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Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention (Cooper Book)

Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, McMahan, Texas

March 30-31, 1996

Saturday, March 30

The ninety-seventh annual Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention met on the fifth weekend of the Spring at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in McMahan, Caldwell County, Texas. Chairman B. E. Matthews called the singing to order at 10:00 a.m. with song on page 31b. Jeb Owen led the morning prayer. B. E. Matthews led song on page 137; Vice Chairman Al Rogers led 563; and Secretary John Baker led 189. Leaders: John Morris 272; Don Ross 291; Kelly Beard 57; Barbara Moore 229; Edith Owen 515; Beverly Coates 133; Kevin Powell 335; Leon Ballinger 142; Ophelia Matthews 365; Doris Hanks 63; Mike Hinton 541; Charles Whitmer 376; John Schaffer 300; Jeanne Schaffer 168; Sandy Hill 218; Vivian Rogan 49t; Tammy Powell 559; Diane Ross 230.


Chairman B. E. Matthews called the class together with song on page 511b. Leaders: Gaylon Powell 522; Emmie Morris 215; Louis Smith 217; Monnie Ross 148; Sharon Smith 571; Frank Price 135; Ernestine Pipkin 171; Jeb Owen 508; Gary Rogan 54t; Sarah Coates 186; Elizabeth Rogan 216; Abbie Morris 203; Amanda Owen 155; Jennifer Rogan 299; Reed Coates 47t; Michele Rogan 128; Jeb Owen 508; Gary Rogan 54t. The convention held its business meeting, moving Al Rogers up to Chairman, electing Jeb Owen as Vice Chairman, and John Baker as Secretary.


The afternoon session was opened by Chairman Al Rogers leading song on page 40. Leaders: Ryan Ross 112; Olivia Blevins 450; Russell Riepe 383; Celeste Riepe 45t; Chris Blevins 146; Katie Moseley 505; Josh Rogan 239; Sue Fairbanks 488b; Marcelene Hardy 172; A. A. Smith, Jr. 67; Richard Daniels 440; Mary Bachmann 279; Myra Palmer 414; Judith Nieth 573; David Moseley 427; Ray Barnett, 540; Michael Moseley 68t; Mark Rowell 486.


Al Rogers reassembled the class leading song on page 127. Leaders: Verna Powell 103, 104; Dick Steil 484b; Tom Owen 213; George Jones 558; Leland Owen 47b; Bruce Coates 507b; Cassandra Baker 159; Curtis Owen 278b; Martha Aiken 277; Kelly Beard 82; Frank Price 64; Ernestine Pipkin 276; Sandy Hill 371; Jeanne Schaffer 132; John Schaffer 332; Mark Rowell 400; Judith Nieth 111b; James Moseley 36b. Chairman Al Rogers closed the day of singing with song on page 69. The closing prayer was offered by Elder Chris Blevins.

Sunday, March 31

Singing began at 9:30 a.m. with Al Rogers leading song on page 293b. Prayer was given by George Jones. Al Rogers led 63; Jeb Owen 449; John Baker 120. Leaders: Diane Ross 434; Gary Rogan 339; Leon Ballinger 384; Sandy Hill 381t; Mike Hinton 388; Emmie Morris 220; Beverly Coates 442t; A. A. Smith, Jr. 300; Jeanne Schaffer 475; Louis Smith 222; Monnie Ross 108b; Ophelia Matthews 447t; Charles Whitmer 218; John Morris 163t; Barbara Moore 268t; Olivia Blevins 168; Tammy Powell 200; John Schaffer 235.


Jeb Owen opened leading song on page 290. Leaders: B. E. Matthews 473; Jeannette Adams 470; Don Ross 360; Carey Burkett 159; Sharon Smith 274t; Jennifer Rogan 48b; Katie Moseley 77t; Elizabeth Rogan 280; Abbie Morris 392; Amanda Owen 215; Sarah Coates 212; Michele Rogan 196; Joshua Rogan 572; Michael Moseley 277; David Moseley 450; Richard Daniels 507b; Doris Hanks 422b; Myra Palmer 497; Vivian Rogan 32t; Dick Steil 500; Ray Barnett 408; Gaylon Powell 66; Mary Bachmann 225t; Verna Powell 146; Lisa Hardaway 288. The memorial service was held. Kevin Powell led song on page 176t for the sick and shut-ins. Mike Hinton read the following list of friends and singers who passed away this past year: Floyd Stiefel and Colbie Allen, both of Alabama, Oma Porter, Estell Terry, Curtis Jeffrey, Mamie Burleson, Arnevis Norton, Lewis Vaughn, B.K. Powell, and Lonnie Cato. Ryan Ross and Mike Hinton read lines from various songs expressing the Eternal Hope of Heaven, and singing “praises of our Lord and King” in that great land. They then lead 285b. Prayer for the lunch was offered by Bruce Coates.


Vice Chairman Jeb Owen opened the afternoon service leading song on page 511b. Leaders: Wendy Laubach 578, “Love At Home”; Kevin Powell 216; Marcelene Hardy 112; Ryan Ross 406; Burl Russell 491; Edith Owen 336b; Nell Berry 358; Leland Owen 343; Tony Benitez 101t; Martha Aiken 45t; George Jones 369; Edwin Reed 546; Landis Powell 336t; Cassandra Baker and Amanda Blevins 39; James Moseley 440b.

Announcements for future singings were made before singing continued. Leaders: Tom Owen 411; Julie Ann Mitchie 381t; Janie Porter 571; Curtis Owen 198; Bruce Coates 511t; Reed Coates 36b; John Schaffer 143; Jeanne Schaffer 128; Sandy Hill 323t; Don Ross 149; Lisa Hardaway 61; A. A. Smith, Jr. 53; Mike Hinton 146. Chairman Al Rogers closed the singing at 2:30 p.m. leading song on page 62. The closing prayer was given by B. E. Matthews.

Chairman—Al Rogers; Vice Chairman—Jeb Owen; Secretary—John Baker.