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Florida State Convention (Cooper Book)

Holiday Inn, Panama City, Florida

December 6-7, 2014

Saturday, December 6

The 47th session of the Florida State Convention was called to order by Aubrey Barfield leading 171. The opening prayer was offered by Richard Mauldin. Aubrey Barfield welcomed everyone and led 36b.

Leaders: Bill Hogan 76b; B.M. Smith 507t, 464; Mary Whitehurst 192; Victoria Aplin 421; Richard Mauldin 77t, 126; Sue Bunch 293b, 54t; Ewan Eddins 38t, 72; Shannon McKenzie 75, 220; Elam Eddins 45t, 348t; Tarik Wareh 380t, 138t.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Aubrey Barfield; 1st Vice Chairman—Bill Hogan; 2nd Vice Chairman—B.M. Smith; Secretaries—Mary Whitehurst and Victoria Aplin; Memorial Committee—Stanley Smith and Norma Green.

RECESS

Aubrey Barfield led 497. Leaders: Bob Schinske 309, 166; Loretta Jones 30b, 516; Steve Helwig 356, 355; Nancy Van Den Akker 535t, 142; Stanley Smith 235 (for Lisa Leming, remembering the family of Fred Etheridge of Dalton, Georgia); Barbara Jones 405, 277.

RECESS

The class was brought back together by Bill Hogan leading 552. Leaders: Morgan Bunch 280; Ezra Eddins 186, 288; Tor Bejnar and Alice Bejnar 55, 208; Cora Wareh 113, 385b; Robert Chambless 145b, 32t; Emily Eddins 93, 159; Ryan Bowman 175, 306. Aubrey Barfield led 369. Richard Mauldin returned thanks before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Adrian Nall leading 96. Aubrey Barfield led 99 (for Tommie Spurlock). Leaders: Russ Scholz 283; Ellen Gwynn 28b, 448; Faiz Wareh 486, 202; Hubert Nall 264b; Kathy Folsom 85, 274t; Chris Noren 573, 559; Patty Wareh 571; Adrian Nall 540; Tim Jones 120; Alice Sundberg 447b; Eli Eddins 70t; Nate Green and Norma Green 336b; Judy Chambless 28t.

RECESS

The class continued singing with B.M. Smith leading 287. Leaders: Kevin Eddins 35; Nicole Bowman 47b; Evie Evans 514; Ken Sundberg 594; Beverly Dayton 106, 107; Joe Nall 504t; Wynette Smith 139; Lloyd Jones 478; Dana Eddins 31t; Ernest Cockcroft 358; Jewell Rowland, Vickie Aplin, and Aubrey Barfield 384 (for their brother, Hubert Barfield); Tommie Spurlock 63. Announcements were made. The class sang 527, using the second verse as the closing prayer.

Sunday, December 7

The Sunday session of the Florida State Convention was called to order by Aubrey Barfield leading 64. The opening prayer was offered by Tim Jones. Aubrey Barfield then led 84 (in memory of his sister, Juanita Hill).

Leaders: Bill Hogan 187, 154b; B.M. Smith 515; Mary Whitehurst 392; Victoria Aplin 567 (in memory of her husband, Bill Aplin); Tim Jones 461; Patty Wareh 500; Ateven Sndersen 504b; Adrian Nall 393; Alice Sundberg 591; Eli Eddins 38t; Tommie Spurlock 376; Nate Green and Norma Green 559; Kevin Eddins 207b; Nicole Bowman 127; Evie Eddins 71; Ken Sundberg 45b.

RECESS

The class was brought back together by Chris Noren leading 463. Leaders: Joe Nall 183; Wynette Smith 146; Lloyd Jones 571; Dana Eddins 99.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Stanley Smith and Norma Green. Stanley commented that it is important that we take time to remember those of our singing family who have passed within the past year, and those who are sick and shut-in. Norma Green read the list of names of the deceased, and led 95b in their memory. Stanley Smith read the list of names of the sick and shut-ins, and led 373 for them (by request of Velton Chafin). The memorial was closed with prayer offered by Stanley Smith.

Leaders: Ernest Cockroft 358; Jewell Rowland 143; Brian Kelley 505; Chip Westbrook 398b; Leland Phillips 584.

RECESS

Singing resumed with Cora Wareh leading 587. Leaders: Barbara Jones 276; Richard Mauldin 60; Sue Bunch 319; Ewan Eddins 447t; Tarik Wareh 217; Loretta Jones 77t; Elam Eddins 36b; Kathy Folsom 218; Faiz Wareh 30t; Nancy Van Den Akker 189; Hubert Nall 313. Aubrey Barfield led 369. Richard Mauldin asked the blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought to order by Adrian Nall leading 96. Aubrey Barfield led 86. Leaders: Morgan Bunch 98; Ezra Eddins 168; Bob Schinske 277, 46; Emily Eddins 68t; Nate Green and Norma Green 380t; Ryan Bowman 173; Chris Noren 78; Stanley Smith 497; Bill Hogan 91; Steve Helwig 273; Patty Wareh 340; Richard Mauldin 341; Evie Eddins 336t; Cora Wareh 508; Eli Eddins 553; Ateven Sndersen 36t; Emily Eddins 81; Steve Helwig 589; Bill Hogan 520; Kevin Eddins and Ethan Eddins 282.

Tommie Spurlock thanked everyone for attending the convention, and led 574 (by request). Tommie gave the financial report, and announced that sufficient funds were collected to cover all expenses. Announcements were made. The officers who served this year were thanked for their contribution in helping make this singing a success. Next year’s officers are as follows: Chairman—Bill Hogan; 1st Vice Chairman—B.M. Smith; 2nd Vice Chairman—Chris Noren.

The officers led 62 as the closing song. Aubrey Barfield offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Aubrey Barfield; Vice Chairman—Bill Hogan; 2nd Vice Chairman—B.M. Smith