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Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention (Cooper Book)

Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, McMahan, Texas

March 29-30, 1997

Saturday, March 29

The ninety-eighth annual Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention met on the fifth weekend of the Spring at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in McMahan, Caldwell County, Texas.

Chairman Al Rogers called the singers to order at 10:00 a.m. leading song on page 31b. Prayer for the singing and singers was led by Tom Owen. Al Rogers then led 63; Vice Chairman Jeb Owen 559; Secretary John Baker 40. Leaders: Don Ross 310; John Morris 319; Ophelia Matthews 563; Mary Ann Owen 145b; Leon Ballinger 142; John Beard 75; Judith Nieth 449; Dick Steil 268t; Julie Michie 500; Ryan Ross 112; Vivian Rogan 72; Tammy Powell 414 (for the Smith family); Chris Blevins 199; Barbara Moore 229; Dale Redmon, Jr. 514; Tom Owen 560.


The class was called back by Al Rogers leading song on page 575. Leaders: Gary Rogan 205; Eileen Stripland 507b; Beverly Coates 543b; Olivia Blevins 106; Lee Williams 571; Joe Owen 515; Amanda Owen 371; Joseph Stang 168; Mike Moseley 137; Sarah Coates 203; David Moseley 424; Liz Rogan 110; Reed Coates 49t; Michele Rogan 557; Katie Moseley 196; Josh Rogan 146; George Jones 285t; Leland Owen 283t.

The convention held its business meeting, moving Jeb Owen up to Chairman, electing Kevin Powell as Vice Chairman, and John Baker as Secretary. The lunch recess was called with prayer offered by Gaylon Powell.


The afternoon session opened with Jeb Owen leading song on page 128. Leaders: B.E. Matthews 204; Emmie Morris 215; Kevin Powell 216; Tony Benetiz 39; Glenn Davis 393t; Bruce Coates 511t; Peter Nichols 484b; Andrew Albers 542; Russell Riepe 383; Carla Spencer 358; Shane Nix 36b; Diane Ross 299; Gaylon Powell 365; Cassandra Baker 323b; Mary Bachmann 369; Pat Blundell 164; Mary Oruc 447t; Martha Aiken 192; Abbie Morris 172.


Kevin Powell reassembled the class leading song on page 67. Leaders: Doris Hanks (with Julia Sanders) 274t; Edith Owen 47; Monnie Ross 148; Regina Glass 68; Sissy Moseley 573; Richard Daniels 440b; Curtis Owen 558; Edwin Reed 348; Ray Barnett 540; James Moseley 276; Dick Steil 451b; Joe Owen 488b; Lee Williams 382; Judith Nieth 176t; Chris Blevins 155; John Morris 186; Amanda Blevins 450; Gary Rogan 511b; Don Ross 123b; Anne Milner 220; Tom Owen 171.

The chairman closed the day of singing with 377b. Closing prayer was offered by Elder Chris Blevins.

Sunday, March 30

Singing began at 9:30 with Chairman Jeb Owen leading song on page 376. Morning prayer was offered by B.E. Matthews. Jeb Owen then led 182; Vice Chairman Kevin Powell 300; Secretary John Baker 239. Leaders: B.E. Matthews 434; Leon Ballinger 442t; Eileen Stripland 63; Landis Powell 553b; Emmie Morris 324; Diane Ross 235; Glenn Davis 578 “Love At Home”; Ray Barnett 559; John Morris 222; Don Ross 277; Ophelia Matthews 572; Dale Redmon, Jr. 507; Charles Whitmer 393t; Julia Sanders 159; Tammy Powell 189; Mary Ann Owen 47b; Gary Rogan 411.

The Memorial Service was held at this time. Gaylon Powell led 343, “Long Sought Home”, in memory of James Cranfill, Sherman Cole, Thelma Cole, Jesse Deason, Anice Cochran, June Ross, and A.V. Pepper. Curtis Owen then spoke of our joy and hope for the future and led 111b, “To Die No More”.

Kevin Powell then led 505 for the sick and shut-ins.


Kevin Powell called the class to order leading song on page 49. Leaders: Tom Owen 200; Andrew Albers 95; Peter Nichols 573; Bruce Coates 336t; Pat Blundell 467; Monnie Ross 108b; Regina Glass 81; Richard Daniels 288; Anne Milner 276; Sarah Coates 139; David Moseley 137; Amanda Owen 404; Joseph Stang 508; Mike Moseley 406; Michele Rogan 522; Reed Coates 129; Josh Rogan 408; Katie Moseley 280; Liz Rogan 489; James Moseley 31t; Shane Nix 171; Tony Benetiz 135; Al Rogers 500; Beverly Coates 552; Vivian Rogan 283b; Ryan Ross 217. Prayer for lunch was offered by Tony Benetiz.


Jeb Owen reassembled the class for the afternoon session leading song on page 58. Leaders: Barbara Moore 324; Doris Hanks 422b; Leland Owen 381; Cassandra Baker 159; Sissy Moseley 264b; Gaylon Powell 35; Edith Owen 395b (for Ed and Alcie Craig); Martha Aiken 143; Russell Riepe 126; Curtis Owen 198; Mary Bachmann 344; John Baker 120; Andrew Albers 473; Glenn Davis 571; Emmie Morris 183; Gary Rogan 54t; Bruce Coates 133; Regina Glass 29t; John Morris 163t; Vivian Rogan 32t; Eileen Stripland 488b; Charles Whitmer 575; Monnie Ross 491; Beverly Coates 532 (in memory of Grady McLeod); Peter Nichols 502; Ryan Ross 470; B.E. Matthews 321; Leon Ballinger 384; Tammy Powell 142; Tom Owen 336b; Mike Moseley 306; Sarah Coates 395; Anne Milner 112; James Moseley 186; Amanda Owen 559; David Moseley 440b.

The Chairman closed the singing at 2:30 p.m. with song on page 62. The closing prayer was given by Andrew Albers.

Chairman—Jeb Owen; Vice Chairman—Kevin Powell; Secretary—John Baker.