Thursday, February 06, 2014

Cagles and Clark

Cagle, Hazel Blanch Morris was born in Clay County, Alabama, the daughter of Arnslo Watson Morris and Mary Lillian Kelley. Elder Morris was a singing school teacher. She married William Kimzy "Kim" Cagle. They are buried at the Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Chambers County, Alabama. The tune Clark is based on a song from the Prince William Association of Primitive Baptist in South Carolina, which meeting the Cagles attended annually.  They brought this tune back with them and it became popular with the churches in Chambers County. An arrangement was made by Stanley Smith based on the tune the Cagles sang. It is named for Sacred Harp singer Don Clark of Chambers County, Alabama. Hazel was a strong tenor singer. Two siblings – Floy Morris Wilder and Wynelle Morris Birchfield – also sang Sacred Harp.
453a    Clark (with Kim Cagle & Stanley Smith)

Cagle, William Kimzy “Kim” was a native of Fulton County, Georgia.  He was the son of James Jackson “Jim” Cagle and Savilla Mae Cochran. Jim Cagle was a singing school teacher. His headstone at the Boiling Springs Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery reads, "A Great Teacher and Lover of Sacred Harp Singing." Kim married Hazel Morris, and after their marriage they lived in the metro-Atlanta area. There they worked and raised their family, then retired to a 160 acre farm near Hazel’s father in Chambers County, Alabama.  They spent much of their retirement time traveling to church meetings and Sacred Harp singings.  In Chambers County they attended Ephesus Primitive Baptist Church in Fairfax. Kim sang tenor.  He was not related to Alfred Marcus Cagle (See Steel, page 95).
453a    Clark (with Hazel Cagle & Stanley Smith)

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