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Lamar and Pickens County Convention

Zion Church, Eight Miles North of Gordo, Alabama

July 14, 2002

The eighty-fifth session of the annual Lamar and Pickens County Convention was held at Zion Church on the second Sunday in July. Chairman Clarence McCool called the class to order leading song on page 82t. Glenn Keeton offered the morning prayer. Clarence McCool led song on page 36b.

The class organized for the day by electing and appointing the following officers to serve: Chairman—Clarence McCool; Vice Chairman—Toney Smith; Secretary—Josie Hyde; Arranging Committee—Wayne Baines.

Leaders: Wayne Baines 155, 159; Glenn Keeton 354t, 278t; Brenda Merritt 142, 430; Amber Springfield 49b, 454 (for Paula Springfield); Josie Hyde 361, 104; Lisa Geist 171, 54; Travis Keeton 475, 480; John Merritt 232, 278b; Ashley Keeton 101t, 389; Lena Keeton 497, 496; Tim Cook 330b, 348b (in memory of George Cox).


Clarence McCool brought the class back to order leading song on page 318. Leaders: Margaret Keeton 313t (for John Hyde); Wilton Donaldson and Ivalene Donaldson 335, 426t; Max Berueffy 89, 88t; Marlin Beasley 111b, 47b; Robert Dupree 145b, 40; Johnny Humber 172, 208; Gravis Ballinger 84 (for his brother, Lavaughn, who was unable to attend), 36t; Annie Lou Price 77t, 138b (in memory of her parents); Earl Ballinger 144.


Toney Smith brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 225t.

Toney Smith conducted the memorial lesson and led song on page 229 for the following sick and shut-ins: Cecile Cox, Martha Howell, Etna Barton, Lavaughn Ballinger, Kim Watkins, Zelma Harcrow, Cecil Sanders, Rupert Yarbrough, and Emma Pugh.

Toney Smith led song on page 403 for the deceased. Those remembered were: Frances Lee, Freeman Wootten, Thedus Keeton, Silas Curtis, Doris Vickery, George Cox, and Dr. James Howell. Jack Pate closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Jack Pate 341, 535; Ann Ballard 393, 278t (in memory of Frances Lee); A.A. Malone 203, 183; Bill Stewart 186, 569 (t? b?); Becky Briggs 336, 460; Max Berueffy 222; John Merritt and Brenda Merritt 438, 163b.


Clarence McCool and Joe Brown brought the class back to order leading songs on pages 45t and 63. Leaders: John Beasley and Joe Brown 294; Beth O’dell 477, 560; Debra Wakefield 300, 457; Faye Donaldson 299, 270; John Beasley, Marlin Beasley, Ann Ballard, and Becky Briggs 358; Clarence McCool and Elder Tim McCool 100.

Announcements were made, and everyone was invited back again next year. Clarence McCool led song on page 349 as the closing song. Elder Tim McCool offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Clarence McCool; Vice Chairman—Toney Smith; Secretary—Josie Hyde.