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Shady Grove Singing

Keeton Cemetery, Walker County, Alabama

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The 46th annual Sacred Harp singing was held at Shady Grove Church (Keeton Cemetery), near Nauvoo, Alabama, on the first Sunday in May. The class was called to order by Glenn Keeton leading 74b. Earl Ballinger offered the morning prayer. Glenn Keeton welcomed everyone.

The class was organized by electing or appointing the following officers to serve: Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary and Arranging Officer—Lena Keeton.

Leaders: Glenn Keeton 46; Marlin Beasley 39t, 278t; Linton Ballinger 64, 144; David Jackson 39b, 49b; Becky Briggs 400, 512; Mark Davis 345b, 91; Lisa Geist 228, 472; Tom Booth 480, 441; Roma Rice 348b, 354b; Yancey Jett 440, 172; Mike Hankins 168, 527.

RECESS

Glenn Keeton led 270 to bring the class back together. Leaders: Betty Baccus 436, 417; Sarah Beasley 340, 129; Henry McGuire 399t, 511; Larry Ballinger 291, 151; Nicholas Thompson 310 (for Glenda Hopper) 192; Seth Holloway 143, 318; Earl Ballinger 187, 80b; Loretta Whitman 406, 399b; Dwight Ingle 294, 445. David Jackson asked a blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Glenn Keeton leading 77t. Leaders: Glenn Keeton and Fallon Christian 45t; Chris Ballinger 145t, 350; Henry Guthery 548, 549; Margaret Keeton and Travis Keeton, Jr. 373, 179, 177; Julia Poston 421, 290; Amber Davis 422, 391; Lena Keeton, Glenn Keeton, Gwen Cornelius, Olivia DeFoe, Linda Christian, Steve Christian, Kristi McLemore, and Jonathan McLemore 380, 475; Henry McGuire 38b; Mark Davis 214; David Jackson 225t; Joey Clingan and Gwen Cornelius 35, 109; Linton Ballinger 212; Justin Keeton, Ali Keeton, and Solomon Keeton 454, 455; Nicholas Thompson 216, 112 (in memory of Gravis Ballinger).

Announcements were made. Glenn Keeton led 267 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Mark Davis, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary—Lena Keeton