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Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery)

Nauvoo, Walker County, Alabama

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The annual Decoration Day Sacred Harp Singing at Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery) on the first Sunday in May was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Travis Keeton leading 73t. Glenn Keeton offered the morning prayer.

The class organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary—Lena Keeton; Arranging Committee—Lisa Geist.

Leaders: Travis Keeton 176b; Willodean Barton 63, 145t; Wendy Hofmann 74b, 566; Kermit Adams 81t, 89; Stella Pratt 39b, 61; Gary Gronau 163t, 270; Roma Rice 34t (in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Godsey and L.H. Gilmore), 297; Leona Haynes 129, 277; Stephanie Fida 344, 53.


Glenn Keeton brought the class back together leading 428 and 349 (for Clarence McCool and Jewel McCool, who were present). Leaders: Pattie Doss 426b, 76b, 201; Josh Keeton 268 (for Lena Keeton), 408; Elene Stovall 200 (in memory of her mother), 192; Darrell Swarens 350, 198; Gravis Ballinger 78, 49t; Don Robertson 142, 216; Gary Smith 276, 155; Larry Ballinger 535, 225t (for Clarence McCool); Gary Gronau 430; Wendy Hofmann 312b. Richard Mauldin offered the blessing for the noon meal.


The afternoon session was called to order by Travis Keeton leading 269. Leaders: Bridgett Hill 448b, 448t; Richard Mauldin 111b (for Harrison Creel), 498; Amber Davis and Carson Davis 187, 391; Margaret Keeton 423, 456; Sarah Smith 282 (in memory of Bennie Keeton), 387; Faye Donaldson 371, 111t; Earl Ballinger 392, 530; Steve Adams and Stephanie Fida 101t, 309; Josie Hyde 234, 442; Lena Keeton, Glenn Keeton, Gwen Cornelius, and Josh Keeton 146 (in memory of Lena’s parents, brothers, and sisters), 235 (for Anne Chalker); Henry Guthery 499, 540, 150 (by request); Lisa Geist 546; Larry Ballinger 489.

Announcements were made. Travis Keeton and Glenn Keeton led 267 as the closing song. Henry Guthery offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

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