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Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church

Cleburne County, Near Heflin, Alabama

May 19, 2002

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church was held on the third Sunday in May. Chairman B.M. Smith called the class to order leading song on page 82t. Felton Denney offered the morning prayer. B.M. Smith led song on page 72b; followed by Jeff Sheppard 124 (in memory of J.T. Pruitt), 112; and Mary Florence Smith 59, 89.

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

Leaders: C.W. Garner 100, 145b; Margie Smith 499, 108t; Jimmie Denney 87, 101t; Lois Owen 480, 290; Frances Jones 569b, 61; Howard McGuire 171; Reba Norton 282, 328; Winfred Kerr 47b, 146; Harvey Austin 405, 335; Louise Holland 49b, 47t.


The class was called back together by B.M. Smith leading song on page 30t. Leaders: George Garner 172, 222; Sylvia Holland 348b, 45t; Sam Jones 35, 127; Eunice Webb 30b, 318; David Carlton 163b, 133; Felton Denney 73t; Lou Cotney 384, 218; Michael Turner 358 (by request).

Ruth Brown presented the memorial lesson. The names of the deceased remembered were: Wilford Denney, Oakie Austin, Polly Moore, William Brown, Eula Johnson, Reba Edwards, Ray Edward Green, Edward Joe Norton, Lucille Garner, Mary Barber, Lorene Clay, Eddie Lee Lumpkin, Nell Arnett Temple, Daisy Roberts, and infants William Bailey Payton and Michael Owen Payton. Howard McGuire led song on page 235 for William Brown; Michael Turner led song on page 294 for Reba Edwards; and Felton Denney led song on page 285t for all the other deceased.

Evelyn Harris led song on page 340 for the sick and shut-ins which included: Vivian Rogers, Mozelle Sheppard, I.V. McWhorter, Ike Stanford, Gertrude Norton, and many others. The memorial was closed with prayer.

Charles Norton gave the report on the cemetery, and the class was dismissed for lunch.


The afternoon session began with B.M. Smith leading songs on pages 448b and 28b (for his mother, Myrtle Smith). Leaders: B.J. Harris 303, 503; Glenda Collins 81t, 354b; Cecil Roberts 143; Evelyn Harris and Taylor Sanders 155, 63; Karen Reaves 339, 312b; Corene Laminack and Pauline Kilgore 159, 164; Ruth Daniel 378t, 32t; Ann Simpson 46, 40; Nellie Mae White 106, 119; Celia Sanders 31b, 57, 73b (for Alice Edwards); David Carlton 162; Winfred Kerr 65; Taylor Sanders and Celia Sanders 371; Michael Turner 58, 122.

Announcements were made. B.M. Smith led song on page 69t as the closing song. B.J. Harris led the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

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