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Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church

Abernathy, Cleburne County, Alabama

Sunday, April 18, 2004

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church was held on the third Sunday in April. Chairman Billy Joe Harris called the class to order leading 59. Lonnie Rogers offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Chairman Billy Joe Harris 303; Vice Chairman B.M. Smith 101t, 81t; Secretary Charlene Wallace 85, 99, 123t; Ruth Daniel 127, 335 (in memory of Harvey Austin), 378t.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—B.J. Harris; Vice Chairman—B.M. Smith; Secretary—Charlene Wallace; Arranging Committee—Ruth Daniel; Memorial Committee—Shelbie Sheppard.

Leaders: Evelyn Harris 155, 30t, 47t; Hugh McGraw 312b, 324; Glenda Collins 124, 45t (in memory of her mother, Gladys Simmons); Sherrell Cleino 100, 159, 143; Stanley Edwards 340, 358 (in memory of his grandfather, Arnold Edwards), 61; Howard McGuire 392, 192; Pearl Guier 32t, 448b, 49t.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with B.M. Smith leading 222. Leaders: Felton Denney 445, 489; Oscar McGuire 283, 336, 573; C.W. Garner 337, 176b; Sherry Lovvorn 373, 405, 318; Lou Cotney 218, 384; John Plunkett 385t, 55.

Shelbie Sheppard conducted the memorial lesson and led 47b in memory of the following deceased: Beulah Reese, Alma Warren, Ruth Brown, Irene Willoughby, Harvey Austin, Carrie Garner, Reba Warren Norton, Gladys Simmons, Mozelle Sheppard, and Roger Humphrey.

Charlene Wallace led 146 in honor of the sick and shut-ins: Alice Edwards, Alonza Edwards, Estelle Flowers, I.V. McWhorter, Nancy Allen, Jimmy Cates, and Donnie McGraw. Lonnie Rogers closed the memorial with prayer.

LUNCH

B.M. Smith brought the afternoon session to order with song on 36b. Leaders: Margie Smith 317, 494; Josephine Denney 452, 145b; Reba Norton 136, 480; Lonnie Rogers 33b, 186, 343; Elder Lewis Norton 208, 30b; Carlene Griffin 117; Earlis McGraw 163t, 271t; Jeff Sheppard 388, 436 (for Estelle Flowers), 328; Cecil Sanders 235, 284; Eunice Webb 499, 172; Elder Neil Prichard 204, 341, 566; Anne Simpson 323b, 63; George Garner and Donna Garner Bell 434, 75 (in memory of Carrie Garner); Mildred Patterson 339 (for Elder Homer and Katherine Benefield).

Announcements were made. Billy Joe Harris and B.M. Smith led 46 as the closing song. Elder Neil Prichard offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Billy Joe Harris; Vice Chairman—B.M. Smith; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.