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Hopewell Homecoming

Oneonta, Alabama

June 9-10, 2001

Saturday, June 9

The fifty-fifth session of the annual Hopewell Homecoming Sacred Harp Singing was called to order at 9:15 a.m. by Terry Hullett leading song on page 59. Elder J.L. Hopper offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Terry Hullett 87; Calvin Phillips 61; Jewel Wootten and Roie Alexander 145b, 101t; Bill Stewart 480; Willie Mae Moon 498; S.T. Reed 73t; Hershell King 100; Shelbie Sheppard 418 (in memory of Nettie Green); Doug Conn 318; Henry Johnson 435; Martha Beverly 274t; Milton Oliver 314; Tommie Spurlock 430; Carmon Brothers 112; Ernest Phillips 280.

RECESS

Terry Hullett brought the class to order leading song on page 203.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Terry Hullett; Vice Chairman—Calvin Phillips; Secretaries—Jewel Wootten, Paula Gilmore, and Marie Hyatt; Arranging Committee -Terry Hullett; Memorial Committee—Linda Thomas and Philip Gilmore.

Leaders: Philip Gilmore 76b; Glenn Keeton 475; Bill Beverly 84; Velton Chafin 225t; Bill Waddington 143; David Yeager 350; Charlene Wallace 159; Freeman Wootten 282; Elder J.L. Hopper 543; Jimmie Gilmore 288 (for her parents, Garnsey McGough and Ethel McGough who are in a nursing home); Jeff Sheppard 137; Genora Whitworth and granddaughter, Neila Nicholson 354 (t? b?); Judy Caudle 187; Rodney Ivey 47t; Chita Blakeley 145t; Nate Green and Norma Green 448b, 144.

RECESS

Terry Hullett brought the class to order leading song on page 78. Leaders: David Ivey 376; Donna Wootten 74b; Laura Clawson 85; Rhoda Norris 432; Amber Springfield 142; Shane Wootten 442; Max Berueffy 224; Jessica Davis 166; Arthur Gilmore 511b (CB); Jackie Tanner and Cindy Tanner 155, 208; Paula Gilmore and Philip Gilmore 445; Ruth Walker 490; Travis Keeton 131b; Elene Stovall 299; Dwight Phillips 290 (in memory of his mother, Ruby Phillips).

LUNCH

Philip Gilmore brought the afternoon session to order leading songs on pages 300 and 272. Leaders: John Plunkett 492; Anita Landess 24 (t? b?); Margaret Spurlock 108b; David Carlton 276; Carlene Griffin 171; Eugene Forbes 186; LaRue Allen 196; Corene White 379; Betty Wright 40; Bill Green, Randy Green, and Billy Green 378b; Linda Thomas and Rodney Ivey 500 (CB), 486t (WB); Bob Watkins and Jewel Wootten 460, 235; Alex Makris 49b; Lora Cargo 454; Lydia Baswell and Vella Dailey 46, 452; B.J. Green and Genora Whitworth 45t; Martha Beverly and David Yeager 344; David Carlton 86; John Plunkett 50 (t? b?); Terry Hullett 269; Shane Wootten “Love At Home” (WB); David Ivey 501 (CB).

Terry Hullett and Elder Philip Gilmore led song on page 68b as the closing song. Elder Philip Gilmore dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, June 10

Terry Hullett brought the class to order leading songs on pages 29t and 31t and welcomed everyone to the singing. Elder Philip Gilmore offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Jewel Wootten 31b, 68b; Roie Alexander 32 (t? b?), 145 (t? b?); Alex Makris and Neila Nicholson 87, 49b; Lamar Smith and Randall Smith 76b, 343b; Doug Conn 35, 495; Shelbie Sheppard 332, 106; Floy Wilder 373, 441.

RECESS

Elder Philip Gilmore brought the class to order leading songs on pages 348b and 97. Leaders: LaRue Allen 203, 314; Linton Ballinger 81 (t? b?), 144; Freeman Wootten 278b, 33b; Chris Green, Pam Green, Hannah Green, and Mary Grace Green 101t, 354b, 426t; Chita Blakeley 530, 394; Buddy Davis 426 (t? b?); Nate Green and Norma Green 77t, 146.

RECESS

Terry Hullett brought the class to order leading song on page 36b. Leaders: Eugene Forbes 496, 299; Amanda Denson 391, 155; Buell Cobb 138b, 69t; Bill Green, Randy Green, and Billy Green 378b.

Elder Philip Gilmore and Linda Thomas conducted the memorial lesson. Philip Gilmore made a talk and led song on page 381. Linda Thomas read the names of the deceased and a letter about Ruby Phillips written by her children: Mary Ann Holmes, Betty Sue Johnson, Dwight Phillips, and Wayne Phillips. Linda Thomas led song on page 290 in memory of Ruby Phillips and songs on pages 340 and 358 in memory of Herbert Phillips.

Jeff Sheppard and the children of Aunt Nettie Green led song on page 418 in memory of the deceased: Ruby Phillips, Herbert Phillips, Allen Phillips, Bertie J. Phillips, Austin Phillips, Arthur Phillips, Eloise Watkins, Woodie Walker, Grady Price, Avie Blackwood, Marie Aldridge, Chloe Dailey, Ted White, Eron White, Madison Rose Tidmore, Betty Forbes, and Ida Gargus.

Jeff Sheppard led song on page 45t in memory of Allen Phillips, grandson of Virgil and Ruby Phillips, and son of Wayne and Yvette Phillips, who is being buried today.

The class was dismissed to reassemble in the cemetery to complete the memorial service. Several hymns were sung and Chris Green closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

LUNCH

Terry Hullett brought the afternoon session to order leading songs on pages 313 (t? b?), 297, and 189 (in memory of his father, Jimmy Hullett). Leaders: Carmon Brothers 403, 406; Elder Philip Gilmore and Paula Gilmore 39t, 75; Leola Smith 176 (t? b?); Karen Davis 384, 282; Linda Thomas 73b, 217; Jeff Sheppard 176b, 448b; Rev. Jimmy Wadsworth 218; Herby Bailey 501 (CB), 34b; Elder Philip Gilmore 270 (for Bud Oliver), 448t; Terry Hullett 358 (for Eudelle Lowe Putman).

Terry Hullett, Philip Gilmore, and Rev. Jimmy Wadsworth led song on page 62 as the closing song. Rev. Jimmy Wadsworth dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Terry Hullett; Vice Chairman—Calvin Phillips; Secretaries—Jewel Wootten, Paula Gilmore, and Marie Hyatt.