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Cornelius Benjamin (Bennie) Keeton Memorial

Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery), Walker County, Alabama

September 21, 1997

The twenty-sixth session of the annual Sacred Harp singing was held at Shady Grove Church on the third Sunday in September. The singing was called to order by Travis Keeton leading song on page 37b. The morning prayer was led by Harrison Creel. Travis Keeton led song on page 91.

The election of officers were as follows: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—A. C. McGough; Secretary—Lena Keeton Wakefield; Arranging Committee—Gene Wakefield.

A. C. McGough led song on page 290 for Fletcher Sims who is in the hospital critically ill, and page 111b for Furn Kitchens who is also ill. Leaders: Keterina Sanders 389, 454; Joshua Keeton 268, 189; Josie Hyde 234, 477; Beatrice Brewer 112, 460; Lisa Ballinger Geist 546, 560; Odie Horton 329, 229 (for Fletcher Sims); Cecil Sanders “Not Made With Hands”; Willodean Barton 480; Tressie Adkins 217, 222.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Travis Keeton leading song on page 276. Leaders: Ila Ingle 382, 441; Flarce Creel 501, 503; Doyle Williams 155, 99; Rhoda Norris 498, 398; Larry Ballinger 123t, 90; Glenn Keeton 358, 225t; Roxie Keeton 530; Velton Chafin 391, 564; Randy Creel 45t, 452b; Roma Rice 93, 327.

LUNCH

The class was called together by Travis Keeton leading song on page 235b. Leaders: Clarence McCool 100, 101t; Lena Keeton Wakefield with her children Glenn Keeton, Gwen Cornelius, and Linda Christian 30 (t? b?), 143, 348b, 436; John Hocutt 457, 354t; John Hyde 275b, 297; Ashley Keeton 274t, 421; Gladys Bonds 544b, 77t; Pernie Pelfrey 371, 73t; Janet Jones 283, 34t; L. H. Gilmore 108t, 403; Eunice Kimbrell 65; Ronald Gilmore and Hazel Gilmore 312b, 428, 475; Arnold Moore 35, 42; Gene Wakefield 103, 108b (in memory of Bennie Keeton). Announcements were made. A. C. McGough and Travis Keeton led song on page 62 for the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Al Lofton.

Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—A. C. McGough; Secretary—Lena Keeton Wakefield.