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Old Harmony Baptist Church

Abernathy, Cleburne County, Alabama

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Old Harmony Baptist Church was held on the third Sunday in April. The class was called to order by Stanley Edwards leading 60. Cecil Roberts offered the morning prayer. Stanley Edwards led 42. Charlene Wallace led 77t and 101t.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Stanley Edwards; Vice Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Secretary—Mary Jo Shafer; Arranging Committee—Judy Chambless.

Leaders: Stanley Edwards 203; Cecil Roberts 49b, 68b; Mary Jo Shafer 82t, 503; Jeff Sheppard 321, 176t; Robert Chambless 347, 225t (for Lonnie Rogers); Karen Rollins 298, 84; George Garner 399b; Glenda Collins and Bert Collins 340, 100; Ruth Daniel 335 (in memory of Harvey Austin).


The class was brought to order by Stanley Edwards leading 340. Leaders: Oscar McGuire 171, 336; Lou Cotney 172, 358; Reba Norton 282, 275b; Miranel Swafford 32t, 155; Evelyn Harris 47t, 39b; Sherrell Cleino 452, 127; Stanley Edwards 76b; Nellie Mae White 119, 45t.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Ruth Daniel. Stanley Edwards led 122 for the following sick and shut-ins: Lonnie Rogers, Katherine Benefield, Margie Smith, Shelbie Sheppard, Howard McGuire, Lovella Campbell (Kerr), Audress Gurley, and Myrtle Smith.

Jeff Sheppard led 503 for the following deceased: Billie Joe Harris, Gladys McGraw, Reby Stanford, Elder Homer Benefield, Felton Denney, Corene Laminack, Julian Murphy, Tom Muyerby, Milton Oliver, and Marvin Vaughn. Cecil Roberts offered prayer to close the memorial lesson.

Leaders: Ann Simpson 81t, 445; Neal Pritchard 147t, 566.


The afternoon session was called together by Cecil Roberts leading 97. Leaders: Judy Chambless 99, 339; Cecil Roberts 277; Mildred Patterson 294, 111t (for Katherine Benefield and in memory of Homer Benefield); Robert Chambless 72b; Jeff Sheppard 123t; Charlene Wallace 117; Karen Rollins 489; Oscar McGuire 229; Lou Cotney 300; Mary Jo Shafer 33b; Sherrell Cleino 135; Ann Simpson 333; Evelyn Harris, Ruth Daniel, Nellie Mae White, Aline Harris, and Calvin Warren 159; Mildred Patterson 146.

Following announcements, Stanley Edwards led 208 as the closing song. Cecil Roberts dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Stanley Edwards; Vice Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Secretary—Mary Jo Shafer