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Lamar and Pickens County Convention

Zion Church, eight miles north of Gordo, Alabama

July 12, 1998

The eighty-first session of the annual Lamar and Pickens County Convention was held at Zion Church on the second Sunday in July, and was called to order by Clarence McCool leading song on page 59. The morning prayer was led by Glenn Keeton. Clarence McCool led song on page 36b.

The class organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Clarence McCool; Vice Chairman—Toney Smith; Arranging Committee—Wayne Baines; Secretary—Earline Ellis.

Leaders: John Hyde 37b, 39b; Travis Keeton 48 (t? b?), 32t; Elmer Conwill 418, 276; Lena Keeton 273, 200; John Hocutt 319, 337; Mae Conwill 142, 124; Etma Barton 298, 300; Josie Hyde 183; Gravis Ballinger 34t, 78; George Cox 303, 108t; Lisa Geist 155, 246 (?); Johnny Humber 313 (t? b?), 382.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Earline Ellis leading songs on pages 302 and 318. Leaders: Glenn Keeton 143; Cecil Sanders 225t; Travis Keeton 512, 179; Alonzo Malone 203, 432; Toney Smith 69t, 475, 278 (t? b?); Beatrice Brewer 176 (t? b?), 137; Larry Ballinger 90, 101t; Gene Wakefield 168, 460; Edward Ballinger 35, 42; Wayne Baines 40.

LUNCH

The class was called to order by Clarence McCool leading songs on pages 45t, 569 (t? b?), and 39t. Leaders: Cecile Cox 135, 384; Dorothy Elmore 480, 323 (t? b?); Glenn Keeton 503, 231; Travis Keeton 99.

A memorial service was held by Earline Ellis leading songs on pages 39b and 349 in memory of the following deceased: Mae Seymour, Clifford Wakefield, and Keterina Sanders. The memorial service was closed.

Leaders: Mae Conwill 500; John Hocutt 436; Travis Keeton 53; George Cox 229; Toney Smith 150; Ray O’Mary 75; Johnny Humber 340; Marlin Burkhalter 68b; Lisa Geist 454; Lena Keeton 200; David Ellis 72 (t? b?); Etma Barton 299, 216; Gene Wakefield 138 (t? b?); John Hyde 297; Beatrice Brewer 273; Cecil Sanders 283; Edwin Ballinger 145 (t? b?); Dorothy Elmore 523; Wayne Baines 36b.

Clearence McCool led song on page 159 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Johnny Humber.

Thanks to all who came to be with us on this day, and we invite everyone to come again next year on the second Sunday in July.

Chairman—Clarence McCool; Vice Chairman—Toney Smith; Secretary—Earline Ellis.