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Southwest Texas Convention (Cooper Book)

Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church, Austin, Texas

August 30-31, 1997

Saturday, August 30

The fall session of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention met on the fifth weekend of August. Chairman Jeb Owen opened the singing at 10:00 a.m. leading song on page 31b. The morning prayer was offered by Judge Donald Ross. Chairman Jeb Owen led 522; Vice Chairman Kevin Powell 449, 543; Secretary John Baker 40 and 36b. Leaders: Mike Hinton 451, 146; B. E. Matthews 137, 414; Beverly Coates 82, 155; Tammy Powell 142, 192; Don Ross 75, 291; Leon Ballinger 405, 442t; Dorothea McCowan 200, 559; Barbara Moore 61, 268t; Ronald Baker 148, 108t; Curtis Owen 81, 99.

RECESS

Kevin Powell called the class together with song on page 63. Leaders: David Moseley 450, 186; Mike Moseley 558b, 290; Shane Nix 39, 171; Olivia Blevins 168, 274t; Sarah Coates 392, 377b; Liz Rogan 53, 280; Katie Moseley 189b, 196; Michele Rogan 427, 128; Reed Coates 129, 343; Josh Rogan 384, 112. Prayer for lunch was offered by Bruce Coates.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was opened by Chairman Jeb Owen with song on page 406. Leaders: Dick Steil 143, 159; Ophelia Matthews 447t, 563; Sissy Moseley 507b; Leland Owen 45t, 47b; Vivian Rogan 49t, 572; Edith Owen 293b, 410; Al Rogers 500, 575; Bruce Coates 336t, 336b; Mary Bachmann “Crown Him” (by Mary Bachmann), 344; Diane Ross 332, 300; Gary Rogan 276, 411.

RECESS

The class reassembled with Kevin Powell leading song on page 277. Leaders: H.P. O’Mary 282, 335; Doris Hanks 444t, 470; Frank Price 571, 573; Tom Owen 511b, 217; Gaylon Powell 524, 140; Landis Powell 163t, 358; Mike Hinton 229, James Moseley 264b, 511t; Joseph Stang 508, 222; Ophelia Matthews 448, 440b; Karel Wheat 331t, 87; Larry Wheat 58, 119. Chairman Jeb Owen led song on page 535t as the closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Ronald Baker at 3:10 p.m.

Sunday, August 31

The convention was called together at 9:30 a.m. by Chairman Jeb Owen with song on page 48t. The morning prayer was offered by Gaylon Powell. Jeb Owen, led songs on pages 268t and 31t; Vice Chairman Kevin Powell 395t and 536; Secretary John Baker 573 and 40. Leaders: Judge Don Ross 121, 195; Leon Ballinger 299, 212; Dorothea McCowan 216, 196; Mary Ann Owen 395b, 49b; Sissy Moseley 168; Al Rogers 336t, 505; Diane Ross 85, 143; David Moseley 137, 63; Doris Hanks 355, 422b.

RECESS

Singing resumed with Kevin Powell leading song on page 36b. Leaders: Landis Powell 47t, 47b; B.E. Matthews 497, 204; Leland Owen 278b, 421; James Moseley 276, 280; Gaylon Powell 516, 559; Edith Owen 120, 489; Cassandra Baker 511t, 159; Mike Moseley 189, 384; Frank Price 43, 127; Katie Moseley 406, 522; Amanda Owen 142, 411; Joseph Stang 222, 112.

Tom Owen lead a memorial service for the following singers and friends lost this past year: Tommy Creel, Tom Harper, and Aver Crider—Alabama; Ray Barnett, Blanche Fulmer Jeffrey, James Cranfill, Sue Vaughn, Dr. Lynn Hanna, Frances Galburg Holter, and Truman Baker—Texas. He then led song on page 540. B.E. Matthews led 387. Kevin Powell led song on page 512 for the sick and shut-in who could not make the singing.

The morning of singing was closed with prayer by B. E. Matthews.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was opened by Jeb Owen with song on page 285t. Leaders: George Jones 558, 336b; Curtis Owen 103, 400; Tom Owen 378t, 434; Mary Bachmann 568, 513t; Dorothea McCowan 383, 218; Al Rogers 393t; Doris Hanks 235; David Moseley 171; Leland Owen 390; James Moseley 220; Frank Price 64; Edith Owen 54t; Gaylon Powell 172; Mike Moseley 65; Amanda Owen 491; Katie Moseley 300; Randy Crawford 39; Bruce Crawford 540; George Jones 571; John Baker 239; Landis Powell 553b; Cassandra Baker 323b. The singing was closed by Chairman Jeb Owen leading song on page 62, and prayer was offered by Elder Bruce Crawford.

Note: The next meeting of SWTSHSC will be at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in McMahan (Caldwell County), Texas on the first fifth weekend of the spring—March 28-29, 1998.

The fall singing will be held at Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church in Austin, Texas on August 29-30, 1998.

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