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Edwardsville Baptist Church

Edwardsville, Cleburne County, Alabama

Sunday, April 6, 2008

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Edwardsville Baptist Church, Edwardsville, Alabama, was held on the first Sunday in April. The class was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Stanley Edwards leading 72b. Lonnie Rogers offered the morning prayer.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Stanley Edwards; Vice Chairman—Ed Thacker; Arranging Committee—Pearl Guier; Secretary—Hester Edwards.

Leaders: Ed Thacker 187, 86; Pearl Guier 59, 40; Jeff Sheppard 57, 492; Karen Rollins 178, 123t; Robert Chambless 303, 84; Reba Windom 213t, 448b; Myron House 109, 105; Judy Caudle 277, 278t; Henry Johnson 55, 69 (t? b?); Charlene Wallace 101t, 141.


Ed Thacker led 30t to call the class back together. Leaders: Don Clark 350, 171; Judy Chambless 28t, 159; Oscar McGuire 283, 441; Verona Andrews and Karen Clark 274t, 224; Jack Nelson 165, 144; Evelyn Harris 155, 47t; Bentley McGuire 428, 101b; Alison Mitchell 288, 282; Karen Clark 421, 354t; Robert Walker 452, 477; Lou Cotney 222, 358.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Myron House and Jan House. Henry Johnson led 68b in memory of the following deceased: Elizabeth Brown, Vicki Clark, Corene Laminack, Hilda Wike, Sally Edwards Little; B.J. Harris, Jimmy Cates, Milton Oliver, Wilton Donaldson, Amanda Denson, Edith Tate, LaRue Allen, Hazel Nelson, Gertrude Norton, Herby Bailey, and Shirley Roberts—Alabama; Felton Denney, Homer Benefield, Gladys McGraw, and Reby Stanford—Georgia.

Ed Thacker led 403 in honor of the following sick and shut-ins: Katherine Benefield, Jimmy Denney, and Daphene Causey. Cecil Roberts offered prayer to close the memorial lesson.

Rev. Bobby Garner, pastor of the church, spoke and welcomed everyone.


Stanley Edwards brought the afternoon session to order by leading 270 and 340. Leaders: Lonnie Rogers 97, 225t; Ruth Daniel 335, 378t; Jan House 369, 479; Ann Simpson 445, 122; Cecil Roberts 56t, 32t; Shelbie Sheppard 106, 332; Mary Jo Shafer 229, 410t; Louise Holland 103, 28b; Eunice Webb 460, 392; Jan House and Myron House 143; Don Clark and Karen Clark 31t; Robert Chambless and Judy Chambless 480; Jeff Sheppard and Shelbie Sheppard 440; Reba Windom and Bill Windom 76b.

Following announcements, Stanley Edwards led 62 as the closing song, and those who wished took the parting hand. Cecil Roberts offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Stanley Edwards; Vice Chairman—Ed Thacker; Secretary—Hester Edwards