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Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention (Cooper Book)

McMahan, Texas

May 28-29, 2005

Saturday, May 28

The one-hundred fifth annual spring session of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention met at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in McMahan, Texas, and was called to order by Chairlady Amanda Owen leading 31b. Prayer was offered by Owen Ross.

Leaders: Amanda Owen 442t; Leon Ballinger 282; John Baker 120; Gary Rogan 176t; Keith Willard 511t; Sarah Huckaby 270; April Dell 268t; Mike Moseley 220; Laura Densmore 203; Donn Howard 484b; Jerry Schreiber 393t; Cheryl Foreman 497; Guy Bankes 572; Eleanor Haase 575; Mary Elizabeth Lee 222; Ben Brown 65; Richard Ivey 215; Diane Ross 189; Zach Rogan 146; Louis Hughes 528b; LaRue Allen 200.


Amanda Owen called the class back together with 47t. Leaders: Earl Ballinger 155; Mike Hinton and Tollie Lee 544; Ruth Steggles 478; Katie Moseley 68t; Jeb Owen and Liz Owen 82; Syble Adams 99; Joshua McClain 450; David Moseley 360; Louise Tenenbaum and Toby Tenenbaum 53; Al Rogers 63; Alexa Gilmore 38t; Bernard Collard 300; Ayne Ray 559; Karen Willard 448; John Beard 218; Lynnette Howard 335; Carla Smith 505; Scott Curran 384; Beverly Coates 299; Riley Lee 274t; Doris Hanks 112; Seth Howard 39; Gaylon Powell 434; Barbara Moore 61; Johnny Lee 453b; Michele Rogan 196; Barbara Newell 508; James Mason 553.

A business meeting was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Leon Ballinger will move up to Chairman; Vice Chairman—Scott Curran; Secretary—Pat Blundell; Memorial Committee—Beverly Coates and Mike Hinton. The business meeting was closed. The lunch prayer was given by Tollie Lee.


Chairman Leon Ballinger called the afternoon session together with 507t. Leaders: Bruce Coates 336t; Robert Vaughn 521; Anne Moseley 406; Owen Ross 304; David McPherson 449; Josh Rogan 319; Tollie Lee 78; Marjorie Neal 517; Tom Owen 416t; Owen Howard 411; Jenny Willard 500; Crystal Visco 36b; Reed Coates 225t; Mickie Sheppard 574; Cissy Moseley 142; Donald Ross 419.


Scott Curran called the class back together with 543. Leaders: Morris Nelms 110; George Jones 558; John Morris 421; Dick Steil 54t; Catherine Rogan 171; Chris Adams 148; Vivian Rogan 336b; Terre Schill 383; Ryan Ross 182; Curtis Owen 198; Billy Huckaby 47b; Nell Berry and Gaylon Powell 358; Corbin Rogers 427; Lorie Rogers 379; Julie Lee 106; T.J. Willard 36b; Linda Booker 410; David Moseley 191; Ruth Steggles 573.

Leon Ballinger led 137 as the closing song, and the closing prayer was given by Owen Ross.

Sunday, May 29

Chairman Leon Ballinger called the class together with 49t. Prayer was offered by Johnny Lee. Leaders: Scott Curran 567; Pat Blundell 467; Tom Owen 217; Alexa Gilmore 400; Gaylon Powell 172; Crystal Visco 522; Seth Howard 38b; Terry Wooten 68t; Ramona Lee 422b; Daniel Allcock 47b; April Dell 47t; Al Rogers 563; Johnny Lee 264b; Diane Ross 183; Larry Ballinger 224; Anne Moseley 220; Reed Coates 133; Tollie Lee 138t; Liz Owen 470; Trevor Howard 283b.


The class resumed singing. Leaders: Donald Ross 539; Robert Vaughn 511b; Syble Adams 367; Bruce Rye 216; Jessie Simon 63; Louis Hughes 395; Catherine Rogan 489; Grant Howard 72; Ayne Ray 76b; Bernard Collard 70t; Dewayne Wooten 138b.

Mike Hinton conducted the memorial lesson, with words about the tradition of the memorial lesson and remembering those singers who have gone on.

Beverly Coates read the names of the deceased: Dr. Percy Young, Kelly Beard, Louis Tenenbaum, Newton “Bud” Flounders, Dick Haase, Frances Daniels, Robbie Nowlin, Elvera Dowling Lee, Rachel Lee Cason, and Tom Gibney. Josh Rogan led 122.

The names of the sick and shut-ins were read: Patsy Forbes, Tea Tenenbaum, Tricia Henderson, Myra Palmer, Merle Jones, Verna Powell, Ophelia Matthews, Amanda Denson Brady, and Joan Donald. Beverly Coates led 129. Mike Hinton closed the memorial with prayer.

Leaders: Ryan Ross 276; Sarah Huckaby 196; Kevin Powell 200; Karen Willard 193; Morris Nelms 365; Cheryl Foreman 140; Richard Ivey 439; Carla Smith 559; Riley Lee 64; Owen Ross 401. Prayer for lunch was given by Elder Sonny Huckaby.


Scott Curran called the afternoon session to order with 444. Leaders: Chris Adams 61; Dick Steil 146; Katie Moseley 222; Bruce Coates 488b; Olivia Powell 450; Owen Howard 32t; David McPherson 451; Mary Elizabeth Lee 42; Aaron Wooten 270; Laura Densmore 191; Keith Willard 144; Eleanor Haase 485; Ben Brown 288; Jenny Willard 199; Jerry Schreiber 478; Joshua McClain 571; Marjorie Neal 500; Guy Bankes 410; LaRue Allen 192; Toby Tenenbaum and Louise Tenenbaum 416; John Beard 75; Michele Rogan 159; Earl Ballinger 40; Curtis Owen 204; Barbara Moore 268t; Jeb Owen 98; Cissy Moseley 543; T.J. Willard 106; Lynnette Howard 511t; Donn Howard 505; Mike Moseley 331b; Amanda Owen 336t; Doris Hanks 553b; Cassandra Baker 323b; Billy Huckaby 421; Vivian Rogan 343; John Baker 110; Jeannette Mostella 277.

Chairman Leon Ballinger and Vice Chairman Scott Curran led 63 for the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Curtis Owen, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Leon Ballinger; Vice Chairman—Scott Curran; Secretary—Patricia Blundell.