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Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church

Cleburne County, near Heflin, Alabama

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Cane Creek Decoration Day Sacred Harp singing was held on the third Sunday in May. B.M. Smith called the class to order leading 59. Elder Neal Prichard offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: B.M. Smith 101t; Glenda Collins 100; Donna Bell 490, 222 (for Lonnie Rogers); Margie Smith 225t.

The following officers were re—elected: Chairman—B.M. Smith; Vice Chairman—Glenda Collins; Secretary—Donna Bell; Arranging Committee—Margie Smith.

Leaders: Lou Cotney 300; 358 (for Faye Cotney); George Garner 229; 503; Sylvia Norton Holland 348b, 45t; Stanley Edwards 83b, 340; Evelyn Harris 155, 47t; Eschol Hughes 282, 68b.


The class was brought back to order by B.M. Smith leading 35. Leaders: Marilyn Bradley and Stanley Edwards 343, 164; Neal Prichard 56b, 139; Jeff Sheppard 293, 297; Bert Collins and Glenda Collins 294, 454 (in memory of Reba Norton); Lewis Norton 30b, 569b.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Stanley Edwards. He read the names of the following deceased: Mary Florence Smith, Howard McGuire, Ollie Austin Walker, Cecil Abney; Clara Aldridge Edwards, Baker Hollis, Marvin McElroy, and the recent tornado victims in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and across the southeast. Stanley Edwards led 192 (in memory of Howard McGuire, who was a faithful supporter of this singing). Jeff Sheppard led 45t (at the request of Mrs. McGuire in memory of her husband).

The sick and shut-ins honored were Lonnie Rogers, Teenie Moody, Nick Griffin, Carlene Griffin, Bud Oliver, Sammie Oliver, Louis Hughes, Lois Bowman, Sara Lynn Noland, Eunice Webb, and those injured in the tornadoes. Stanley Edwards led 283 for the deceased and sick and shut-ins. Charles Norton offered prayer to close the memorial lesson.

Charles Norton gave a brief report on the cemetery. Eschol Hughes blessed the noon meal at the table.


The afternoon session of singing convened with B.M. Smith leading 105. Leaders: Shelbie Sheppard 81t, 80t; Pam Nunn 186; Ruth Daniel 335, 378t; Paula Brooks and Evelyn Harris 318; Ann Simpson 445, 111b; Lois Owen 75, 480.

Following announcements, B.M. Smith and Glenda Collins led 127. They led 46 as the closing song. Eschol Hughes dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—B.M. Smith; Vice Chairman—Glenda Collins; Secretary—Donna Bell