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State Line Church

Near Muscadine, Cleburne County, Alabama

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The annual Sacred Harp singing held at State Line Church on Saturday before the second Sunday in April was called to order by Rodney Ivey leading 32t and 101t. Henry Johnson offered the opening prayer.

The class was organized by electing or appointing the following officers to serve: Chairman—Rodney Ivey; Vice Chairman—Samuel Williams; Secretary—Judy Caudle; Arranging—Judy Chambless.

Leaders: Rodney Ivey 113 (for Sonny Erwin); Samuel Williams 80t, 68t; Judy Caudle 138t, 134; Karen Rollins 36b; Winfred Kerr 59, 517; Robert Chambless 39b, 75; Henry Johnson 213b, 288; Pam Nunn 40, 155; Wyatt Denney 39t, 65; Anna Hinton 168, 383.


Samuel Williams led 322 to bring the class back together. Leaders: Dennis George 415, 502; Rene Greene 542, 456; Colleen Jones 284 (for Kathy Williams), 475; Rebecca Over 197, 397; Sarah Trumbore 204 (for Loyd Ivey), 336; Samuel Sommers 74t, 286; Andy Ditzler 104, 568; Eli Hinton 186, 299. Matt Hinton asked a blessing before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Rodney Ivey leading 313t. Leaders: Cheyenne Ivey and Rodney Ivey 47t (in memory of Hobert Ivey); Cheyenne Ivey 512; Amber Davis 396, 300; Tim Gregg 52t, 423; Lisa Bennett 428, 522.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Karen Rollins. She talked, from personal experience, of the amazing encouragement that comes from receiving cards, letters, phone calls, and hearing songs led in one’s honor. She read the following list of names of the sick and shut-ins: Judy Mincey, Norma Mincey, Charlene Wallace, Bea Aaron, Carolyn Thompson, Rozlyn Greene, Ottis Sides, Velton Chafin, Sonny Erwin, Virginia Futral, William Futral, Helen Bryson, Kathy Williams, Coy Ivey, and Jonathon Smith. Karen spoke of the memorial lesson as a means of honoring ancestors. She read the following list of names of the deceased: Eugene Forbes, Willodean Barton, Mike Jones, and Glenda Hopper—Alabama; Paul Luther Wilson—Minnesota; Concetta Branson—Oregon; Jennifer Naraki—California; Allan Jones—Canada. She led 153. Philip Denney closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: David Brodeur 372, 181; Reba Windom 195 (in memory of Shelbie Sheppard), 436 (in memory of Jeff Sheppard and B.M. Smith); Tom George 126, 122; Erica Hinton 176b, 460; Jim Aaron 47b, 503; Hubert Nall 64, 287; David Smead 271t, 345b; Oscar McGuire 229, 515; Sherrell Cleino 378t (for Ruth Daniel), 337; John Plunkett 54, 41; Glenda Collins 99, 454; Daniel Edwards 426t, 276; Jerusha Wheeler 107, 306; Matt Hinton 351; Matt Hinton, Karen Rollins, and Rodney Ivey 365; Philip Denney, Gayle Denney, and Wyatt Denney 129, 448b (for Pearl Guier); Cecil Roberts 399b, 388; Ann Simpson 445; Rene Greene, Pam Nunn, and Reba Windom 269; Judy Chambless 318; Rebecca Over and Margie Smith 225t (in memory of B.M. Smith). Announcements were made.

Rodney Ivey and Samuel Williams led 156 as the closing song. Dennis George dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Rodney Ivey; Vice Chairman—Samuel Williams; Secretary—Judy Caudle