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Florida State Convention (Cooper Book)

Holiday Inn, Panama City, Florida

December 6-7, 2008

Saturday, December 6

The 40th session of the Florida State Convention was called to order by Stanley Smith leading 144 and 203. The opening prayer was offered by Stanley Smith.

Leaders: Tim Jones 461, 82; Victoria Aplin 421; Jewell Rowland 384, 96; Aubrey Barfield 464, 86; Cheryl Foreman 470, 450; Tommie Spurlock 168, 313; Ross Brand 239, 155; Janet King 148, 270; B.M. Smith 559.

The memorial committee was appointed as follows: Tommie Spurlock and Nancy Hogan.

RECESS

Tim Jones brought the class back to order by leading 436t. Leaders; John Merritt 380t; Joe Nall 211, 443; Judy Mincey 494; Paul King 32t, 77t; Bob Watkins and April Watkins 138t, 146; Velton Chafin 114b; Sue Bunch 74b, 268b; Nate Green and Norma Green 336b, 49b.

RECESS

The class was brought together by Morgan Bunch leading 277. Leaders: Russ Scholz 60; Ellen Gwynn, Alice Bejnar, and Beverly Dayton 553, 122; Adrian Nall and Voncile Nall 497, 393t; Mary Whitehurst 393b, 505; Frank Strickland 563, 100; Wayne Reed 108b, 108t; Loretta Jones 144, 47b. Kennon Smith asked the blessing on the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Stanley Smith leading 358. Leaders: Pamela Jo Hale 500, 99; S.T. Reed 569, 522; Bill Aplin 101t, 385t; Geraldine Sharpton 361, 340; Nancy Hogan 133, 274t; James Mitchell 449, 335; Bill Hogan 567, 543; Sonny Erwin 488t, 145b; Hubert Nall 507b, 508.

RECESS

The class was brought to order by Tim Jones leading 355. Leaders: Georgeanna Presnell 87, 282; Genny Whitworth 442t; Larry Ballinger 572, 224; Alice Bejnar 112, 55; Crissy Fullerton 45t, 444b; Tor Bejnar and Beverly Dayton 486; the Barfield Family 186.

Paul King led 96 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer offered by Tim Jones.

Sunday, December 7

The Sunday session of the Florida State Convention was called to order by Stanley Smith leading 78. The opening prayer was offered by Russ Scholz.

Leaders: Tim Jones 179, 120; Morgan Bunch 68t, 106; Jewell Rowland 340, 341; Victoria Aplin 87; Aubrey Barfield 224, 306; Cheryl Foreman 138b, 171; Ernest Cockcroft 422b, 553; Wayne Reed 115, 75; Ernestine (No last name listed) 331b; S.T. Reed 545, 544.

RECESS

Stanley Smith led 433 to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Sonny Erwin 336t, 199; Eva Padgett 77t, 98; B.M. Smith 38t, 463.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Tommie Spurlock and Nancy Hogan. The names of the sick and shut-ins were read by Nancy Hogan and she led 447t in their honor.

Nancy Hogan then read the names of the deceased. Tommie Spurlock spoke and led 574 in memory of those who have been called from this earthly family to sing with the angels. John Merritt closed the session with prayer.

Leaders: Georgeanna Presnell 72; Chip Westbrook 45t; Linda Westbrook 229; James Mitchell 518. Paul King offered prayer before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Paul King leading 96. Leaders: Genny Whitworth 436t; Ross Brand 213; Marisse Giersch 60, 299; April Watkins 348t; Judy Mincey 273; Nate Green and Norma Green 244, 410; McKenzie Smith 559; Larry Ballinger 425; Geraldine Sharpton 276; Bobby Watkins 288; Bill Aplin and Victoria Aplin 567; John Merritt 95b; Lana Brand and Ross Brand 277; Bill Hogan 577; Nancy Hogan 382; Sue Bunch 285t; Adrian Nall and Voncile Nall 505.

The officers for the 2009 Florida State Convention were appointed as follows: Chairman—Tim Jones; 1st Vice Chairman—Morgan Bunch; 2nd Vice Chairman—John Merritt. Those who served this year were thanked for their contribution to help make this singing a success.

Announcements were made. The class sang 47t, and Stanley Smith dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Stanley Smith; 1st Vice Chairman—Tim Jones; 2nd Vice Chairman—Morgan Bunch; Secretary—Aubrey Barfield