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Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church

Cleburne County, Alabama

May 18, 1997

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church was held on the third Sunday in May. The class was called to order by B. M. Smith leading song on page 59. The morning prayer was led by Elder Lewis Norton. B. M. Smith led song on page 30t; Cecil Edwards led songs on pages 186 and 159.

The class organized and the following officers were elected: Chairman—B. M. Smith; Vice Chairman—Cecil Edwards; Arranging Committee—Margie Smith and Pearl Guier; Memorial Committee—Ruth Brown; Secretary—Hester Edwards.

Leaders: B. M. Smith 101t; Pearl Guier 49t, 49b; Ruth Brown 40, 63; Lewis Norton 171, 45t; Evelyn Harris 155, 47t; Bud Oliver 32t, 145b; Miranel Swafford 203; Harvey Austin 566, 335; Lou Cotney 196, 218.


The class was called together by B. M. Smith leading song on page 34t. Leaders: Henry Johnson 68b, 388; Carlene Griffin 113, 146; Sam Jones 127, 274 (t? b?); Milton Oliver 348b, 321. Charles Norton gave a report on the cemetery. Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 176t, 182; Sylvia Holland 176 (t? b?), 111b.

The memorial was given by Ruth Brown and Pearl Guier using two beautiful roses for the theme. Pearl Guier read, “In the rising of the sun, and the going down of the sun, we remember them”. Sylvia Holland led song on page 434 in special memory of Lola Jenkins. Jeff Sheppard led songs on pages 72t and 75 for the following deceased: Jimmy Causey, Rodger Morrison, Clelan Cobb, Mike Daniel, Vena Holley, Herman Lambert, William Headrick, Russell Norton, Earnest Allen, R. D. Smith, Don Markovitz, Greg Scott, Bertha Anderson, Malone Austin, Alice Mauldin, and Dwight Pollard. Richard DeLong led song on page 371 in memory of Hazel Cagle.

B. M. Smith led songs on pages 475 and 340 for the sick and shut-ins which included: Mary Walker, Jap Walton, Jerry Sheppard, Mozelle Sheppard, I. V. McWhorter, Kim Cagle, Ruby Phillips, Virgil Phillips, and the daughter of Roy and Louise Nelson. The song on page 475 was led especially for Virgil Phillips. B. J. Harris closed the memorial with prayer.


B. M. Smith led song on page 135 to call the class back into session. Leaders: Richard DeLong 482, 458; Louise Holland 318, 273; Everette Denney 225t, 569b; Alice Edwards 73b; Lamar Smith 36b; Katherine Benefield 373, 405; Bobby Bailey 490 (in memory of Elder A. L. Beckett), 365; Karen Reeves and Reba Norton 87, 112; Jimmie Denney 61, 100; Mildred Patterson 294, 378t; Ora Martin 215, 349; Neal Prichard 341, 204; Roy Nelson and Louise Nelson 82 (t? b?), 128; Pam Nunn 168, 172; Jack Butler 110, 129; Shelbie Sheppard 556, 106; Alice Edwards, Hester Edwards, Louise Owen, and Cecil Edwards 358, 104; Sherrel Durand 105, 127; Florence Williams 457; Margie Smith 494.

Announcements were made. B. M. Smith led song on page 46 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Lamar Smith.

Chairman—B. M. Smith; Vice Chairman—Cecil Edwards; Secretary—Hester Edwards.