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Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church

Roopville, Georgia

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The annual Sacred Harp singing at Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church in Roopville, Georgia, was held on the third Sunday in June. The class was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Karen Rollins leading 32t. Rebecca Over offered the morning prayer. Karen Rollins welcomed visitors and singers to the 151st annual singing at Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church. Philip Denney led 39t.

At the business meeting, the following officers were elected: Chairman—Karen Rollins; Vice Chairman—Philip Denney; Secretary—Judy Chambless.

Leaders: Judy Chambless 29t; Winfred Kerr 89; Robert Chambless 358 (in honor of all fathers); Karis Askin 99; Lisa Bennett 390; Wyatt Denney 77t; Lela Crowder 391; Denney Rogers 354t; Phillip Langley 317; Jerusha Wheeler 111b; Nathan Rees 348b (in memory of Lonnie Rogers); David Brodeur 231; Scott DePoy 448t; Rebecca Over 506; Bentley McGuire and Asa McGuire 56b; Taylor Watkins 445; David Smead 513; Anna Hinton 455; April Watkins 277.


Philip Denney, Gayle Denney, and family brought the class back to order leading 340. Leaders: Eli Hinton 148; Matt Hinton and Karen Rollins 365; David Fetcho 217; Helen Brown 436; Margaret Gillanders 29t; Andy Ditzler 331; Jonathon Smith 428; Susan Fetcho 267; Jane Cannon 478; Mary Rose O’Leary 276 (in honor of Bridgett Kennedy); Ted Brown 97; Aldo Ceresa 399b; Kacey Cook, Wyatt Denney, and Mandy McCormick 143; Bobby Watkins 313b; Oscar McGuire 229; John Plunkett 285b; Malinda Snow 468; Jeannette DePoy 55 (in memory of her father and father-in-law); Shannon Primm 106; Eva Grace Horsley 47b; Laura Frey 178; Glenda Collins and Bert Collins 35; Cecil Roberts 426t.


Aldo Ceresa brought the class back to order leading 82t. Leaders: Erica Hinton 389 (in memory of Lonnie Rogers); Cameron Holly 565; Lucy O’Leary 474.

Mr. Lonnie Rogers’s children conducted the memorial lesson remembering the following deceased: Daphene Causey, Darrell Swarens, Louise Holland, Ruth Ayers, Eloise Wootten, Edith Owen, Johnie Chafin, Floy Wilder, Mike Taylor, Robert Rogers, Reid Rogers, Smitty Wyatt, Wawena Entrekin Miles, Audrey Ruth Garner, Daniel Evans, Peter Golding, Ralph Johnson, Drusilla Ann Bailey, and Steve Helwig. The following sick and shut-ins were honored: Lynn Denney, Kathy Williams, David Elliott, Chris Brown, Donald Rogers, Merv Horst, Michael Kaye, Stephen O’Leary, Ottis Sides, Linda Sides, Sara Rogers Cutler, Merle Denney, Jason Rowell, Virginia Futral, Margaret Thacker, and Velton Chafin. The class sang 68b, and Philip Denney closed the service with prayer.

Leaders: Mr. Lonnie Rogers’s grandchildren 59; Samuel Williams 58; Daniel Williams 434; Bentley McGuire 505; Jonathon Smith 326; Jane Cannon 335; Ted Brown 176b; Margaret Gillanders 142; Rebecca Over 283 (in honor of Charlene Wallace); Helen Brown 500; Susan Fetcho 564; Cameron Holly 34b; Lucy O’Leary 442; David Fetcho 173; Mary Rose O’Leary 213t; Aldo Ceresa 418.

After announcements, Karen Rollins and Philip Denney led 46 as the closing song. Paige Harrod offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Karen Rollins; Vice Chairman—Philip Denney; Arranging Officer/Secretary—Judy Chambless