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Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church

Roopville (Near Ephesus), Georgia

June 19, 2005

The annual Sacred Harp singing was held on the third Sunday in June at Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church in Roopville, near Ephesus, Georgia. This singing has been held on this same date for more than 100 years. The class was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Chairman Denney Rogers who extended a welcome to everyone then led 75 and 101t. Hugh McGraw offered the opening prayer.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairlady—Karen Rollins; Vice Chairman—Philip Denney; Secretary—Karleen Williams; Arranging Committee—Charlene Wallace; Memorial Committee—Paige Harrod and Sharona Nelson.

Leaders: Karen Rollins 36b; Jeff Sheppard 316, 216 (for Shelbie Sheppard); Lonnie Rogers 318, 141; Karleen Williams 146, 405; Jimmie Denney 143, 145t; Carlene Griffin 81t, 144; Stanley Edwards 383, 340; Melinda Snow 29t, 168; B.M. Smith 99, 225t; Floy Wilder 214, 441; Sherry Lovvorn 454, 455; Earlis McGraw 201, 148.


Karen Rollins brought the class back together leading 34b. Leaders: Paige Harrod 112, 222; Bobby Watkins 39b, 460; Kathy Williams 186, 208; Louis Hughes, Jr. 163b, 74b; Sharona Nelson 37b, 137; Hugh McGraw 420; Lela Crowder 283, 391; Helen Brown 436, 220; Louis Hughes, Sr. 403, 540; Lisa Webb 496, 503; Kit Pfau 48t, 475; Margaret Gillanders 84, 228; Karen Rollins 111b (for Tokay Shumake).


Philip Denney opened the afternoon session leading 73t and 120. Leaders: John Plunkett 65, 74t; the Rogers grandchildren—Randa Harris, Kayla McWhorter, and Barry Rollins 59, 358; Richard Delong 45t, 98.

The memorial lesson was held with Sharona Nelson reading the names of the deceased, and Philip Denney leading 159 in their memory. The following deceased were remembered: John Hocutt, Naomi Sailors, Jap Walton, Wayne Smith, Kelly Beard, Dean Slaton, Ivalene Donaldson, Laurette Elizabeth Wojcik, Preston McClendon, and Jerry Denney. Denney Rogers led 358 in memory of his classmate Wayne Smith.

Charlene Wallace led 277 for the sick and shut-ins, which included Beau Caldwell, Oscar McGuire, Pauline Langley, Tokay Shumake, Raymond Hamrick, Shelbie Sheppard, Flarce Creel, and I.V. McWhorter. Jeff Sheppard closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Susan Muse 457; B.J. Harris 515, 303; Evelyn Harris 87, 155; Cecil Roberts 335, 480; Helen Brown 542; Kit Pfau 203; Margaret Gillanders 142; Sharona Nelson 270; Louis Hughes, Sr. 138 (t? b?); Karen Rollins, Karleen Williams, Paige Harrod, Sherry Lovvorn, and Denney Rogers 143; Stanley Edwards and Sherrie Edwards 312b.

Announcements were made. Lonnie Rogers, Karen Rollins, and Philip Denney led 62 as the closing song. Louis Hughes, Sr. offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairlady—Karen Rollins; Vice Chairman—Philip Denney; Secretary—Karleen Williams.