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Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rogers Memorial

Ephesus, Georgia

March 5, 2000

The annual Sacred Harp Memorial Singing for Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rogers was held at Ephesus School on the first Sunday in March. Lonnie Rogers called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. leading songs on pages 33b and 101t. Billy Joe Harris led the class in the morning prayer. B.M. Smith led songs on pages 448b and 475.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Lonnie Rogers; Vice Chairman—Jeff Sheppard; Secretary—Karen Rollins; Arranging Committee—Mary Florence Smith; Memorial Committee—Karleen Williams, Pearl Guier, and Ruth Brown.

Jeff Sheppard led songs on pages 91 and 177. Denney Rogers, mayor of Ephesus, welcomed everyone.

Leaders: Evelyn Harris 155, 47t; Felton Denney 299, 489; Elder Marshall Avery 74b; Teenie Moody 269; Elder Homer Benefield 56t; Leola Smith 185; Everette Denney 34b; Betty Wright 410 (t? b?); Jackie Tanner 39b; Jan House 135; Louis Hughes, Jr. 34t; Floy Wilder 336; Cassie Franklin 217; Daphene Causey 216; Milton Oliver 224; Tokay Shumake 81t; Billy Joe Harris 503.


Jeff Sheppard brought the class to order leading song on page 97. Leaders: Eloise Watkins 225t; “Happy Birthday” to all who had birthdays this week; Tom McGraw 73 (t? b?); Nate Green and Norma Green 122; Susan Rice, Laura Robinson, Kayla McWhorter, Beverly Rollins, and Randa Rollins (all granddaughters of Lonnie and Vivian Rogers) 59, 345t; Bud Oliver 324; Karen Rollins, Karleen Williams, Paige Harrod, Sherry Louvorn, and Denney Rogers (children of Lonnie and Vivian Rogers) 143, 358; John Plunkett 394; Estelle Flowers 434; Henry Johnson 462; Mattie Townsel and Rodney Ivey 137; Sheri Taylor 142; Scott DePoy 282; Pearl Guier 49t; Don Bowen 283; Earlis McGraw 568; Eunice Webb 480; Bobby Jackson 290; Diane Avery 145t. The blessing for the noon meal was offered by Elder Marshall Avery.


Lonnie Rogers brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 343. Leaders: Jimmie Denney 294; Howard McGuire 192; Cindy Franklin 436.

Lonnie Rogers introduced the principal of Ephesus School, Rebecca Carlyle, who gave a warm welcome to all.

The memorial was held with the following deceased remembered: Mrs. Lois Daniel, Mrs. Kermit Cavender, Mrs. Opal Rogers, Elder Roy Avery, Lillybelle Ayers, Dollie Hudgins, Ed Craig, and Vela (Mrs. T.H.) Ross. Felton Denney led song on page 285t for the deceased.

Richard DeLong led song on page 340 for the sick and shut-ins. Louis Hughes, Sr. closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Rodney Ivey 29t; Helen Bryson 411; Oscar McGuire 573; Judy Mincey 538; Bonnie Flowers 333; Jeannette DePoy 129; Curtis Rogers 457; T.J. Stewart 144; Richard DeLong 395; Louise Holland 37b; Gene Duke 429; Floy Wilder 383; Cassie Franklin and Rodney Ivey 186; Henry Johnson 138b; Nate Green and Norma Green 341; Bud Oliver 42; Cindy Franklin and Jackie Tanner 270; Louis Hughes 565; Jeff Sheppard 215; Oscar McGuire 441; Daphene Causey 222 (for Vivian Rogers); B.M. Smith 384; Denney Rogers 318.

Announcements were made. Lonnie Rogers and Jeff Sheppard led song on page 354b as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Rev. Lloyd Toney.

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