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Hopewell Homecoming

Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church, Oneonta, Alabama

June 11-12, 2011

Saturday, June 11

The 65th 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 at 9:00 a.m. by leading 82t and 129. The morning prayer was offered by Elder J.L. Hopper.

Leaders: Nate Green 34b; Bob Watkins 111b, 480; Ed Thacker 64, 280; Judy Whiting 77b, 318; Chris Brown 102, 31t; Lori Graber 32t, 155; Rebecca Over 131b, 460; Lois Badey 30t, 479; Kelly Kennedy 67, 481; Wade Kotter 124, 171; Henry Johnson 55, 394.

RECESS

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—Paula Gilmore and Rebekah Gilmore; Arranging Committee—Bob Watkins; Memorial Committee—Philip Gilmore and Linda Thomas.

Leaders: Velton Chafin 419; Judy Caudle 500; Jim Aaron 503; Eugene Forbes 434; Scot Oliver 100; Chris Green 507; Susan Cherones 74b; Cindy Tanner 440; Philippa Stoddard 216; Sarah Smith 340; Stephen Rogers 68b; Michele Cull 168; Elizabeth Stoddard 173; Nicoletta Rogers 328.

RECESS

Philip Gilmore brought the class together by leading 176b. Leaders: Seth Holloway 268; J.L. Hopper 534; Gillian Inksetter 472; B.M. Smith 475; April Watkins 146; Annaliza Cull 448t; Robert Stoddard 365; Wayne Dell 49b; Darrell Swarens 341; Al McCready 84; Paula Gilmore 270; Amber Davis 192; Loyd Ivey 389; Roy Turrentine 186; Richard Schmeidler 254; Gary Smith 66; Bridgett Kennedy 300.

LUNCH

Terry Hullett brought the class together by leading 222. Leaders: Ricky Harcrow 448b; Ben Faucher 317; Vella Dailey 452; Jason Kirby 542; Doug Conn 285t; Idy Kiser 385b; Calvin Phillips 406; Ledora Morris 58; Rebekah Gilmore 442; Norma Green 496; Ginny Whitworth and Nate Green 418; Grace Gilmore 208; Linda Thomas, Teresa Ratliff, and Jordan Ratliff “Sweet Beulah Land”; Judy Whiting 492; Marlon Wootten 441; Doyle Alexander 36b; Philip Gilmore 411; Chris Brown 466; Nicoletta Rogers 497; Gillian Inksetter 548; Stephen Rogers 107; Robert Stoddard, Elizabeth Stoddard, and Philippa Stoddard 302; Wade Kotter 218; Kelly Kennedy 485; Jessica Davis Moncriet 166; Grace Gilmore, Annaliza Cull, Carson Davis, April Watkins, and Taylor Watkins 82t.

Terry Hullett and Nate Green led 45t as the closing song. Elder Philip Gilmore dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, June 12

The Sunday session of the Hopewell Homecoming Sacred Harp singing was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Terry Hullett leading 59. The morning prayer was offered by Calvin Phillips.

Leaders: Terry Hullett 288; Nate Green 49t, 100; Bob Watkins 30b, 290; Philip Gilmore 37b, 33b; Doyle Alexander 68b, 146; Rebecca Over 421, 371; B.M. Smith 544, 503; Rebekah Gilmore 276, 277; Dennis George 27, 28t; Claudine Townson, Virginia Glass, and Larry Wootten 143, 74b; Scott Ivey 82t, 73t; Ainslie Allen and April Watkins 77t; Cindy Tanner 200, 546; Ben Faucher 235, 72b.

RECESS

Bob Watkins brought the class together by leading 101t. Leaders: Cassie Allen 168, 42; Judy Caudle 530, 425; Susan Cherones 63; Calvin Phillips 406; Betty Sue Johnson 323b; Margie Smith 225t; Chita Blakeley 283; Jason Kirby 388, 358.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Linda Thomas and Philip Gilmore. Elder Philip Gilmore spoke on the hope of the believers. Philip and Linda led 47b for the following deceased: Myrtle Wootten, Rhoda Norris, Reba Edwards, William Hartley, Edna Dollar, Earl Green, Richard Ken Sherrett, Bob Meek, Christine Gandy, Bobby Galbreath, Ernestine Pipkin, and Joyce Over (UK); and for the following sick and shut-ins: Bud Oliver, Sammie Oliver, S.T. Reed, Lessie Reed, Carmon Brothers, Ruby Brothers, Lonnie Rogers, Lester Reeves, and John Merritt. Elder J.D. Morris closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

LUNCH

Terry Hullett brought the class together by leading 124. Leaders: Richard Ivey 314, 228; Julianna Jett 142, 399b; Rodney Ivey 500 (CB), 571 (CB); Jackie Tanner 208, 298; Cheyenne Ivey 176b, 313t; Blake Sisemore 278t, 532; Grace Gilmore 144, 196; Jordan Ratliff 96 (CB); Norma Green 136, 551; Tom Ingram 127; Jewel Wootten and Terry Hullett 134, 463 (CB); Philip Gilmore and Paula Gilmore 179, 512; Ledora Morris 354b, 119.

Terry Hullett, Nate 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—Nate Green; Secretaries—Paula Gilmore and Rebekah Gilmore