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Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church

Ephesus, Georgia

June 20, 1999

The annual Sacred Harp singing was held on the third Sunday in June at the Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church near Ephesus, Georgia. Lonnie Rogers called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. leading song on page 75. Curtis Rogers led the congregation in the opening prayer. Felton Denney led songs on pages 72b and 47t; Margie Smith 32t, 335; Karen Rollins 36b, and 34b.

The class organized for the day with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: 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: L.L. Rogers 112; Karleen Williams 298, 460; Nancy Allen 37b; Curtis Rogers 101t, 319; Josephine Denney 143, 503; Paige Harrod 222, 84; Howard McGuire 45t, 192; Sharona Nelson 276, 66.

RECESS

Lonnie Rogers brought the class to order with song on page 97. Leaders: Sherry Louvorn 100, 373; Roy Nelson 283, 318; Kathy Williams 195, 217; Beverly Rollins and Randa Rollins 268, 59; Bobby Jackson 290, 569b; Shelbie Sheppard 484; Louis Hughes, Sr. 403; Pearl Guier 448b, 208; Wilford Denney 159; B.M. Smith 141, 384; Floy Wilder 142, 430. Chuck White gave a report from the church committee on the finances of the church and cemetery.

LUNCH

Felton Denney brought the class to order with songs on 73t and 47b. Leaders: Charlene Wallace 99, 441; Jeff Sheppard 316; Hugh McGraw 413, 451.

Paige Harrod gave the memorial lesson. The following deceased were remembered: Lois Parmer, Bonnie Wood, Ruby Starr, Jackie Langley, Jessie Janney, Willard Yates, Becky Rogers, and Gerila Atkinson. Denney Rogers led song on page 340 in their memory. Jeff Sheppard led song on page 392 for Elder Roy Avery, Lois Denney, and Phil Eady. Karen Rollins led song on 98 for the sick and shut-ins. The ones remembered were Joe Rogers, Cliff Wiggins, and Tommie McCutchens. Felton Denney closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Richard DeLong 36t, 358; Karen House 428, 48b; Oscar McGuire 344; Carlene Griffin 155, 270; Ted Mercer 468, 76b; Cath Oss 367, 48t; B. J. Harris 303, 225t; Laura Akerman 548, 404; John Plunkett 326, 78; Mary Florence Smith 302, 58; Renita Folds and Kasey Askin 405, 87.

Announcements were made. Lonnie Rogers and Felton Denney led song on 348 (t? b?) as the closing song. Everette Denney dismissed the class with prayer.

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