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Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention (Cooper Book)

Austin, Texas

August 29-30, 2009

Saturday, August 29

The fall session of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention met at the Waldorf School near Austin, Texas. The session was called to order by Sonny Huckaby leading 293b. Prayer was offered by Bruce Coates.

The officers of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention are as follows: Chairman—Sonny Huckaby; Vice Chairman—Tom Owen; Secretaries—John Baker and Cassandra Baker.

Leaders: Sonny Huckaby 450; Tom Owen 57; John Baker 268t; Jessica Garris 159; Bill Bailey 335; Alexa Gilmore 76b; Leon Ballinger 507b; Rich Lee 356; Bruce Coates 571; Katie Mahoney 184b; John Merritt 559; Vivian Rogan 282; Robert Vaughn 422t; Rick Foreman 243b; Crystal Meadows 384; John Kerr 393t; Shannon Primm 380t; Al Rogers 63; Catherine Rogan 182; Gaylon Powell 183; Sonny Erwin 336t; Linda Booker 138t; Alex Muller 492; Greg Bowles 332; Josh Rogan 192; Riley Owen 274t.


Tom Owen brought the class back to order by leading 507t. Leaders: Morris Nelms 229; Chris Nicholson 513t; Jo Pendleton 422b; Scott Curran 464; Grant Howard 96; Lindsey Wiggins 38t; Jeb Owen 416b; George Jones 558; Janie Short 522; Donn Howard 505; Donald Ross 93; Evelyn Lamb 285t; Liz Owen 567; Kevin Lee 42; Mike Hinton 78; Carol Selleck 511t; Tammy Powell 189; Trevor Howard 465; Curtis Owen 442t; Gary Rogan 54t; Diane Ross 203. The class was recessed for lunch with prayer offered by Curtis Owen.


Riley Owen and Silas Huckaby called the afternoon session together by leading 401. Leaders: Kevin Powell 300; Sarah Huckaby 68t; Reed Coates 139; Cheryl Foreman 379; Michele Rogan 132; Seth Howard 395b; Beverly Coates 380b; Rich Lee 423; Olivia Powell 146; John Merritt and Kevin Powell 392; Robert Vaughn 479; Morris Nelms 28t; Chris Nicholson 264t; Jo Pendleton 449; Katie Mahoney 200; Leon Ballinger 120; Crystal Meadows 168; Shannon Primm 140; Jessica Garris 77t; Sonny Erwin 451; Linda Booker 55; Al Rogers 575.


John Baker brought the class together by leading 239. Leaders: Curtis Owen 283t; Kevin Lee 47b; Lindsey Wiggins 434; Janie Short 276; Evelyn Lamb 210; Donn Howard family 133; Mike Hinton 400; Carol Selleck 73t; Bill Bailey 388; Alexa Gilmore 217.

Gaylon Powell led 563 as the closing song and in memory of Ophelia Matthews. He then closed the day with prayer.

Sunday, August 30

The Sunday session of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention, Fall Session, was brought to order at 9:30 a.m.by Sonny Huckaby leading 49t. Prayer was offered by Donald Ross.

Leaders: Sonny Huckaby 558; Tom Owen 541; John Baker 110; Rich Lee 370; Leon Ballinger 371; Tammy Powell 142; Alexa Gilmore 300; Sonny Erwin 339; Diane Ross 40; Gary Rogan 383; Evelyn Lamb 99; Scott Curran 64; Linda Booker 32t; Carol Selleck 41; Donald Ross 101b; Michele Rogan 203; Rick Foreman 326; Amanda Bowles 155; Josh Rogan 98; Janie Short 58; Lindsey Wiggins 36t; George Jones 35.


Leaders: Gaylon Powell 45t; Olivia Powell 36b; Bill Bailey 115; Vivian Rogan 148; Jessica Garris 68t; Jeb Owen 230; Crystal Meadows 280; Mike Hinton 544; Beverly Coates 315; Katie Mahoney 72; Catherine Rogan 118.

Tom Owen conducted the memorial lesson. Michele Rogan read the list of names of sick and/or shut-ins as follows: Leland Owen, Myra Palmer, Sallie Foreman, Doris Hanks, and John Plunkett. Leon Ballinger led 379 in their honor, and also in memory of Elder Gerald Hand.

Tom Owen then spoke in memory of those that have passed away in the past year, noting that “Sacred Harp Singers will sing for each other” after we have left this hollow square. The list included Dutch Owen, Adele Reed, Ophelia Matthews, Dick Steil, Monnie Ross Jr.—Texas; Lee Rogers and Jimmie Denney—Georgia; John Etheridge—Florida; Elder Gerald Hand—New Mexico. Tom led 344 in their memory. Elder Sonny Huckaby closed the lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Riley Owen and Jackson Owen 401; Greg Bowles 30b; Liz Owen 299; Cheryl Foreman 395t; Sarah Huckaby 270; Kevin Powell 47t; Al Rogers 500; Bruce Coates 264t; Emma Smith and Evelyn Lamb 29t; Zach Rogan 159; Diane Ross 470; Sonny Erwin 540; Carol Selleck 463; Shannon Primm 268b; Paul Wilson 411; Leon Ballinger 195; Donald Ross 92; Wayne Wolf 95t. Prayer for the noon meal was offered by Jeb Owen.


Rich Lee opened the final session by leading 29b. Leaders: Gary Rogan 122; Scott Curran 218; Reed Coates 112; Rick Foreman 289; Amanda Bowles 464; Gaylon Powell 486; Janie Short 60; Josh Rogan 53; Lindsey Wiggins 216; Olivia Powell 128; Bill Bailey 332; Vivian Rogan 343; Jessica Garris 384; Jeb Owen 478; Crystal Meadows 553; Katie Mahoney 67; Mike Hinton 367; Beverly Coates 375; Catherine Rogan 172; Greg Bowles 38b; Cheryl Foreman 365; Alexa Gilmore 390; Al Rogers 515; Sarah Huckaby 543.

Announcements were made. Leaders: Evelyn Lamb 196; Linda Booker 87; Kevin Powell 331b; Bruce Coates 572; Paul Wilson 314; Zach Rogan 47b; Shannon Primm 108t; Liz Owen 213; George Jones 336b; Tom Owen 68b.

Sonny Huckaby led 168 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Scott Curran, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Sonny Huckaby; Vice Chairman—Tom Owen; Secretaries—John and Cassandra Baker