, Camille Randle, Grady Price, and Eloise Watkins.

Sylvia Holland led songs on pages 348b and 111t for the sick and shut-ins. Those remembered were: Kathleen Butler Powers, Mozelle Sheppard, Jap Walton, Joyce Walton, Gladys McGraw, Gary McGraw, Revy Williamson, Oakie Austin, and Jennie Cofield who is 100 years old. The memorial was closed with prayer.

Charles Wayne Norton gave a report on the cemetery.


B.M. Smith brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 29t. Leaders: Bobby Jackson 278b, 378b; Mary Florence Smith 62, 326; Jimmie Denney 276, 294; Mary Lee Smith 358, 313t; Howard McGuire 192; Rene Greene 222, 196; Lewis Norton 139b; Reba Norton 282, 177; Sam Jones 81 (t? b?), 179; Karen Reaves 410t, 312b; Betty Wright 89, 569b; Shelbie Sheppard 365 (in memory of Leman Brown), 212 (for Louise Allen); Ora Martin 215, 426b; Lois Owen 373; Sherrell Durand 335, 30b; Corene Laminack and Ruth Daniel 378t, 167; Celia Sanders 354 (t? b?); Evelyn Harris 47t, 225t; B.J. Harris 452.

Announcements were made. B.M. Smith led song on page 46 as the closing song. B.J. Harris offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—B.M. Smith; Vice Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Secretary—Hester Edwards.