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Cotaco Convention

Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church, Morgan County, Alabama

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The 127th session of the Cotaco Convention was held at Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in July. The class was called to order by J.L. Hopper leading 49t and 91. The opening prayer was offered by Nicholas Thompson. Judy Caudle led 40 (in memory of Dennis Beasley) and 61 (for Juanita Beasley).

The class was organized by electing or appointing the following officers to serve: Chairman—J.L. Hopper; Vice Chairman—Nicholas Thompson; Secretary—Judy Caudle; Arranging Officer—Nicholas Thompson.

Leaders: Nicholas Thompson 322, 340; Delone Cobbs 147t, 146; Chris Ballinger 44, 350; Mike Richards 473, 171; Bridgett Hill Kennedy 276, 82t; Jim Aaron 231, 47b; Henry Johnson 138t, 205; Nancy Thompson and Wanda Brothers 373, 65; Geraldine Sharpton 515, 229; Cheyenne Ivey 213t, 30b.

RECESS

J.L. Hopper led 129 to bring the class together. Leaders: Richard Ivey 192; Karen Freund 101b, 370; Tom George 141, 108b; Marlin Beasley 460, 318; Cindy Tanner 208, 336; David Ivey 558; Darrell Swarens 324, 72b; Vickie See and Billy See 163b, 288; Carol Newman 220, 358; Becky Strickland 481, 59. Delone Cobbs offered a blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with J.L. Hopper leading 394. Leaders: Justin Bowen 274t, 454; Reba Windom 222, 542; Daniel Hopper 450, 451; Dennis George 486, 177; Larry Ballinger 121; Kelsey Ivey 230, 47t; Bea Aaron 441, 426b; Ron Harper 173, 203; Eugene Forbes 155, 39b; Joanna Nicovich 41, 452; Loyd Ivey 204, 270; Loretta Whitman 48t, 143; Steve Adams 99 (for Kermit Adams), 331; Elizabeth Gentry 178, 319 (for friends in Sydney, Australia); Daniel Hopper 254 (by request of J.C. Rutledge); Luke Bryson 63, 232; Wanda Brothers and Joanna Nicovich 45t.

The opportunity for hosting the next Cotaco Convention was given, and no requests were received, so the convention will remain with Gum Pond Church for another year. Announcements were made.

J.L. Hopper led 46 as the closing song. Marlin Beasley offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—J.L. Hopper; Vice Chairman—Nicholas Thompson; Secretary—Judy Caudle