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Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery)

Walker County, Alabama

May 4, 2003

The thirty-third session of the annual Sacred Harp singing held at Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery) was called to order by Travis Keeton leading 37b. Earl Ballinger offered the morning prayer. Travis Keeton led 73t.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Max Berueffy; Secretary—Josie Hyde; Arranging Committee—Willodean Barton.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 161; Ila Ingle 63, 87; John Hyde 566, 129; Marlin Beasley 34t, 480; Linton Ballinger 144, 146; Ivalene Donaldson 38b; Ashley Keeton 217, 203 (for Glenn Keeton); Clarence McCool 171, 112; Kermit Adams 187, 240; Ozella Blackmon 384; Ashley Campbell 196, 442.

RECESS

Max Berueffy called the class back to order leading 213 (t? b?). Leaders: Earl Ballinger 273, 460; Roma Rice 104 (for John Hyde), 373; Wilton Donaldson 348b, 490; Ken Tate 343, 170; Lisa Geist 91, 327; Sherry Guthery 64, 58; Chris Ballinger 133, 145t; Edith Tate 532; Chris Rice 408; Gravis Ballinger 270, 225t.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Travis Keeton leading 235. Leaders: Larry Ballinger 49 (t? b?), 425; James White 77t, 162; Harrison Creel 498, 530, 512, 111b; Max Berueffy 124 (for John Hyde), 528 (for Edith Tate), 492; Elene Stovall 432, 282; Latrive Bailey 340, 143; Henry Guthery 517, 527; Christie Allen 426t, 61; L.H. Gilmore and Estelle Gilmore 272b, 318; Willodean Barton and Josie Hyde 475, 290, 454, 507; Dwight Ingle 319.

Travis Keeton led song on page 157 as the closing song, and the class was dismissed with prayer led by Harrison Creel.

Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Max Berueffy; Secretary—Josie Hyde.