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Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention (Cooper Book)

Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church, Austin, Texas

October 28-29, 1995

Saturday, October 28

The Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention met on the fifth weekend of the Fall, 1995, at Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. The singing was called to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday by the Chairman, B. E. Matthews, leading song on page 31b. The morning prayer was given by Judge Don Ross. B. E. Matthews led song on page 31t; Vice Chairman Al Rogers 500, 563; Secretary John Baker 40 and 64. Leaders: Barbara Moore 268t, 171; Jeb Owen 559, 290; John Morris 186, 163t; Frank Price 135, 127; Emmie Morris 215, 183; Diane Ross 192, 434; Kelly Beard 54t, 70b; Leon Ballinger 211, 212; Mike Hinton 451b, 384; Paula McGray 278t, 505; Sharon Kellam 145t, 38t.

RECESS

John Baker brought the class together leading song on page 405. Leaders: Dick Steil 159, 63; Don Ross 463; Linton Ballinger 300, 36b; Myra Palmer 522, 497; Myrl Jones 142, 189; Ryan Ross 112, 276; Charles Whitmer 575, 518 “Love At Home”; David Polacheck 38b, 47b. The class recessed for lunch with prayer offered by Curtis Owen.

LUNCH

Vice Chairman Al Rogers brought the class together leading song on page 573. Leaders: Greg Economides 571, 448; Curtis Owen 442t, 99; Sue Fairbanks 449, 503; Junior Smith 53, 67; Reed Coates 440b, 401; Amanda Owen 508, 168; Sarah Coates 77t, 224; Mary Bachmann 146, 55; Wendy Laubach 574, 447t; George Jones 47t, 336t; Ernestine Pipkin 82, 277.

RECESS

B. E. Matthews brought the class together leading song on page 137. Leaders: Leland Owen 283t, 491; Beverly Coates 201b, 543b; Verna Powell 103, 104; Edith Owen 293b, 489; Kevin Powell 132, 133; Bruce Coates 511t, 32t; Ophelia Matthews 511b, 507b; Tom Owen 336b, 122; Gaylon Powell 140, 365; Bruce Crawford 518, 540; Judith Bateman 341, 516. The Chairman closed the day’s session leading songs on pages 473 and 69. The closing prayer was offered by Frank Price.

Sunday, October 29th

The singing resumed on Sunday morning with Chairman B. E. Matthews leading song on page 63. The morning prayer was offered by Jeb Owen. B. E. Matthews led song on page 61; Al Rogers 40, 515; John Baker 27 and 358. Leaders: Bruce Coates 168, 400; Gaylon Powell 521, 240; Judith Bateman 563, 59; Amanda Owen 142, 39; Linton Ballinger 335, 377t; Sharon Kellam 520, 282; Paula McGray 95, 78; Kelly Beard 507t, 506.

RECESS

B. E. Matthews reassembled the class leading song on page 145b. Leaders: Don Ross 467, 539; Junior Smith 137, 172; Barbara Moore 239, 229; Ryan Ross 402, 406; Mike Hinton 288, 146; Myrl Jones 332, 110; Kevin Powell 376, 200; Diane Ross 148, 379; David Polacheck 324, 484; Myra Palmer 414, 500; Emmie Morris 224, 381; Frank Price 571, 49t; Reed Coates 72, 118.

The memorial service was held for the following singers and friends: Arnevis Norton, Elder Harold Russell, Elder Pete Walker, Ethel Clark, Dale Redmon, Lewis Vaughn, Howard Dorris, Kay Cox, Joe Beasley, and Elder Jack Simmons. Tom Owen led song on page 410, and John Morris led song on 553b. Curtis Owen led song on page 283b for the sick and shut-ins who are unable to attend the singing. Bruce Coates offered prayer for the noon meal.

LUNCH

Vice Chairman Al Rogers brought the class together leading song on page 507b. Leaders: Jeb Owen 182, 559; Wendy Laubach 49b, 505; Myrl Jones 572; Beverly Coates 453t, 535t; Leon Ballinger 126, 299; Verna Powell 422, 424; Ernestine Pipkin 203, 108b; Christopher Maier, Cecil 427; Sarah Coates 422b, 383; Curtis Owen 198; George Jones 337, 558; Tom Owen 377b, 217; Bobbie Rainoshek 100, 164; Mary Bachmann 344, 576; Pam Rainoshek 348t, 127; Leland Owen 343b; Sue Fairbanks 488b, 277; Mike Mosely 29t, 40; Dick Steil 143, 180; David Mosely 199, 450; Patricia Hopkins 45t. B. E. Matthews led song on page 461 for the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by George Jones.

Chairman—B. E. Matthews; Vice Chairman—Al Rogers; Secretary—John Baker.