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Hopewell Homecoming

Oneonta, Alabama

June 12-13, 2004

Saturday, June 12

The fifty-eighth session of the annual Hopewell Homecoming Sacred Harp singing was called to order at 9:15 a.m. by Terry Hullett leading 129 and 40. Elder Philip Gilmore offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Terry Hullett 63; Jewel Wootten, Terry Hullett, and Gene Wootten 203 (in memory of Freeman Wootten, his 83rd birthday); Stanley Edwards 384, 385b; Doug Conn 273, 300; Ed Thacker 204, 205; Willie Mae Moon 224, 225t; S.T. Reed 337, 338; Henry Johnson 138t, 138b; Allison Ivey 425, 285t; Carlene Griffin 155, 448t; Calvin Phillips 406.

RECESS

The singing resumed with Terry Hullett leading 37b.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—-Terry Hullett; Vice Chairman—Chris Green; Secretaries—Paula Gilmore and Jewel Wootten; Arranging Committee—Terry Hullett; Memorial Committee—Linda Thomas and Elder Philip Gilmore.

Leaders: Terry Hullett 452; Chris Green 418, 147t; Richard Ivey 168, 32t; Charlene Wallace 217, 441; Shelbie Sheppard 440, 272; Hugh McGraw 37t, 545; Bridgett Hill 101t, 276; David Ivey 93, 98; Elder J.L. Hopper 556, 344; Homer Whitworth and Genora Whitworth 299, 318; Milton Oliver 176t, 176b.

RECESS

Chris Green brought the class to order leading 192. Leaders: Herby Bailey 565, 489; Harrison Creel 498, 530; Nate Green, Norma Green, and Ken Green 59, 36b; Judy Caudle 513; Velton Chafin 463, 521; Jeff Sheppard 492, 481; Betty Sue Johnson and Mary Ann Holmes 290 (in memory of their mother, Ruby Phillips), 45t (in memory of their father, Virgil Phillips), 119; Brenda Merritt 110, 142, 137 (in memory of Virgil Phillips and Ruby Phillips).

LUNCH

Terry Hullett brought the afternoon session to order leading 569b and 340. Leaders: Jonathan Blakeley 111b, 29t; Glenda Hopper 313t, 143; John Merritt “Nettie”, 274b; Pam Green 274t, 111t; John Etheridge 51; Elder Philip Gilmore 312b, 213t; Vella Dailey 84, 141; Linda Thomas 39t, 350; Paula Gilmore, Rebecca Gilmore, and Grace Gilmore 145b, 270 (in memory of Roie Alexander); Rev. Jimmy Wadsworth 218.

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

Sunday, June 13

Terry Hullett brought the class to order at 9:45 a.m. leading 32t. Elder Philip Gilmore offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Terry Hullett 68b (for Aubrey Reeves and Audrey Reeves); Chris Green 144, 75, 388; Jewel Wootten 72b, 147b; Doug Conn 35, 67; Willie Mae Moon 225t, 441; Calvin Phillips 490; Stanley Edwards 58, 61; Frank Hattaway 290, 348b; Gene Wootten 448b; Gene Wootten and Rod Ivey 486t (WB) (for Ronnie Meadows); Homer Whitworth and Genora Whitworth 81t, 171.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Chris Green leading 176b. Leaders: Rod Ivey 159, 475; Hershell King 426t, 97; John Etheridge 460; Jarrod George 59, 300; Brenda Merritt 434; Pam Green 79, 87; Nate Green and Norma Green 435, 60, 145b (for Bud Oliver and Sammie Oliver); Harrison Creel 512, 111b; John Merritt “Munfordville”, “Nettie.”

Linda Thomas and Elder Philip Gilmore conducted the memorial lesson. Linda Thomas read the names of the deceased which included: Lamar Smith, Dennis Phillips, J.C. Hardin, Ethel Hill Adams, Zelma Harcrow, and Susan McKathan. Elder Philip Gilmore and Linda Thomas led 47b in their memory. Betty Sue Johnson led 143 in memory of Dennis Phillips, son of Calvin and Annie Phillips, who died on March 3, 2004.

Terry Wootten led 369 for the sick and shut-ins which included: Eldora Green Moody, Bill Green, Buefa Green, Martha Woodard, Flora Phillips, Christine Hill, Aubrey Reeves, Bud Oliver, and Ronnie Meadows. Chris Green closed the memorial with prayer.

LUNCH

Terry Hullett brought the afternoon session to order leading 203. Leaders: Lela Crowder and Dana Borrelli 106, 42 (for Bud Oliver); Cindy Tanner and Flarce Creel 389, 269; Paula Gilmore and Philip Gilmore 29t, 39t, 47t, 48t; Jackie Tanner 138t, 89; Jenny Wootten Mann 452, 148; Buell Cobb 303, 131b; Terry Wootten 93, 428, 501 (CB); Katrina Holmes 137 (in memory of Virgil Phillips), 517 (WB); class “Mercy Seat”; Linda Thomas and Jordan Ratliff 282; Amanda Denson and April Watkins (6 weeks old, daughter of Bob and Mercy Watkins), 276, 186; Cassie Holmes 100, 101t; Rodney Ivey 532 (for Edit Tate); John Merritt “Nothing But The Blood”; Jenny Mann “Sweet Beulah Land.”

Announcements were made. Terry Hullett, Chris Green, and Philip Gilmore led 62 as the closing song. Elder Philip Gilmore offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

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