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Godsey Sisters Memorial Singing

Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Double Springs, Alabama

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Godsey Sisters Memorial Singing in honor of Leona Horton, Maude Adams, Delia Watts, and Mina Adams was called to order by Don Keeton leading 377. He then offered the morning prayer.

The class was organized with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Don Keeton; Vice Chairman—Jerry Kitchens; Arranging Officer—Margaret Keeton; Secretary—Roma Rice.

Leaders: Don Keeton 100; Jerry Kitchens 39t, 35; Roma Rice 68b (for Edith Adams and Velton and Jonnie Chafin), 405 (for Kenneth Fannin); Betty Baccus 417 (for Steve Adams), 391; Steve Adams 99 (for Kermit Adams); Mike Hankins 30t, 31b; Glenn Keeton, Matthew Keeton, and Isabella Keeton 282, 108t; Nicholas Thompson and Josh Wilson 120, 436; Loretta Whitman 81t (for Nellie Alexander), 283; Mike Heber 276, 37b; Eugene Forbes 101t, 112; Earl Ballinger 164, 187; Louise Yeager 358, 143.


Jerry Kitchens called the class to order leading 155. Leaders: Richard Mauldin 146, 388 (for his sister); Glenn Keeton “Ashley”, “Joshua”.

Glenn then asked the class to include Sandra Spradlin (a great niece of the Godsey sisters) in the memorial. The class voted to change the name of the singing to Godsey Sisters and Sandra Spradlin Memorial. Glenn led 126 in memory of Sandra Spradlin.

Leaders: Chris Ballinger 424, 400; Gravis Ballinger 273, 182; Amber Davis 44, 192; Lisa Geist 472, 540.

A memorial lesson was held. Roma Rice read the names of the following deceased: Morris Edward Godsey, Azilee Adams, Sandra Spradlin, Odie Horton, Willis Adams, and Lawton Keeton. Roma led 337 and 229.

Richard Mauldin closed the memorial with prayer.


Don Keeton called the class to order leading 269. Leaders: Shirley Tidwell and Isabella Keeton 235, 457; Larry Ballinger 268, 157; Brenda Chafin 183, 209; Dylan Feezell 36b, 208; Linda Sides “Janelle”; Parnell Berry 306, 373; Mike Heber 178; Nicholas Thompson 198 (for Kermit Adams); Nicholas Thompson and Josh Wilson 63; Chris Ballinger 344; Amber Davis 291; Lisa Geist 528; Dylan Feezell 530; Earl Ballinger 389; Linda Sides 225t; Eugene Forbes 137; Mike Hankins 480; Richard Mauldin 168; Larry Ballinger 217; Gravis Ballinger 215; Nicholas Thompson 196.

Don Keeton led 62 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Earl Ballinger, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Don Keeton; Vice Chairman—Jerry Kitchens; Secretary—Roma Rice