A reception honoring the Rev. D. Randall Cone’s 50th anniversary of ordination as a Presbyterian minister was held on Saturday, September 28 at the Curryville Presbyterian Church in Curryville.
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 Rev. Michael Lewton, stated supply pastor of the Curryville Church.
Representative Jim Hansen presented Cone with a signed proclamation prepared by the Missouri House of Representatives.
Several persons present gave accounts of the ministry of Cone.
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 Rev. 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 (Faye) Miller, 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.