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Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery)

Walker County, Alabama

Sunday, May 4, 2008

The annual Decoration Day Sacred Harp singing held at Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery) on the first Sunday in May was called to order by Travis Keeton leading 56t. The morning prayer was offered by Richard Mauldin.

The class was organized and the following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary—Lena Keeton; Arranging Committee—Willodean Barton.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 348b; Glenn Keeton 378b, 74b; Joshua Keeton 108b, 143; Donzel Keeton 390, 454; Earl Ballinger 175, 146; Roma Rice 34t (in memory of Howard Godsey and Ada Godsey), 64; Elene Stovall 68b (in memory of her mother), 217 (in memory of Amanda Denson); Parnell Berry 306, 373; Ila Ingle 348b (for Avis McGough), 436; Amber Davis 440, 142; Ken Tate and Hannah Tate 278t, 532 (in memory of Edith Tate).

RECESS

Glenn Keeton brought the class back together leading 77t. Leaders: Gravis Ballinger 200, 300; Elizabeth Keeton 391; Kermit Adams 288, 89; Lisa Geist 272, 84; Danny Creel 196, 456; Faye Donaldson 371, 430; Lena Keeton and Donzel Keeton 546, 497; Emily Creel 463, 208; Richard Mauldin 35 (in memory of Dick Mauldin, Amanda Denson, and Wilton Donaldson), 145t; Margaret Keeton 91, 276; Larry Ballinger 151, 83t. Glenn Keeton offered the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Travis Keeton leading 235. Leaders: Clarence McCool 183, 349; Steve Adams and Gwen Cornelius 101t, 309; Henry Guthery 240, 549; Harrison Creel 530, 498; Josie Hyde 507, 189; Willodean Barton 82t, 290; Joe Davis, Donzel Keeton, Gwen Cornelius, James Davis, and Glenn Keeton 490, 294; Joshua Keeton, Lena Keeton, Gwen Cornelius, and Glenn Keeton 405 (in memory of Bennie Keeton and Maude Keeton); Tonya Wright, Jennifer Keeton, Travis Keeton, Betty Ann Busby, and Brittany Busby 421; Travis Keeton 475 (for Harrison Creel and in memory of Flarce Creel); Donzel Keeton and Travis Keeton 384, 270; Elene Stovall and Kim Williamson 47b.

Following announcements, Travis Keeton and Glenn Keeton led 267 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer offered by Al Lofton.

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