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Edwardsville Church

Edwardsville, Alabama

April 2, 1995

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Edwardsville Baptist Church (6 miles east of Heflin, Alabama, off Hwy. 78) was held the first Sunday in April. The class was called to order by Billie Joe Harris leading song on page 59. The morning prayer was led by Rev. Horace Merrill. Billie Joe Harris then led page 30 (t? b?). Harvey Austin led 101 (t? b?), 100; Charlene Wallace 143, 155; Everette Denney 72b, 34b. The business session was held by electing the following officers: Chairman—Harvey Austin; Vice Chairman—Cecil Edwards; Secretary and Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards; Memorial Committee—Mary Florence Smith. B. J. Harris then led song on page 45 (t? b?). Leaders called: Alice Edwards 73b, 146, 565; Lou Cotney 300, 212, 218; Jimmy Denney 276, 176 (t? b?); Pearl Guier 49b, 40, 63.


The class resumed singing with Harvey Austin leading page 335. Leaders: Carlene Griffin 37b, 126, 129; Erica Abramski 59, 358; Michael Turner 45 (t? b?), 359; I. V. McWhorter 496, 97, 74 (t? b?); Rev. and Mrs. Horace Merrill, Mary, Erica, Michael 45 (t? b?). Rev. Horace Merrill made a short talk welcoming everyone. At this time a memorial lesson was held remembering those who have passed away in the past year. Mary Florence Smith read St. John, Chapter 14. Lonnie Rogers led 348b, 225 (t? b?) in memory of Lessie Cates, Lois Green, Clellon Warren, Donald Ray, Wanda Smith, Louis Clark, Jimmy Burgess, William (Bill) Edwards, Gary Weston, Carl Norton, Mrs. Nellie Miles. For the sick and shut-ins, Jan House led 323b, 318. The memorial was closed with prayer by Rev. Merrill.


The class was called to order by Cecil Edwards leading 39b, 112. Leaders: Myron House 39t, 109, 135; Mary F. Smith 378 (t? b?), 147 (t? b?), 106; Brenda Harris, Hayley Webb, Evelyn Harris 106, 452, 47 (t? b?); Ruth Brown and Hayley Webb 36b, 303, 312 (t? b?); Louise Allen 81 (t? b?), 75; Luke Allen 277, 141; Roy Nelson 35b, 105; Everette Denney 490; Lonnie Rogers 298, 343; Hester Edwards, Gladys Simmons, and Charlene Wallace 454, 340. Harvey Austin and Cecil Edwards led 46 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Lonnie Rogers.

Chairman—Harvey Austin; Vice Chairman—Cecil Edwards; Secretary—Hester Edwards.