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Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church

Roopville, near Ephesus, Georgia

June 18, 2000

The annual Sacred Harp singing was held on the third Sunday in June at the Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church in Roopville, near Ephesus, Georgia. Lonnie Rogers called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. by leading song on page 75. Curtis Rogers led the morning prayer. Hugh McGraw led songs on pages 97 and 448b; Sharona Nelson led songs on pages 63 and 66.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice Chairman—Felton Denney; Secretary—Karen Rollins; Arranging Committee—Jimmie Denney and Carlene Griffin; Memorial Committee—Sherry Louvorn and Ruth Brown.

Leaders: Lonnie Rogers 137; Felton Denney 155, 50b; Curtis Rogers 143, 147t; Louise Holland 139, 186; Jimmie Denney 145t, 145b; Sheri Taylor 148, 299; Everette Denney 34b, 84; Josephine Denney 32t, 100; Roy Nelson 316, 283.


The class was brought to order by Lonnie Rogers leading song on page 298. Leaders: Louis Hughes 37b, 138b; Kathy Williams 276, 391; B.M. Smith 313t, 222; Allison Schofield 376, 542; John Plunkett 287, 229; Shelbie Sheppard 110, 296; Bobby Jackson 34t, 378b; Kshama Ananthapura 421, 171; Louis Hughes, Jr. 49b, 112; Randa Rollins, Laura Robinson, Beverly Rollins, Kayla McWhorter, Susan Rice, Roger Harrod, and Dan Harrod 358, 405 (for their grandmother, Vivian Rogers).

Chuck White gave a report on the cemetery and grounds: $3,182.44 in a checking account; $6,968.36 Cemetery Fund; $12,065.19 in a CD (savings). Improvements to the church were pointed out, and thanks were given to Curtis Rogers for the donation of an attic fan.


Felton Denney brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 73t. Leaders: Joan Denney 339; Reba Norton 177, 208.

Ruth Brown and Paige Harrod gave the memorial lesson. Karen Rollins, Karleen Williams, Paige Harrod, and Sherry Louvorn (children of Lonnie and Vivian Rogers) led songs on pages 340 and 119 for the deceased. Those remembered: J.D. Muse, Virgil Phillips, Karen House, Virgil Eady, Alton Rogers, Mrs. Lois Daniel, Mrs. Kermit Cavender, Joe Rogers, Lillie Belle Ayers, Lutie Neighbors, Mrs. Wendell Rogers, Mrs. Opal Rogers, Syble Yates, Gene Prince, and Lois Denney.

B.M. Smith led songs on pages 318 and 354 (t? b?) for the sick and shut-ins. Louis Hughes closed the Memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Charlene Wallace 347, 503; Jeff Sheppard 506; Linda Shea 410 (t? b?), 481; Phillip Langley 436, 216; Eunice Webb 122, 430; Oscar McGuire 441, 573; Phillip Denney, Lee Denney, and Kasey Askin 87, 164; Hugh McGraw 98; Allison Schofield 448t; Linda Shea 163t; Sharona Nelson 445; Kshama Ananthapura 61; Elder Lloyd Toney and Allison Schofield 72b, 45t; Alice Edwards 104, 73b.

Announcements were made. Lonnie Rogers and Felton Denney led song on page 343 as the closing song. Elder Lloyd Toney dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice Chairman—Felton Denney; Secretary—Karen Rollins.