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Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church

Cleburne County, Near Heflin, Alabama

May 18, 2003

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 59. Harvey Austin offered the morning prayer. B.M. Smith led 101t; Jeff Sheppard 89, 123t.

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

Leaders: B.M. Smith 448t; Pearl Guier 127, 32t; Cecil Roberts 119, 284; Karen Reaves 410t, 457; Stanley Edwards 335, 340; Lou Cotney 172, 384; Howard McGuire 45t, 192; Sylvia Holland 30b, 348b.


Jeff Sheppard brought the class to order leading 129. Leaders: George Garner 436; Louise Holland 49b, 63; Reba Norton 61, 100; Harvey Austin 405, 566; Glenda Collins 282, 124; Sam Jones 137, 146; Michael Turner 59, 358 (for his sister, Erica); Nellie Mae White 106, 159; Winfred Kerr 47b, 146; Shelbie Sheppard 503 (for Evelyn Harris, Ruth Brown, and Buelah Reese), 36b.

Charles Norton gave a report on the cemetery.

Pearl Guier thanked Sylvia Norton and her brother for the beautiful flowers in the church, and then conducted the memorial lesson. Eunice Webb led 45t in memory of: E.M. Watson, Irene Watson, Grace Tolleson, Virginia Jones Glasgow, Ollie Walker, Wayne Smith, Jess Butler, Bessie Butler, Eric Reaves, Revy Williamson, Carrie Garner, Vivian Rogers, and Everette Denney.

Jeff Sheppard led 68b for Della Edwards and other sick and shut-ins which included Ruth Brown, Evelyn Harris, Buelah Reese, Kathleen Butler Powers, Alice Edwards, and all the service men and women overseas.

Jeff Sheppard led 155 and 122, which was especially requested by Ruth Brown, who was seriously ill at this time. Elder Lewis Norton closed the memorial lesson with prayer.


Lewis Norton brought the afternoon session to order and led 76b and 490. Leaders: Sherrell Cleino 323b, 421; Sherrell Cleino and Ruth Daniel 378t; Eunice Webb 328, 569b; Corene Laminack 164, 40; Shelbie Sheppard 186, 73b; Ann Simpson 143, 445; Jeff Sheppard 569t; Michael Turner 294; Stanley Edwards 81 (t? b?), 82 (t? b?); Cecil Roberts 303.

Announcements were made. B.M. Smith led 46 as the closing song. Rev. Les Jones offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

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