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Cotaco Convention

Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church

July 26, 1997

The one hundred ninth session of the Cotaco Convention was called to order by Chairman Elder Dan Hopper leading songs on pages 138b, 80b, and 275b. The morning prayer was offered by Elder J. L. Hopper.

Dan Hopper led song on page 388, and then opened the floor for the election of officers. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to keep the same officers: Chairman—Elder Dan Hopper; Vice Chairman—Arvid Holmes; Secretaries—Judy Caudle and Nancy Thompson; Arranging Committee—Willard Hopper and Milford Cobbs.

Leaders: Hershell King 460, 176b; Bud Oliver 145b, 30t; Linton Ballinger 203, 208; Cecil Gilliland 329, 273; Eldagene Roberson 300, 332; Velton Chafin 144, 78; Marie Guthrie 430, 192; David Ivey 347, 90.


The class was reassembled and the following leaders were called: Arvid Holmes 354b, 171; David Ivey 415; Eunice Kimbrell 535, 69t; S. T. Reed 64, 65; Jonathan Thompson 36b, 37b; Brandon Thompson 335, 274t; Carol Newman 220, 68b; Rhoda Norris 432, 137; Susan Holmes 313t, 441; Buell Cobb 31b, 138t; Dan Hopper 139, 301. The class was dismissed for lunch with prayer by Elder Dan Hopper.


The afternoon session was called to order by Arvid Holmes leading song on page 101t. Leaders: J. L. Hopper 187, 218; Nancy Thompson, Alta Self, and Patsy Walden 84, 168, 186, 294; Judy Caudle 311, 322; Lomax Ballinger 155, 159; Billy Williams 448b, 54; Glenda Hopper 120, 47t; Carmon Brothers 167, 340; Wilda Holmes “That Beautiful Land”, 39b; Kimmie Holcomb 112, 295, 285t; Willard Hopper and Bud Oliver 426 (t? b?); J. L. Hopper 140.

The chairman gave the opportunity for anyone desiring to host the next session of the Cotaco Convention to make their request known. None were received, so the singing will remain with Gum Pond Church for July 1998.

Dan Hopper led song on page 369. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Carmon Brothers.

After the singing, some of the singers began to talk about the convention’s history. One thing that was discovered was the number of sessions of this convention was recorded in the minutes and published in error in 1994, and has been perpetuated since that time. The minutes reflected 151 sessions in 1994, but should have been 106 sessions. I wish to make that correction in this record of the minutes.

Chairman—Elder Dan Hopper; Vice Chairman—Arvid Holmes; Secretary—Judy Caudle.