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Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church

Abernathy, Cleburne County, Alabama

Sunday, April 17, 2005

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church was held on the third Sunday in April. The class was called to order by Billy Joe Harris leading 32t. Lonnie Rogers offered the morning prayer.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Billy Joe Harris; Vice Chairman—B.M. Smith; Secretary—Charlene Wallace; Arranging Committee—Pearl Guier and Hester Edwards; Memorial Committee—Stanley Edwards.

Leaders: B.M. Smith 101t, 143; Charlene Wallace 85, 139; Pearl Guier 63, 303; Lonnie Rogers 225t, 141; Sherrie Edwards 159, 335; Oscar McGuire 473, 350; Judy Chambless 70t, 70b; Hugh McGraw 71, 352; Evelyn Harris 47t, 155; Tony Hammock 105, 135; Reba Norton 496, 99.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with B.M. Smith leading 123t. Leaders: Sherry Lovvorn 318, 373; George Garner 480, 436; Margie Smith 317, 499; Robert Chambless 323b, 68b; Karen Reaves 231, 274t; Donna Bell 168, 440; Bobby Jackson 348b, 290; Mickey McCloud 282; Cecil Roberts 30b, 312b; Ruth Daniel 45t, 378t; Carlene Griffin 81t, 448b.

Stanley Edwards conducted the memorial lesson and led 340 for the deceased and the sick and shut-ins. The following deceased were remembered: Lennie Smith, Kelly Beard, and Irene Willoughby.

The following sick and shut-ins were remembered: Gladys McGraw, I.V. McWhorter, Alice Edwards, Felton Denney, Josephine Denney, Pauline Howle, and Dale Harris. Cecil Roberts closed the memorial with prayer.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with B.J. Harris leading 503. Leaders: Pam Nunn 212, 365; Jeff Sheppard 334, 277; Lou Cotney 218, 172; Eunice Webb 283, 460; Sherrell Cleino 127, 186; Shelbie Sheppard 284, 332; Ann Simmons 61, 379; Mildred Patterson 358, 119; Lonnie Rogers and Sherry Lovvorn 389, 100; Ruth Daniel, Sherrell Cleino, Evelyn Harris, Nellie Mae White, Alene Harris, and Calvin Warren 56t, 39b; Robert Chambless and Judy Chambless 569b; Stanley Edwards and Sherrie Edwards 406; B.M. Smith and Margie Smith 28b, 441; Corene Laminack 129; Oscar McGuire and Charlene Wallace 171; Pearl Guier, Jeff Sheppard, and B.M. Smith 122; B.M. Smith 452.

After announcements were made, B.J. Harris and B.M. Smith led 46 as the closing song. Lonnie Rogers offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

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