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Hopewell Homecoming

Oneonta, Alabama

June 7-8, 1997

Saturday, June 7

The fifty-first session of the annual Hopewell Homecoming Sacred Harp singing was called to order by Terry Hullett leading song on page 32t. The morning prayer was offered by Calvin Phillips.

Leaders: Terry Hullett 82t; Jewel Wootten and Roie Alexander 145t, 145b; Calvin Phillips 147t; Doug Conn 274 (t? b?), 300; Lamar Smith 76b, 343; Coy Ivey 63, 101t; S. T. Reed 102, 103; Henry Johnson 569 (t? b?), 68b; Edith Tate 73t, 89; Leola Smith 217, 192; Thurman Nall 146, 285t.

RECESS

The singing resumed with Terry Hullett leading song on page 87.

The class organized by voting to keep the same 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: Bud Oliver 47t, 270; Hershell King 340, 176b; Clayton Ezell 475; Carlene Griffin 306; Roy Nelson 436; Flarce Creel 389; Karlene Williams 298; Velton Chafin 564; Charlene Wallace 455; Lonnie Rogers 137; James Cain 384; Felton Denney 503; Kathy Manning 419.

RECESS

Terry Hullett brought the class to order leading song on page 78. Leaders: Gordon Wilkerson 436; Jimmie Denney 313 (t? b?), 335; Lawrence Green 267; Lydia Baswell and Vella Dailey 418, 457; Pam Nunn 528; Carmon Brothers 318; Louis Hughes 480; Kelsey Taylor 40; Cassie Holmes 39t; Billy Williams 299; Cecil Sanders 225t; Shelbie Sheppard 110; Brenda Merritt 499; Rev. Jimmy Wadsworth 218; Terry Hullett and Jewel Wootten 97 (for Mae Seymour).

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Terry Hullett leading song on page 189. Leaders: Milton Oliver 222; Dorothea McCowan 304; Marshall Avery 278b; John Merritt 240; Norma Latham 373; Josephine Denney 452; Keterina Sanders 454; Freeman Wootten 30t; Eloise Avery 426 (t? b?); Jeff Sheppard 155; Bill Hogan 53; Genora Whitworth 565; Betty Sue Johnson 323 (t? b?); Tommie Spurlock 200; Linda Thomas 123t; Herby Bailey 99; Margaret Spurlock 108t; Ella Lee Robertson 332. Announcements were made. Terry Hullett led songs on pages 122, 68b, and 45t as the closing songs. The class was dismissed with prayer by Elder Marshall Avery.

Sunday, June 8

The Sunday session of the Hopewell Homecoming was called to order by Terry Hullett leading song on page 59. The morning prayer was led by Lamar Smith.

Terry Hullett led song on page 30t. Leaders: Virgil Phillips 31b; Roie Alexander 317; Calvin Phillips 406, 143; Lamar Smith 36 (t? b?), 76b; Martha Woodard 204; Thurman Nall 503, 523; Margaret Spurlock 112, 212; Rodney Ivey 216, 186; Milton Oliver 403, 321; Regina Clark 168, 178; Tommie Spurlock 376, 430; Shelbie Sheppard 28b, 106; Kathy Manning and Kelsey Taylor 349, 215; Louis Hughes 128, 129; Henry Guthery 97, 140; Don Clark 104, 41; Jeff Sheppard 439, 440.

RECESS

Terry Hullett brought the class to order leading song on page 203. Leaders: Linton Ballinger 299; Bill Hogan 288; Cassie Holmes 159; Kelsey Taylor 388; Buddy Davis 166; Leslie Keeton 146; Stuart Ivey 29t; Jenny Wootten 24 (t? b?); Joshua Keeton 268; Richard Ivey 222; Pam Keeton 171; Gaylon Powell 198, 480; Karen Ivey 142, 475; Glenn Keeton 225t, 137; David Ivey 314.

A memorial was given by Doug Conn and Linda Thomas, and then led song on page 48t for the following deceased: Ed Latham, Tommy Creel, Hazel Cagle, J. T. Conn, Tom Harper, Bonnie Ashley, Will Battles, Lola Jenkins, Buddy Tindal, J. E. Allen, Howard Bynum, Willie Blackwood, Verna Williams, Jimmy Causey, Delta Wootten, Clelan Cobb, Silas Lee, and J. B. Lowe. The Green Family led song on page 97 in memory of Howard Bynum. Jewel Wootten and Terry Hullett led song on page 358 in memory of J. B. Lowe.

Terry Wootten led “Sweet By And By” and “We Will Sing With The Angels There” for the sick and shut-ins. The memorial was closed with prayer by Glenn Keeton.

Leaders: Buell Cobb 75; Philip Gilmore 348b, 441; Randall Smith 454.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Terry Hullett leading song on page 64. Leaders: B. J. Harris 303, 452; Genora Whitworth, Lawrence Green, Eldora Moody, Leola Smith, and B. J. Green “Nettie” (a composition by Lawrence Green in remembrance of his mother, Nettie Green); Paula Gilmore 270, 285 (t? b?); Dorothea McCowan 196; Eloise Avery 35; Terry Wootten 201b; Freeman Wootten 426t; Elder Marshall Avery 108t; Doug Conn 383; Linda Thomas 391; Joy Hullett and Jewel Wootten 340, 144; Herby Bailey 34t, 489t; Evelyn Harris 155, 47t; Terry Hullett 290 (for Pearl Galbreath).

Terry Hullett and Philip Gilmore lead song on page 62 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Elder Philip Gilmore.

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