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Shady Grove Singing (Keeton Cemetery)

Walker County, Alabama

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The 45th annual Sacred Harp singing was held at Shady Grove Church (Keeton Cemetery) on the first Sunday in May. The class was called to order by Glenn Keeton leading 104. The morning prayer was offered by Danny Creel. Glenn Keeton extended a warm welcome to everyone, and led 108b.

The following officers served for the day: Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary and Arranging Officer—Lena Keeton.

Leaders: Glenn Keeton and Isabella Keeton 32t; Gravis Ballinger 36b, 273; Theresa Westmoreland 200, 220; Mike Hankins 480, 276; Nicholas Thompson 411, 556; Ken Tate 547, 303; Becky Briggs 176t, 176b; Roma Rice 212, 31t; Larry Ballinger 472, 540; Amber Davis 187, 150.

RECESS

Glenn Keeton, Matthew Keeton, and Isabella Keeton led 64 to bring the class back together. Leaders: Loretta Whitman 143, 544; Danny Creel 428, 286; Parnell Berry 373, 283; Joshua Keeton 189, 475; Lisa Geist 228, 527; Marlin Beasley 137, 378b; Betty Baccus 134, 168.

RECESS

The class was brought to order by Glenn Keeton leading 85. Leaders: Dorothea Maynard 442; Sarah Beasley, Dorothea Maynard, and Tina Marquez 146, 406; Tina Marquez 354b; Ronald Gilmore and Hazel Gilmore 127; Don Keeton 317, 112; Glenn Keeton and Joshua Keeton “Joshua”, “Ashley”.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Glenn Keeton leading 270. Leaders: Joey Clingan 132, 106; Juanita Beasley 61, 63; Julia Poston 40, 78; Glenn Keeton and Isabella Keeton 282 (for Bernice Wakefield); Gwen Cornelius and Joey Clingan 490; Gwen Cornelius 517 (WB); Jerome McVay 135, 45t; Theresa Westmoreland 192; Nicholas Thompson 216; Tina Marquez and Dorothea Maynard 79, 81t; Becky Briggs 387; Ken Tate 368; Lisa Geist 436 (for Parnell Berry); Danny Creel 145t; Lisa Geist 304 (by request); Marlin Beasley, Jonathan Marquez, and Joshua Marquez 30t.

Announcements were made. Glenn Keeton, Joshua Keeton, and Lena Keeton led 267 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Marlin Beasley, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary—Lena Keeton