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Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church

Roopville, near Ephesus, Georgia

June 15, 2003

The annual Sacred Harp singing was held on the third Sunday in June at the Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church in Roopville, near Ephesus, Georgia. The class was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Lonnie Rogers leading 112 and 101t. Jeff Sheppard led 75 and 439.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice Chairman—Philip Denney; Secretary—Karen Rollins; Arranging Committee—Charlene Wallace; Memorial Committee—Sherry Lovvorn, Josephine Denney, and Gloria Buttram.

Leaders: Hugh McGraw 412; Philip Denney 99, 120; Felton Denney 73t, 31b, 155 (for Billy Joe and Evelyn Harris); Bobby Jackson 378t, 378b, 285t; Denney Rogers 318, 410t; Gayle Denney 384, 340; Jimmie Denney 290, 294; Earlis McGraw 284, 148; Reba Norton 282, 177; Louis Hughes, Sr. 176t, 83t.


Philip Denney brought the class back to order leading 143. Leaders: Louise Allen 314, 217; B.M. Smith 569b, 475; Karen Rollins, Beverly Rollins, Randa Harris, and Barry Rollins 34b, 268, 222; Louis Hughes, Jr. 147t, 49b; Catherine Oss 430, 499; Sharona Nelson 209, 68b; Lela Crowder 87, 442; Sheri Taylor 349 (for her mother), 163b (for Laura Frey); Lisa Webb 103, 159.

Chuck White, Treasurer for the Hopewell Committee, gave a financial report for the church and cemetery.


Chairman Lonnie Rogers brought the afternoon session to order leading 97 and 111b for Tokay Shumake, followed by Paige Harrod leading 100 and 460.

Sherry Lovvorn and Gloria Buttram conducted the memorial lesson. B.M. Smith led 494 for the following deceased: George Rogers, Everette Denney, Ruth Brown, Bernard Swafford, Vivian Rogers, Kenneth DeLong, Alma Brumbelow, Lillian Yates, Elzie Cook, Wilma Harrod, Revy Williamson, Cramer Rogers, Mildred McWhorter, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Green, Mrs. Bennie Jackson, Tillman White, and Chuck Lunsford. Lonnie Rogers and children led 405 for the sick and shut-ins. Chuck White closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Oscar McGuire 276, 473; Eunice Webb 283, 480, John Plunkett 398, 399t; Louise Holland 35, 31t; Cecil Sanders 303, 235; Stanley Edwards 32t, 146; Josephine Denney and Renita Folds 490, 45t; Renita Folds 225t, 164; Dennis Folds 472, 452; Karleen Williams, Paige Harrod, and Sherry Lovvorn 124, 98.

Announcements were made. A collection of $82.00 was given.

Lonnie Rogers and Philip Denney led 343 as the closing song. Louis Hughes, Sr. offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

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