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Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church

Heflin, Cleburne County, Alabama

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The annual Decoration Day Sacred Harp singing was held at Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church on the third Sunday in May. The class was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by B.M. Smith leading 59. Robert Chambless offered the morning prayer. B.M. Smith welcomed everyone, and then led 101t.

The following officers were elected: Chairman—B.M. Smith; Vice Chairman—Glenda Collins; Arranging Officer/Secretary—Judy Chambless.

Leaders: Glenda Collins 100; Cecil Robert 35, 37b; Judy Chambless 82t, 372; Charlene Wallace 155, 159; Winfred Kerr 47b, 89; Robert Chambless 303, 77t; Tony Hammock 348b, 314; Lisa Bennett 170, 34b; Aubrey Hemminger 171, 547; David Brodeur 70t, 72b.


Glenda Collins brought the class back to order leading 45t. Leaders: John Plunkett 45b, 225t (in honor of Earlis McGraw); Samuel Williams 326, 372; Oscar McGuire 371, 573.

Robert Chambless conducted the memorial lesson. He read the list of names of the following sick and shut-ins: Ed Thacker, Margaret Thacker, Nate Green, Norma Green, Susan Harcrow, Earlis McGraw, and Janelle Davis. He then read the following list of names of the deceased: Hester Edwards, Neal Prichard, Evelyn Harris, Nellie Mae White, Norma Jean Yates, Faye Turner, Sarah Nolan, Terry Lambert, George Garner, and C.W. Garner. John Plunkett led 340 for the memorial song, and Charlie Norton offered the prayer.

Leaders: David Smead 271t, 101b; Sylvia Holland 36b, 122; Richard DeLong 123b (for Michael Thompson’s stepfather), 301; Virginia Dyer 532, 454; Andy Ditzler 109, 398. Charlie Norton gave the church and graveyard reports.

Leaders: Pam Nunn 186, 269; Ruth Daniel 47t, 378t; Dalton Lewis and Lisa Bennett 40, 63; Rene Greene 505, 172.


David Brodeur brought the class together by leading 358. Leaders: Jenny Prater 87, 119; Philip Denney 142, 300; Karis Askin 209, 224; David Smead 455; Aubrey Hemminger 344; Rene Greene 203; Samuel Williams 240; Oscar McGuire 515; Andy Ditzler 297; Richard DeLong 228; Pam Nunn 280; Lisa Bennett 196; Robert Chambless 77b; Cecil Roberts 399b; Winfred Kerr 282; John Plunkett 457; David Brodeur 73b; Philip Denney 73t; Karis Askin 276; Judy Chambless 527; Aubrey Hemminger 163t.

After announcements, B.M. Smith and Glenda Collins led 46 as the closing song. Cecil Roberts offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—B.M. Smith; Vice Chairman—Glenda Collins; Secretary—Judy Chambless