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Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church

Abernathy, Cleburne County, Alabama

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Old Harmony Primitive Baptist Church near Abernathy, Cleburne County, Alabama, was held on the third Sunday in April. The class was called to order by Robert Chambless leading 56t. Robert welcomed everyone, and then led 32t. Cecil Roberts offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Donna Bell 159 (for her daddy, George Garner), 318; Cecil Roberts 76b (in memory of Stanly Edwards), 97 (in memory of Lonnie Rogers); Judy Chambless 142, 527; Winfred Kerr 146, 89; Glenda Collins and Bert Collins 45t (in memory of Elder Lewis Norton), 340 (in memory of Stanly Edwards); Ruth Daniel 47t (for Evelyn Harris), 378t; Elder Neal Prichard 566; Nellie Mae White 418; Hayden Arp 405, 460; Charlene Wallace 155, 417.


Nicole Bowman called the class back to order by leading 100 and 441. Leaders: Oscar McGuire 340 (for Lawrence Edwards), 344; Rene Greene 345b, 282; Ryan Bowman 133, 163b; Tony Hammock 348b (in memory of Jeff and Shelbie Sheppard), 314 (in memory of Stanly Edwards); Earlis McGraw 225t (in memory of Stanly Edwards), 312b.

A business session was held with the following officers retained or appointed: Chairman—Robert Chambless; Vice Chairman—Cecil Roberts (temporary, in the absence of B.M. Smith); Secretary—Donna Bell; Arranging Officer—Judy Chambless.

Leaders: Robert Chambless 335, 31b; Nicole Bowman 376, 503; Ryan Bowman 547, 369. Elder Neal Prichard, pastor of the church, offered the blessing of the noon meal.


The afternoon session of singing began with Cecil Roberts leading 35. Leaders: Charlene Wallace 171; Tony Hammock 61; Oscar McGuire and Tina Lett 124.

Oscar McGuire and Tina Lett conducted the memorial lesson. They led 445 in honor of the sick and shut-ins and in memory of the deceased. The sick and shut-ins honored were Evelyn Harris, B.M. Smith, Margie Smith, George Garner, Lucy Garner, and Hester Edwards. The deceased remembered were Raymond Hamrick, Stanly Edwards, Troy Warren, Lewis Norton, and James Edwards. Cecil Roberts closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Glenda Collins and Bert Collins 101t; Rene Greene 87; Hayden Arp 204; Donna Bell 383; Winfred Kerr 47b; Earlis McGraw 284; Nicole Bowman 49b; Ryan Bowman 347.

Following announcements, Robert Chambless led 46. Elder Neal Prichard offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Robert Chambless; Vice Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Secretary—Donna Bell