A reception honoring the Reverend D. Randall Cone’s 50th anniversary of ordination as a Presbyterian minister was held on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Curryville Presbyterian Church.
Those present came from a wide area, representing several churches and communities served by Cone over the years in Northeast Missouri.
The event began with a program led by the Reverend Michael Lewton, Stated Supply Pastor of Curryville Church. Representative Jim Hansen presented Cone with a signed proclamation prepared by the Missouri House of Representatives.
A solo “His Eye is on the Sparrow” was presented by Mrs. George (Virginia) Carlson, accompanied by Mrs. Marla Stubblefield Heaston on the piano, both from the Farber Presbyterian Church.
Other special guests were the Reverend R. Carter Blaisdell, Cone’s brother-in-law from Black Mountain, N.C. and his wife, Kay, and Sarah Blaisdell Dittmer, Cone’s niece, and her husband, from Owasso, Okla.
A reception was held following the program in the church fellowship hall under the direction of a committee headed by Mrs. Terry (Joan) Dean, of Bowling Green, assisted by Mrs. Mike (Leann) Smith, Mrs. Jeff (Cindy) Browning, Mrs. Jeff (Fay) Miller, and Mrs. Charles (DeeDee) Reading, and Mrs. Mike (Sharon) Lewton, the last named as part of the Curryville church. Mrs. Tresa Hodges of the Laddonia Presbyterian Church attended the guest book.