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Cotaco Convention

Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church, Morgan County, Alabama

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The 128th 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 116. He offered the opening prayer.

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

Leaders: Judy Caudle 278t (in memory of Toney Smith), 85; Nicholas Thompson 336, 436 (in memory of Kenneth Fannin); Henry Guthery 434; Dennis George 360, 487; Richard Mauldin 87, 388 (for Anne Chalker); Butch White 74b, 354t; Lilly Underwood 348b, 108b; Drew McGuire 40 (for Alice McGuire), 207; Nancy Thompson 65, 384; Riley Lee 275b, 374; Hazel Heinze 99, 63; Zeb Ferguson 68t, 111t.

RECESS

The class was brought back together by J.L. Hopper leading 88b. Leaders: Tom George 154, 534; Lomax Ballinger 274t, 274b; Susan Allred 153, 428; Daniel Hopper 80b, 301; Shelby Castillo 217, 186; Vickie See and Billy See 312b, 178; Sasha Hsuczyk 176t, 176b; Bea Aaron 568, 426b; Brandon Thompson 340, 448t; Becky Strickland 72b, 47b. Nicholas Thompson asked a blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Nicholas Thompson leading 64. Leaders: Jonathon Thompson 168, 441; Daniel Lee 566, 163t; Carol Newman 373, 204; Reba Windom 270, 216; Henry Johnson 138b, 322; Stephen Miller 328, 329; Carol Fannin 390, 503; Shane Wootten 426t (in memory of Bud Oliver), 170; Jerry Kitchens 108t, 460; Craig Holmes 143, 323b; Loyd Ivey 337, 89; Jim Aaron 68b, 231; Laura Hale 276, 480; Eugene Forbes 317, 212; Rachel Pirkey 106, 405; Loretta Whitman 75; Marlin Beasley 512 (in memory of Toney Smith), 61 (for Juanita Beasley); Gary Glover 335, 282; Mary Holcombe 535, 454 (in memory of Kenneth Fannin); Greg Allred 36b; J.L. Hopper 220 (in memory of Marvin Hopper).

Announcements were made. Since there were no requests to host the next Cotaco Convention, the singing will remain with Gum Pond Church.

J.L. Hopper led 62 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Elder Daniel Hopper, and the class was dismissed.

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