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Southwest Texas Sacred Harp
Singing Convention (Cooper Book)

McMahan, Texas

April 29-30, 2006

Saturday, April 29

The annual spring session of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention, first held in 1900, met at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in McMahan, Texas. The convention was called to order by Chairman Leon Ballinger leading 217. The opening prayer was offered by Elder Sonny Huckaby.

Leaders: Leon Ballinger 507b; Scott Curran 68t; Pat Blundell 164; Beverly Coates 299; Billy Huckaby 270; Crystal Meadows 82; John Baker 171; Vivian Rogan 146 (dedicated to her son, Josh, a U.S. Marine); Louis Hughes 225t; Martha Beverly 383; Kevin Powell 438t; Sarah Huckaby 416t; Jeff Sheppard 388; Janet Morgan 39; Morris Nelms 38b; Lindsey Wiggins 276; Eric Morgan 203; Shelbie Sheppard 142; Reed Coates 139; Evelyn Lamb 277; Ed Stevens 38t; Doris Hanks 422b; Bill Beverly 478; LaRue Allen 300; Donald Ross 271b; Reba Windom 505.


Leon Ballinger brought the class back to order with 76b. Leaders: Gaylon Powell 524; Pete Mathewson 32t; Liz Owen 183; Mike Moseley 411; Daphene Causey 414; David Lee and Syble Adams 99; Sharon DuPriest 229; Gary Rogan 567; Terre Schill 218; Sonny Erwin 336t; Syble Adams 78; Marvin Reeves 476; Marjorie Neal 137; Daniel Davis 216; Cheryl Foreman 53; Tom Owen 466; Donna Sewell 63; Kris Wiggins 192; Diane Ross 434; Phillip Reeves 378t.

A business meeting was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Scott Curran will move up to Chairman; Vice Chairman—Liz Owen; Secretaries—John Baker and Cassandra Baker.

Leaders: Alexa Gilmore 138t; Elder Gerald Hand 75; Micah Rodgers 45t; Robert Vaughn 292b. The lunch prayer was given by Donald Ross.


Chairman Scott Curran called the afternoon session together with 42. Leaders: Jeb Owen 470; Dick Steil 268t; Grant Howard 484; Lori Rodgers 240; Katie Mahoney 51; Daniel Allcock 184b; Eloise Wootten 572; Amanda Blevins 128; Claire Singleton 49b; Trevor Howard 58; Jenna Strizak 274t; Carol Selleck 283t; Katie Moseley 135; Olivia Powell 522; Laura McCarty 324; Amanda Owen 442t; Jessica Garris 159; Cissy Moseley 500; Corbin Rodgers 401.

Scott Curran appointed Tom Owen, Mike Moseley, and Liz Owen to the Memorial Committee.


Liz Owen opened the session with 40. Leaders: Henry Schuman 54t; Stan Jensen 558; Kevin Lee 148; Rich Lee 47t; Ryan Ross 404; Cassandra Baker 323b; Shelbie Sheppard and Jeff Sheppard 186; Shane Wooton 543; Louis Hughes 563; Martha Beverly and Bill Beverly 511t; Crystal Meadows 384; Janet Morgan 438b; Ed Stevens 393t; Eric Morgan 379; Pete Mathewson 145b; Daphene Causey, Reba Windom, and Sharon DuPriest 196; Marvin Reeves 364; Curtis Owen 149.

Scott Curran led 323t as the closing song, and the closing prayer was given by Curtis Owen.

Sunday, April 30

Chairman Scott Curran called the class together with 101t. The opening prayer was offered by Louis Hughes. Leaders: Scott Curran 64; Liz Owen 212; John Baker 110; Mike Moseley 200; Daniel Allcock 168; Terre Shill 387; Kevin Lee 277; Eric Morgan 77t; Ryan Ross 179; Cheryl Foreman 132; Trevor Howard 39; Carol Selleck 571; Henry Schuman 497; Mike Hinton 544; Gary Rogan 319; Sonny Erwin 282; Marvin Reeves 35; Marjorie Neal 116; Reba Windom 559; David Lee 47b; Shelbie Sheppard 211; Donna Sewell 31t; Sharon DuPriest 189; Robert Vaughn 443.


Liz Owen called the afternoon session to order with 288. Leaders: Rich Lee 421; Beverly Coates 133; Syble Adams 367; Eloise Wootten 222; Phillip Reeves 201; Stan Jensen 488t; Martha Beverly 224; Ed Stevens 107t; Pete Mathewson 398b; Jenna Strizak 511b; Don Ross 381t; Shane Wootten 98.

Tom Owen conducted the memorial lesson, and read the list of the deceased: Sgt. Phil Dodson and I.V. McWhorter—Georgia; Maurie Bradford—Utah; Viola Jones, Sharon Stephenson, Pauline Willis, and Joe Owen—Texas; Teddy Creel—Alabama; Norman Shaw—United Kingdom; Laurette Wojcik—Vermont. Mike Moseley then read scriptures concerning the singers’ hope for eternal life, and led 134. Tom Owen led 434.

Liz Owen read the list of sick and shut-ins and led 129 in their honor: S.A. “Buddy” Baker, Peggy Davis, Tom Shuford, Myra Palmer, Verna Powell, Ophelia Matthews, and Terry Ross—Texas; David McPherson—New Mexico; Shirley Figura—Missouri; Bobby Jackson—Georgia; Minja Lausevic—Minnesota. The memorial lesson was closed with prayer by David Lee.

Leaders: Grant Howard 343; Diane Ross 40; Jeff Sheppard 176t; Daphene Causey 192; Claire Singleton 489; Janet Morgan 336t; Burl Russell 418; Bill Beverly 575; Reed Coates 444t; Alexa Gilmore 400; Owen Howard 76b. Gary Rogan closed the morning lesson with prayer.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Scott Curran leading 406. Leaders: Jessie Simon 45t; Vivian Rogan 508; Katie Mahoney 306; Nancy Nortz 335; Jessica Garris 122; Daniel Davis 441; Louis Hughes 528b; Marlon Wootten 397; Amanda Blevins 155; Lindsey Wiggins and Virgie Toller 162; Katie Moseley 68t; Martha Aiken, Joy Simon, and Jessie Simon 63; Sonny Huckaby 395b; Kevin Powell 300; Amanda Owen 84; George Jones 35; Brennen Leigh Hulbert 348t; Doris Hanks 450; Cissy Moseley 49t; Cassandra Baker 72; Olivia Powell 280; Leon Ballinger 120; Scott Curran 99; Billy Huckaby 424; Gaylon Powell 198; Tom Owen 515; Donna Sewell and Harry Harrison 438b; Mike Hinton 414; Bill Bailey 87; Kris Wiggins and Pricilla Kirbo 365; Dick Steil 485; Sarah Huckaby 416b; Jeb Owen 74b.

Scott Curran, Liz Owen, and John Baker led 62 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Tom Owen.

Chairman—Scott Curran; Vice Chairlady—Liz Owen; Secretaries—John Baker and Cassandra Baker.