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Edwardsville Baptist Church

Edwardsville (Cleburne County), Alabama

April 5, 1998

The annual Sacred Harp singing held at Edwardsville Baptist Church on the first Sunday in April was called to order by Harvey Austin leading songs on pages 59 and 68b. The morning prayer was led by Lonnie Rogers. Billy J. Harris led songs on pages 503 and 77b; Evelyn Harris 47t and 30t.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairman—Harvey Austin; Vice Chairman—Roy Nelson; Secretary—Hester Edwards; Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards and Sammie Oliver; Memorial Committee—Molene Thompson and Evelyn Harris.

Harvey Austin led song on page 101t. Leaders: Lonnie Rogers 186, 137; Pearl Guier 358 (for her sister, Nell Temple), 303; Roy Nelson 82t, 176t; Lou Cotney 172, 300; Felton Denney 299, 73t; Jan House 143, 148; Jimmie Denney 61, 63.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Roy Nelson leading song on page 97. Leaders: Alice Edwards 104, 73b, 45t (for Ollie Walker); C. W. Garner 72b, 65; Shelbie Sheppard 333, 105; B. J. Harris 452, 225t; Carlene Griffin 81 (t? b?), 170.

A memorial was held in memory of singers and friends who have passed away since last year. Harvey Austin led song on 285t for the deceased. Mary Florence Smith led 235 and 400 for the many sick and shut-ins.

Rev. Horace Merrill welcomed everyone to the church, and offered prayer to close the memorial and give grace for the noon meal. Harvey Austin led song on 341; Bobby Jackson 535.

LUNCH

Harvey Austin called the class together leading song on page 335. Leaders: Everette Denney 405, 127, 119; Michael Turner 59; Charlene Wallace 155, 276; Bud Oliver 145b, 426t; Mary Florence Smith 318, 302; Jeff Sheppard 297, 293; Teenie Moody 117, 126; George Garner 141, 454; Louise Nelson 350; Hubert Nall 217, 569b; Reba Norton 334, 282; Karen Reeves 274t, 410t; Bobby Jackson 388.

Announcements were made. Harvey Austin and Roy Nelson led song on page 46 for the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Felton Denney.

Chairman—Harvey Austin; Vice Chairman—Roy Nelson; Secretary—Hester Edwards.