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Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church

Abernathy, Cleburne County, Alabama

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church, near Abernathy, Cleburne County, Alabama, was held on the third Sunday in April. Stanley Edwards called the class to order leading 56t. Elder Neal Pritchard, pastor of the church, offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Stanley Edwards 102, 101t; B.M. Smith 123t.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Stanley Edwards; Vice Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Secretary—Donna Bell; Arranging Committee—Judy Chambless.

Leaders: Stanley Edwards 112; Cecil Roberts 138b, 312b; Lou Cotney 222, 300; Charlene Wallace 217, 224; Jack Nelson 438, 504; Linda Booth 196, 297; Sherrell Cleino 335, 314; Robert Chambless 163b, 72b; John Plunkett 55, 271t; Shelbie Sheppard 332, 168.


The class was brought back to order by Stanley Edwards leading 340 (for his dad). Leaders: Oscar McGuire 336, 327; Margie Smith 317, 494; Jeff Sheppard 293, 392; Marilyn Bradley and Stanley Edwards 34t, 47b; Olivia Iverson 326, 445; Neal Pritchard 566, 204; Evelyn Harris, Ruth Daniel, Nellie Mae White, and Aline Harris 45t, 503; Judy Chambless 565, 501; B.M. Smith 475; Jack Nelson 30b; Linda Booth 145b; John Plunkett 517; Jeff Sheppard 439.

Ruth Daniel conducted the memorial lesson. B.M. Smith led 111b for the following deceased: Reba Norton, Lewis Allen, Steve Taylor, and Jimmie Denney.

Cecil Roberts led 489 for the following sick and shut-ins: Lonnie Rogers, George Garner, Lucy Garner, Mary Florence Smith, Lois Bowman, Mona Nelson, and Eugene Forbes. Elder Neal Pritchard closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Ann Simpson 452, 354b; Robert Chambless 77t. Cecil Roberts blessed the noon meal.


The afternoon session convened with Stanley Edwards leading 500. Leaders: Oscar McGuire 276; Charlene Wallace 203; Margie Smith 569b; Marilyn Bradley and Stanley Edwards 146; Cecil Roberts 178; Shelbie Sheppard 87; Ruth Daniel and Tina Lett 348b, 378t; Evelyn Harris 155; Sherrell Cleino 127; Ann Simpson 82t; Lou Cotney 215; Linda Booth and Tom Booth 454, 49t; Cecil Roberts 31t; Jeff Sheppard and Shirley Skeivelas 182; Jack Nelson 390; Oscar McGuire 229, 293 (by request).

Following announcements, Stanley Edwards led 62 as the closing song. The classed was dismissed with prayer offered by Chuck Jaggers.

Chairman—Stanley Edwards; Vice Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Secretary—Donna Bell