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Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention (Cooper Book)

Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church, Austin, Texas

October 30-31, 1999

Saturday, October 30

The fall session of the ninety-ninth annual session of the Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention met at Littlevine Primitive Baptist Church, Austin, Texas beginning on Saturday, October 30. Chairman John Baker opened at 9:30 a.m. leading songs on pages 41 and 335. Elder Billy Moseley offered the morning prayer. Vice Chairman Leon Ballinger led songs on pages 330t and 300; Secretary Pat Blundell 136, 159.

Leaders: Al Rogers 63, 505; Sarah Coates 331t, 198; Kevin Powell 200, 240; Cissy Moseley 573, 276; Dick Steil 72, 268t; Olivia Powell 132, 168; Doris Hanks 355, 450; B.E. Matthews 522, 578 (“Love At Home”); Robert Handel 410, 50t.

RECESS

John Baker brought the class to order leading song on page 40. Leaders: Owen Ross 489, 230; Paul Wyatt 453b, 488b; Cindy Kissee 33, 47b; D.J. Hatfield 201, 98; Ophelia Matthews 507b, 511b; H.P. O’Mary 71t, 31t; Ernestine Pipkin 497, 186; Johnny Lee 53, 500; Kelly Beard 402, 403; Sue Hanson 137, 46; Ronald Baker 148, 128; Charlie Obert 184b, 216. B.E. Matthews offered prayer for lunch.

LUNCH

Vice Chairman Leon Ballinger called the class to order leading song on page 384. Leaders: Jeb Owen 442t, 559; Liz Rogan 371, 543b; Frank Price 323b, 571; Josh Rogan 383, 365; David Moseley 196, 112; Beverly Coates 106, 392; David Polacheck 324, 38b; Nathan Morgan 76b, 558b; Myrl Jones 183, 189; Reed Coates 358, 99; Gary Rogan 541, 411; Gaylon Powell 192, 434; Catherine Rogan 293b, 146; Johnny Lee gave a demonstration of “walking time” as is the custom in Hoboken, Georgia; Bruce Coates 395b, 39; Morris Nelms 27, 28t; Robert Vaughn 49t, 49b; Mary Bachmann 78, 568; Mike Moseley 376, 163t; Vivian Rogan 32t, 508; D.J. Hatfield 225, 122; H.P. O’Mary 61, 275b; Ernestine Pipkin 110 (December 1799, President George Washington died and this song was written), 203; Kelly Beard 288, 290.

Chairman John Baker led song on page 69 as the closing song. Bruce Coates dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, October 31

The convention was called together at 9:30 a.m. by Chairman John Baker leading songs on pages 61 and 268t. Tom Owen offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Vice Chairman Leon Ballinger 212, 217; Secretary Pat Blundell 164, 168; Nathan Morgan 270, 142; Curtis Owen 198, 204; Katie Moseley 186, 137; Liz Rogan 215, 522; B.E. Matthews 414, 434; Mary Bachmann 562, 393t; Paul Wyatt 199, 129; Cindy Kissee 53b, 42; Charlie Obert 38t, 299; Amanda Owen 192, 411; Myrl Jones 300, 572.

RECESS

John Baker brought the class to order leading song on page 408. Leaders: Vivian Rogan 49, 283t; Frank Price 127, 135; Jennifer Obeidin 196, 112; Robert Vaughn 71, 36t; Josh Rogan 182, 220; Cheryl Foreman 324, 470; Zach Rogan 280, 282; Johnny Lee 515, 569; Olivia Powell 274t, 128; Robert Handel 140, 268b; Edith Owen 489, 511b.

Leon Ballinger and Jeb Owen led song on page 122 for the memorial lesson to remember those who have passed away in the past year. Those remembered were: Carl Paris, Larry Schutz, Richard Daniels, Willia Cole, Bob Evans, Buddy Fowler, Annie D. Frank, and Frank Taylor.

Bruce Coates led song on page 147t for the sick and shut-ins: Verna Powell, Mildred Edmonds, Ed Craig, Alcie Craig, Myra Palmer, Lawson Smith, Junior Smith, Don Petries, and Charles Whitmer. Elder Robert Vaughn offered prayer to close the memorial.

LUNCH

John Baker called the afternoon session to order leading song on page 239. Leaders: Morris Nelms 422t, 505; Catherine Rogan 358, 290; Gaylon Powell 232, 235; Terre Schill 337, 383; David Polacheck 159, 484b; Sarah Coates 123b, 29t; Tom Owen 507t, 450; Al Rogers 45t, 575; Cissy Moseley 507b; Dick Steil 143, 451; Reed Coates 222, 559; Doris Hanks 411b, 444t; Judy Nieta 571, 277; George Jones 236b, 558; Beverly Coates 425b, 460; Gary Rogan 155, 304; Bruce Coates 133, 336t; Jeb Owen 381, 36b; Kevin Powell 216, 331b; Mike Moseley 285t, 40.

Chairman John Baker led song on page 62 as the closing song. Johnny Lee dismissed the class with prayer.

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