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Edwardsville Baptist Church

Edwardsville (Cleburne County), Alabama

April 6, 1997

The annual Sacred Harp singing held at Edwardsville Baptist Church on the first Sunday in April was called to order by Harvey Austin leading song on page 32t. The morning prayer was led by Lonnie Rogers. Harvey Austin led song on page 59; Billy J. Harris 145b and 503.

The class organized for the day, and voted to retain the same officers: Chairman—Harvey Austin; Vice Chairman—B. J. Harris; Secretary—Hester Edwards; Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards and Sammie Oliver; Memorial Committee—Molene Thompson and Evelyn Harris.

Harvey Austin led song on page 101t, and the following leaders were called: Jimmie Denney 123t, 143, 128; Lou Warren Cotny 300, 218, 222; Everette Denney 127, 335, 489b; Shelbie Sheppard 385b, 36t, 36b; Lonnie Rogers 75, 97, 499; Carlene Griffin 81 (t? b?), 117.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Harvey Austin leading song on page 405. Leaders: Felton Denney 523b, 155, 147b; Charlene Wallace 79, 171, 283; Bud Oliver 480, 145t, 39t.

A memorial was given by Molene Thompson and the following deceased were remembered: Jimmy Dean Easterwood, Jimmy Causey, J. E. Allen, Hazel Cagle, Emma Nell Nelson, Bonnie Ashley, Bertha Anderson, Rodger Morrison, Lola Jenkins, Clelan Cobb, Vena Holley, Robert Thompson, Malone Austin, and Shelby K. Miller.

Harvey Austin led song on page 45t for Bertha Anderson, and song on page 410 (t? b?) for his brother, Malone Austin.

Shelbie Sheppard led songs on pages 294 and 146 for the sick and shut-ins, which included: Ethel Bannister, Norman Thompson, Ellen Charles, Kim Cagle, Jerry Sheppard, Mozelle Sheppard, and Moena Denney. Reverend Horace Merrill welcomed everyone, and closed the memorial with praayer.

LUNCH

B. J. Harris called the class together leading song on page 452. Leaders: Alice Edwards 73t, 73b; Evelyn Harris 100, 47t, 159; Jeff Sheppard 87, 198, 186; Michael Turner 59; Sherri Taylor 358, 148, 114; Ruth Daniel 147t, 378t; Neal Prichard 341, 566, 569 (t? b?), 204; Reba Norton and Karen Reaves 61, 108 (t? b?), 112; Nellie Mae White 129, 106.

Announcements were made. Harvey Austin and B. J. Harris led song on page 46 for the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Reverand Horace Merrill.

Chairman—Harvey Austin; Vice Chairman—B. J. Harris; Secretary—Hester Edwards.