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Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention, Fall Session (Cooper Book)

Austin, Texas

September 29-30, 2012

Saturday, September 29

The Fall Session of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order by Bill Bailey leading 56. After a welcome, prayer was offered by Gaylon Powell.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Bill Bailey; Vice Chairman—Jeb Owen; Arranging Committee and Secretaries—Bruce Coates and Beverly Coates.

Leaders: Jeb Owen 380t; Bruce Coates and Beverly Coates 106; Leon Ballinger 507b (for Curtis Owen); Kristie Powell and Laurel Dundee 132; Scott McCown 99; Riley Owen and Lauren Owen 40; Catherine Rogan 217; Garrett Powell 522; Ryan Young 381t; Jackson Owen 53; Priscilla Wiggins 485; Pat Wilson 38b; Robert Vaughn 214; Crystal Meadows 38t; Becky Wright 98; Ron Ryan 511b; Vivian Rogan 567; J.T. Harechmak 558; Olivia Powell 264b; Morris Nelms 300; Amy Pevito 500; Sonny Huckaby 450.


Jeb Owen brought the class together by leading 288. Leaders: Jane Goforth 571; Gary Rogan 129; Amanda Bowles 505; Kris Wiggins 210; Alexa Gilmore 42; Tom Owen 341; Michele Rogan 355; Paul Wilson 39; Liz Owen 470; Kyle Hearn 68t; Janie Short 430; Scott Curran 424; Cheryl Foreman 140; Ron Bernucho 463; Reed Coates 138t; Tamara Harris 434; Sonny Erwin 293b; Tammy Powell 395b; Mike Hinton 78; Greg Bowles 559; Rick Foreman 543; Kevin Powell 416t; Ben Copenhaver 66; Gaylon Powell 272; Gayle Avant 107t; Gary Rogan 330t; Bill Bailey 277. The prayer of thanks for the lunch was offered by Elder Sonny Huckaby.


Bill Bailey opened the afternoon session leading 115. Leaders: Leon Ballinger 110; Scott McCown 122; Riley Owen 32t; Catherine Rogan 276; Garrett Powell 85; Josh Rogan 383; Ryan Young 384; Jackson Owen 401; Daniel Allcock 168; Priscilla Wiggins 442t; Pat Wilson 133; Robert Vaughn 549; Crystal Meadows 400; Becky Wright 321; Ron Ryan 501; Paul Wilson 144; J.T. Harechmak 28t; Olivia Powell 120; Morris Nelms 192; Amy Pevito 398b; Jane Goforth 393t; Sonny Huckaby 35; Amanda Bowles 198.


Bill Bailey opened the session leading 101t. Leaders: Kris Wiggins 230; Alexa Gilmore 29t; Tom Owen 96; Michele Rogan 392; Mike Hinton 478; Janie Short 112; Kyle Hearn 268t; Liz Owen 299; Sonny Erwin 464; Cheryl Foreman 77t; Scott Curran 376; Kristie Powell 156; Reed Coates 65; Tamara Harris 131t; Rick Foreman 108b; Kevin Powell 47b; Ben Copenhaver 37; Tammy Powell 95b; Gaylon Powell 149.

The Chairman closed the Saturday session of the singing by leading 111t. The closing prayer was offered by Scott Curran.

Sunday, September 30

The Sunday session of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Convention was brought to order by Bill Bailey, who welcomed the singers and led 293b. The opening prayer was offered by Leon Ballinger.

Leaders: Jeb Owen 67; Bruce Coates 38t; Beverly Coates 142 (for Merle Jones); Gaylon Powell 200; Michele Rogan 183; Silas Huckaby 421; Tom Owen 250; Vickie Cook 335; Rich Lee 464; Carter Cook 63; Linda Booker 199; Kris Wiggins 235; Jackson Owen 572; Becky Wright 326; Riley Owen 155; Josh Rogan 193; Cheryl Foreman 365; Garrett Powell 427; Sarah Huckaby 563; Rick Foreman 273; Jessica Garris 370.


Bill Bailey led 268b to bring the class back together. Leaders: Sonny Erwin 522; Katie Mahoney 330t; Ron Ryan 285t; Brennan Leigh 319; Mike Hinton 567; Priscilla Wiggins 159; Scott Curran 196; Jane Goforth 573; Reed Coates 182; Amy Pevito 492; Ryan Young 186.

Jeb Owen and Reed Coates conducted the memorial lesson. Jeb Owen discussed the situations facing some on the sick and shut-in list and mentioned the following: Curtis Owen, Edith Owen, Doris Hanks, Chloe Webb, Kristie Powell, Pat Allen, and Cath Tyler. He led 58 in honor of these singers.

Reed Coates read the following names of the deceased: Susan Kerr, Leland Owen, Nellie Rousseau—Texas; John Merritt—Mississippi; Lonnie Rogers—Georgia. He said that his song selection, 30b, described better than he could put in words, the mixtures of joy and sorrow we feel at the death of loved ones. We’re blessed to have the hope of a better day for our loved ones and fellow singers. The memorial lesson was closed by prayer offered by Elder Sonny Huckaby.

Leaders: Liz Owen 171; Greg Bowles 300; Janie Short 336t; Paul Wilson 411; Crystal Meadows 245; Sonny Huckaby 379; Amanda Bowles 129; J.T. Harechmak 47b; Catherine Rogan 218; Kevin Powell 240. The prayer of thanks for lunch was offered by Kevin Powell.


Jeb Owen opened the afternoon session by leading 378t. Leaders: Tamara Harris 329; Ron Bernucho 500; Ben Copenhaver 284; Leon Ballinger 137; Alexa Gilmore 27; Vivian Rogan 146; Alex Hawk 260; Gary Rogan 384; Becky Wright 242; Paul Wilson 314; Cheryl Foreman and Rick Foreman 376; Priscilla Wiggins and Kris Wiggins 189; Riley Owen and Jackson Owen 278b; Olivia Powell 36b; Sonny Erwin and Mike Hinton 571; Tammy Powell 553; Sarah Huckaby and Reed Coates 356; Jane Goforth and Janie Short 148; Carter Cook and Vickie Cook 168; Ryan Young 414; Amy Pevito 203; Garrett Powell, Kevin Powell, and Olivia Powell 543; Crystal Meadows 215; Ron Ryan 345t; Amanda Bowles and Greg Bowles 99; Katie Mahoney and Rich Lee 515; Scott Curran and Michele Rogan 282; Catherine Rogan 434; J.T. Harechmak 239; Tom Owen and Liz Owen 47t; Alexa Gilmore and Leon Ballinger 283t; Gaylon Powell and Tammy Powell 577; Linda Booker and Tamara Harris 425; Ben Copenhaver and Alex Hawk 486; Gary Rogan and Vivian Rogan 392.

Announcements were made, and the officers led the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Tom Owen.

Chairman—Bill Bailey; Vice Chairman—Jeb Owen; Secretaries—Bruce and Beverly Coates