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Cornelius Benjamin (Bennie) Keeton Memorial

Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery), Walker County, Alabama

September 21, 2003

The thirty-second session of the annual Sacred Harp Memorial singing was held on the third Sunday in September at Shady Grove Church, better known as Keeton Cemetery, in Nauvoo, Alabama. The singing is dedicated to the memory of Bennie Keeton.

Glenn Keeton called the class together, welcomed everyone, and led 32t. Harrison Creel offered the morning prayer. Glenn Keeton led 34b.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Arranging Committee—Willodean Barton; Secretary—Margaret Keeton.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 129, 343; Marlin Beasley 145b, 337, 336; John Hyde 73t, 124, 275b; Ashley Keeton 222, 300; Ivalene Donaldson 39b, 138b; Clarence McCool 68b, 569b; Debra Wakefield 426b, 432; Billy Williams 54, 450, 189.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Glenn Keeton leading 75 and 77t. Glenn Keeton talked about his grandfather, Bennie Keeton, and the love he had for Sacred Harp music. Leaders: Dr. Julietta Haynes 200, 269; Gravis Ballinger 110, 112; Velton Chafin 332, 567; Elizabeth Keeton and Glenn Keeton 159, 63; Max Berueffy 470, 495, 157; Flarce Creel 475, 328; Wilton Donaldson 490, 499; Faye Donaldson 40, 78 (in memory of Tressie Adkins).

LUNCH

Travis Keeton called the afternoon session to order and led 348b and 209. Leaders: Lisa Geist 272, 202; Kermit Adams 277, 186; Edith Tate 88t, 389; Roma Rice 382, 496; Henry Guthery 558, 456; Elene Stovall 556, 192; Larry Ballinger 93, 98; Josie Hyde 66, 302; Harrison Creel 317, 111b, 512; Ila Ingle 335, 434; Hazel Gilmore and Elder Ronald Gilmore 406, 460, 498; Estelle Gilmore and L.H. Gilmore 74t, 34t (in memory of Howard Godsey); Glenn Keeton 231 (in memory of Gene Wakefield); Willodean Barton and Margaret Keeton 171, 480; Willodean Barton 155.

Announcements were made. Glenn Keeton and Travis Keeton led 235 as the closing song. Elder Ronald Gilmore dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary—Margaret Keeton.