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Smith County Sacred Harp Singing Convention (Cooper Book)

New Harmony Community Center, Tyler, Texas

March 9-10, 2002

Saturday, March 9

The twenty-second annual session of the Smith County Sacred Harp Singing Convention met at the New Harmony Community Center, Smith County, Tyler, Texas on the second Sunday and Saturday before in March.

Myrl Jones, Chairman Pro-tem, called the convention to order by leading song on page 101t. Gaylon Powell offered the opening prayer.

Myrl Jones made the following committee appointments: Memorial Committee—Gaylon Powell, Cheryl Foreman, and Olivia Powell; Nominating Committee—Lawson Smith, Leon Ballinger, and John Morris.

Leaders: Myrl Jones 110; Lawson Smith 142, 270; Bruce Coates 448, 558; Leon Ballinger 40, 300; Cheryl Foreman 203, 132; David Light 192, 172; Beverly Coates 99, 563 (for the Rogan family and Francis Daniels); Doris Hanks 515, 36b; Olivia Powell and Garrett Powell 274t, 290; Reed Coates 39, 143; Monnie Ross 491, 573.


Chairman Scott Curran brought the class back to order leading songs on pages 543 and 98. Leaders: Kevin Powell 200, 201b; Azalee Barnett 572, 45t; Pauline Willis 171, 170; Gaylon Powell 310, 320; Sue Utz 406, 475; John Morris 38t, 38b; Tina Walston 497, 505; Margaret Rounsavall 137, 112. Bruce Coates offered the noon prayer.


Scott Curran called the class back to order for the afternoon session leading song on page 47t. David Rousseau said a special prayer for Jane McKnight who blacked out and fell during lunch. She was rushed to the hospital by EMS, and later reports came that Jane’s pacemaker was not working properly. Singing resumed after the emergency was over.

Leaders: Bruce Coates 32t, 336t; David Rousseau 82, 84; Myra Palmer 414, 522; Sharon Stephenson 571, 418; Marian Grant 299, 186; Monica Hill 500, 501; Thomas Smith 235, 189; John Beard 145t, 400; David Light 470, 222.

A business meeting was held. The Nominating Committee presented the following slate of officers: Chairman—Jeb Owen; Vice Chairman—Cheryl Foreman; Secretary—Tammy Powell; Treasurer—Sue Utz; Chaplain—Dallas Smith. The slate passed unanimously.

Sue Utz gave the Treasurer Report and asked for donations to help meet expenses.


Scott Curran called the class back to order leading song on page 68t. Leaders: Terre Schill 521, 155; Mary Bachmann 393, 280; Beverly Coates 133, 29t; Reed Coates 416t, 54t; Tina Walston 401, 358; Doris Hanks 442t, 422; Monnie Ross 49, 108b.

Scott Curran closed the session with announcements. Gaylon Powell offered the closing prayer.

Sunday, March 10

Scott Curran called the class to order by leading song on page 47b. Robert Vaughn offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Scott Curran 168; Jeb Owen 68t, 376b; Sue Utz 335, 282; Liz Owen 288, 54t; Robert Vaughn 339, 442b; Phyllis Costner 182, 230; Gaylon Powell 44, 441; Doris Hanks 75, 444t; Olivia Powell 171, 450; Myrl Jones 183, 567; Myra Palmer 497, 100.


Jeb Owen called the class back leading song on page 176t. Leaders: Kevin Powell 140, 216; Burl Russell 418, 164; Cheryl Foreman 77, 53; Sharon Stephenson 274t, 573; Monnie Ross 58, 148; Lawson Smith 127, 434; Thomas Smith 127, 192; Lee Walston 388, 107; Tina Walston 199, 505; Monica Hill 500, 503; Jeb Owen 421, 563.

A memorial lesson was held. Olivia Powell read the names of the deceased and led song on page 220 in memory of: Nobie Smith, Pauline Cathy, Herman Upchurch, Coston Smith, Sept 11th victims, and the American casualties of the Terrorist War. Gaylon Powell led song on page 203 in memory of the deceased.

Cheryl Foreman read the names of the sick and shut-ins and led song on page 264b for: Jane McKnight, A.A. (Junior) Smith, Marie Smith, Verna Powell, Curtis Owen, Edith Owen, Patty Rogan, Frances Daniels, Dallas Smith, Marcelene Hardy, Gertrude Robles, B.E. Matthews, Ophelia Matthews, Kelly Beard, and Ernestine Pipkin. Gaylon Powell offered the noon prayer.


Scott Curran called the class back for the afternoon session leading songs on pages 553b and 196. Leaders: Phyllis Costner 222, 299; Robert Vaughn 443b, 73b; Olivia Powell 32t, 106; Kevin Powell 331b, 536; Burl Russell 40, 155; Liz Owen 82, 142; Gaylon Powell 373, 346; Lawson Smith 108b, 270; Myrl Jones 332, 300; Myra Palmer 189; Jeb Owen 559 (at the request of Myra Palmer); Cheryl Foreman 344, 511b; Doris Hanks 484b, 355; Thomas Smith 358, 285t.

A business meeting was held for discussion on sending the minutes of this singing to the National Minutes book for publication. After discussion, the vote was unanimous to submit the minutes.

Sue Utz reported that all expenses have been met.

Myrl Jones proposed to the class to change the singing from a two-day singing to a one-day singing due to expenses and small attendance, and suggested that the class should think and pray about the change, and to vote on the decision next year. End of business session.

Leaders: Sue Utz 507b, 174; Monnie Ross 28b, 451; Sharon Stephenson 45t, 119; Kevin Powell, Olivia Powell, and Garrett Powell 511t; Jeb Owen and Liz Owen 84.

Scott Curran closed the convention by leading song on page 69. Jeb Owen offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Scott Curran; Secretary—Tammy Powell.