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Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church

Cleburne County, near Heflin, Alabama

Sunday, May 15, 2005

The annual Decoration Day singing at Cane Creek Primitive Church was held on the third Sunday in May. The class was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by B.M. Smith leading 59. Cecil Roberts offered the morning prayer. B.M. Smith led 73b; Jeff Sheppard 75; Pearl Guier 63, 32t.

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

Leaders: Stanley Edwards 312t; Cecil Roberts 480, 30b; Judy Chambless 568, 490; George Garner 212; Sylvia Holland 339, 348b; Bud Oliver 145t, 30t.


The class was called back to order by Stanley Edwards leading 105. Leaders: Lou Cotney 172, 300; Donald Jones 335; Glenda Collins 45t, 124; Frances Jones and Joe Jones 159 (for Joe’s 94 year old sister, Pauline Borden, who is ill); C.W. Garner 47b; Karen Reaves 457, 410t; Lewis Norton 33t, 30b; Mary Lee Smith 294, 358; Sherrie Edwards 282, 129. Charles Norton gave the cemetery report, and Buddy Owens gave a report on the driveway that is in progress.

Mary L. Smith conducted the memorial lesson. The deceased remembered were Elder Marshall Avery, Robert Garner, Evelyn Newman, Alonza Edwards, Milton Kerr, and David Pollard. Hester Edwards, Louise Owen, Alma Owens, and other family members led 288 in memory of their brother, Alonzo Edwards. Mary L. Smith led 348b in memory of the other deceased, her mother, her sister, Mozelle Sheppard, and her cousin, Lee Jones.

Mary L. Smith led 179 to honor the following sick and shut-ins: Myrtle Smith, Nancy Allen, Alice Edwards, Irvin Roberts, Pauline Borden, and Dale Harris. The memorial was closed with prayer by Mary L. Smith.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Stanley Edwards leading 37b and 76b. Leaders: Pam Nunn 234, 186; Louise Holland 43, 49b; Michael Turner 358 (for his sister), 340; Evelyn Harris 155, 47t; Robert Chambless 143, 70t; Nellie Mae White 100, 119; Ray Hollis 405, 225t; Cath Daniel 127, 378t; Shelbie Sheppard 332, 167; Billy Joe Harris 303, 503; Sherrell Cleino 334, 106; Ann Simpson 323b, 61; class 408 (by request).

Announcements were made. Stanley Edwards led 62 as the closing song. Cecil Roberts offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—B.M. Smith; Vice Chairman—Stanley Edwards; Secretary—Hester Edwards.