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Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rogers Memorial

Ephesus, Georgia

March 2, 1997

The annual Sacred Harp Memorial Singing for Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rogers convened at Ephesus School on the first Sunday in March. The class was called to order by Lonnie Rogers leading songs on pages 37b and 39b. The morning prayer was led by Elder Homer Benefield. Felton Denney led songs on pages 72b and 48t.

The class organized for the day by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice Chairman—B. M. Smith; Secretary—Karen Rollins; Arranging and Memorial Committee—Margie Smith and Mary Florence Smith.

The mayor of Ephesus, Denney Rogers, welcomed everyone to the community and especially to this day of singing.

Leaders: Denney Rogers 318; Karen Rollins 143, 34b; Margie Smith 501; Kim Cagle 32t, 36b; Felton Denney 503; Katherine Benefield 101t, 111t; Jan House 209, 200; Eloise Avery 108t, 426b; G. W. Rogers, Jr. 40, 294; Louis Hughes 39t, 480; Bud Oliver 42, 332; Tokey Boggs 204, 569 (t? b?).

RECESS

B. M. Smith brought the class to order leading song on page 497. Leaders: Cassie Franklin 76b, 485; B. J. Harris 452, 303; Pearl Guier 127, 49t; Lamar Smith 343; Myron House 178, 191; Shelbie Sheppard 269; Louis Hughes, Jr. 276, 235; Evelyn Harris 155, 47t; Milton Oliver 224; Cindy Franklin 362, 189; Homer Benefield 56t; Bobby Bailey 35, 159; Alice Edwards 73b, 104. B. J. Harris offered prayer for the food to be served at the noon meal.

LUNCH

Lonnie Rogers called the class back to order after lunch by leading song on page 345t. Leaders: Laura Webb 358; Bill Green 481; Jeff Sheppard 91, 371.

Mary Florence Smith and Karleen Williams gave the memorial and remembered the following deceased: Ed Latham, Jimmy Causey, Bonnie Ashley, Rodger Morrison, Vena Holley, Delta Wootten, Lola Jenkins, Buddy Tindal, Clelan Cobb, Milton Wallace, Tom Harper, Irvin Creel, Herman Lambert, Tommy Creel, William Headrick, Hazel Cagle, Otis Nall, Arthur Beckett, Leamon Todd, and Glover Nichols. The Rogers children led song on page 340 for Jimmy Causey. Felton Denney led song on pages 348b and 448b for all the other deceased. Louis Hughes led songs on pages 146 and 129 for the sick and shut-ins. The memorial was closed with prayer by Lamar Smith.

Leaders: Laura Williams 87; Carlene Griffin 225t; Henry Johnson 68b; Sheri Taylor 227, 142; Henry Guthery 304; Judy Mincey 344; Jimmie Denney 100; Eris Muse 405; Don Bowen 475, 474; Phillip Langley 436; Everette Denney 489, 119; Liz Bryant 354 (t? b?), 442; Louise Holland 273, 441; Gene Duke 145t, 147t.

Announcements were made. A collection of $63.75 was given. Lonnie Rogers and B. M. Smith led song on page 137 for the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Reverend Loyd Toney.

Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice Chairman—B. M. Smith; Secretary—Karen Rollins.