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Edwardsville Baptist Church

Edwardsville, Cleburne County, Alabama

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Edwardsville Baptist Church was held the first Sunday in April. Stanley Edwards welcomed everyone and called the class to order leading 59. Henry Johnson offered the morning prayer.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairman—Stanley Edwards; Vice Chairman—Ed Thacker; Secretary—Donna Bell; Arranging Committee—Judy Chambless.

Leaders: Stanley Edwards 56t; Ed Thacker 408, 527; Donna Bell 318, 101t; Charlene Wallace 141, 155 (for Carlene Griffin); Tony Hammock 61, 60; Pearl Guier 32t, 448b; Jeff Sheppard 426b, 129; Oscar McGuire 276, 283; Lonnie Rogers 33b, 222; Robert Chambless 303, 145b; Reba Windom 186, 270; B.M. Smith 212, 340; Lou Cotney 384, 218; Myron House 102, 143 (for Jan House).


Ed Thacker brought the class back to order leading 460. Leaders: Jerry Creason 163b, 225t; Virginia Dyer 63, 99; Cecil Roberts 277, 229; Robert Walker 452, 84; Karen Rollins 136, 137; Shelbie Sheppard 76b, 77b; Sherry Lovvorn 373, 146.

A memorial lesson was conducted by Karen Rollins sharing words from Proverbs 10: 7, stating that the memory of the righteous is blessed, and at this time we reflect on those memories. B.M. Smith led 45t for the following deceased: Percy Owen, Jesse Cotney, Junior Rogers, Hazel Thompson, Myrtle Smith, and Dr. William Reynolds.

Henry Johnson led 68b in honor of the following sick and homebound: Jan House, Eugene Forbes, Mary Florence Smith, Barbara Hamby, Cordie Robinson, Harrison Creel, and Dr. Robert Hines. The memorial lesson was closed with prayer offered by Cecil Roberts.

Leaders: Henry Johnson 138t, 138b; Mary Jo Shafer 72b, 569b, Judy Chambless 565, 501. Rev. Bobby Garner, pastor of the church, gave a brief welcome, and then blessed the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Stanley Edwards leading 29t. Leaders: Ruth Daniel 335, 378t; Michael Turner 358, 294; Ed Thacker 456; Karen Rollins 347; Tony Hammock 544; Robert Walker 477; Donna Bell 112; Pearl Guier 49t; Henry Johnson 337; Lonnie Rogers 176b; Virginia Dyer 40; Robert Chambless 503; Reba Windom 36b; Cecil Roberts 178; B.M. Smith 393; Sherry Lovvorn 100; Oscar McGuire 473; Jeff Sheppard 472; Jerry Creason 49b; Shelbie Sheppard 332; Mary Jo Shafter 47t (for Evelyn Harris and Ann Simpson), singers with last names beginning with letters A-M led 70b; and singers with last names beginning with N-Z led 193.

Announcements were made. Jeff Sheppard reported that some of the Cates descendants performed much needed repair work on State Line Church, near Muscadine, Alabama. Lonnie Rogers and Denney Rogers have agreed to replace the tin above the eating tables and SHMHA will cover the cost. The work should be completed by Saturday’s singing at the church.

The singing concluded with Stanley Edwards leading 42. Henry Johnson offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Stanley Edwards; Vice Chairman—Ed Thacker; Secretary—Donna Bell