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Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention (Cooper Book)

Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, McMahan, Texas

May 29-30, 1999

Saturday, May 29

The ninety-ninth annual session of the Southwest Texas Convention met at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, McMahan, Texas beginning on Saturday, May 29. Chairman Kevin Powell opened at 10:00 a.m. with song on 293b. Elder Mark Rowell offered the morning prayer.

Chairman Kevin Powell led song on 536; Secretary Gaylon Powell 142. Leaders: Tom Owen 122; Leon Ballinger 120; Elder Mark Rowell 486; Ophelia Matthews 384; Liz Rogan 220; David Polachack 386; Joe Owen 515; Emmie Morris 112; Jerry Schreiber 39; Mike Hinton 146; Catherine Rogan 280; Olivia Blevins 63; Jeanne Schaffer 128; Cissy Moseley 507b; Sarah Coates 573 (for her grandmother, Edith Owen); David Moseley 450; Burl Russell 491.

RECESS

Kevin Powell brought the class to order with song on 126. Leaders: Scott Curran 571; Andrew Albers 290; Michele Rogan 196; Dan Brittian 201; John Baker 40; Katie Moseley 222; Nell Berry 258; John Kanode 564; Troxel Ballou 61; Carla Smith 38t; Owen Ross 36b; Robert Handel 140; John Schaffer 180; Forrest Ward 522.

A business meeting was held. According to the convention rules Vice Chairman John Baker moved up to Chairman. Other officers elected were: Leon Ballinger—Vice Chairman; Patricia Baker Blundell—Secretary. A motion was made and passed that next spring the Saturday morning session would begin at 9:30 a.m. John Baker appointed Don Ross and John Morris to be the Memorial Committee. Don Ross offered prayer for lunch.

LUNCH

Chairman John Baker called the class back together leading song on 186. Leaders: Jeb Owen 559; Dick Steil 268t; Ryan Ross 110; Vivian Rogan 508; Amanda Blevins 171; George Jones 336b; Mary Bachmann 55; Amanda Owen 198; Elissa Smith 85; Sue Fairbanks 447t; Mike Moseley 329; Diane Ross 434; Al Rogers 575; Martha Aiken 143; Josh Rogan 182; John Morris 170; Glen Blundell 179; Carla Spencer 164; Anne Milner 276; Doris Hanks 422; B.E. Matthews 414; Reed Coates 99; Don Ross 224; Sherry Smith and Shannon Smith 47t; Carol Selleck 229; Cassandra Baker 323b; Elder Billy Moseley 336t; Elder Mark Rowell 470; Joe Owen 563; Forrest Ward 199; Terre Schill 382; Jerry Schreiber 393t; Jeanne Schaffer 82; Carla Smith 378t; John Schaffer 489.

John Baker led song on 31b as the closing song. Elder Billy Walden dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, May 30

Chairman John Baker called the class to order at 9:30 a.m. leading song on 171. Tom Owen offered the opening prayer. Vice Chairman Leon Ballinger led songs on 142 and 159; Secretary Pat Blundell 146 and 136. Leaders: Ryan Ross 100, 402; George Jones 553, 558; Al Rogers 500; Gaylon Powell 232, 235; Curtis Owen 470, 532; Mike Moseley 183, 192; Landis Powell 47t, 47b; Emmie Morris 98, 215; David Polacheck 484; John Baker 49.

RECESS

Beverly Coates brought the class to order leading song on 543. Leaders: Catherine Rogan 282; Jerry Schreiber 392; Sue Fairbanks 515; John Kanode 395; Carol Selleck 283t; Dr. Russell Riepe 383; Scott Curran 68t; Robert Handel 449; Carla Smith 387; Gary Rogan 155; Jeanne Schaffer 395t; Josh Rogan 300; Andrew Albers 477; Mary Bachmann 137; Mike Hinton 288; John Schaffer 332; Terre Schill 172; James Moseley 129; Dan Brittain 418; Reed Coates 217.

The memorial lesson was held in memory of those singers and supporters of the Sacred Harp who passed away in the past year. Those remembered were: Luna Batson, Willie Cole, Bob Evans, Leland Harris, Don Jolly, Herbert Leopard, Joe Nelson, Ollie Reed, Carl Parris, Lizzie Rousseau, Louie Smith, and Lum Toungate. Don Ross read Psalm 100: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations.” John Morris led song on 381.

Those sick and homebound remembered were: Edith Owen, Richard Daniels, Frances Daniels, Buddy Fowler, Ed Craig, Alcie Craig, Myra Palmer, Verna Powell, and Mildred Edmonds. Don Ross led song on 276. The memorial was closed. The singing dismissed for lunch with prayer led by John Morris.

LUNCH

Leon Ballinger called the afternoon session to order leading song on 29b. Leaders: B.E. Matthews 400; Katie Moseley 216; Kevin Powell 193; Olivia Blevins 168; Bruce Coates 312; Cissy Moseley 299; Edwin Reed 348t; Liz Rogan 371; Ophelia Matthews 511b; John Morris 163t; Michele Rogan 522; Don Ross 419; Vivian Rogan 72; David Moseley 186; Gaylon Powell 232, 235.

Announcements were made. Special note was made that April 29-30, 2000 will be the one hundredth anniversary of this convention, and all are invited to attend.

Leaders: Tom Owen 149; Nell Berry 500; Amanda Owen 411; Julie Mickey 45; Doris Hands 442t; Carla Spencer 358; Sarah Coates 35; Mary Ann Owen 293b; Cassandra Baker 31t; Martha Aiken 277; Jeb Owen 559; Jerry Schreiber 422; Dan Brittain 148; John Schaffer 91; Curtis Owen 39.

John Baker led song on 62 as the closing song. Curtis Owen dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—John Baker; Vice Chairman—Leon Ballinger; Secretary—Patricia Baker Blundell.