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Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention (Cooper Book)

Austin, Texas

September 29-30, 2007

Saturday, September 29

The fall session of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention met at the Sri Atmananda Memorial School in Austin, Texas. The session was called to order by Liz Owen leading 155 and 32t. Prayer was offered by Donn Howard.

Leaders: Mike Hinton 544; John Baker 40; Gary Rogan 299; Owen Ross 575; Crystal Meadows 273; Jessica Garris 171; Leon Ballinger 192; Phillip Langley 140; Rebecca Edwards 458; Ayne Ray 282; Cheryl Foreman 84; Jeb Owen 464; Alexa Gilmore 217; Josh Rogan 122; Steve Helwig 333; Sonny Erwin 96; Beverly Coates 270; Chris Brown 95b; Judy Whiting 72; John Kerr 505; Evelyn Lamb 383; Katie Mahoney 184b; Rich Lee 162; Lela Crowder 559.


Mike Hinton brought the class back to order leading 138t. Leaders: Donn Howard 484; Amanda Owen 68t; Nathan Rees 434; Scott Curran 384; Amanda Deardorff 148; Janie Short 268t; Sarah Huckaby 196; Alice Johnson 128; Garrett Powell 348t; Riley Owen 401; Jeff Adcock 571; Grant Howard 367; David Wright 378b; Lindsey Wiggins 132; Greg Bowles 29b; Kevin Powell 536; Brennen Leigh 36b; Catherine Rogan 98; Bruce Coates 133; Olivia Powell 450; Trevor Howard 276; Curtis Owen 442t; Dick Steil 463; Billy Huckaby 543; Mike Moseley 411; Gaylon Powell 549; George Jones 558. The memorial committee was named, and class was dismissed for lunch with prayer by Curtis Owen.


Liz Owen called the afternoon session together leading 75. Leaders: Cassandra Baker 31t; Kevin Lee 60; Tom Owen 369; Bill Bailey 106; Al Rogers 507b; Anne Moseley 129; Steve Helwig 67; Owen Ross 216; Tammy Powell 491(for Myrle, Myra and Jr. Smith); Judy Whiting 222; John Kerr 39; Sonny Huckaby 395b; Phillip Langley 142; Rebecca Edwards 183; Ayne Ray 422b; Chris Brown 38b; Janie Short 159; Lela Crowder 99; David Wright 522; Amanda Deardorff 47t.


Mike Hinton brought the class together leading 146. Leaders: Sonny Erwin 563 (for Lee Waters); Jeff Adcock 501; Nathan Rees 215; Greg Bowles 277; Sarah Huckaby 410 (for Edith Owen); Olivia Powell 254; Trevor Howard 58; Cheryl Foreman 470; Billy Huckaby 400; Crystal Meadows 245; Kevin Powell 240; Catherine Rogan 220; Leon Ballinger 239.

Liz Owen led 288 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Owen Ross.

Sunday, September 30

Liz Owen called the class together at 9:30 a.m. by leading 212 and 82. Prayer was offered by Elder Sonny Huckaby.

Leaders: Mike Hinton 444t; Cassandra Baker 159; Reed Coates 400; Meira Boggess 192; Gary Rogan 567; Dick Steil 485; Tammy Powell 189; Bill Bailey 344; Cheryl Foreman 203; Sarah Huckaby 416t; David Wright 300; Catherine Rogan 172; Sonny Erwin 511; Jessica Garris 335; Josh Rogan 414; Judy Whiting 507b; Rich Lee 163b; Rebecca Edwards 272; Gaylon Powell 552; Mary Ann Ray 64; Kris Wiggins 155; Beverly Coates 210; Donn Howard 393t; Chris Brown 211; Jenna Strizak 218.


Mike Hinton called class to order by leading 78. Leaders: John Baker 171; Lela Crowder 344; Phillip Langley 217; Nathan Rees 30b; Crystal Meadows 120; Tom Owen 47b; Steve Helwig 29t; Jeff Adcock 108t; Riley Owen 119; Katie Mahoney 193; Brennan Leigh 553; Bruce Coates 336t; George Jones 35; Evelyn Lamb 53; Grant Howard 133; Lindsey Wiggins 434; Jeb Owen 182; Scott Curran 98.

Alexa Gilmore began the memorial lesson by reading the list of sick and homebound as follows, and leading 101t in their honor: Ophelia Matthews, Myra Palmer, Leland Owen, Pete Baker, Buddy Baker, Amanda Denson, Judy Hauff, Allison Schofield, Raymond Hamrick, and Frank Fowler.

Mike Hinton then spoke and led 484 in memory of the following deceased: Charlie Vaughn, Mary Ballinger, and Floyd Screws—Texas; LaRue Allen, Wilton Donaldson, Marie Guthrie, Dick Mauldin, B.J. Harris, and Flarce Creel—Alabama; Doris DeSpain—Tennessee; Minja Lausevic—Minnesota; John McDougall, Kathy Dunn, Gill Blackmore, and Edna Leonard—United Kingdom.

Mike Hinton read the poetry from the song “Windgate” by Tommy Tucker of Washington D.C. Beverly Coates led 285t. Elder Sonny Huckaby offered prayer to close the memorial.

Leaders: Billy Huckaby 38t; Trevor Howard 478; Al Rogers 54t. Gary Rogan offered prayer before the noon meal.


Leon Ballinger opened the afternoon session by leading 110. Leaders: Frank Price 571; Amanda Owen 42; Sonny Huckaby 168; Alexa Gilmore 27; Greg Bowles 379; Jenna Strizak and Lela Crowder 511b; Mike Moseley 144; Miera Boggess 164; Phillip Langley 222; Judy Whiting 198; Nathan Rees 402; Rebecca Edwards 276; Chris Brown 127; Lindsey Wiggins 524; Steve Helwig 274t; Jeff Adcock 500.

Announcements were made. Leaders: Katie Mahoney 207; David Wright 224; Reed Coates 39; Jessica Garris 380t; Kris Wiggins 331t; Tammy Powell 137; Josh Rogan 319; Brennen Leigh 270; Bill Bailey 332; Jeb Owen 421; Rich Lee 138b; Beverly Coates 176t; Dick Steil 268t; Donn Howard 518; Bruce Coates 49t.

The officers, Liz Owen, Mike Hinton, Cassandra Baker, and John Baker, led 62 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Scott Curran.

Chairperson—Liz Owen; Vice Chairperson—Mike Hinton; Secretaries—Cassandra Baker and John Baker