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Hopewell Homecoming

Oneonta, Alabama

June 8-9, 1996

Saturday, June 8

The fiftieth session of the annual Hopewell Homecoming Sacred Harp Singing was called to order by Terry Hullett leading song on page 59. The morning prayer was led by Elder Marshall Avery. Terry Hullett led song on page 32t. Leaders: Roie Alexander 317; Douglas Conn 337; S. T. Reed 338; Martha Woodard 75; Lamar Smith 76b; Willie Mae Moon 460; Thurman Nall 503; Shelbie Sheppard 556; Cecil Sanders 475; Leola Smith 318; Bud Oliver 73t; Eloise Avery 348b; Clarke Lee 39t; Linda Thomas 106; Jeff Sheppard 549; Julie Lee 72b.

RECESS

The class was called together by Terry Hullett leading song on page 112. The class organized by electing the following officers: Chairman—Terry Hullett; Vice Chairman—Virgil Phillips; Secretaries—Jewel Wootten, Paula Gilmore, and Marie Hyatt; Arranging Committee—Margie Smith and Terry Hullett; Memorial Committee—Doug Conn and Linda Thomas. Leaders: B. M. Smith 149; Keterina Sanders 454; Elder Roy Avery 271 (t? b?); Calvin Phillips 147t; Becky Browne 89; Johnny Lee 31t; Carlene Griffin 225t; Mel Kersey 39b; Genora Whitworth 212; Freeman Wootten 565b; Jeanette Lowry 542; Milton Oliver 384; Charlene Wallace 481; Roy Nelson 434; Cassie Holmes 68b for Ruby Phillips; Cecil Gilliland 282; Lonnie Rogers 137.

RECESS

The class was called together by Terry Hullett leading song on page 64. Leaders: Brenda Merritt 448t; Hershell King 426t; Katrina Holmes 119; Coy Ivey 47t; Edith Tate 93; Larry Ballinger 270; Reba Dell Windom 192; Velton Chafin 385t; Flarce Creel 217; Earl Ballinger 299; James Cain 218; Gary Gronau 163 (t? b?); Jimmie Denney 313t; Phil Summerlin 35; Marlon Wootten 448b; Carmon Brothers 376.

LUNCH

The class was called together by Terry Hullett leading song on page 273. Leaders: Larry Ballinger 300; Norma Latham and Bud Oliver 418; J. A. Mosley 365; Chita Blakely 196; Clayton Ezell 390; Pam Nunn 528; Ernest Phillips 99; Joyce Walton 455; Gordon Wilkerson 380; Syble Adams “There Is A Fountain”; Arthur Gilmore and Jimmie Gilmore 276, 378t; Everette Denney 34b; Alice Mosley 285 (t? b?); Linton Ballinger 186; Paula Gilmore 30b; A. C. Rutledge 105; Herbert Phillips, Calvin Phillips, and Virgil Phillips 345t, 45t; Dorothea McCowan 551; John Merritt 73b; Elder Philip Gilmore 316; Betty Johnson 406; Jap Walton 420; Ann Ballard 421; Elder Arthur Beckett 490; Rhoda Norris 498. Terry Hullett led song on page 62t for the closing song. The closing prayer was led by Calvin Phillips.

Sunday, June 9

On Sunday morning the class was called to order by Terry Hullett leading song on page 39b. The morning prayer was led by Elder Marshall Avery. Terry Hullett led song on page 340. Leaders: Margie Smith 512; Jewel Wootten and Roie Alexander 349, 145b; Alice Mosley 45t; Elder Marshall Avery 74b; J. A. Mosley 63; Leola Smith 43; John Etheridge 65; Regina Clark 454; Henry Guthery 558; Julie Lee 109; Don Clark 171; Jeanette Lowry 369; Freeman Wootten 441; Richard Ivey 270; Pam Nunn 269; Thurman Nall 569 (t? b?).

RECESS

The class was called together by Terry Hullett leading song on page 189. Leaders: Mel Kersey 120; Shelbie Sheppard 290; Allison Ivey 442; Marty Wootten 64; Becky Browne 203; Stuart Ivey 300; John Merritt 68 (t? b?); Martha Woodard 428; John Lee 285t; Josephine Rousse 98; Eugene Forbes 222; Marie Hyatt 332; Elder Philip Gilmore 216; Karen Ivey 475; Milton Oliver 321; Genora Whitworth 136.

RECESS

The class was called together by Terry Hullett leading song on page 142. Leaders: Clarke Lee 147t; David Ivey 83b; Betty Johnson 127; Gary Gronau 181; Jeff Sheppard 182; Brenda Merritt 542; B. M. Smith 384; Lamar Smith 36b; Herby Bailey 34 (t? b?); Herbert Phillips 376; Paula Gilmore 75. At this time the memorial lesson was held. Linda Thomas and Doug Conn led 45t, “Sweet By and By”, and 61 for the following deceased: Colbie Allen, Ester Reed, Elbert Drake, Kelsey Wootten, Agnes Hocutt, Joe Smith, Hoyt Renfroe, Aver Crider, Effie Brock, Evelyn Browne, Maxine Phillips, Eula Stallings, Jerry Lamb, Bud Bailey, Doyce Oden, Pa Glover, and Ron Rutherford. Buell Cobb led song on page 467 for the sick and shut-ins. Elder Philip Gilmore closed the memorial with prayer.

LUNCH

The class was called together by Terry Hullett leading song on page 97. Leaders: Virgil Phillips 137; Cassie Holmes 68 (t? b?); Calvin Phillips 143; Katrina Holmes “Not Made With Hands”; John Lee 48t; Brenda Merritt 434; John Etheridge 211; Don Clark 480; Jeanette Lowry 430; Clarke Lee 32 (t? b?); Becky Browne 56b; Mel Kersey 503; Julie Lee 28 (t? b?); Regina Clark 178; John Merritt 76 (t? b?); Eloise Avery 37t; Thurman Nall 523; Gary Gronau 456; Buell Cobb 445; J. A. Mosley 282; B. M. Smith 54; Jeff Sheppard 176t; Shelbie Sheppard and Becky Browne 383, 106; Jeff Sheppard 33 (t? b?). Terry Hullett, Elder Philip Gilmore, and Virgil Phillips led the closing song on page 62. The closing prayer was led by Elder Philip Gilmore.

Chairman—Terry Hullett; Vice Chairman—Virgil Phillips; Secretaries—Jewel Wootten, Paula Gilmore, and Marie Hyatt.