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Hopewell Homecoming

Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church, Oneonta, Alabama

Saturday, June 11, 2022

The 74th annual Hopewell Homecoming Sacred Harp singing was held at Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church in Oneonta, Alabama, on Saturday before the second Sunday in June. The singing was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to the Covid pandemic, and as a result this year’s singing is only one day instead of two. Terry Hullett called the class to order by leading 81t and 129. Doyle Alexander offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Terry Hullett 87; Nate Green 31t; Rebekah Gilmore 101t, 30t; Doyle Alexander 36b, 68b; Philip Gilmore 30b, 47b; Judy Chambless 472, 222; Hubert Nall 75, 99; Robert Chambless 452, 34t; Glenn Keeton 349, 159; Daniel Bearden and Brittany Bearden 74t, 101b.


Terry Hullett brought the class back together by leading 144. Leaders: Grace Gilmore 208, 388; Butch White 547, 86; Shane Brown 220, 111b; Rodney Ivey 290, 137.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Philip Gilmore and Linda Thomas. They led 45t in memory of the following deceased: Jewel Wootten, Coy Ivey, Mary Ruth Stiefel, Bill Windom, Velton Chafin, Ottis Sides, Margaret Spurlock, Jerry Capps, Joan Aldridge, Betty Sue Johnson, Jimmy Wadsworth, Virginia Lowe—Alabama; Sonny Erwin and Curtis Owen—Texas; Bill Beverly—Michigan; Charlene Wallace—Georgia; Rebecca Over—United Kingdom. They also sang for the following sick and shut-ins: Margaret Thacker, Ed Thacker, Henry Guthery, Margaret Keeton, Joe Gilmore, Leslie Gilmore, Marlin Beasley, Juanita Beasley, Marlon Wootten, and Chita Blakeley. David Ivey closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

David Ivey and Rodney Ivey presented a plaque from the Sacred Harp Publishing Company honoring the loving contributions and life-long support of shareholder Jewel Wootten, who passed away in July, 2020. The plaque was presented to Jewel’s son, Terry Hullett.


Philip Gilmore brought the class back together by leading 278b and 340. Leaders: Nate Green and Ken Green 358, 79; David Ivey 170; David Ivey and Nate Green 418; Paula Gilmore 441, 122 (in memory of Jewel Wootten); Vella Dailey 59; Robert Chambless and Judy Chambless 354b; Hubert Nall 467; Glenn Keeton 150; Daniel Bearden and Brittany Bearden 151; Butch White 287; Shane Brown 204; Rebekah Gilmore, John Gilmore, Grace Gilmore, Mary Jewel Gilmore, Jeremy Hackworth, and Travis McCay 146; Rebekah Gilmore and Grace Gilmore 270.

Terry Hullett and Nate Green led 62 as the closing song. Philip Gilmore dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Terry Hullett; Vice Chairman—Nate Green; Arranging Committee and Secretary—Rebekah Gilmore