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Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church

Cleburne County, Alabama

April 21, 1996

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church in Cleburne County, Alabama was held on the third Sunday in April. The class was called to order by B. J. Harris leading song on page 59. The morning prayer was led by Lonnie Rogers. Leaders: B. J. Harris 30t; Elder Neal Prichard 566, 204, 39b; Evelyn Harris 47t, 46. The class was organized for the day, and voted to retain the same officers: Chairman—B. J. Harris; Vice Chairman—Elder Neal Prichard; Secretary—Evelyn Harris; Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards; Memorial Committee—Mary Florence Smith. B. J. Harris led song on page 303b. Leaders: Lucile Gunnels 40, 189; Everette Denney 405, 335, 34b; Charlene Wallace 139, 289, 299; Harvey Austin 144, 569b; Lou Cotney 300, 212, 218.


B. J. Harris brought the class back together leading song on page 45t. Leaders: Roy Nelson 75, 148, 105; Revy Williamson 77 (t? b?), 155; Stan Edwards 340, 460; Carlene Griffin 117, 122, 126. Mary Florence Smith gave the memorial, and reflected on those that have passed away since last year and years passed. Lovella Kerr led songs on pages 48b and 285t in memory of: Elder Lawrence Daugherty who was a pastor at Old Harmony Church for several years, Rev. Fred Newborn, Clellon Warren, Freeman Harris, and Talmadge Harris. Lonnie Rogers led songs on pages 68b and 225t for the sick and shut-ins. Elder Neal Prichard closed the memorial with prayer.


The class was called to order by B. J. Harris leading song on page 503b. Leaders: Mary Florence Smith 325, 29t; I. V. McWhorter 109, 171; Shelbie Sheppard 110, 28b, 137; Ruth Daniel 378 (t? b?), 46; Jeff Sheppard 129, 128, 120, 278b; Nillie Mae White 47b, 100; Mildred Patterson 143, 108t; Florence Williamson 78, 290; Sherrill Durand 127; Brenda Harris 378t; Lewis Norton 79, 318, 323b; Mary Ann Scarbrough 445b; Amber Scarbrough 45t; Ruth Brown asked B. J. Harris, Evelyn Harris, and their children (Lara Waits, Dale Harris, and Brenda Harris) to lead. The Harris Family led song on page 452b, and song on page 159 in memory of Evelyn Harris’ mother, Estelle Warren. Announcements were made. B. J. Harris and Elder Neal Prichard led song on page 69t for the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Elder Lewis Norton.

Chairman—B. J. Harris; Vice Chairman—Elder Neal Prichard; Secretary—Evelyn Harris.