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Shady Grove Singing

Keeton Cemetery, Walker County, Alabama

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The annual Decoration Day Sacred Harp singing at Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery) was held on the first Sunday in May. Glenn Keeton called the class to order by leading 63. The morning prayer was offered by James Wagner.

After welcoming comments, the class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Vice Chairman—Henry Guthery; Secretary and Arranging Officer—Lena Keeton.

Leaders: Glenn Keeton 47b; Henry Guthery 97, 343; Lena Keeton, Isabella Keeton, and Matthew Keeton 176b, 282; Isabella Keeton, Matthew Keeton, and Glenn Keeton 235; Larry Ballinger 217, 551; Richard Mauldin 143 (in memory of his mother), 64; Lisa Geist 394, 527; Darrell Swarens 36b, 111b; Jimmie Gilmore and Arthur Gilmore 378t, 383 (in memory of Robert Harper); Shirley Tidwell 127, 457 (in memory of her mother).

RECESS

The class was brought back to order by Henry Guthery leading 431. Leaders: Chris Ballinger 512, 424; Don Keeton, Avalene Dutton, and Mary Dean Manasco 406, 112; Ken Tate 377, 183; Marlin Beasley 61 (in memory of his mother and for his wife, Juanita), 517 (WB) (in memory of Dennis Beasley); Amber Davis 291, 391; Betty Baccus, Isabella Keeton, and Matthew Keeton 30t, 146.

RECESS

Glenn Keeton led 270 to bring the class together. Leaders: Ronald Gilmore and Hazel Gilmore 385b, 378b; Roma Rice 273, 34t (in memory of her mother and daddy); Earl Ballinger 392, 439; Jack Pate 145b, 49b.

LUNCH

Glenn Keeton began the afternoon session by leading 405. Leaders: Steve Adams and Gwen Cornelius 99, 331; Patricia Doss 344, 384 (for Coy Ivey); James Wagner 373, 475 (for Ottis Sides); Alvin Beasley and granddaughter, Haley 45t, 59; Loretta Whitman 48t, 129; Julia Poston 75; Bernice Wakefield 447; Gwen Keeton Cornelius and Joey Clingan 490, 132; Willodean Barton 454, 498; Henry Guthery 507 (in memory of Josie Hyde); Larry Ballinger 477 (in memory of Josie Hyde); Richard Mauldin 43; Lisa Geist and Chris Ballinger 84; Darrell Swarens 267; Jimmie Gilmore and Arthur Gilmore 276; Don Keeton 491; Ken Tate 547; Marlin Beasley 448t; Amber Davis 302; Ronald Gilmore and Hazel Gilmore 411; Jack Pate 567; Patricia Doss 532; James Wagner 268.

Announcements were made. Glenn Keeton and Henry Guthery led 521 as the closing song. Darrell Swarens offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

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