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Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church

Cleburne County, Alabama

April 21, 2002

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church in Cleburne County, Alabama was held on the third Sunday in April. Billy Joe Harris called the class together with song on page 59. Lonnie Rogers offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Billy Joe Harris 32t; Charlene Wallace 49t, 75, 79; Evelyn Harris 47t, 87, 155; Eunice Webb 30b, 30t, 460; Shelbie Sheppard 105, 141, 139; Lonnie Rogers 33b, 101t, 176b; Glenda Collins 124, 81t; George Garner 274t; Reba Norton 208, 373, 177; Bobby Jackson 317, 100, 290.


The class was called together by Billy Joe Harris leading song on page 303. Leaders: Ruth Daniel 335, 68b, 378t; B.M. Smith 358, 318 (for Vivian Rogers and in memory of Eula Johnson), 475.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Billy Joe Harris; Vice Chairman—Elder Neil Prichard; Secretary—Charlene Wallace; Arranging Committee—Margie Smith; Memorial Committee—Ruth Brown.

Leaders: Billy Joe Harris 503; Lou Cotney 218, 384; B.M. Smith 358 (for Pauline Howell).

Ruth Brown conducted the memorial lesson, and Shelbie Sheppard led song on page 47b for the following deceased: Hazel Parker, Edward J. Norton, Reba Edwards, Polly Moore, Lawrence Underwood, Lula Underwood, Cecil Edwards, Eula Johnson, Walter Hamrick, Freeman Wootten, Oakie Austin, Lydia Baswell, and Michael Warren.

Evelyn Harris led songs on pages 146 and 45t for the following sick and shut-ins: Alice Edwards, Vivian Rogers, I.V. McWhorter, Reby Stanford, Revy Williamson, Gladys McGraw, Jackie Wiggins, Pauline Howell, Gertrude Norton, Flora Skinner, and Thelma Randall. Lonnie Rogers closed the memorial with prayer.


Elder Neil Prichard called the class together for the afternoon session with songs on pages 341, 204, and 566. Leaders: Oscar McGuire 57, 473, 276; Sherrell Cleino 127, 135; Jeff Sheppard 293, 436 (for Flora Skinner and the Roy Nelson family), 347; Ann Simpson 46, 294; Nellie Mae White 119, 312t, 159; Elder Lewis Norton 31b, 34t, 569b; Hugh McGraw 572, 573, 567; Lois Owens 168, 480; Hester Edwards and Charlene Wallace 73b (for Alice Edwards); Cecelia Sanders 354b, 61; Margie Smith and Nancy Allen 225t.

Announcements were made. Billy Joe Harris and Elder Neil Prichard led song on page 56t as the closing song. Elder Lewis Norton dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Billy Joe Harris; Vice Chairman—Elder Neil Prichard; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.