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Cross Roads Baptist Church

North of Tallapoosa, Georgia

July 4, 1999

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Cross Roads Baptist Church was held on the first Sunday in July, and was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Louis Hughes, Sr. leading song on page 32t. Felton Denney offered the opening prayer. Louis Hughes, Sr. led song on page 37b; Mary Florence Smith 72b, 318; and Margie Smith 84, 101t.

The class organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Louis Hughes, Sr.; Vice Chairman—Miranel Swafford; Secretary—Hester Edwards; Memorial Committee—Mary F. Smith; Arranging Committee—Margie Smith.

Leaders: Louis Hughes, Sr. 138b; T.J. Willard 36b; Martha Henderson 82t; Rick Russell 297, 327; Shelbie Sheppard 242; Allison Dodson 335; Bill Waddington 209; Laura Russell 113, 298; Keith Willard 278b, 100; Karen Hojnacki 480, 208; David Lee 501b, 274t; Nancy Allen 354b.


The class resumed singing with Louis Hughes, Sr. and Louis Hughes, Jr. leading song on page 108t. Leaders: Elsie Brock 146, 460; Roy Nelson 179; Martha Beverly 48t, 504; Terry Hogg 285 (t? b?), 340; Karen Rollins 489; Howard McGuire 192; Jenny Willard 99, 385t; Johnny Lee 42, 31t.


Louis Hughes brought the class to order leading song on page 49t.

Mary Florence Smith gave the memorial and read an article that Ruth Denson Edwards had written concerning the meaning of the memorial lesson. Mary Florence brought our attention to the new church sign which had been erected in memory of all descendants of Isaac and Sarah Wood who were the parents of Monroe Wood, Etta Pope, and Anna Newman, and in memory of all deceased of this church and the community. Mary Florence also noted that the live flower arrangement in the church today is in memory of Florence Wood Williams and given by the Wood family.

Miranel Swafford led songs on pages 490 and 75 in memory of the following deceased: Florence Wood Williams, Don Jolly, Grady Abney, Karen Wiard, and Janet Borman.

Lonnie Rogers led song on page 348b for the following sick and shut-ins: Lois Stanson, Evelyn Newman, Ruth Redding, Mozelle Sheppard, Allene Stanford, Carrie Garner, and I.V. McWhorter. The memorial was closed with prayer offered by the pastor of the church, Rev. Davidson. Rev. Davidson also welcomed the large crowd and spoke of his enjoyment in hearing this music.


The afternoon of singing began with Louis Hughes, Sr. leading song on page 39t. Leaders: Joe Schultz 503, 34 (t? b?); Aaron Little 512, 384; Midge Olsen 198, 66; Bill Beverly 68b, 117; Teenie Moody 390; Matt Wells 148; Laura Akerman 404, 436; Gordon Olsen 497, 163b; Carlene Griffin 225t.


The class was called to order by Louis Hughes, Sr. leading song on page 137. Leaders: John Plunkett 346, 160t; Judy Mincey 350, 34t; Jimmie Denney 313t; Evelyn Harris 159; Phillip Langley 542; Charlene Wallace 283 (for I.V. McWhorter and Earlis McGraw); Felton Denney 155; George Garner 434; B.J. Harris 77b, 452; C.W. Garner did not sing, but spoke of how grateful he was that everyone had come and made this a wonderful singing; Eskel Hughes 383, 59; Jeff Sheppard 392; Louis Hughes, Jr. 147t; B.M. Smith 269, 28b; Martha Henderson 53.

Announcements were made. Louis Hughes, Sr. led song on page 153. Louis Hughes, Sr. and Miranel Swafford led song on page 46 as the closing song. Billy J. Harris dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Louis Hughes, Sr.; Vice Chairman—Miranel Swafford; Secretary—Hester Edwards.