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Hopewell Homecoming

Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church, Oneonta, Alabama

June 7-8, 2014

Saturday, June 7

The 68th 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 82t. The morning prayer was offered by Elder J. L Hopper.

Leaders: Terry Hullett 87; Nate Green and Ken Green 358; Rebekah Gilmore 99; B.M. Smith 111b; Eleanor Haase 352; Wade Kotter 101t; Cecelia Kramer 106; Marian Mitchell 84; J.L. Hopper 534; Anne Missavage 66; Rebecca Over 475; Clarissa Fetrow 492; Peter Stenshoel 68b; Len VanderJagt 569b; Richard Mauldin 43; Marlin Beasley 455; Barb VanderJagt 146.


Philip Gilmore brought the class back together by leading 278b. Leaders: Martha Beverly 532; Eugene Forbes 234; Destiny Woods 165; Karen Willard 88b; Judy Caudle 518; Mike Hinton 480; Kate Fortin 338; Scott Kennedy 454; Philip Denney 100; Judy Chambless 209; Paul Figura 415; Michael Thompson 176b; Darrell Swarens 418 (in memory of Shelbie Sheppard); Eddie Mash 385b; Shirley Figura 479.


Bob Watkins brought the class back together by leading 112. Leaders: Karen Swenson 460; Lori Graber 150; Karen Rollins 297; Chris Green, Nedra Green, and Reggie Murphree 144; Robert Chambless 560; Daniel Bearden 374; Susan Cherones 300; Kathy Williams 299; Doug Conn 546; Tommie Spurlock 120; Aubrey Barfield 551; Angela Myers 436; Jason Kirby 277; Norma Green 384; Grace Gilmore 224; Ben Faucher 288; Loyd Ivey 283.


Terry Hullett brought the class back together by leading 276. Leaders: Mairye Bates 312b; Rebecca Over 148; David Olson 34b; B.M. Smith and Margie Smith 556 (in memory of Jeff Sheppard and Shelbie Sheppard); Kate Fortin 542; Wade Kotter 426b; Karen Willard 137; Destiny Woods 168; Maryann Holmes and Josh Holmes 290, 45t (in memory of Virgil Phillips); Paula Gilmore and Philip Gilmore 317; Barb VanderJagt and Len VanderJagt 282; Paul Figura and Shirley Figura 464 (in memory of Jeff Sheppard and Shelbie Sheppard), 499; Clarissa Fetrow 350; Peter Stenshoel 163b; Mike Hinton 400; Martha Beverly 217; Eleanor Haase 373; Cecelia Kramer 430; Darrell Swarens and Judy Caudle 507; Anne Missavage 362; Esteban Veliz 38b; Karen Swenson 500; Kathy Williams 481; Marian Mitchell 71; Robert Chambless and Judy Chambless 347; Eddie Mash, Susan Cherones, and Eugene Forbes 218; Lori Graber 155; Philip Denney 142; J.L. Hopper and Judy Caudle 543; Karen Rollins and B.M. Smith 389 (in memory of Lonnie Rogers); Aubrey Barfield 498; Scott Kennedy 162; Richard Mauldin 446.

Terry Hullett led 48t as the closing song. Mike Hinton dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, June 8

The Sunday session of the Hopewell Homecoming Sacred Harp singing was called to order by Terry Hullett leading 129. The morning prayer was offered by Marlin Beasley.

Leaders: Terry Hullett 144; Nate Green and Ken Green 388; Rebekah Gilmore 81t; Doyle Alexander 68b; Norma Green 123t; Margie Smith 512; Marlin Beasley 204; Charlene Wallace 155; Henry Johnson 345b; Ted Brown 445; Margaret Gillanders 350; Rebecca Over 171; Marty Wootten 418; Jonathon Smith 398; Helen Brown 316; B.M. Smith 138t; Ian West 52t; Rodney Ivey 48t; Nathan Rees 125; Judy Caudle 448b (in memory of Herby Bailey); Buell Cobb 131b.


Terry Hullett brought the class together by leading 40. Leaders: Scott Ivey 284; Cheyenne Ivey and April Watkins 217; Larry Brasher and Ellen Harris 47t; Cindy Tanner 182; Jamey Wootten 73t; Terry Wootten 201; Shane Wootten 329; Doug Conn 277; Hayden Wootten 313t; Ernestine Parker 147t; Ann Jett 546; Jared Wootten 276.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Philip Gilmore and Paula Gilmore. Philip read the poem “Someday” by Elder David Bridgman. Philip and Paula led 47b for the following deceased: Nadine Willard, Rachel Willard Smith, and Carroll Lunsford—California; Lessie Reed, Jeff Sheppard, Shelbie Sheppard, Josie Hyde, Tat Bailey, Lou Cotney, Voncile Nall, Bill Aplin, C.T. Williams, and Pat Green Hawkins—Alabama; Jim Hearne—Missouri; Diane Mennella—New York; Teenie Moody, Reuben Ball, and Carlene Griffin—Georgia; Hugh Bill McGuire, Sr.—Mississippi; Sharon Kellam—North Carolina; Somen Goodman—Quebec; Bill Gillanders—United Kingdom; Harold Green, Nadine Wakefield Willis, Jimmy Alexander, and Betty Green Harkins. The family of Genny Whitworth led 100 in her memory. Terry Hullett led 45t in memory of Velma Couch, Peggy Alums, Marcene Phillips, and Alton Robbins.

Philip and Paula then led 146 for the following sick and shut-ins: Hobert Ivey, Alisha Williams, Betty Wright, Alison Mitchell Zunklei, Estelle Gilmore, and S.T. Reed. Doug Conn closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Bob Watkins 480; Susan Cherones 209; Waylon Blakeley 216; Chita Blakeley and Doug Conn 434; Aaron Wootten 101t.


Philip Gilmore brought the class together by leading 411. Leaders: Doug Conn 391; Margaret Gillanders 556; Rebecca Over 172; Ian West 102; Ted Brown 176b; Helen Brown 327; Charlene Wallace 417; Ben Faucher 358; Jason Kirby 128; Grace Gilmore 99; Paula Gilmore 270; Marty Wootten, Jared Wootten, Hayden Wootten, and Jamey Wootten 441; Linda Thomas and Terry Wootten 472; Nathan Rees 396; Scott Ivey 397; Susan Cherones 300; Jonathon Smith 126; Larry Brasher and Ellen Harris 49b; Aaron Wootten 39t; Henry Johnson 375; B.M. Smith 318; Rodney Ivey and Shane Wootten 505 (CB), 501 (CB), 465 (CB); Terry Hullett and Rodney Ivey 137 (in memory of Virgil Phillips).

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

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