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Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention (Cooper Book)

Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, McMahan, Texas

April 29-30, 2000

Saturday, April 29

The one-hundredth session of the Southwest Texas Convention met at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, McMahan, Texas beginning on Saturday, April 29. Chairman John Baker called the class to order at 9:30 a.m. with songs on pages 35 and 171. Gary Rogan offered the opening prayer. Vice Chairman Leon Ballinger led song on page 32t and Secretary Pat Blundell led 136.

Leaders: Kevin Powell 300; Dale Redmon 507; Vivian Rogan 559; David Moseley 450; Jennifer Obeidin 112; Dick Steil 268t; Terre Schill 218; Scott Curran 189; Sarah Coates 522; Fr. Ronald Baker 148; Cindy Kissee 68t; Robert Handel 268b; Janice Hecksel 495b; Liz Rogan 567; Charlie Obert 216; Tom Owen 179; Michele Rogan 508; John Shcaffer 314; John Morris 119; Carla Smith 551.


The singing resumed with John Baker leading song on page 64. Leaders: Al Rogers 63; Cheryl Foreman 543; Jerry Schreiber 282; Ernestine Pipkin 497; Gary Rogan 384; Mildred Farmer 358; Frank Price 571; Katie Moseley 137; Josh Rogan 163t; Mary Bachmann 225t; Don Ross 264b (in memory of Grandmother Elizabeth Owen); Carol Selleck 38; Beverly Coates 532 (in memory of Grady McCloud); Mike Hinton 146; Kathy Taylor 139; Kelly Beard 200; Diane Ross 421 (in memory of Grandfather Odus Owen); Mike Moseley 442t; Jeanne Schaffer 127; John Baker 45t (by request).

A business meeting was held. As per convention rules, Vice Chairman Leon Ballinger moved up to Chairman. Mike Moseley was elected Vice Chairman and Pat Baker Blundell retained as secretary. Chairman Leon Ballinger appointed Diane Owen Ross, Mike Hinton, and Gary Rogan to the Memorial Committee. Leon Ballinger led song on page 120. Prayer for lunch was offered by Tom Owen.


Chairman Leon Ballinger called the class to order leading song on page 335. Leaders: Gaylon Powell 195; Amanda Owen 142; Reed Coates 222; Owen Ross 38b; Robert Vaughn 50t; Joe Owen 515; Larry Ballinger 224; Lori Rodgers 56; Tom Taylor 31t; Bruce Coates 558; Jim Ballinger 270; Paul Wyatt 395b; Earl Ballinger 299; John Etheridge 285; Cissy Moseley 276; Johnny Lee 31b. As a college class project Tony Benitez set an Emily Dickinson poem to the tune of 335. He passed out copies for the class to sing.


Vice Chairman Mike Moseley led song on page 76 to bring the class to order. Leaders: Jeb Owen 47b; George Jones 381t; Nell Berry 500; Curtis Owen 39; Catherine Rogan 49t; Sue Fairbanks 323; Zach Rogan 280; Edith Owen 505; Martha Aiken 40; Doris Hanks 422b; Joanie Horton and Morris Nelms 27; Leola Perry 58; Marilyn Burkland 553; Landis Powell 133.

Leon Ballinger led song on page 239 as the closing song. Don Ross dismissed the Saturday session with prayer.

Centennial Celebration—A Century Of Singing—1900-2000

Master of Ceremonies—John Baker

Song “Restoration”—Gaylon Powell

Welcome—Leon Ballinger, Chairman, and John Etheridge, President, The Sacred Harp Book Company, Baker, Florida.

History of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Convention

The Constitution—W.M. “Pete” Baker

History of the Convention—Curtis Owen

Officers of Convention—Pat Baker Blundell

Song “Blooming Youth”—Beverly Owen Coates

Sacred Harp Singing-Today and the Future

Moderator—Tom Owen

California—Jerry Shcreiber

The Rocky Mountains—John Schaffer

Minnesota—Charlie Obert

North Alabama—Leon Ballinger

Hoboken, Georgia—Johnny Lee

Closing—Tom Owen

Song “Will You Meet Me”—Jeb Owen

Sunday, April 30

Chairman Leon Ballinger opened the day of singing with song on page 212. Jim Ballinger offered the morning prayer. Vice Chairman Mike Moseley led song on page 434; Secretary Pat Blundell led song on page 40.

Leaders: Don Ross 304; Mike Hinton 365; Olivia Powell 235; David Polacheck 484b; Carla Smith 100; B.E. Matthews 230; Jennifer Obeidin 110; John Etheridge 552; Sarah Coates 213; Johnny Lee 511; Janice Hecksel 312; John Schaffer 489; Leola Perry 341; Jerry Schreiber 478; Carol Selleck 283; Charlie Obert 276.

Memorial Service. Mike Hinton and Diane Ross paid tribute to those singers and supporters of Sacred Harp who have passed on in the past year, and led songs on pages 507b and 343b for the deceased. Those remembered were: Ed Craig, Richard Daniels, Sr., Buddy Fowler, Jewell Alexander, Everett Cole, Virgil Phillips, Tina Hand, and Rachel Taylor.

Gary Rogan read the list of sick and shut-ins unable to be with us today and led song on page 313 for them. Those remembered: Verna Powell, Mildred Edmonds, Morris Nowlin, Oleta Daniels, Connie Hilgeforth, Frances Daniels, Lorene Hutchison, Lissa Calirhoe, Tommye Mauldin, Alcie Craig, Ophelia Matthews, Ada Mae Johnson, Georgia Bass, Kenneth Bass, Adelaide Vaughn, LaVona White, Myra Palmer, Myrl Jones, A.A. Smith, Lawson Smith, Viola Jones, Dick Stiles, Ana Mae Smith, Aubrey Ellis, and Vesta Ellis. Tom Owen closed the memorial with prayer.


Vice Chairman Mike Moseley called the class to order leading song on page 135. Leaders: Gaylon Powell 512; Morris Nelms 422; John Morris 98; Cindy Kissee 28t; Paul Wyatt 217; Jeanne Schaffer 168; Earl Ballinger 176t; Cheryl Foreman 132; Robert Vaughn 393; Larry Ballinger 215; Terre Schill 521; Dale Redmon 563; Liz Rogan 376; Scott Curran 290; Vivian Rogan 128; David Moseley 186; Diane Ross 155; Reed Coates 198. Prayer for lunch was offered by Elder Hulan Bass.


Chairman Leon Ballinger called the afternoon session together with song on page 330t. Leaders: Bruce Coates; Diane Ross; Doris Hanks 470; Josh Rogan 240; Katie Moseley 222; Tom Owen 192; Zach Rogan 557; Landis Powell; Joanie Porter 43; Jim Ballinger 358; Mary Owen 293; Burl Russell 164; Martha Aiken and granddaughter, Jessie Simons 348; Gary Rogan 324; Cassandra Baker 451b; Edith Owen 410; Edwin Reed 285t; Cissy Moseley 142; Curtis Owen 204; Catherine Rogan 203; Billy Huckaby 282; George Jones 336; Jeb Owen 450; Michele Rogan 522; Amanda Owen 411; John Baker 120; Kevin Powell 36b; Carol Selleck 229; John Etheridge 336; Johnny Lee 41; Jerry Schreiber and John Schaffer 38b; Paul Wyatt, Charlie Obert, and Cindy Kissee 99.

Chairman Leon Ballinger and Vice Chairman Mike Moseley led song on page 377 as the closing song. Curtis Owen dismissed the class with prayer.

The following states were represented: Minnesota, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Texas.

Chairman—Leon Ballinger; Vice Chairman—Mike Moseley; Secretary—Pat Blundell.