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McWhorter Memorial

Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church, Cleburne County, Alabama

Saturday, October 20, 2001

The annual McWhorter Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was held at Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church in Cleburne County, Alabama on Saturday before the third Sunday in October.

The class was called to order by Mary Florence Smith who welcomed everyone, led song on page 317, and offered the morning prayer. Teenie Moody led songs on pages 222 and 148 (for Mozelle Sheppard); and Lonnie Rogers led songs on pages 225t and 143.

The class was organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairperson—Mary Florence Smith; Vice Chairperson—Teenie Moody; Arranging Committee/Secretary—Hester Edwards.

Leaders: Glenda Collins 81t, 282; Jimmie Denney 276, 155; Judith Green 384, 117; Eugene Forbes 480, 340; Josephine Denney 31b, 30t; LaRue Allen 299, 277; Everette Denney 335, 405; Floy Wilder 224, 373.


Teenie Moody brought the class back to order leading song on page 182. Leaders: Corene Laminack 146, 147t; Ginnie Prater 186, 490; David Yeager 504, 142; Jenny Willard 318, 303; Henry Schuman 290, 344; Laura Clawson 107, 58; Jeff Sheppard 97, 203 (in memory of J.T. Pruitt); Lou Cotney 172, 218; Henry Johnson 515, 414; Flora Skinner 426b, 434.

Lonnie Rogers gave a special memorial for Cecil Edwards and Walter Hamrick, long time supporters of Sacred Harp. Both men passed away this year, and will be greatly missed in this church, the community, and throughout the singing community. They both supported and loved Sacred Harp, and went to singings far and near as long as they were physically able to do so. Lonnie Rogers led song on page 348b in their memory.

Mary Florence Smith and granddaughter Hannah Smith led song on page 294.


Mary Florence Smith brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 77t. Leaders: Keith Willard 112, 101b; Shelbie Sheppard 272, 300; Felton Denney 327, 73t; Eunice Webb 475, 284; Nancy Yeager 448b, 479; B.J. Harris 312b, 503; Betty Wright 495, 569b; Richard DeLong 467, 444; Louise Holland 49b, 37b; Evelyn Harris 47t, 89; Lois Owen 208, 460; Lela Crowder 306, 273; Homer Benefield 45t, 56t; Hester Edwards, Louise Owen, and Olivia Iverson 73b (for Alice Edwards).

After announcements were made, Mary Florence Smith and Teenie Moody led song on page 46 as the closing song. Felton Denney dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairperson—Mary Florence Smith; Vice Chairperson—Teenie Moody; Secretary—Hester Edwards.