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Cotaco Convention

Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church, Morgan County, Alabama

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The 129th session of the Cotaco Convention was held at Gum Pond Church on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in July. The class was called to order by Nicholas Thompson leading 129. The opening prayer was offered by Elder J.L. Hopper.

Leaders: Judy Caudle 282 (in memory of Caleb Allred); J.L. Hopper 446; Henry Guthery 76b; Brandon Thompson 39b; Linda Booth 361; Anna Grace Sipe 178; Bea Aaron 438; Kaitlyn Bailey 452; Stephen Huffman 155; Tom George 103; Daniel Lee 411; Larry Ballinger 410t; Calum Woods 204; Sonya Sipe 36b (in memory of Margie Lee); Justin Bowen 170; Lisa Geist 377 (in memory of Gravis Ballinger); Dennis George 486; Carol Newman 68b; Amber Davis 436 (for Ozella Blackmon); Buell Cobb 278b; Angela Myers 71.


Justin Bowen led 145t to bring the class back together. Leaders: Loyd Ivey and Linda Thomas 318 (for Eloise Wootten); Linda Thomas 123t; Susan Holmes 441; Craig Holmes 276; Nathan Stewart 217; Zilpha Cornett and Emily Cornett 89; Beth Anne Clay 430; Mary Huffman 272; Lomax Ballinger 144; Bob Watkins 426b; Delone Cobbs 354t; Nancy Thompson and Brittany Thompson 40; John Huffman 492; Jim Aaron 47b; Sarah Trumbore 419; Richard Ivey, Kelsey Ivey, and Everett Ivey 317, 192; Reba Windom 546. Elder J.L. Hopper asked a blessing before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Nicholas Thompson and Lisa Geist leading 120 (in memory of Gravis Ballinger). Leaders: Susan Cherones 349; April Watkins 53; Daniel Hopper 450; Emily Stutzman 496; Taylor Watkins 445; Chris Ballinger 344; Daniel Bearden 429; Lilly Underwood 348b; Hubert Nall 176b; Tom Booth 123b; Nancy Phillips 500; Lisa Geist and Nicholas Thompson 304; Mary Huffman 297; Daniel Lee 28b; Nathan Stewart 316; Stephen Huffman 556; Tom George and Sarah Trumbore 498; John Huffman 163b; Justin Bowen and Beth Anne Clay 396; Calum Woods 296; Kaitlyn Bailey 378b; Reba Windom 542; Larry Ballinger, Chris Ballinger, and Lisa Geist 528; Zilpha Cornett 480; Henry Guthery 269; Brittany Thompson 112; Dennis George 280; Susan Cherones 300; J.L. Hopper 242; Amber Davis 215 (in memory of Gravis Ballinger).

Nicholas Thompson and J.L. Hopper led 521 as the closing song. Loyd Ivey dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Nicholas Thompson; Secretary—Judy Caudle