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Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church

Abernathy, Cleburne County, Alabama

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church, near Abernathy in Cleburne County, Alabama, was held on the third Sunday in April. Stanley Edwards brought the class to order leading 101t. Cecil Roberts offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Stanley Edwards 45t; Cecil Roberts 289, 288; Mary Jo Shafer 229, 410t.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Stanley Edwards; Vice Chairman—B.M. Smith; Secretary—Donna Bell; Arranging Committee—Ruth Daniel; Memorial Committee—Mary Jo Shafer and Evelyn Harris.

Leaders: Oscar McGuire 34b, 155; B.M. Smith 123t, 222; Lou Cotney 384, 172; Tony Hammock 83b, 434; Donna Bell 68b, 426b; George Garner 436; Marilyn Bradley and Stanley Edwards 340; Glenda Collins 100, 124; Charlene Wallace 133, 171.


B.M. Smith brought the class back to order leading 225t. Leaders: Earlis McGraw 77t, 111b; Jeff Sheppard 97, 129; Neal Prichard 566, 204; Ann Simpson 312b, 358; Sherrell Cleino 127, 335; Evelyn Harris 47t, 503; Nellie Mae White 58, 378t; Olivia Iverson 30t, 328; Ruth Daniel 40, 32t.

Mary Jo Shafer and Evelyn Harris conducted the memorial lesson. Mary Jo Shafer led 122 in memory of the following deceased: Dale Harris, Jesse Cotney, Lovella Campbell, Myrtle Smith, Elder Gerald Hand, Amanda Denson-Brady, Katherine Benefield, Renea Campbell, and Lee Rogers.

Mary Jo Shafer led 49b in honor of the following sick and home-bound: Lonnie Rogers, John Plunkett, Shelbie Sheppard, Reba Norton, Richard Randy Smith, and Howard McGuire. Elder Neal Prichard closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Stanley Edwards led 53. Bill Cleino blessed the noon meal at the table.


The afternoon session began with Stanley Edwards leading 29t and 373 (by request for Reba Norton). Leaders: Tony Hammock 61, 314; Oscar McGuire 473, 441; Tina Lett and Sherrill Cleino 318, 348b; Lewis Norton 30b, 569b; Louise Holland 63, 323b; Ruth Daniel, Nellie Mae White, Evelyn Harris, and Aline Harris 36b; B.M. Smith 52t; Mary Jo Shafer 72b; Lou Cotney 300; Tony Hammock 196; Charlene Wallace 106; Cecil Roberts 277; Donna Bell and Joyce Bell 178; Ann Simpson 45t (by request).

Announcements were made. Stanley Edwards led 62 as the closing song. Elder Neal Prichard dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Stanley Edwards; Vice Chairman—B.M. Smith; Secretary—Donna Bell