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East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention (Cooper Book)

Henderson Community Center, Henderson, Texas

August 8-9, 1998

Saturday, August 8

The one hundred-thirtieth session of the East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention met at the Henderson Community Center in Henderson, Texas, and was called to order by John Morris leading song on page 58. Darrel Owens read Psalm 105 and led the morning prayer.

Leaders: Emmie Morris 313; Marion Grant 507b; Barbara Moore 171; John Etheridge 434; Ann Jett 573; Mike Moseley 285t; Bob Parr 212; Jeb Owen 559; Elsie Moon 39; Ophelia Matthews 447t; M.H. Creel 54; Sarah Coates 522; Charlene Wallace 497; Doris Hanks 384; David Moseley 142; Velton Chafin 344; Leola Smith 408; Curtis Owen 558b; Flarce Creel 411; Reed Coates 500; Phillip Langley 414; Ryan Ross 217; Syble Adams 572; Myra Palmer 189; James Moseley 63; Ernestine Pipkin 146; John Kanode 571; Mattie Townsel 288.

Russel Kangerga gave a welcome address to all in attendance, and especially to those who were visiting.


Leaders: Gaylon Powell 365; Mike Jones 395b; Tom Owen 268b; Stanley Smith 98; Owen Ross 230; Katie Moseley 192; Bill Aplin 466; Diane Ross 149; B.E. Matthews 90; Bob McLemore 282; Cassie Franklin 140; A.A. Smith, Jr. 515; Leon Ballinger 508; Linda Thomas 410; Amanda Owen 198; Marie Aldridge 193; H.P. O’Mary 381t; Jewel Wootten 478; Donald Ross 393b.

John Morris announced the following to serve on the Memorial Committee—Robert Vaughn, Mary Craig, and Monnie Ross.


The afternoon session began with Kevin Powell leading song on page 137. Leaders: Ronald Baker 148; Norma Latham 84; Liz Rogan 543b; Elissa Smith 85; Edith Owen 511b; Margaret Rounsavall 222; Beverly Coates 38b; Joe Nelson 127; Cindy Franklin 486; Carlene Griffin 144; Abbie Morris 220; Robert Vaughn 488; Myrl Jones 183; Michele Rogan 235; Joseph Stang 276; John Beard 218; Bruce Coates 336t.


The class was brought to order by John Morris leading song on page 59. Leaders: Avon Miller 245; Dale Redmon, Jr. 540; Kelly Beard 377b; Edith Tate 73t; Dalton Clanton 47b; Sam Craig 145t; Patton Stang 40; Mary Bachmann 43; Sherrye Smith 332; Pauline Willis 168; David Rousseau 492; Monnie Ross 49t; Ronald Powell, Owen Howard, and Seth Howard 45; Stanley Smith 159. The day of singing was closed with prayer.

Sunday, August 9

The Sunday morning session began with prayer led by Tom Owen. Chairman John Morris led song on page 528b. Leaders: Monnie Ross 108b; Bill Aplin 302; Ophelia Matthews 563; Barbara Moore 229; Baron E. Powers 79; Jeb Owen 99; Esther Huckaby 84; Mike Moseley 434; Ann Jett 503; Diane Ross 299; Gaylon Powell 216; Owen Ross 298; Jewel Wootten 36b; Mary Bachmann 225t; Velton Chafin 373; Myra Palmer 522; Tom Owen 112; Stanley Smith 47t; Charlie Vaughn 549; Bob Parr 270; Marie Aldridge 217; Ryan Ross 406; Phillip Langley 222; Elsie Moon 76t; Donald Ross 211; M.H. Creel 355; Sarah Coates 392; Syble Adams 505; Mike Jones 31t; Charlene Wallace 122.


John Morris brought the class to order leading song on page 345t. Leaders: Leola Smith 185; Linda Thomas and Cassie Franklin 549; Curtis Owen 155; Cassie Moseley 507b; John Kanode 515; John Etheridge 292b; Reed Coates 127. A special was sung by John Etheridge, Cassie Franklin, Linda Thomas, and Syble Adams. Leaders: James Moseley 101; Myrl Jones 300; Mattie Townsel 143; Carlene Griffin 139; Norma Latham 540.

For the Memorial Lesson, Mary Craig brought the devotional. Monnie Ross led song on page 176, and Stanley Smith led 512 which was composed by Herbert Leopard.


The afternoon session was brought to order by John Morris leading song on page 507t. Leaders: Katie Moseley 189; David Rousseau 447; Kevin Powell 240; Phyllis Costner 220; Edith Tate 108t; A.A. Smith, Jr. 67; Elissa Smith 159; Leon Ballinger 120; Bruce Coates 316; Amanda Owen 411; Dalton Clanton 395b; Josh Rogan 192; Edith Owen 442; Shannon Smith 348; Dale Redmon, Jr. 274; Liz Rogan 203; Beverly Coates 133; Joe Nelson 400; Michele Rogan 508; Joseph Stang 171; Sherry Smith 336t; David Moseley 186; Billy Huckabee 239; Doris Hanks 450; Patton Stang 75; Robert Vaughn 38t; Bob Parr 272; Owen Ross Howard 45t; Paul Smith 63; John Etheridge 552; Emmie Morris 215; Gaylon Powell 574. Judge Donald Ross led song on page 69 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Curtis Owen.

We were honored to have visitors from nine states.

Chairman—John Morris; Secretary—Marion Grant.