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Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church

Ephesus, Georgia

June 21, 1998

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 at 10:00 a.m. by Lonnie Rogers leading songs on pages 75 and 101t . Felton Denney led songs on pages 72b and 73t. The morning prayer was led by Curtis Rogers. The class sang the following songs: 82t, 81t, 30t, 33b, and 47t. George Rogers led song on page 45t. “Happy Birthday” was sung for Karen Rollins.

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

Leaders: Lonnie Rogers 225t; Karen Rollins 36b, 34b; Curtis Rogers 319, 348b; Josephine Denney and her granddaughters 87, 145b; Karleen Williams 106, 59.

RECESS

Felton Denney brought the class back to order leading song on page 31t. Leaders: Phillip Denney 159, 120; Margie Smith 501, 503; Sheri Taylor 148, 155; Denney Rogers 318, 343; B.M. Smith 204, 276; Carlene Griffin 49b, 147t; Richard DeLong 98, 131b; Sharona Nelson 267, 317.

Chuck White, treasurer of the Hopewell Committee, gave a short report on the financial situation stating that $5500 is in the cemetery fund. The checking account has a low balance because monies have been spent to completely replace the floor. He expressed his appreciation to Lonnie Rogers for the work on replacing the floor.

LUNCH

Lonnie Rogers brought the class to order leading song on page 112. Everette Denney led songs on pages 123 (t? b?) and 426t.

The Memorial Lesson was held. Felton Denney and Harold Rogers led song on pages 47t and 358 in memory of the following deceased friends and singers: Mae Rogers, Bobby Ward, Jerry Sheppard, Albert Hester, Jackie Langley, Russell Word, Velma Denney, Robert Culpepper, Clarence Butler, Inez Ashmore Harmon, Clara Cliett, Leon Rogers, and Clyde Atkinson.

Karen Rollins, Karleen Williams, and Paige Harrod led song on page 340 in honor of those who are sick and shut-in. Kathy Williams led in prayer to close the Memorial Lesson.

Leaders: Wilford Denney 143, 164; Bobby Jackson 480, 535; Webster Denney and Joan D. Lumpkin 294, 339; Renita Folds, Kasey Askin, Jessica Folds, Elizabeth Folds, Caroline Folds, Mandy Johnson, and Samuel Johnson 45 (t? b?), 405, 457; Cath Oss 312 (t? b?), 39t; Eris Muse 40, 61; Laura Clawson 217, 345b; Peter Irvine 68b, 48t; Kathy Williams 235, 285t; Lonnie Rogers 97, 270.

Announcements were made. Chuck White thanked everyone for contributing $1501 to the church fund. The class was dismissed with prayer by Everette Denney.

Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice Chairman—Felton Denney; Secretary—Karen Rollins.