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Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery)

Walker County, Alabama

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The 41st session of the annual Sacred Harp singing held at Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery) on the first Sunday in May was called to order by Glenn Keeton leading 59. The morning prayer was offered by Richard Mauldin.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Vice Chairman—Henry Guthery; Secretary—Margaret Keeton; Arranging Officer—Lena Keeton.

Glenn Keeton welcomed everyone, and led 40.

Leaders: Gravis Ballinger 78, 120; Roma Rice 338, 313t; Delone Cobbs 503, 569b; Mike Hinton 34t, 339; Elene Stovall 200 (in memory of Travis Keeton), 430 (for the Killingsworths); Mike Hankins 68b, 72b; Sandra Spradlin 192, 391; Tim Cook 287, 284; Stella Pratt 63, 487; Chris Ballinger 477, 84; Lisa Geist 377, 527; Margaret Keeton 517, 45b; Brenda Chafin 42, 442.

RECESS

Henry Guthery led 398 and 549 to bring the class back together.

Leaders: Linton Ballinger 224, 222; Emily Burleson 217, 228; Linda Sides 215, 328; Joshua Keeton 268, 408; Betty Baccus 100, 455; Bea Carnathan 175, 119; Butch White 34b, 86; Larry Ballinger 528, 300; Danny Creel 177, 182; Ottis Sides 530, 475. Marlin Beasley asked the blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Glenn Keeton leading 76b and 507 (for Josie Hyde). Leaders: Carolyn Thompson 376, 102; Earl Ballinger 394, 299; Jimmie Gilmore and Roland Gilmore 378t, 276; Ken Tate 278t, 135; Steve Adams and Carolyn Thompson 129 (in memory of Travis Keeton), 101t; Marlin Beasley 482 (for John Beasley), 336 (for Charlie Ballard); Richard Mauldin 43 (for Josie Hyde), 399b (in memory of Travis Keeton); Bridgett Kennedy 302, 383; Kermit Adams 426t, 426b; Scott Kennedy 229, 551; Velton Chafin 318; Richard Mauldin 306 (for Parnell Berry); Lena Keeton, Gwen Cornelius, and Glenn Keeton 380 (for Maxine Keeton), 290 (in memory of A.C. McGough), 480.

Following announcements, Glenn Keeton led 104 (by request). Glenn Keeton and Henry Guthery led 267 as the closing song. Danny Creel offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Vice Chairman—Henry Guthery; Secretary—Margaret Keeton