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Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church

Cleburne County, Alabama

May 17, 1998

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 at 9:30 a.m. by B. M. Smith leading song on page 59. The morning prayer was led by Elder Neal Prichard. B. M. Smith led song on page 284; Cecil Edwards led songs on pages 87 and 168.

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

Leaders: B. M. Smith 101t; Pearl Guier 40, 448b; Ruth Brown 49b, 82 (t? b?); Lamar Smith 76b, 36b; Lou Cotney 300, 218; Alan Jones 143, 548; Barbara Swetman 354 (t? b?), 127; Michael Turner 59; Alice Edwards 104, 73b; Roy Nelson 128, 283; Judy Jones 147t, 334; Henry Johnson 388, 288; Ester Brown 30t, 426 (t? b?); Donald Jones 274 (t? b?), 358.


The class was called together by B. M. Smith leading song on page 503. Leaders: Pam Nunn 186, 269; Bobby Jackson 535b, 72b; Frances Jones 569 (t? b?), 45t; Mary L. Smith 43, 225t.

The memorial was given by Ruth Brown reading passages from songs that expressed our sentiments of those who have gone on to their reward. Sylvia Holland led 348b in memory of Albert Tolleson. Louise Holland led song on page 159 for the Brown family that included six members of one family: Roy Brown, Grady Brown and wife, Ruth Brown, Nellie Brown Lee, Minnie Brown Whitehurst, and her daughter Virginia Whitehurst. Cecil Edwards and Michael Turner led song on 68b for: Kimsey Cagle, Arnold Edwards, members of the Austin family (Shane Austin, Lois Lambert Austin, and Nettie Austin Davis), Ada Kerr, Willie Mae McClendon, Eva Edwards O’Kelly, Richard Green, Lee Martin (husband of Ora Wade Martin), and Arvid Brown.

B.M. Smith led song on page 28b for the sick and shut-ins. B. J. Harris closed the memorial with prayer.

A report from the cemetery committee was given by Charles Norton.


The singing resumed with B. M. Smith leading song on page 335. Leaders: Judy Mincey 347, 34t; Martha Woodard 345b; Mary Ruth Stiefel 119, 144; Harvey Austin 108t (in memory of his sister, Nettie Davis), 109; Carlene Griffin 122, 81t; Karen Reeves 139, 294; Nellie Mae White 129; Neal Prichard 566, 204; Evelyn Harris 47t, 155; Ginnie Prater 460, 146; George Garner 480, 454; Verlon Stiefel 420; Louise Holland 273, 222; B.J. Harris 452b, 303; Sylvia Holland 212, 111b; Don Bowen 475, 474; Sam Jones 421, 137; Florence Williams 490; Barbara Swetman 114, 318; Ruth Daniel 378t; Louise Owen and Cleo Clay 126.

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

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