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Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church

Cleburne County, Alabama

April 20, 1997

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church in Cleburne County, Alabama was held on the third Sunday in April.

The class was called to order by B. J. Harris leading song on page 59. The morning prayer was led by Elder Homer Benefield.

B. J. Harris led song on page 32t; Elder Neal Prichard 39b, 205, 566; Evelyn Harris 82t, 31b.

The class was organized and voted to retain the same officers: Chairman—B. J. Harris; Vice Chairman—Elder Neal Prichard; Secretary—Evelyn Harris; Arranging Committee—Charlene Wallace; Memorial Committee—Ruth Brown.

Leaders: Harvey Austin 335, 405; Katherine Benefield 108 (t? b?), 373; Ruth Brown 63, 36b; Lonnie Rogers 101t, 112, 225t; Margie Smith 499b, 303; Homer Benefield 406, 146, 56t; Lou Cotney 196, 218, 497.

RECESS

B. J. Harris called the class to order leading song on page 72b. Leaders: Carlene Griffin 162, 270; Al Grindon 84, 48t, 133; Shirrell Durand 127, 40.

A memorial was given by Ruth Brown for those who have passed away since last year. Those remembered were: Mike Daniel, Malone Austin, Clelan Cobb, Lola Jenkins, Hazel Cagle, Vena Holley, Jimmy Causey , Rodger Morrison, Herman Lambert, J. E. Allen, and Shirley Wright. B. M. Smith led songs on pages 275b and 45t for the deceased. The song on page 45t was a special request for Mike Daniel.

Shelbie Sheppard led song on page 61 for all the sick and shut-ins, and especially for Herman Smith who is in the nursing home. A special request of song on page 294 was led for Lennie Smith. The memorial was closed with prayer by B. J. Harris.

LUNCH

The afternoon session resumed with Elder Neal Prichard leading songs on pages 104 and 569 (t? b?). Leaders: Reba Norton and Karen Reeves 410 (t? b?), 358; Louella Kerr 68 (t? b?), 161; Carrie Grindon 213 (t? b?), 122; B. M. Smith 123 (t? b?), 475, 280; Katie Grindon 178, 163b; Jeff Sheppard 312 (t? b?), 159, 49b; Ruth Daniel 378 (t? b?); Richard DeLong 388, 366 (?), 439; Mildred Patterson 339, 119; Lewis Norton 30b, 37t; Ellen Waters 73b, 155; Charlene Wallace 341, 289; Miranel Swafford 345 (t? b?), 313t; Katie Grindon and Carrie Grindon 117; Al Grindon 276. Announcements were made. B. J. Harris and Elder Neal Prichard led song on page 46 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Elder Lewis Norton.

Chairman—B. J. Harris; Vice Chairman—Elder Neal Prichard; Secretary—Evelyn Harris.