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Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention (Cooper Book)

Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church, Austin, Texas

September 28-29, 1996

Saturday, September 28

The Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention met on the fifth weekend of the Fall, 1996, at Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. The singing was called to order at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday by the Chairman, Al Rogers, leading song 31b. The morning prayer was offered by Curtis Owen. Al Rogers then led 563; Vice Chairman Jeb Owen led 58 and 99; Secretary John Baker led 100 and 341. Leaders: Ophelia Matthews 82, 384; John Morris 186, 272; Leland Owen 335, 285t; Doris Hanks 355, 515; Dick Steil 268t, 143; Bruce Coates 553, 336t; Mike Hinton 288, 146; Emmie Morris 215, 324; Frank Price 572, 573.

RECESS

Jeb Owen brought the class back to order leading song on page 558. Leaders: Beverly Coates 36b, 54t; B. E. Matthews 137, 298; James Moseley 31t, 300; Edith Owen 47t, 276; Sharon Smith 541, 571; Reed Coates 47b, 49t; Wendy Laubach 49b, 505; Kevin Powell 419, 376; Mike Moseley 293b, 508; Sarah Coates 212, 299. The class recessed for lunch with prayer by Gaylon Powell.

LUNCH

The Chairman, Al Rogers, called the singing back to order with 575. Leaders: Gary Rogan 511b, 168; Tom Owen 131b, 200; Katie Moseley 101t, 142; Amanda Owen 112, 40; Vivian Rogan 283t, 282; David Moseley 63, 87; Curtis Owen 489; Tina Walston 497, 475; Bruce Crawford 440b; Elizabeth Rogan 171, 148; Michele Rogan 427, 196; Gaylon Powell 239, 189; Cassandra Baker 323b; Joan Porter 451, 128; Joseph Stang 58, 559.

RECESS

Al Rogers brought the class to order leading song on page 500. Leaders: John Baker 358; Mary Bachmann 393t, 568; Mike Hinton 414, 229; Tammy Powell 132, 192; Frank Price 127, 43; Beverly Coates 154b; John Morris 319; Gary Rogan 129, 377b; Bruce Coates 488b; Vivian Rogan 395b. The Chairman, Al Rogers, closed the day with number 69, and the class was dismissed by Elder Bruce Crawford.

Sunday, September 29

The singing opened on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. with Chairman Al Rogers leading 63. Opening prayer was offered by Gary Rogan. The Chairman, Al Rogers, led 573; Vice Chairman Jeb Owen 290, 559; Secretary John Baker 164, 168. Leaders: Tom Owen 398b, 120; Emmie Morris 183, 203; Tina Walston 274t, 388; B. E. Matthews 176t (for Herbert Leopard), 414; Leland Owen 73t, 381t; Doris Hanks 442t, 422b; Ophelia Matthews 447t, 491; Mike Moseley 112, 276; Bruce Coates 28b, 32t; Sharon Smith 45, 119; H. P. O’Mary 395b, 335.

RECESS

Jeb Owen brought the class to order leading song on page 511b. Leaders: Joseph Stang 229, 58; David Moseley 61, 571; Amanda Owen 142, 277; Michele Rogan 235, 522; James Moseley 378t, 508; Elizabeth Rogan 216, 280; Katie Moseley 87, 293b; Reed Coates 72, 101t; Sarah Coates 395t, 543; Mary Bachmann 143, 344; Vivian Rogan 49b, 343; Frank Price 128, 129.

A memorial service was held for those singers and friends who had passed away during the last year: Lutisha Watson, June Ross, Jewel Roberts, and Lonnie Cato. Dick Steil read selected verses from the song book, and Bruce Coates led 36b. John Morris then led 337 for the sick and shut-in that were unable to attend this singing. The class was then dismissed for lunch with prayer by Tom Owen.

LUNCH

Jeb Owen brought the class to order leading song on page 179. Leaders: Gary Rogan 324, 369; Edwin Reed 341, 573; Mark Webb 450, 492; Curtis Owen 155,198; Randy Crawford 336t, 572; Dick Steil 451, 393t; Joan Porter 488b, 507b; Kevin Powell 379, 383; Cassandra Baker 159, 323; Landis Powell 47t, 47b; Bruce Crawford 540, 518; Beverly Coates 133, 507t.

RECESS

Jeb Owen resumed the singing leading song on page 408. Leaders: Gaylon Powell 329, 218; John Morris 163t, 390; Wendy Laubach 40; Bruce Coates 505. The singing was closed by Chairman Al Rogers leading 62, and the closing prayer was offered by B. E. Matthews.

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

(NOTE: The spring 1997 singing of SWTSHSC will be held at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, McMahan (Caldwell County), Texas on the 5th weekend of March 29-30, 1997.

Info: Jeb or Tom Owen (512-398-6075) or John Baker (512-376-6871) or Curtis Owen (512-398-2017).