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State Line Church

Cleburne County, Alabama

Saturday, April 10, 2004

The annual Sacred Harp singing at State Line Church, Cleburne County, Alabama, just off U.S. Highway 78 at the Alabama/Georgia state line, was held on Saturday before the second Sunday in April. B.M. Smith called the class to order leading 59. Louis Hughes, Sr. offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: B.M. Smith 448b; Rodney Ivey 222; Mary L. Smith 99; Bud Oliver 145b; Jimmie Denney 87; Stanley Edwards 129; Milton Oliver 176t; Felton Denney 47t; LaRue Allen 142; Lonnie Rogers 348b; Nate Green and Norma Green 82t; Joyce Lambert 100; Linda Thomas 217; B.J. Harris 303; Cathy White 84; Ed Thacker 402.

RECESS

The class was called to order by B.M. Smith leading 318.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—B.M. Smith; Vice Chairman—Rodney Ivey; Secretary—Mary L. Smith; Arranging Committee—Bud Oliver; Memorial Committee—Helen Bryson.

Leaders: Louis Hughes, Sr. 378b; Dave Richardson 204; Mel Kersey 354t; Mary Elizabeth Lee 192; Stan Jensen 475; Margaret Gillander 228; Phillip Langley 442; Pleasance Crawford 64; Russ Hanson 46; Helen Brown 542; Clarke Lee 344; Sandra Wilkinson 67; Eugene Forbes 155; Tony Hammock 135; Evelyn Harris 47t; Anita Landess 170; Louis Hughes, Jr. 112.

RECESS

Rodney Ivey brought the class to order leading 208. Leaders: Don Bowen 218; Karleen Williams 40; Bobby Jackson 558; Kathy Lee 299; Bridgett Hill 383; Mildred Patterson 378t; Ian West 32t; Keith Willard 319.

Helen Bryson conducted the memorial lesson and led 122 for the following deceased: Robert Kendrick and Mozelle Sheppard—Georgia; Ruth Brown, Harvey Austin, Irene Willoughby, Reba Warren Norton; Beulah Reese, Walter C. Gurley, Thomas Futral, Willie Caroline Denson, and Virginia Bruce Easter—Alabama.

Dennis George led 34t for the following sick and shut-ins: Loy Garrison, Dorothy Garrison, Violet Thomason, Barbara DeLong, Katherine Benefield, Myrtle Smith, and Nancy Allen—Georgia; Lebron Hinton, Denson Hinton, Dick Mauldin, and Gary Smith—Alabama; Jean Schaffer—Colorado. Elder Homer Benefield closed the memorial with prayer.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought to order by Rodney Ivey leading 100. Leaders: Henry Johnson 425; Richard Mauldin 77t; Mattie Townsel 137; Phillip Reeves 146; Jenny Jensen 448t; Amber Davis 454; Brenda Dean 417; Homer Benefield 56t; Richard DeLong 419; Lou Cotney 384; Aaron Wootten 480; Lee Rogers 163t; Jeannette DePoy 362; Olivia Hill 335; Pam Nunn 528; Audress Gurley 36b; John Plunkett 415; Jenny Willard 392; Joan Aldridge 198; David Lee 39t.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with B.M. Smith leading 28b. Leaders: Max Berueffy 411; Lela Crowder 215; Bethanne Hill 111b; Elene Stovall 430; Teenie Moody 212; Bufrey Dean 268; Rene Greene 276; Martha Beverly 546; Henry Schuman 426b; Helen Bryson 361; Dennis George 236; Charles Franklin 27; Jerry Creason 569b; Jeff Sheppard and Shelbie Sheppard 556, 436 (for Estelle Flowers and Lois Stanson).

Announcements were made. B.M. Smith and Rodney Ivey led 358 (by request). B.M. Smith, Rodney Ivey, and Elder Homer Benefield led 62 as the closing song. Elder Homer Benefield offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—B.M. Smith; Vice Chairman—Rodney Ivey; Secretary—Mary L. Smith.