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McWhorter Memorial

Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church, Cleburne County, Alabama

October 20, 1996

The annual McWhorter Memorial Sacred Harp singing was held at Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church in Cleburne County, Alabama on the third Sunday in October. The class was brought to order by Cecil Edwards leading song on page 75. The morning prayer was given by B. J. Harris. Cecil Edwards led song on page 61. The class organized by electing the following officers: Chairman—Cecil Edwards; Vice Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Secretary—Mary Florence Smith; Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards. Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 129, 124, 123t; Mary Florence Smith 317b; Alice Edwards 73b, 341 in memory of Bill Edwards; Bobby Bailey 27, 452b, 37 (t? b?); Carlene Griffin 42, 309; Lonnie Rogers 101t, 141, 155; Lovella Kerr 72b, 161.

RECESS

Chairman Cecil Edwards brought the class to order leading song on page 159. Leaders: Margie Smith 76b in memory of Carl Hughes, 373, 313t; Evelyn Harris 77t, 47t, 100; Karen Reeves and Reba Norton 143, 358, 63; Billy Joe Harris 339, 340 in memory of Carl Hughes, 503; I. V. McWhorter 496, 97, 426t; B. M. Smith 30t, 335, 222; Shelbie Sheppard 36b, 38t, 66.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was opened by Jeff Sheppard leading song on page 82t. Leaders: Teenie Moody 126, 274 (t? b?) in memory of her mother, Ludie McWhorter Lambert, and John McWhorter; Carol Arrington 68t, 268 for her brother, Tommy McGraw; Lewis Norton 35, 34t, 39b, 292; Walter Hamrick 137, 318, 45t; Lou Cotney 300, 189, 497; Louise Allen 81t, 294; Shelbie Sheppard 269 by request; Ruth Brown 49b, 40; Mary Florence Smith 378t in memory of Ola Pruitt; Shelton Williamson 460; Cecil Edwards 491 for his wife, Reba. Cecil Edwards led song on page 69b for the closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Lewis Norton.

Chairman—Cecil Edwards; Vice Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Secretary—Mary Florence Smith.