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Cornelius Benjamin (Bennie) Keeton Memorial

Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery), Walker County, Alabama

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The annual singing at Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery) on the third Sunday in September was called to order by Glenn Keeton leading 166 and 145b. The morning prayer was offered by Richard Mauldin. Glenn Keeton extended a welcome to everyone.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Lena Keeton; Arranging Committee—Elizabeth Keeton.

Leaders: Glenn Keeton 46; Travis Keeton 418, 400; Lena Keeton 270, 235; Elizabeth Keeton 144, 274t; Sarah Smith 445, 213b; Harrison Creel 317, 512; Brenda Merritt 215, 542; Marlin Beasley 282, 336; Lloyd Bricken 568, 108t.

RECESS

Glenn Keeton called the class to order leading 175. Leaders: Kermit Adams 99, 177; Richard Mauldin 100 (for Wilton Donaldson), 378t (for Willodean Barton, whose daughter passed away recently, and in memory of his father, Dick Mauldin); Lisa Geist 344, 202; Don Robertson 335, 151; Roma Rice 460, 384; Henry Guthery 402, 403; Chris Ballinger 339, 350; Stella Pratt 168, 379.

Glenn Keeton spoke about the memories he had of his grandfather, C.B. (Bennie) Keeton. The children of Bennie Keeton—Leonard, Nell Sorsby, Arlon, and Lena Keeton, along with Glenn and Joshua Keeton—led 47b in his memory. They also led 146 in memory of their mother, Maude Keeton. Henry Guthery offered grace for the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Travis Keeton leading 179. Leaders: Clarence McCool 203, 112; Max Berueffy 569t, 283 (for Karin Covi); Gravis Ballinger 78, 300; Larry Ballinger 528, 540; John Merritt 323t, 539; Gary Smith 63, 565 (for Willodean Barton); Emily Thompson 392, 215; Joshua Keeton 268, 408; Joshua Keeton and Glenn Keeton 504 (for Ashley Keeton); Carolyn Thompson 74t, 110; Velton Chafin 399t, 487; Josie Hyde 424; Margaret Keeton 318; Ken Tate and Hannah Tate 532 (for his grandmother, Edith Tate); 475 (in memory of his aunt, Flarce Creel).

Following announcements, Glenn Keeton and Travis Keeton led 267 as the closing song. Harrison Creel dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Vice Chairman—Travis Keeton; Secretary—Lena Keeton