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Cane Creek Primitive Baptist Church

Cleburne County, Alabama

May 21, 1995

On the third Sunday, the annual Sacred Harp singing was called to order by B. M. Smith leading song on page 60. Prayer was given by Elder Lewis Norton. B. M. Smith led song on page 32 (t? b?). Cecil Edwards led 61, 168. Mary F. Smith led 40 for her sister, Mozell Sheppard, and 72 (t? b?). A business session was held, and the class voted to retain the same officers: Chairman—B. M. Smith; Vice Chairman—Cecil Edwards; Secretary—Hester Edwards; Arranging Committee—Margie Smith; Memorial Committee—Mary F. Smith and Ruth Brown. B. M. Smith then led song on page 36 (t? b?). Leaders called: Jerry Sheppard 475, 422; Alice Edwards 73b, 146; Lewis Norton 231, 569 (t? b?); Revy Williamson 299; Al Grindal 112; Frances Jones 127, 100; Roy Nelson 303, 35; Lou Cotney 218, 300; Pearl Guier 59, 143; Sam Jones 58, 179; Carrie Grindal 163 (t? b?).

RECESS

B. M. Smith called the class together leading song on page 384. Leaders called: Judy Mincey 410 (t? b?), 501; Bud Oliver 145b, 39 (t? b?) for Hoyt Renfroe; I. V. McWhorter 97, 426 (t? b?); Phillip Langley 203, 163 (t? b?); Katherine Benefield 358, 294. Charlene Wallace presented a plaque to Milton, Leroy, and Winfred Kerr honoring their father, Henry Kerr, for his contributions to the Sacred Harp traditions. At this time, a memorial was held in memory of those who have passed away in the last year. Lewis Norton led 358 for Lee Ann Forsyth; Alan Jones 323 (t? b?) for Maggie Jones and Jack Borden; Karen Reeves 323 (t? b?) for Randall Norton; Harvey Austin 45 (t? b?) for Jewell Ponder, Mrs. W. S. Kelley, Lois Green, James Brown, Zera Mize, Clellon Warren, Lessie Cates, Carl Norton, Ted Godsey, Roy Mauldin, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ray Smith, Wanda Smith; Cecil, Alice, Alonzo, and James Edwards and Alma and Louise Owen led 68b in memory of their brother, William “Bill” Edwards, and for Elmo Green, Jewett Edwards, Carl Edwards and Gary Weston; Richard DeLong led 374 in memory of Henry Kerr and 390 for the sick and shut-ins; Ruth Brown and Mary F. Smith led 285 (t? b?) for the sick and shut-ins. The memorial was closed with prayer by Billy Joe Harris.

LUNCH

Cecil Edwards called the class together leading song on page 82 (t? b?). Leaders called: Don Bowen 381, 420; Mildred Patterson 108b, 108t; Charles Norton gave a report on the cemetery; Jeff Sheppard 155, 177; Mandy Prater 490, 87; Charlene Wallace 94, 409; Martha and Judy Jones 147 (t? b?), 317; B. J. Harris 503, 445; Lee Rogers 569 (t? b?), 528; Neal Prichard 566, 204; Liz Bryant 178, 99; A. L. Beckett 77 (t? b?), 30 (t? b?); Evelyn Harris, Ruth Daniel, and Nellie Mae White 47 (t? b?); Everette Denney 119, 161; Lola Jenkins 434, 316; Bonnie Flowers 109, 74 (t? b?); Herman Smith 139, 205; Ginnie Prater 460, 496; Kenneth Mize 49b, 47b; Louise Holland 40, 46; Florence Williams 78, 290. After announcements, B. M. Smith led 318 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Elder Lewis Norton.

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