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Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rogers Memorial Singing

Ephesus School, Roopville, Georgia

Sunday, March 7, 2004

The annual memorial singing for Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rogers was held at Ephesus School in Roopville, Georgia on the first Sunday in March. L.L. Rogers called the class to order at 9:30 a.m. with 101t. The invocation was given by Richard Maudlin. B.M. Smith led 73t; Co-Chairmen Denney Rogers and B.M. Smith led 75.

The class was organized with the following officers duly elected and committees appointed: Co-Chairmen—Denney Rogers and B.M. Smith; Secretary—Karen Rollins; Memorial Committee—Paige Harrod and Sherry Lovvorn; Arranging Committee—Mary Florence Smith.

Denney Rogers, mayor of Ephesus, extended a welcome to everyone.

Leaders: Jimmie Denney 63; Josephine Denney 145b; Evelyn Harris 155; Earlis McGraw 389; Eunice Webb 283; Daphene Causey 222; Felton Denney 387; Jan House 151; Nate Green and Norma Green 206; Shane Wootten 42; Reba Norton 177; Loyd Ivey 176t; Philip Denney 112; Karen Rollins, Karleen Williams, Paige Harrod, Sherry Lovvorn, and Denney Rogers (children of L.L. Rogers) 143; S.T. Reid 43; Phillip Langley 377; Pearl Guier 32t.


The class was reassembled. Leaders: Bobby Jackson 480; Myron House 113; Jared Wootten, Hayden Wootten, and Jamey Wootten 171; Sandra Wilkinson 475; Sarah Jenkins 99; Henry Johnson 45b; Milton Oliver 275b; LaRue Allen 299; Tony Hammock 30t; Lela Crowder, Liz Provow, and Steph Provow 106; Bobby Watkins 270; Reba Windom 192; Hobart Ivey 76b; Donna Wootten 88t; Tom McGraw 37b; Hugh McGraw 37t; Ed Thacker 54; Rodney Ivey and Dylan Denney 178, 186; Bud Oliver 39b; Richard Oliver 268; Eloise Wootten 454; Joel Jenkins and Shane Wootten 220; Tokay Shumake 35; Randa Harris, Susan Rice, and Barry Rollins 87; Oscar McGuire 573; Tony Ivey 205; Jeff Sheppard 316; Louis Hughes 498; John Plunkett 500. Louis Hughes offered prayer for the noon meal.


Denney Rogers led 335 to bring the class back to order. The group that attended the Academy Awards (Oscars) in Los Angeles, California spoke a few words and led 137.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Paige Harrod who spoke about the love of the words in Sacred Harp music, and then read the names of the deceased singers and friends.

Rodney Ivey led 122 for the following deceased: Ruth Brown and Gladys Simmons—Alabama; Georgia Foster, Mina Prince, Harold Jackson, and Mozelle Sheppard—Georgia; Betty Haas—Missouri. Charlene Wallace led 570 in memory of Mozelle Sheppard.

Phillip Denney led 27 for the sick and shut-ins which included Beau Caldwell and Mary Ellen Wilkinson. Billy Joe Harris concluded the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Sherry Lovvorn 25; Carlene Griffin 146; Marty Wootten 276; Sylvia Ivey 496; B.J. Harris 503; Sheri Taylor 29t; Lisa Webb 528; Lela Crowder 224; Bill Windom 28b; Joel Jenkins and Sarah Jenkins 282; Nate Green and Norma Green 208; S.T. Reid 329; Ed Thacker 45t; LaRue Allen 434; Eloise Wootten, Hobart Ivey, and Loyd Ivey 424; “Happy Birthday” (to Sandra Wilkinson); John Plunkett 399b; Henry Johnson 425; Richard Maudlin 168; Louis Hughes 142; Shane Wootten 358 (by request); Oscar McGuire 441; Rodney Ivey, Lonnie Rogers, and Tony Ivey 348b; Bobby Watkins 225t; “Happy Birthday” (to Mary Hackney).

Announcements were made. The congregation was thanked for a collection of $136. Denney Rogers, B.M. Smith, and Karen Rollins led 318 as the closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer.

Co-Chairmen—Denney Rogers and B.M. Smith; Secretary—Karen Rollins.