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Warrior River-Clear Creek Convention

Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church, Oneonta, Alabama

July 31, 1999

The one hundred twenty-fifth session of the Warrior River Convention and the one hundredth session of the Clear Creek Convention was held at Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church in Oneonta, Alabama on Saturday before the first Sunday in August. The Convention was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Terry Hullett leading song on page 32t. Elder J.L. Hopper led the class in prayer.

Terry Hullett led song on page 48t. Leaders: Jewel Wootten and Roie Alexander 30t, 317; Bud Oliver 332, 42; Milton Oliver 321, 314; Waylon Blakeley 216, 142; Linda Thomas 217, 345b; Velton Chafin 345t, 436b; Martha Woodard 274t; Lamar Smith 76b; Brenda Merritt 430, 542; John Merritt 168, 277.


The singing resumed with Carmon Brothers leading songs on pages 35 and 74b.

A motion was made and duly seconded to go into a business meeting. The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Terry Hullett; Vice Chairman—Waylon Blakeley; Secretary—Jewel Wootten; Arranging Committee—Milton Oliver and Carmon Brothers; Memorial Committee—Linda Thomas and Elder Philip Gilmore; Resolutions Committee—Chita Blakeley and Helen Lambert; Finance Committee—Carmon Brothers and Bud Oliver. Business session closed.

Leaders: Chita Blakeley 394, 380; Robert Handell 300, 384; Elene Stovall 171, 436; Roy Nelson 392, 145t; Jessica Davis 145b; Elder J.L. Hopper 304, 187; Billy Williams 299, 297; Eloise Watkins 480, 123t; S.T. Reed 379, 43; Judy Caudle 496, 311; Jeff Sheppard 224, 440; Sarah Harcrow and Jarrod George 354 (t? b?), 59; Hershell King 204, 222; Jackie Tanner 129, 61; Douglas Conn 495, 448 (t? b?).


The afternoon session began with Terry Hullett and Stephen Hullett leading songs on pages 354 (t? b?) and 87. Leaders: Nate Green and Norma Green 162, 49b; Dennis George 56b, 137; Susan Harcrow 178, 126; Rodney Ivey 208, 144; Helen Lambert 490, 72 (t? b?); Steve Lambert 196, 120; Elder Philip Gilmore 220, 441 (for Roie Alexander for his birthday); Glenda Hopper 322, 84; Onette Watkins 143, 340; Jarrod George 300; Lydia Baswell and Vella Dailey 323b, 147t; Carmon Brothers 225t (for Cecil Sanders).

The memorial lesson was given by Linda Thomas and Elder Philip Gilmore leading song on page 30b for the following deceased: Alice Brothers Washburn, Cecil Gilliland, Elder J.O. Handley, Elder Roy Avery, Vester Jones, Flossie Jones, Alton Lowe, J.L. Oden, Sara McCool, and Gaither Jones.

Rodney Ivey and Bud Oliver led song on page 475 for the following sick and shut-ins: Virgil Phillips, Ruby Phillips, Lawrence Underwood, Lula Underwood, Mary Oden, Alpha Black, Ester Brown, Jap Walton, Herbert Phillips, Johnnie Blakeley, Vera Blakeley, Aubrey Reeves, Audrey Reeves, and Marie Hyatt. The memorial was closed with prayer led by Elder J.L. Hopper.

A business session was held. Mt. Moriah Church, near Sneads Cross Roads will host the Convention in the year 2000 on Saturday before the first Sunday in August.

The Resolution Committee report was given by Chita Blakeley. Be it resolved that we give thanks to our Creator and Savior for allowing us to meet once again at this convention. We pray our fellowship will be blessed from on high as we sing.

We thank Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church for hosting this convention. We thank those who support it, whether it be to sing, to listen, or to prepare the good food....God bless each of you. We thank the officers for rising to meet the challenge and serving us with your leadership. We pray that all who attend may go away with love in their hearts and sweet memories.

This we resolve the 31st day of July in the year of our Lord 1999.

Respectfully submitted by Helen Lambert and Chita Blakeley.

The Finance Committee reported a balance brought forward of $114.45, a collection of $68.00; an expenditure of $30.00 for the minutes, gift to the church of $50.00, leaving a balance of $102.45. The business session was closed.

Terry Hullett led song on page 189. Terry Hullett, Waylon Blakeley, and Elder Philip Gilmore led song song on page 31t as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Elder Philip Gilmore. We are happy to have Robert Handell from San Antonio, Texas visiting with us.

Chairman—Terry Hullett; Vice Chairman—Waylon Blakeley; Secretary—Jewel Wootten.