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Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rogers Memorial

Ephesus, Georgia

March 7, 1999

The annual Sacred Harp Memorial Singing for Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rogers was held at Ephesus School on the first Sunday in March. The day of singing began at 9:50 a.m. with Lonnie Rogers leading song on page 75. Elder Marshall Avery offered prayer. Lonnie Rogers led song on page 101t; Jeff Sheppard and Lisa DiSpain led songs on pages 97 and 129.

The class held a business session for the purpose of electing officers. Those elected or appointed to serve were: Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Secretary—Karen Rollins; Arranging Committee—Mary Florence Smith; Memorial Committee—Ruth Brown and Sherry Louvorn.

Denney Rogers, Mayor of Ephesus, gave a warm welcome address to all that came, and gave a brief history and condition of the school and the community.

Leaders: Elder Marshall Avery 48t, 278b; Evelyn Harris 155; Jimmie Denney 313t; Josephine Denney 405; Myron House 495, 191; Charles Woods 77b, 99; Bobby Jackson 32t, 480; Linda Sides 475, 328; Henry Jackson 570, 569b; Dennis George 388, 147t; Daphene Causey 77t, 56b; Louis Hughes 57, 128; Lori Goode 383, 512; Brady DeLong 317.

RECESS

The class reassembled with Jeff Sheppard leading song on page 87. Leaders: Jackie Tanner 47t, 30t; Tokay Shoemake 35, 204; Coy Ivey 384; Janice Paulk 222, 518; Louise Nelson 145t; Rogers grandchildren: Beverly Rollins, Randa Rollins, Barry Rollins, Roger Harrod, Dan Harrod, Susan Rice, Laura Robinson, and Kayla McWhorter 268, 345t; Milton Oliver 314; Nate Green and Norma Green 417, 312b; Jan House 151, 148; Diane Avery 299, 300; Don Bowen 350, 347; Scott DePoy 114.

LUNCH

The afternoon of singing began with Lonnie Rogers leading song on page 112. Leaders: Betty Wright 410t; Felton Denney 276, 523; Rodney Ivey 186, 270; Richard DeLong 224, 44.

A memorial lesson was held. Ruth Brown read and spoke about the words and their meanings from the songs of “Holy City”, “Passing Away”, and “Fleeting Days”. Jeff Sheppard led song on page 318 for the following deceased: Velma Richardson, Alice Washburn, Maude Keeton, Essie Calvert, Grady Abney, and Horace DeLong. Denney Rogers led song on page 339 for the deceased from the community: Lois Parmer, Bonnie Wood, Ruby Starr, Jessie Janney, and Jackie Langley.

Ruth Brown spoke about the importance of remembering those who are sick and shut-in, and emphasized that we should all make an effort to send them cards. B. J. Harris led song on page 340 for Flarce Creel and Dorothy Harper. The Memorial Lesson was concluded with prayer led by Elder Homer Benefield.

Leaders: Bud Oliver 159, 42; Mattie Townsel 137; Johnny Wright 274t, 146; Roy Nelson 392; David McPherson 452, 214; Kenneth DeLong 303, 568; Leola Smith 349; Oscar McGuire 336; Jeannette DePoy 542, 282; John Plunkett 329, 432; Patsy Gentle 68b, 348b; Sheri Taylor 332, 333; Judy Mincey 538; Elder Homer Benefield 45t; Lonnie Rogers’ children and nephew (Karen Rollins, Karleen Williams, Sherry Louvorn, Denney Rogers, and G. W. Rogers) 294, 358.

Announcements were made. Lonnie Rogers, Billy J. Harris, and Mary Florence Smith led song on page 225t as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Billy J. Harris.

Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Secretary—Karen Rollins.