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Hopewell Homecoming

Oneonta, Alabama

June 7-8, 2003

Saturday, June 7

The fifty-seventh session of the annual Hopewell Homecoming Sacred Harp Singing was called to order at 9:15 a.m. by Terry Hullett leading 32t and 59. Elder J.L. Hopper offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Terry Hullett 87; Jewel Wootten 82t; Dwight Phillips 290, 45t; Chris Green 36b, 388; Willie Mae Moon 441, 225t; Hershell King 67, 35; Gene Wootten 565; S.T. Reed 123b, 421; Daphene Causey and Sharon DuPriest 137, 434; Robert Walker 480, 452; B.M. Smith 448b, 475.

RECESS

Singing was resumed with Terry Hullett leading 61.

A motion was made to go into a business session for the purpose of selecting officers with the following elected or appointed to serve: 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: Judy Caudle 220, 76 (t? b?); Lela Crowder 494, 42; Bud Oliver 39b, 47t; Floy Wilder 142, 183; John Plunkett 125, 88b; LaRue Allen 110, 436; Milton Oliver 224, 222; Genora Whitworth 460, 120; Ernest Phillips 234, 236.

RECESS

Singing was resumed with Chris Green leading 318. Leaders: Elder J.L. Hopper 180, 450; Shelbie Sheppard 200; Elder Philip Gilmore 396, 411; Nate Green and Norma Green 152, 271 (t? b?); Allison Ivey 384; Jeff Sheppard 334, 332; Syble Adams 49b; James Cain 270, 218; Carlene Griffin 155, 548; Charlene Wallace 276, 299; David Carlton 528, 278 (t? b?).

LUNCH

Terry Hullett brought the afternoon session to order leading 40. Leaders: David Ivey 185; Linton Ballinger 213 (t? b?); Glenda Hopper 30 (t? b?), 84; Pam Green 274t; Lomax Ballinger 168; Brenda Merritt 336; Eugene Forbes 76b, 80b; Sandie Scott 282, 154; John Merritt and Brenda Merritt 348b, 163b; John Merritt “Nothing But The Blood” (by request of Linda Thomas); Mary Ruth Steifel 277, 274b; Carmon Brothers 340, 97; Velton Chafin 138b; Herby Bailey 70t, 34b; Paula Gilmore 39 (t? b?), 317; Linda Thomas 345b; Vella Dailey 147t, 75; Betty Wright 347; Chris Green 455 (by request).

Announcements were made. Terry Hullett led 48t as the closing song. Elder J.L. Hopper offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, June 8

Terry Hullett brought the class to order at 9:45 a.m. leading 48t. Chris Green offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Terry Hullett 27, 82t; Chris Green 144, 129; Jewel Wootten 101t, 345t; Matthew Lause 45t; Dwight Phillips 49b, 290; Douglas Conn 430, 306; Willie Mae Moon 498, 503; Pam Green 354 (t? b?), 59; Gene Wootten 164, 486t (WB); Herby Bailey 448b, 47t; Buddy Davis 68b, 63; Donna Wootten 278b, 56t; Stanley Edwards 127, 81t; Henry Johnson 406, 435.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Chris Green leading 203. Leaders: Rodney Ivey 75, 225t; Wayne Wootten 276, 155; Nina Kane 61, 335; Marty Wootten 31t, 441; Shane Wootten 448t, 300.

Linda Thomas and Doug Conn conducted the memorial lesson. Doug Conn made comments and recited the 23rd Psalm. Linda Thomas read the list of deceased: Leola Green Smith, Clark Phillips, Ruth Brown, Arie Epperson Brown, Alvin Hill, Dessie Huff Bennett, Lavaughn Ballinger, and X.L. Walker.

The Green family (Nate Green, Bennett Green, and Genora Whitworth) led 43 in memory of Leola Green Smith. Chris Green led 176t in memory of Alvin Hill. Terry Hullett and Jewel Wootten led 457 in memory of Erie Epperson Brown. Linda Thomas and Rodney Ivey led 500 (CB) for the other deceased.

Buell Cobb led 452 for the sick and shut-ins: Calvin Phillips, Eldora Green Moody, Bill Green, Beufa Green, Lamar Smith, Mary Smith, Evelyn Harris, Zelma Harcrow, Martha Woodard, Bill Windom, Jap Walton, and Joyce Walton. Doyle Alexander closed the memorial with prayer.

LUNCH

Terry Hullett brought the afternoon session to order leading 496. Leaders: Chita Blakeley 189, 123t; Nate Green and Norma Green 37b, 326, 318 (in memory of Leola Green Smith); Paula Gilmore 317, 97; Amanda Denson 269, 77t; Betty Sue Johnson, Mary Ann Holmes, and Dwight Phillips 319, 290, 119; Buell Cobb 398; Rebecca Gilmore and Joseph Alexander 45t, 445; Doyle Alexander 384, 400; Susan Harcrow 159, 192; Jonathan Blakeley 224, 73t, 81t; Rodney Ivey 358, 486t (WB), 478t (WB); Marty Wootten 559 (CB); Shane Wootten 501 (CB) (in memory of Freeman Wootten); Rodney Ivey and Linda Thomas 134 (for Aunt Pearl Galbreath), 500 (CB) (in memory of Ruth Brown and Clark Phillips).

Announcements were made. Terry Hullett and Chris Green led 62 as the closing song, and Rev. Jimmy Wadsworth dismissed the class with prayer.

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