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Hopewell Homecoming

Oneonta, Alabama

June 8-9, 2002

Saturday, June 8

The fifty-sixth 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 30b; Jewel Wootten 63, 317; Dwight Phillips 290, 45t; Douglas Conn 391, 399 (t? b?); Hershell King 35, 426t; S.T. Reed 43, 42; Daphene Causey 203, 216; Henry Johnson 341, 88t; Genora Whitworth 212, 131b.

RECESS

Terry Hullett brought the class together leading song on page 144.

A motion was made to go into a business session. Officers elected or appointed to serve were: Chairman—Terry Hullett; Vice Chairman—Chris Green; Secretaries—Jewel Wootten and Paula Gilmore; Arranging Committee—Terry Hullett; Memorial Committee—Linda Thomas and Elder Philip Gilmore.

Leaders: Chris Green 418, 348b; Bud Oliver 145b, 39b; Judy Caudle 540, 451; Glenn Keeton 354t, 475; Shelbie Sheppard 277; Shelbie Sheppard and Linda Thomas 106; Carlene Griffin 146, 171; Jeff Sheppard 137, 189; Milton Oliver 321; Eloise Wootten 384; Elder J.L. Hopper 149, 369.

RECESS

Singing resumed with Chris Green leading song on page 388. Leaders: Mark Green 460, 143; Shane Wootten 153, 224; Laura Clawson 73t, 228; Mitchell Brothers and Chris Green 72b; Cassie Franklin 166, 175; Lela Crowder 31t, 300; Loyd Ivey 89, 420; Floy Wilder 142; Charlene Wallace 186, 283; Nate Green and Norma Green 96, 358; Dennis George 378b, 373.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Terry Hullett leading song on page 61. Leaders: James Cain 480, 218; David Carlton 344, 332; Margaret Spurlock 112; Bob Watkins 314, 235; Chita Blakeley 430; LaRue Allen 316; Eugene Forbes 208, 80 (t? b?); Brenda Merritt 336, 192; Tommie Spurlock 215, 217; John Merritt “Nettie”, “Confederate Memorial Lesson”; Billy Williams 154, 161; Gene Wootten, Virginia Dale Glass, Terry Hullett, and Jewel Wootten 28b, 147b (in memory of Freeman Wootten); Elder Philip Gilmore and Paula Gilmore 317, 270; Sandie Scott 318, 282; Calvin Phillips 406; Jonathan Blakeley 81t, 129.

Terry Hullett and Chris Green led song on page 87 as the closing song, and Elder J.L. Hopper dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, June 9

Terry Hullett brought the class to order leading song on page 32t. Marlin Beasley offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Terry Hullett 73t; Chris Green 82t, 37b; Jewel Wootten 288, 176t; Paula Gilmore and Philip Gilmore 39t, 38b; Neila Nicholson 87; Doug Conn 277, 67t; Dwight Phillips 49b, 290; Lamar Smith and Randall Smith 36b, 76b.

RECESS

Terry Hullett brought the class to order leading song on page 75. Leaders: Marlin Beasley 426 (t? b?), 434; Taylor Cobb 310; Nate Green and Norma Green 114, 345t; Randall Smith 155, 300; Genora Whitworth 136, 176b; B.J. Green 127, 358; Beecher Yancy 48t, 565; Syble Adams 448b, 99; Phil Summerlin 348b, 270; Rodney Ivey 35, 475; Buell Cobb 138b, 74b.

Linda Thomas and Elder Philip Gilmore conducted the memorial lesson. Philip Gilmore made comments, and quoted scripture from John 16:33. “In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

The deceased remembered were: Roie Alexander, Freeman Wootten, Lydia Baswell, Lawrence Underwood, Lula Underwood, Martha Ann George, Frances Lee, and Arvie Battles. The Alexander family led song on page 145b in memory of Roie Alexander. Terry Hullett and Syble Adams led song on page 128 in memory of Freeman Wootten and song on page 441 in memory of Freeman Wootten and Roie Alexander. Vella Dailey led song on page 452 in memory of her mother, Lydia Baswell. Dwight Phillips, Betty Sue Johnson, and Mary Ann Holmes led songs on pages 137, 45t, and 119 in memory of their parents, Virgil and Ruby Phillips, and Allen Phillips, grandson of Virgil and Ruby Phillips. Philip Gilmore led song on page 68b in memory of Roie Alexander, his father-in-law and for the other deceased.

Linda Thomas, Rodney Ivey, and Philip Gilmore led 517 (WB) for the sick and shut-ins: Eldora Moody, Calvin Phillips, Clark Phillips, Pearl Gallbreath, and Alvin Hill. The memorial was closed.

Buell Cobb presented the family of Virgil and Ruby Phillips a plaque from the Sacred Harp Publishing Company for their dedication to Sacred Harp singing.

LUNCH

Chris Green brought the afternoon session to order leading songs on pages 101t and 144 (in memory of his grandfather, Homer Murphree).

Leaders: Doyle Alexander 283, 424; Pam Green 111t, 354b; Amanda Denson 31t, 47t; Chita Blakeley 196, 56b; Carmon Brothers 340, 112; Katrina Holmes 63, 59; Susan Harcrow 426b (in memory of Eloise Watkins), 186, 408; Vella Dailey 84, 46; Kassie Holmes 159; Butch White 77t, 47b; Elder Ricky Harcrow 445, “Shall We Gather At The River”, 339 (in memory of Wallace Keener); Linda Thomas and Terry Hullett “Sweet By And By”; Syble Adams 505 (CB), 512 (WB); Philip Gilmore 519 (WB), 517 (WB); Rodney Ivey 486t (WB), 491b (WB).

Terry Hullett and Chris Green led song on page 62 as the closing song, and Elder Ricky Harcrow dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Terry Hullett; Vice Chairman—Chris Green; Secretaries—Jewel Wootten and Paula Gilmore.