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Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Convention,
Fall Session

Austin, Texas

September 28-29, 2013

Saturday, September 28

The Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Convention, Fall Session, held in Austin, Texas, on the fifth Sunday and Saturday before in September was called to order and a welcome issued by Jeb Owen. Jeb led 376, followed by prayer offered by Mike Hinton.

The following officers were previously elected to serve: Chairman—Jeb Owen; Vice Chairman—Billy Huckaby; Arranging Committee and Secretaries—Bruce Coates and Beverly Coates.

All song selections were from the B.F. White Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition, unless otherwise noted. Leaders: Jeb Owen 60; Billy Huckaby 171; Bruce Coates 35; Michele Curran 196; Scott McCown 122; Liz Owen 96; Al Rogers 575; Jackson Owen 572; Tammy Powell 222; Silas Huckaby 559; Linda Booker 39; Jonathan and Jo Pendleton 145b; Chris Nicholson 264t; Lauren Owen 401; Vivian Rogan 290; Abby Huckaby 146; Robert, Kim and Zeke Vaughn 348t; Carter Cook 300; Cheryl Foreman 101b; Riley Owen 40; Lindsey Wait 164; Garrett Powell 270; Amy Peveto 133; Steven Wait 308.


Billy Huckaby brought the class together leading 77t. Leaders: Vickie Cook 335; Scott Curran 217; Janie Short 218; Mike Hinton 434; Kate Coxon 59; Sonny Erwin 464; Joy Spreadborough 299; Tom Owen 544; Catherine Rogan 155; Ron Ryan 478; Kristie Powell 552; Leon Ballinger 216; Sarah Huckaby 48t; Daniel Allcock 183; Amanda Bowles 198; Sonny Huckaby 168; Olivia Powell 47t; Corey Winters 340; Reed Coates 416b; Gayle Avant 49t; Gary Rogan 558b; Beverly Coates 591; Kevin Powell 331b; J.T. Hairetchmack 384; Lindsey Wiggins and Gaylon Powell 189; Bill Bailey 416t; Ben Copenhaver 267b; Jessica Garris 38t; Gaylon Powell 543; Ron Bernucho 484b. Prayer for the meal was offered by Reed Coates.


Jeb Owen and Robert Vaughn began the afternoon session by leading 514, a song composed by Robert. Leaders: Al Rogers 563; Jo Pendleton 422b; Robert Vaughn 355; Nancy Price 60; Jonathan Pendleton 397; Chris Nicholson 293b; Joy Spreadborough 587; Kate Coxon 67; William Price 571; Scott McCown 99; Riley Owen 58; Cheryl Foreman 380t; Silas Huckaby 268t; Janie Short 387; Carter Cook 142; Sonny Erwin 430; Garrett Powell 205; Mike Hinton 78; Ron Ryan 580; Amy Peveto 463.


Billy Huckaby brought the singers together leading 400. Leaders: Vickie Cook 276; Reed Coates 54t; Sarah Huckaby 210; Gary Rogan 203; Liz Owen 567; Scott Curran 98; Catherine Rogan 192; Tom Owen 539; Vivian Rogan 140; Leon Ballinger and Charity Vaughn 588; Michele Curran 356; Sonny Huckaby 395b; Amanda Bowles 553b; Kevin Powell 383; Lindsey Wiggins 215; Daniel Allcock 524; Jessica Garris 159.

A business meeting was held. Scott Curran moved that we submit a petition to host the Young People’s Convention in 2014, on Saturday of the Fall Session of the Southwest Texas Convention, which will be held on the fifth weekend in August. The motion was seconded and carried.

Jeb Owen led 69 to close the Saturday singing. The closing prayer was offered by Elder Sonny Huckaby.

Sunday, September 29

The Sunday session of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention, Fall Session, was called to order by Jeb Owen leading 68b and 64. The opening prayer was offered by Tom Owen.

Leaders: Billy Huckaby 383; Bruce Coates 48t; Gaylon Powell 432; Catherine Rogan 101t; Leon Ballinger 335; Tammy Powell 137; Jackson Owen 159; Jane Goforth 500; Bill Bailey 121; Abby Huckaby and Lauren Owen 146; Ryan Young 390; Kristie Powell 411; Silas Huckaby 268t; Linda Booker 199; Carter Cook 505; Laurel Dundee 47b; Riley Owen 155; Katie Mahoney 200; Rick Foreman 478.


Billy Huckaby led 282 to bring the singers back together. Leaders: Andrea Gaines 572; William Price 38b; Becky Hendricks 489; Garrett Powell 106; Kate Coxon 148; Ron Bernucho 463; Joy Spreadborough 107; Sonny Erwin 511t; Amy Peveto 559; Mike Hinton 418.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Billy Huckaby and Vivian Rogan. Billy Huckaby read the names of the sick and homebound and led 444t as a remembrance of the following: Billy and Eddie Brackin, Curtis and Edith Owen, Doris Hanks, Bobby Evans, Shelbie Sheppard, Claudene Townson, Phillip Wootten, and Berkley Moore.

Vivian Rogan presented a moving memorial to the deceased based upon the definition of memorial. She led 343 in the memory of the following: Anthony Blevins—Texas; Jeff Sheppard and Bud Oliver—Alabama; Evelyn Steinruck—Pennsylvania; Diane Mennella—New York; Martin Mahoney—Massachusetts. Kevin Powell gave a special remembrance of his father-in-law, Elder Anthony Blevins, and led 312 in his memory. Prayer was offered by Elder Sonny Huckaby.

Leaders: Tom Owen 341; Nancy Price and William Price 32t; Cheryl Foreman 486; Dan Velleman 422b; Janie Short 546; Scott Curran 68t; Vickie Cook 365; Sonny Huckaby 450. Prayer of thanks for the noon meal was offered by Leon Ballinger.


Jeb Owen reconvened the singing leading 275b. Leaders: Corey Winters 186; Sarah Huckaby 370; Ben Copenhaver 118; Michele Curran 395t; Daniel Allcock 112; Olivia Powell 36b; Reed Coates 110; Vivian Rogan 508; Alex Hawk 260; Gary Rogan 132; Kevin Powell 77; Joy Spreadborough 49t; Riley Owen 53; Beverly Coates, Reed Coates, and Sarah Coates Huckaby 421 (in memory of Odus Owen); Nancy Price 340; Kate Coxon 168; William Price 31t; Silas Huckaby and Billy Huckaby 142; Cheryl Foreman 269; Mike Hinton 515; Abby Huckaby 401; Janie Short 292b; Sonny Erwin 488; Amy Peveto 67; Ron Bernucho 348t; Catherine Rogan 182; Betty Hendricks 584; Tom Owen 299; Scott Curran 470; Katie Mahoney 345b; Rick Foreman 268b; Dan Velleman 138t; Ryan Young 384; Jeb Owen 514.

Scott Curran reported that he had heard from the Young People’s Convention, currently under way in Hoboken, Georgia, that our petition to host the Young People’s Convention in August, 2014, in Austin had been accepted. After further announcements and thanks to the Austin singers for their successful hosting of the convention, the officers led 95b as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Gaylon Powell.

Chairman—Jeb Owen; Vice Chairman—Billy Huckaby; Secretaries—Bruce Coates and Beverly Coates