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

Waldorf School, Austin, Texas

August 29-30, 2015

Saturday, August 29

The Fall session of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Convention was held on the fifth Sunday and Saturday before in August. The class was called to order by Vivian Rogan leading 508. After prayer, offered by Elder Jeb Owen, she welcomed the singers and listeners, and then led 49t.

The following officers were previously elected or appointed to serve: Chairwoman—Vivian Rogan; Vice Chairwoman—Janie Short; Secretaries—Bruce Coates and Beverly Coates.

Leaders: Janie Short 276; Bruce Coates 30b; Gary Rogan 511b; Kristie Powell 411; Jeb Owen 515; Carter Cook 110; Linda Booker and Donna Jackson 38t; Silas Huckaby 196; Catherine Rogan 168; Riley Owen 40; Sarah Huckaby 101t; Rick Cunningham 65; Lauren Owen 401; Josh Rogan 383; Sonny Huckaby and Abby Huckaby 146; Katie Mahoney 111t; Jackson Owen 63; Vickie Cook 38b; Robert Vaughn 496b; Amy Peveto 54t; Liz Owen 567; Sonny Erwin 511t; Brennan Leigh 72; Scott Curran 200.


Vivian Rogan opened this session by leading 67. Leaders: Al Rogers 575; Cassie Allen 443b; Reed Coates 416b; Marilyn Solomon 470; Chris Brown 220; Alexa Gilmore 300; Tom Owen 69; Sonya Lee 323b; Bill Bailey 121; Diane Ross and Dara Allen 171; William Price 268t; Michele Curran 98; Donald Ross 448; Judy Whiting 176t; Beverly Coates 464; Nancy Price 559; Leon Ballinger 297; Cheryl Foreman 53; Jesse Latimer 428; Olivia Powell 183; Scott McCown 122; Amanda Bowles 99; Daniel Allcock 126; Kevin Powell 553; Rick Foreman 265b; Jessica Garris and Vivian Garris 416t; Rich Lee 144; Sonny Huckaby 450; Robert Vaughn 131t; Gaylon Powell 329. The blessing before the noon meal was offered by Elder Sonny Huckaby.


The afternoon session began with Riley Owen leading 47b. Leaders: Gary Rogan 384; Nancy Price 546; Jackson Owen 274t; Jesse Latimer 376; Alex Hawk 27; Judy Whiting 212; Donald Ross 284; Carter Cook 148; Rick Foreman 152; Silas Huckaby 222; Marilyn Solomon 361; Reed Coates 330t; Cassie Allen 522; Rick Cunningham 60; Cheryl Foreman 478; Chris Brown 95b; Tammy Powell 137; Sonny Erwin 344; Diane Ross 365; William Price 102; Sonya Lee 31t; Josh Rogan 239.


Vivian Rogan brought the singers together by leading 140. Leaders: Vickie Cook 335; Alexa Gilmore and Vivian Garris 424; Jeb Owen 73t; Sarah Huckaby and Cassie Allen 355; Tom Owen, Liz Owen, and Amanda Bowles 386; Bill Bailey and Leon Ballinger 280; Liz Owen 408; Scott Curran 543; Amanda Bowles 285t; Michele Curran 129; Rich Lee 203; Jessica Garris 106; Kevin Powell 138t; Katie Mahoney 95t; Daniel Allcock 224; Amy Peveto 563.

Vivian Rogan led 343 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Donald Ross.

Sunday, August 30

The Sunday session of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention was brought to order by Vivian Rogan leading 282. The opening prayer was offered by Gaylon Powell.

Leaders: Janie Short 35; Bruce Coates 31b; Beverly Coates and Abby Huckaby 40; Gaylon Powell 142; Tammy Powell 189; Carter Cook 120; Kristie Powell 497; Jackson Owen 53; Linda Booker 293b; Silas Huckaby 171; Al Rogers 505; Riley Owen 268t; Scott McCown 558b; Ainslie Allen 217; Leon Ballinger 216; Rick Cunningham 514; Lauren Owen and Addison Bowles 159; Josh Rogan 414; Sonya Lee 49b; William Price 563; Vickie Cook 28t; Rick Foreman 273; Nancy Price 96; Sonny Erwin 597.


Janie Short led 128 to open the second morning session. Leaders: Greg Bowles 133; Diane Ross 210; J.T. Harechmak 381t; Marilyn Solomon 573; Donald Ross 591; Alexa Gilmore 270; Chris Brown 504b; Cassie Allen 114b; Sonny Huckaby 168; Judy Whiting 268b; Cheryl Foreman 101b; Gary Rogan 299; Amanda Bowles 422b.

The memorial lesson was held at this time. Janie Short quoted the scripture from Philippians 1:3 “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.” Using the theme of “remembering”, she read the following list of names of the sick and homebound: Cath Tyler, Delores Lee, Myrl Jones, Doug Webb, Curtis Owen, Edith Owen, Amacia Smith, Virginia Glass, and Rev. Hunt Cunningham. She then led 511t in remembrance of those listed.

Diane Ross read the words of the song “The Christian’s Love”, emphasizing that our Sacred Harp community is a family. Tom Owen read the list of names of the deceased, and then read the words of “Eden of Love”. The deceased are as follows: Kate Davis—Ireland; Jacque Bass—Texas; Cyril Guy—United Kingdom, and Raymond Hamrick—Georgia. He led the congregation in singing page 39. The memorial lesson was closed by prayer offered by Elder Sonny Huckaby.

Leaders: Jeb Owen 418; Sarah Huckaby 380t; Scott Curran 444t; Liz Owen and Lauren Owen 288 (in memory of Jacque Bass); Rich Lee 172; Catherine Rogan 140; Michele Curran 192; Bill Bailey 581; Daniel Allcock 224; Amy Peveto 571; Tom Owen 319. The blessing for the food was offered by Scott Curran.


The afternoon session was opened by Silas Huckaby leading 36b. Leaders: Katie Mahoney 89; Alex Hawk 260; Abby Huckaby, Lauren Owen, and Michele Curran 146; William Price 486; Jackson Owen 572; Nancy Price 590; Chris Brown 504t; Carter Cook 300; Riley Owen 32t; Kevin Powell 383; Marilyn Solomon 405; Rick Foreman 179; Judy Whiting 356; Sonny Erwin 569; Sonya Lee 165; Alexa Gilmore 29t; Cheryl Foreman 465; Donald Ross 466; Cassie Allen 304; Diane Ross 332; Rich Lee and Katie Mahoney 283.

Announcements were made. The officers led 95b as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Elder Jeb Owen, and the class was dismissed.

Chairwoman—Vivian Rogan; Vice Chairwoman—Janie Short; Secretaries—Bruce Coates and Beverly Coates