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Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church

Ephesus, Georgia

June 15, 1997

The annual Sacred Harp singing was held on the third Sunday in June at the Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church near Ephesus, Georgia. The class was called to order by Lonnie Rogers leading song on page 75. The morning prayer was led by Curtis Rogers. Lonnie Rogers led song on page 101t; Felton Denney 448b, 31t, and 146.

The class organized for the day by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice Chairman—Felton Denney; Secretary—Sherry Louvorn; Arranging Committee—Margie Smith; Memorial Committee—Curtis Rogers, Karen Rollins, and Josephine Denney.

Leaders: Denney Rogers 318; Wilford Denney 143; Karleen Williams 30 (t? b?), 100; Myron House 276, 154; Kathy Williams 147b, 72b; Curtis Rogers 147t, 323b; Lyra O’Brien 94, 430; Paige Harrod 112, 405; Louis Hughes 49b, 91.

RECESS

Felton Denney brought the class back to order leading song on page 155. Leaders: Seth Denney 358, 87; Shelbie Sheppard 105, 139; Jan House 497, 496; Carlene Griffin 503; Jeff Sheppard 156, 168; Laura Webb 178, 159; Karen Rollins 34 (t? b?), 489; Sharona Nelson 28b, 137; Sheri Webb 200, 148.

LUNCH

Lonnie Rogers brought the class to order leading song on page 298. Leaders: B. M. Smith 384, 273; Tokay Boggs 35, 204; Sherry Louvorn 345t, 373; Dennis O’Brien 73 (t? b?), 297.

Curtis Rogers gave the memorial lesson, and talked on the meaning of memorials. The following names were remembered with song on page 348 (t? b?): Hazel Cagle, Jimmy Causey, J. B. Rollins, and Roy Daniel. The Rogers children led songs on pages 143 and 294 for the sick and shut-ins: Bobby Ward and Chuck White.

The memorial was closed with prayer by Felton Denney.

Leaders: Margie Smith 499, 512; Jimmie Denney 61, 63; Josephine Denney 45t; Everette Denney 317, 127; Eris Muse and daughters, Susan, Phyllis, and Cindy 46, 153, 340; Webster Denney and Dorsey Denney 339, 333; Louise Holland 37b, 36b; Lyra O’Brien 212, 113; Sharona Nelson 254; Dennis O’Brien 480.

Announcements were made. Lonnie Rogers led song on page 460 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Louis Hughes.

Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice Chairman—Felton Denney; Secretary—Sherry Louvorn.