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Jordan’s Chapel Methodist Church

Newell, Randolph County, Alabama

October 24, 1999

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Jordan’s Chapel Methodist Church was held the fourth Sunday in October. The class was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Lonnie Rogers leading songs on pages 101t and 75. The morning prayer was offered by the pastor of the church, Rev. Julian Murphy. B.J. Harris led songs on pages 503 and 225t.

The class organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice Chairman—B.J. Harris; Secretary and Arranging Committee—Hester Edwards; Memorial Committee—Shelbie Sheppard.

Leaders: Jimmie Denney 145t, 145b, 143; Evelyn Harris 47t, 155, 108t; Roy Nelson 283, 176t, 282; Bobby Jackson 59, 81 (t? b?), “Mercy Seat”; Shelbie Sheppard 332, 100, 164; Everette Denney 68b, 426t, 119, 405.


B.J. Harris called the class to order leading songs on pages 452 and 358. Leaders: Henry Johnson 47b, 48b, 77t; Lewis Norton 457, 30b, 32t.

The memorial lesson was given by Shelbie Sheppard and songs on pages 204 and 294 were sung for the following deceased: Dura Johnson, Rena Mae Henson, and Velma Richardson. Rosa Hughes had requested 204 be sung in memory of her niece, Velma Richardson. The family of Rena Mae Henson had requested that 294 be sung in her memory.

Roy Nelson was requested to lead song on page 349 for the sick and shut-ins. Elder Lewis Norton closed the memorial with prayer.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Lonnie Rogers leading song on page 112. Leaders: Celia Sanders 339, 354 (t? b?); Cecil Edwards 341, 314, 490 (for his wife, Reba Edwards); Frank Bell Reeves and Pam Brown 274 (t? b?); Frank Bell Reeves and Billy Mitchell 45t; Tabitha Murphy and Evelyn Harris 87, 49b, 72b; Celia Sanders 452, 146; Roy Nelson 61; Lewis Norton 410t; B.J. Harris 340; Bobby Jackson 290; Jimmie Denney 30t; Everette Denney 169; Cecil Edwards 37b; Jeff Sheppard 313t, 222 (for Vivian Rogers); class (by request) 358; Henry Johnson 295.

Announcements were made. Lonnie Rogers and B.J. Harris led song on page 348 (t? b?) as the closing song. Rev. Julian Murphy dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice Chairman—B.J. Harris; Secretary—Hester Edwards.