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Hopewell Homecoming

Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church, Oneonta, Alabama

June 13-14, 2009

Saturday, June 13

The 63rd annual Hopewell Homecoming Sacred Harp singing was held at Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church in Oneonta, Alabama, on the second Sunday and Saturday before in June. Terry Hullett called the class to order by leading 59. The morning prayer was offered by Elder J.L. Hopper.

Leaders: Terry Hullett 129; Nate Green 34b, 50b; Bobby Watkins 410t, 448t; Philip Gilmore 36b, 278b; J.L. Hopper 91, 449; Karen Clark 387; Eddie Mash 96, 168; Wade Kotter 122; B.M. Smith 475; Judy Whiting 68b; Connie Stanton 456; Jim Aaron 163b; Paul Figura 457; Hubert Nall 312b; Xaris Martínez 371; Cassie Allen and Ainslie Allen 77t.


Terry Hullett brought the class together by leading 76b. A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Terry Hullett; Vice Chairman—Nate Green; Secretaries—Rebekah Gilmore and Paula Gilmore; Arranging Committee—Bobby Watkins.

Leaders: Jeff Sheppard 556; Margie Smith 225t; Chris Brown 28b; Chrissy Watkins and Cindy Tanner 200; Doyle Alexander 144; Charlene Wallace 283; Carolyn Thompson 185; Pierce Phillips 32t; Darrell Swarens 72b; Stephanie Fida 472; Bud Oliver 73t.


Bobby Watkins brought the class together by leading 112. Leaders: Philippa Stoddard 474; Chris Green 418; April Watkins 146; Robert Stoddard 564; Floy Wilder 350; Marlin Beasley 460; Kristie Harju 500; Aubrey Barfield 480; Shirley Figura 39t; Doug Conn 546; Leona Haynes 277; Paula Gilmore 270; Blake Sisemore 385b; Judy Caudle 134; Larry Ballinger 151; Don Clark 215; Cheyenne Ivey 37b; Sandie Scott 137; Elizabeth Stoddard 411; Eugene Forbes 299.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Bobby Watkins leading 454. Leaders: Bridgett Hill 276; Thomas Smith 203; Wayne Dell 268; Ernestine Pipkin 110; Ian Quinn 163t; Sarah Smith 340; Rene Greene 522; John Merritt 511 (OSH); Rebekah Gilmore 290; Pam Nunn 528; Henry Johnson 425; Tommie Spurlock 430; Shelby Sampson 383; Stella Pratt 39b; Bea Carnathan 47b; Brenda Merritt 542; Marilyn Burchett 29t; Velton Chafin 487; Terry Barber 377; Ben Faucher 503; Anne Chalker 235; Mike Hinton 534; Ruth Dolby 34b; Chris Holley and Kathe Pilibosian 201; Norma Green 43; Calvin Phillips 406; Bridgett Hill 282; Karen Clark, Philip Gilmore, and Rebekah Gilmore 178.

Terry Hullett and Nate Green led 445 as the closing song. Elder Philip Gilmore dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, June 14

The Sunday session of the Hopewell Homecoming Sacred Harp singing was called to order by Nate Green leading 32t. The morning prayer was offered by Ed Thacker.

Leaders: Nate Green 46; Bobby Watkins 33b, 39t; Philip Gilmore 37b, 30t; Henry Johnson 111t, 111b; Wade Kotter 139, 40; Doyle Alexander 45t, 68b; Bud Oliver 421, 343; B.M. Smith 123t, 354t; Norma Green 313t, 84; Leona Haynes 319, 290.


Bobby Watkins brought the class together leading 318. Leaders: Genny Whitworth and Nate Green 220; April Watkins 401; Ed Thacker 535, 475; Jeff Sheppard 404, 392; Chrissy Watkins 335, 215; Jason Kirby 128; Stella Pratt 452, 75; Rodney Ivey 67, 57; Margie Smith 373; Carol Selleck 499, 70b; Terry Wootten 101t, 129.


B.M. Smith brought the class together leading 222. Leaders: Judy Caudle 278t, 278b.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Linda Thomas and Philip Gilmore. Elder Gilmore read scripture from Psalms, and led 48t in memory of the following deceased: Ann Phillips, Alma Phillips Lambert, Gertha Wootten Parker, L.H. Gilmore, Nora Oliver Higginbotham, Mattie Townsel, John Etheridge, Frank Hataway, and Elder Gerald Hand.

Jordan Ratliff sang “Sweet Beulah Land” for the following sick and shut-ins: Jewel Wootten, Jessica Davis, Pearl Galbreath, Myrtle Wootten, John Plunkett, Ves Childs, Holly Childs, and Estelle Gilmore. Doug Conn offered prayer to close the memorial lesson.


The afternoon session was called to order by Nate Green leading 100. Leaders: Ben Faucher 288, 317; Scott Ivey 418, 472; Buell Cobb 207, 131b; Doug Conn 74b, 99; Linda Thomas 345b, 171; Cassie Holmes 358, 159; Chris Green 127, 517 (WB); Katrina Holmes 119, 37b; Vella Dailey 47t, 59; Rebekah Gilmore 168, 47b; Paula Gilmore 145b; Philip Gilmore and Paula Gilmore 512; Wade Kotter 63, 145t; Carol Selleck 482; Philip Gilmore and Grace Gilmore 388; Philip Gilmore and Mary Jewel Gilmore 348b. “Three Generations” (Linda Thomas, Teresa Ratliff, and Jordan Ratliff) sang “Mercy Seat”.

Nate Green, Norma Green, Bobby Watkins, and Henry Johnson led 62 as the closing song. Henry Johnson dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Terry Hullett; Vice Chairman—Nate Green; Secretaries—Rebekah and Paula Gilmore