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Benny Keeton Memorial

Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery), Walker County, Alabama

September 15, 1996

The twenty-fifth session of the annual Sacred Harp singing held at Shady Grove Church on the third Sunday in September was called to order by Travis Keeton leading song on page 48t. The morning prayer was led by A. C. McGough. Travis Keeton led song on page 37b. The class organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—A. C. McGough; Secretary—Josie Hyde; Arranging Committee—Larry Ballinger and John Hyde. Travis Keeton led song on page 212. Leaders: Gravis Ballinger 101t, 34b; Ila Ingle 470 (in memory of her mother, Annie Harper), 112; Lavaughn Ballinger 84, 313 (t? b?); Lucy Heidorn 63, 172; Lena Wakefield 475, 546; Pernie Pelfrey 155, 47t; Ada Godsey 201, 59; Ann Jett 448b, 495; Edith Tate 187, 410 (t? b?); Gene Wakefield 108b, 109; Tom Harper 384, 318, 498. Lena Wakefield asked that this singing be a memorial in honor of her father, Benny Keeton.

RECESS

The singing resumed with A. C. McGough leading songs on pages 225t and 454. Leaders: Roma Rice 319, 166; Harrison Creel 348b, 111b; John Hocutt 271t, 270; Larry Ballinger 275 (t? b?), 282; Velton Chafin 26, 24 (t? b?); Keterina Sanders 89, 100; Marie Aldridge 336, 217; Flarce Creel 389, 460; Odie V. Horton 47b.

LUNCH

The afternoon session of this memorial singing was called to order by Travis Keeton leading song on page 179. Leaders: Johnny Humber 200, 208; Kermit Adams 220, 457; Edwin Ballinger 67, 69t; Becky Briggs 569 (t? b?), 512; Amanda Denson 266, 267; Fayrene Pickard 143, 480; Gary Smith 147t, 49b; John Hyde 566, 482; Sarah Smith 129, 75; Lewis Gilmore 337, 376; Travis Keeton 345t. Travis Keeton and A. C. McGough led song on page 62 for the closing song. The closing prayer was led by Lewis Gilmore.

Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—A. C. McGough; Secretary—Josie Hyde.