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McWhorter Memorial

Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church, Cleburne County, Alabama

Saturday, October 18, 2003

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.

Mary Lambert Smith called the class to order, welcomed everyone, and led 59. Lonnie Rogers offered the morning prayer.

Mary Lambert Smith led 30b, 31b; Teenie Moody 317 (in memory of her grandfather, M.F. McWhorter), 171; and Mary Lambert Smith 318.

A business session was held with the class voting to retain the following officers: Chairlady—Mary Lambert Smith; Vice Chairlady—Teenie Moody; Secretary/Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards.

Leaders: B.M. Smith 101t, 146; Lou Cotney 172, 218; Stanley Edwards 496, 340; Corene Laminack 335, 186, 159; Bobby Jackson 435, 401; Sarah Smith 111t, 384; Eugene Forbes 155, 208.


Mary Lambert Smith brought the class to order leading 63 and 405 (in memory of Everette Denney). Leaders: Lonnie Rogers 33b, 222 (in memory of Vivian Rogers); Gary Smith 503, 523; Karleen Williams 341, 100; George Garner 436 (in memory of his mother, Carrie Garner); Jimmie Denney 68b, 72b; Marlin Beasley 207, 319 (lesson dedicated to Millard and Pearl McWhorter).


Mary Lambert Smith brought the afternoon session to order leading 61. Leaders: Cecil Roberts 225t, 489; Cathryn Baker 270, 277; John Plunkett 314, 74t; Milton Oliver 36b, 32t; Felton Denney 231, 385b; Henry Johnson 123t (in memory of Ruth Brown), 138t; Shelbie Sheppard 141, 139; Bill Joe Harris 47t (in memory of his mother-in-law, Estelle Warren), 303 (for his wife, Evelyn Harris); Henry Schuman 112, 217, 498; Eunice Webb 475, 512; Jeff Sheppard 409, 227; Lewis Norton 208 (for his wife, Gertrude), 418, 30b; Hester Edwards and Eunice Webb 388 (for Judd Wheeler who is ill and in memory of his wife, Janet Wheeler); Jeff Sheppard, Eunice Webb, and Hester Edwards 454 (for Ben Greene, grandson of Jeff Sheppard), 271 (t? b?), 104 (for Alice Edwards, Alma, and Louise, sisters of Hester Edwards); Teenie Moody 37b (for her son, Tom McGraw, her sister, Mozelle Sheppard, and her sister, Bernice, who lost a daughter on Friday, and in memory of her brother); Lonnie Rogers and B.M. Smith 45t.

Announcements were made. Mary Lambert Smith and Teenie Moody led 46 as the closing song, Mary Lambert Smith led the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairlady—Mary Lambert Smith; Vice Chairlady—Teenie Moody; Secretary—Hester Edwards.