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Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Convention,
Spring Session, Cooper Revision

Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, McMahan, Texas

March 29-30, 2014

Saturday, March 29

The Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention, Spring Session, held on the first fifth Sunday and Saturday before each year, was called to order by Jeb Owen leading 553. The opening prayer was offered by Gaylon Powell. The Chairman welcomed all to the 114th annual Southwest Texas Convention, and led 68t.

Leaders: Billy Huckaby 171; Bruce Coates and Beverly Coates 575; Vickie Cook 365; Robert Vaughn 394; Carter Cook 142; Ron Bernucho 40; Janie Short 148; Scott McCown 122; Kyle Hearn and friends 186; Kristie Powell 140; Jackson Owen 53; Diane Ross 434; Silas Huckaby 98; Marilyn Murata 218; Donald Ross 591; Riley Owen 32t; Carol Huang 464; Findley Ross 78; Becky Wright 360; Ainsley Ross 392.


Jeb Owen led 67 to bring the class together. Leaders: Leon Ballinger 588; Sam Kleinman 552; Brody Ross 146; Evelyn Lamb 514; Chris Noren 328; Crystal Meadows 558; Jon Giles 563; Ines Luttgen 584; Steve Helwig 380b; Rebecca Blumenthal 543; William Price 340; Laura Densmore 482; Johnny Lee 569; Bill Bailey 72; Doron Henkin 386; Nancy Price 96; Pete Mathewson 511b; Kate Fine 38t; Ryan Ross 216; Pleasance Crawford and Chuck Crawford 195; Sonny Erwin 113; Kate Coxon 75; Robert Stoddard 199; Cornelia Stanton 573; Mike Hinton 567; Martha Beverly 210.

The business meeting was opened by Chairman Jeb Owen. Since Vice Chairman Billy Huckaby will become Chairman after lunch, he called for nominations for Vice Chairman. Vivian Rogan was nominated and elected by acclamation. Bruce Coates and Beverly Coates were nominated as Secretaries and Arranging Committee, and elected by acclamation. The Chairman named Vivian Rogan, Diane Ross, and Gaylon Powell to serve on the Memorial Committee. The business meeting closed, and the blessing was offered before the noon meal.


Billy Huckaby opened the afternoon session leading 61. Leaders: Jeff Adcock 397; Becca Short 268t; Troxel Ballou 508; Elizabeth Stoddard 275t; Jordan Lewis 270; Bill Beverly 41; Ryan Young 590; Ellen Lueck 111t; Ben Copenhaver 316; Syble Adams 571; Pat Callahan 559; Linda Booker 447t; Gaylon Powell 416b; Josh Rogan 193; Catherine Rogan 168; Reed Coates 330b; Tammy Powell 189; Leah Velleman 541; Burl Russell 164; Carla Adams Spencer 341; John Baker 239.


Vivian Rogan opened the session leading 335. Leaders: Alex Hawk 260; Cheryl Foreman and Rick Foreman 269; Luke Addison 30b; Emily Brown 133; Larry Wootten, Syble Adams, and Laura Densmore 527; Chloe Webb and Carter Cook 106; Nathaniel Addison and Jeb Owen 58; Sarah Huckaby 356; Justin Latimer 384; Tom Owen 95b; Michele Curran 183; Zach Rogan 31t; Amanda Bowles 159; Gary Rogan 411; Liz Owen 203; Greg Bowles 300; Scott Curran 192.

Billy Huckaby and Abby Huckaby led 421 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Elder Luke Addison.

Sunday, March 30

The Sunday morning session of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Convention was called to order by Billy Huckaby leading 293t. The opening prayer was offered by Tom Owen.

Leaders: Billy Huckaby 82; Vivian Rogan 49t; Bruce Coates and Beverly Coates 489; Riley Owen 572; Tammy Powell 138t; Sonny Huckaby 400; Amy Peveto 500; Silas Huckaby 383; Janie Short 276; Rich Lee 172; Kate Fine 348t; Carter Cook 63; Rick Foreman 273; Abby Huckaby and Billy Huckaby 146; Luke Addison 264b; Jane Goforth 95t; Owen Stoddard 47b; Jackson Owen 32t; Ellen Lueck 439; Nathaniel Addison 36b; Pat Callahan 55; Bill Beverly 484; Cornelia Stanton 511t.


Vivian Rogan brought the class together leading 47t. Leaders: J.T. Harechmak 133; Robert Stoddard 150; Katie Mahoney 390; Jordan Lewis 68t; Pleasance Crawford 586.

The memorial lesson was held at this time. Vivian Rogan read the following list of names of the sick and homebound: John Kerr, Margaret Nobles, Sarah Beasley, Ashley Vogel, Delorese Lee, Claire Selleck Skogor, Jonathan Dale, John Shaffer, Shisue Sugimoto, Dick Flaharty, Lenny and Ethel Hellenthal, Oscar Marin, Fumie Murata, Doris Hanks, Don Periello, Myrl Jones, Azalea Barnett, Garrett Powell, and Claudene Townson. She led 171 in their honor.

Diane Ross read the following list of names of the deceased: A.A. Smith, Jr., Lawson Smith, Nancy Ann Gobrysch King, Bobby Evans, Elder Anthony Blevins, and Jean Palmer Gardner—Texas; Jeff Sheppard, Shelbie Sheppard, Josie Hyde, Lou Cotney, Mary Kitchens Gardner, C.T. Williams, Mike Nunn, Lessie Reed, Willard Wright, and Bud Oliver—Alabama; Somen Goodman and Cheryl Stroud—Quebec; John Van Sorenson—Maine; Ethan Plecash—Ontario; Shirley Kramer and Diane Mennella—New York; Teenie Moody and Reuben Ball—Georgia; Carroll Lundsford, Lynn Parks, Polly Henniger, and Nadine Willard—California; Earl Martin—Illinois; Liza Berry—Minnesota; Evelyn Steinruck—Pennsylvania; Susan Smith—Colorado; Jim Hearn—Missouri; Eva Padgett—Florida; Clayton Ezell—Tennessee; Martin Mahoney—Massachusetts; Sue Weston—New Jersey; and Jean Ivy. Diane Ross and Gaylon Powell led 122 in their memory. The memorial lesson was closed with prayer offered by Elder Sonny Huckaby.

Leaders: Billy Huckaby 543; Johnny Lee 507b; Rebecca Blumenthal 414; Steve Helwig 458; Elizabeth Stoddard 497; Doron Henkin 77t; Cassie Allen 355; Josh Rogan 404; Martha Beverly 163t; William Price 48b; Evelyn Lamb 156; Sam Kleinman 170; Kate Coxon 60; Jon Giles 587; Marilyn Murata 200; Chris Noren 486; Pete Mathewson 515; Laura Densmore 485. The blessing for the food was offered by Donald Ross.


Billy Huckaby resumed the singing by leading 288. Leaders: Vickie Cook 217; Ines Luttgen 416t; Nancy Price 148; Morris Nelms 53; Syble Adams 44; Carol Huang 210; Mike Hinton 544; Becky Wright 419; Sonny Erwin 430; Diane Ross 300; Ron Bernucho 463; Cheryl Foreman 552; Donald Ross 36t; Emily Brown, her twins, and Cassie Allen 38t; Bill Bailey 505; Linda Booker 229; Ben Copenhaver 471; Kristie Powell 203; Alex Hawk 134; Leon Ballinger 120; Ryan Young 442b; Gaylon Powell 240; Leah Velleman 118; Greg Bowles and Amanda Bowles 331b; Scott Curran and Michele Curran 99; Gary Rogan and Zach Rogan 61; Sarah Huckaby and Reed Coates 155; Liz Owen and Catherine Rogan 470; Curtis Owen, Tom Owen, Jeb Owen, and Riley Owen 283.

The Arranging Committee reported that there were singers in attendance from 16 states and Canada, and that the expenses of the convention were covered. The chairman thanked all who came from near and far, and who made donations to the convention.

After announcements, the singing was closed with the officers leading “Blissful Hope”, No. 6 in the Good Old Songs. The closing prayer was offered by Jeb Owen.

Chairman—Billy Huckaby; Vice Chairman—Vivian Rogan; Secretaries—Bruce Coates and Beverly Coates