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New Hope Memorial Singing

East of Villa Rica, Georgia, off U.S. Highway 78

June 9, 2002

The New Hope Primitive Baptist Church Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was held on the second Sunday in June. Hugh McGraw called the class to order leading songs on pages 213t and 97. Felton Denney led the class in the morning prayer.

Leaders: Tommy McGraw 76b, 81t, 475; Charlene Wallace 36b, 40, 49t; Teenie Moody 59, 100, 101t; Bobby Jackson 32t, 34t, 445; Margie Smith 31b, 313t, 569b; Mary Florence Smith 63, 72b, 155, 448b; Everette Denney 171, 335, 119; Eunice Webb 225t, 208, 318; Reba Norton 61, 127, 460.

RECESS

The class was called together by Hugh McGraw leading song on page 64.

The business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairman—Hugh McGraw; Vice Chairman—Tommy McGraw; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.

Leaders: Felton Denney 277, 489, 143; Earlis McGraw and Coty Simpson 163t, 271t, 435; Laura Frey 117, 163b, 358; Lisa Webb 162, 369, 178; B.M. Smith 284, 497, 566.

LUNCH

The singing resumed with Tommy McGraw leading songs on pages 99 and 30t. Leaders: Rita Haley 268, 276, 300; Lonnie Rogers 33b, 112, 389; Sheri Taylor 77t, 203, 332; Karen Rollins 34b, 373, 222 (for her mother, Vivian Rogers); Charles Woods 312 (t? b?) (for Gladys McGraw), 457 (in memory of his mother, Berta Woods); Wesley Haley 45t, 198; Carlene Griffin 70 (t? b?), 146, 106.

Hugh McGraw and Mrs. Frances Languirando spoke on the history of the church cemetery and singing. The church was built in 1828, and the singing started in 1868.

Leaders: Celia Sanders 339, 168; Mary Florence Smith 302, 148 (for Mozelle Sheppard and Ike Stanford); Eunice Webb 73b (for Alice Edwards); Everette Denney 274t; Laura Frey 408; Lonnie Rogers 348b; Rita Haley 503; Felton Denney 549; Charles Woods 160t.

Announcements were made. By request, Tommy McGraw led song on page 358 as the closing song. Lonnie Rogers led the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Hugh McGraw; Vice Chairman—Tommy McGraw; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.