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Edwardsville Baptist Church

Edwardsville (Cleburne County), Alabama

April 4, 1999

The annual Sacred Harp singing held at Edwardsville Baptist Church on the first Sunday in April was called to order by Roy Nelson leading songs on pages 32t and 274t. The opening prayer was offered by Lonnie Rogers.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Roy Nelson; Vice Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards; Secretary—Hester Edwards; Memorial Committee—Mary Florence Smith and Molene Thompson.

Leaders: Lonnie Rogers 33b, 75; Mary Florence Smith 61, 52t (in memory of Jerry Sheppard on his birthday); Jeff Sheppard 176b, 34b; Alice Edwards 104; Everette Denney 503, 335; Pearl Guier 127, 59; Bobby Jackson 81t, 401; Lou Cotney 212, 222; Jimmie Denney 313t, 101t; Evelyn Harris 332, 30t.


Lonnie Rogers called the class to order leading song on page 225t. Leaders: Billy Joe Harris 278b, 303; Karen Rollins 123t, 489b; Felton Denney 155, 523; Betty Wright 235b, 317b; Milton Oliver 176t, 206.

A memorial lesson was held by Mary Florence Smith and Molene Thompson for the following deceased: Margie Edwards, Rosa Lee Owens, Alberta Skinner, and Mildred Burton (all of the Edwardsville community). Also remembered were: Ellen Charles and Jerry Sheppard. Mary Florence Smith led song on page 403 for the deceased and song on page 400 for the sick and shut-ins who are too numerous to list.

Rev. Horace Merrill, pastor of the church, extended a very warm welcome to all who came to take part in the service, whether to sing or to listen, closed the memorial, and offered prayer to bless the food for the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Roy Nelson leading songs on pages 145b and 97. Leaders: Charlene Wallace 129, 139; Shelbie Sheppard 418, 66; Jeff Sheppard and Molene Thompson 491. The following list of songs were sung by the class, with no leader: 236, 415, 408, 484, 497, 496, 163 (t? b?), 490, 459, 457, 451, 450, 368, and 369.

Announcements were made. Roy Nelson led song on page 45t as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Rev. Horace Merrill.

Chairman—Roy Nelson; Vice Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Secretary—Hester Edwards.