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RUSK, July 3, 2014—The 6th annual Rotary Club of Rusk 4th of July Parade will be held Friday, July 4, at 10:00 a.m. The theme of this year's parade will be 'God and Country' with special recognition to our area churches.
Bro. Donald (Don) Earl Copeland will be the Grand Marshal. Don is 79 years old and has lived in Rusk most of his adult life. He's married to Patricia Fayne Alexander, and they have 3 children. Bro. Don is a veteran, having served our country in the United States Air Force. Bro. Don worked as butcher before entering the ministry in 1961. He has pastored churches in the Rusk area ever since1962, except for 2 years when he retired briefly for health reason. He has served as pastor of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland Missionary Baptist Church, Salem Missionary Baptist Church and Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church, all in the Rusk area. He has presented a Sunday morning Bible study on the Rusk radio station since 1962. He has conducted over 1450 funerals and performed over 550 weddings during his ministry.
The parade procession will include the Patriot Guard motorcycle riders, some of Tom and Jan Townsend's military vehicles, local elected officials, floats and vans from local churches and nursing homes, and participants from many other organizations. If you're interested in being in our parade, please contact David Thomason.
Following the parade will be the judging of a homemade ice cream contest, drawings for free prizes of merchandise and services from local merchants and the 6th Annual Gauge Lankford Memorial Firemen's Competition.
Soft drinks, snow cones and homemade ice cream will be available for purchase, with the proceeds of such concession sales to be used for Rotary Club service projects.
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