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Edwardsville Baptist Church

Edwardsville, Alabama

April 7, 1996

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Edwardsville Baptist Church was held the first Sunday in April. The class was called to order by Harvey Austin leading songs on pages 59 and 45t. The morning prayer was given by Lonnie Rogers. Leaders: Billy Joe Harris 225t, 445; Mary F. Smith 39b, 39t; Lonnie Rogers 33b, 186, 348 (t? b?); Pearl Guier 40, 503, 303; Everette Denney 171, 119, 34b; Lou Cotney 189, 218, 300; Kenneth DeLong 354t, 34t, 282.

RECESS

Harvey Austin called the class together leading song on page 108t. Leaders: Roy Nelson 35, 270, 87; Jan House 236, 143; Jeff Sheppard 57, 415, 137 for Virgil Phillips. A Memorial was held remembering those who have passed away in the last year with Mary F. Smith conducting. The deceased remembered were: Render Lastin, Ola Pruitt, Pauline Jacobe, and Zella Thompson. Jana House led songs on pages 499 and 498. Pearl Guier led songs on pages 448b and 68b for the sick and shut-ins. Rev. Horace Merrill welcomed everyone, and closed the memorial with prayer and asked the blessing on the food.

LUNCH

Harvey Austin called the class together leading song on page 335. Leaders: Midael Turner 45 (t? b?); Alice Edwards 271b, 73b, 104; Myron House 479, 562; 105; I. V. McWhorter 496, 97; Shelbie Sheppard 332, 314, 106; Charlene Wallace 331, 276, 327; Evelyn Harris 155, 47t, 146; Molene Thompson 490; Neal Thompson 566, 204, 317; Cathy Williams 451, 273; Lewis Norton 30b, 318 for Eula Johnson, 569b; Louise Holland 61, 63, 200; Horace Merrill and Keith Turner 294; Harvey Austin 373. Announcements were made. Harvey Austin and B. J. Harris led song on page 340 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Elder Neal Prichard.

Chairman—Harvey Austin; Vice Chairman—B. J. Harris; Secretary—Hester Edwards.