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East Texas Sacred Harp Convention (Cooper Book)

Henderson Civic Center, Henderson, Texas

August 9-10, 2014

Saturday, August 9

The 159th session of The East Texas Sacred Harp Convention met at the Henderson Civic Center in Henderson, Texas, on the second Sunday and Saturday before in August. The class was called to order by Sam Craig leading 47t. Sonny Huckaby offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: John Morris 222; Leon Ballinger 297; Aubrey Barfield 193; Wynette Smith 282; Rodney Ivey 464; Myrl Jones 189; Judy Chambless 391; Victoria Aplin 270; Tommie Spurlock 169; David Jones 463; Reed Coates 442t; Kyle Hearn 68t; Jackson Powers 125; Paulette Chavers 447t; Liz Owen 186; Baron Powers 239; Riley Owen 146; Sarah Huckaby 299; Jeb Owen 514; Billy Huckaby 36b; Dale Redmond 540; Jackson Owen 40; Owen Ross 200; Silas Huckaby 300; LuAnn Thomas 65; Ainsley Ross 392. Councilman Thomas Ward gave the singers a warm welcome before the first recess.


Sam Craig led 75 to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Crystal Meadows 567; Scott Curran 98; Carter Cook 142; Stanley Smith 283; Ron Bernucho 572; Rick Cunningham 57; Sonny Erwin 113; Shannan McKenzie 220; Jerry Ryan 408; Eddie Huckaby 49b; Sonny Huckaby 168; Mike Hinton 434; Robert Chambless 72; Dennis George 497; Janie Short and Sharon Egar 47b; Bruce Coates 575; Tom George 243t; Robert Handel 140; Syd Caldwell 518; Nate Green and Norma Green 478; Cassie Allen 54t; Michele Curran 67. Prayer was offered by Jeb Owen before the noon meal.


Sam Craig led 87 to bring class back to order. Leaders: David Rousseau 119; Robert Vaughn 521; Susan Cherones 173; Chris Nicholson 293b; Scott Ivey 133; Evie Eddins 96; Ryan Bowman 543; Ron Ryan 467; Henry Johnson 265b; Karen Rollins 371; Emily Eddins 93; Joan Smith 558; Beverly Coates 591; Gary Rogan 42; Cheryl Foreman 210; Catherine Rogan 522; Tom Owen 336t.


Sam Craig led 81 to bring class back to order. Leaders: Vickie Cook 171; Diane Ross 183; Kris Wiggins 192; Findley Ross 78; Angela Myers 552; Judy Caudle 559; Brody Ross 401; Priscilla Wiggins 485; Ryan Ross 198; Donald Ross 63; Nicole Bowman 203; Charlie Soape 127; Jeb Owen 416t; Liz Owen 288; Sarah Huckaby 553; Owen Ross 196; Ron Bernucho 571; Reed Coates 331b; Jackson Powers 45t; Margaret Wright 276.

Sam Craig led 225t as the closing song. Robert Vaughn dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, August 10

The Sunday session of the East Texas Sacred Harp Convention was brought to order by Sam Craig leading 49t. Gary Rogan offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Gaylon Powell 532; Stanley Smith 336b; Jane Goforth 95t; Tommie Spurlock 99; Kristie Powell 497; Rick Foreman 273; Aubrey Barfield 356; Shannan McKenzie 240; Wynette Smith 461; Evie Eddins 40; Henry McGuire 573; Emily Eddins 30b; Drew McGuire 54t; John Morris 345t; Leon Ballinger 507b; Rodney Ivey and Scott Ivey 398b; Judy Chambless 29t; Dale Redmon 584; Amanda Bowles 159; Ainsley Ross 183.


Sam Craig led 313 to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Scott Curran 444t; Carter Cook 217; Susan Cherones 505; Ron Bernucho 572; Janie Short 50t; Eddie Huckaby 323b; Judy Caudle 86; Dennis George 268b; Robert Chambless 508; Karen Rollins 136; Angela Myers 380t; Nicole Bowman 393; Henry Johnson 199; Cheryl Foreman 269; Ryan Bowman 239; Syd Caldwell and Stanley Smith 195.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Mike Hinton, Bruce Coates, and Robert Vaughn. Bruce Coates read the following list of names of the sick and shut-ins: Marion Grant, S.T. Reed, Betty Wright, Tammy Powell, Evelyn Harris, Curtis Owen, Edith Owen, Richard Mauldin, Elsie Moon, Darryl Crisp, Bob McLemore, Jewell Wootten, B.M. Smith, and Margie Smith. He led 563 for them.

Mike Hinton read the following list of names of the deceased: Doris Hanks, Sallie Foreman, Junior Smith, Lawson Smith, Bobby Evans, Marie Pool Messic, and Bobbie Rainoshek—Texas; Bill Aplin, Hobert Ivey, Shelbie Sheppard, Mary Kitchens Gardner, C.T. Williams, Audress Gurley, Lou Cotney, and Emmie Lou Grayson—Alabama; Stanly Edwards—Oregon; Aline Huckaby—Arkansas; Carroll Lunsford—California; Carlene Griffin and Teenie Moody—Georgia; Hugh Bill McGuire—Mississippi; Ben Smith—Florida;. He then led 544 in their memory. Robert Vaughn recited Psalm 23 honoring both the deceased and the sick and shut-ins.

Leaders: Sonny Erwin 430; Robert Handel 112; Tom George 562; Rick Cunningham 207b; Mike Hinton 400; Crystal Meadows 182; Bruce Coates 48t. Tom Owen asked a blessing before the noon meal.


Sam Craig brought the class back to order leading 283. Leaders: Kris Wiggins 339; Beverly Coates 439; Michele Curran 216; Priscilla Wiggins 365; Donald Ross 134; Gary Rogan 330t; Tom Owen 53; Catherine Rogan 155; Diane Ross 203; Gaylon Powell 543; Henry McGuire 567; Kristi Powell 64; Drew McGuire 478; Findley Ross 388; Rick Foreman 586; Ryan Ross 402; Joan Smith 341; David Rousseau 104; Robert Vaughn 511b; Charlie Soape 44; Syd Caldwell 224; Sonny Erwin 511t; Mike Hinton 138t.

There were 286 people from ten states who attended the convention. Eighty-seven leaders led 160 songs.

Sam Craig led 395b as the closing song. Donald Ross offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Sam Craig; Vice Chairman—Robert Vaughn; Secretary—Carole Watts