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Florida State Convention (Cooper Book)

Panama City, Florida

December 5-6, 1998

Saturday, December 5

The thirty-first session of the Florida State Convention was held at the Holiday Inn, Panama City, Florida on the first Sunday and Saturday before in December, 1998, and was called to order by Chairman Elvin Guthrie leading song on page 47t. The morning prayer was offered by Clarke Lee.

Leaders: Chairman Elvin Guthrie 99; First Vice Chairman Leon Ballinger 126; Second Vice Chairman Don Clarke 364; Secretary Jewell Vania 143; Victoria Aplin 131b; Aubrey Barfield 186; S.T. Reed 577; Linton Ballinger 299; Jackie Tanner 54t; Eldagene Roberson 222; Milton Oliver 537; Louis Hughes 176t; J.A. Mosley 282; Daphene Causey 505; George Cox 108t; J.C. Rutledge 84; Regina Glass 50t.

RECESS

The class was called to order by David Lee leading song on page 82. Leaders: Ernest Cockcroft 264; Cecile Cox 204; Bud Oliver 563; Cindy Franklin 559; Mary Lee 40; Lane Albritton 100; Joanne Hoover 72; James Brock 31t; Marie Guthrie 192; Johnny Lee 515; Reba Dell Windom 572; Velton Chafin 152; Edith Tate 491; Paul Gauthier 400.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Leon Ballinger leading song on page 212. Leaders: Bobby Jackson 290; Liz Bryant 38t; Bill Aplin 567; Regina Clark 101t; Frank Hataway 507b; Nate Green and Norma Green 336t; Tor Bejnar 500; Clarke Lee 376; Nancy Van Den Akker 373; David Roberson 215; Alice Bejnar 98; Bob Bonnell 75; Faye Pettis 553b; John Redman 235; Riley Lee 485; Tommie Spurlock 140. Chairman Elvin Guthrie led song on page 369. The blessing for the noon meal was offered by Stanley Smith.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Elvin Guthrie leading song on page 470. Leaders: Stanley Smith 230; Winston Jones 285; John Etheridge 86; Bill Farris 401; Alice Mosley 343; W.L. Green 47b; Julie Lee 129; Thurman Nall 292b; Eva Padgett 552; Tim Jones 225t; Cathy Lee 68t; Genny Whitworth 92; Alice Williams 49b; Clarke Lee and David Lee 488b; Don Clark 526; Leon Ballinger 405; S.T. Reed 570; Linton Ballinger 508; Jackie Tanner 270; Agnes Ferris 410.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Don Clark leading song on page 76b. Leaders: Sue Bunch 107; Verlon Stiefel 395b; Mary Stiefel 402; Mary Elizabeth Lee 144; Riley Lee 484; John Etheridge 447t (by request); Aubrey Barfield 31b, 29.

Elving Guthrie led song on page 45 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by David Lee.

Sunday, December 6

The Sunday morning session was brought to order by Chairman Elvin Guthrie leading song on page 138b. The morning prayer was offered by Bill Aplin.

Leaders: Chairman Elvin Guthrie 455b; First Vice Chairman Leon Ballinger 136; Second Vice Chairman Don Clark 497; Secretary Jewell Vania 341; Victoria Aplin 329; Aubrey Barfield 365; Morgan Bunch 82; Cassie Franklin 436b; Milton Oliver 229; Elizabeth Lobado 98; Louis Hughes 384; Eldagene Roberson 142; J.A. Mosley 60; Daphene Causey 522; George Cox 395b; J.C. Rutledge 559; Regina Glass 393; Steven Lobado 500; David Lee 492; Bud Oliver 145t.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Leon Ballinger leading song on page 222, followed by James Brock leading song on page 155.

Chairman Elvin Guthrie called for the Memorial Service. Edith Tate, Chairman of the Memorial Committee, opened the service by reading scripture from Revelations 14:13, and read the list of names of those deceased. John Etheridge led song on page 344 for the deceased.

Cindy Franklin led song on page 573 for the sick and shut-ins. Leon Ballinger closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Joanne Hoover 171; Lane Albritton 331; Hannah Lee and Rachel Lee 505; Stanley Smith 288; Marie Guthrie 280; Johnny Lee 41; Reba Dell Windom 99; Velton Chafin 197; Paul Gauthier 213; Liz Bryant 156; Bill Aplin 466; Regina Clark. The blessing for the noon meal was offered by David Lee. Elvin Guthrie led song on page 369.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Aubrey Barfield leading song on page 198. Leaders: Frank Hataway 56; Nate Green and Norma Green 501; John Redman 140; Cecile Cox 282; Linton Ballinger 511b; Nancy Van Den Akker 114; David Roberson 239; Mary Elizabeth Lee 388; W.L. Green 381; Clarke Lee 300; Julie Lee 336b; Genny Whitworth 436t; Margaret Spurlock 108b; Cathy Lee 143; Cassie Franklin 567; Tommie Spurlock 189; Alice Bejnar 340; Cindy Franklin 39; Tor Bejnar 334; Rachel Lee and Hannah Lee 501.

RECESS

Don Clark called the class back to order leading songs on pages 398b and 520. Leaders: Riley Lee 484b; Juanita Hill 81.

Officers for next year: Chairman—Leon Ballinger; First Vice Chairman—Don Clark; Second Vice Chairman—John Etheridge.

John Etheridge led song on page 137. Announcements were made. Stanley Smith led song on page 486 for Marnie Riley. The officers led song on page 133 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Stanley Smith.

Chairman—Elvin Guthrie; First Vice Chairman—Leon Ballinger; Second Vice Chairman—Don Clark; Secretary—Aubrey Barfield.