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Shady Grove Singing

Keeton Cemetery, Walker County, Alabama

Sunday, May 5, 2019

The 47th 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, who extended a warm welcome to everyone. He led 32t. The morning prayer was offered by Earl Ballinger.

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

Leaders: Glenn Keeton 64; Marlin Beasley 100, 129; Chris Ballinger 146, 410t; Amber Davis 187, 402; Mark Davis 406, 550; Butch White 535, 86; Roma Rice 93, 454; Linton Ballinger 67, 36b; Linda Booth 220, 33b; Darlene Reynolds 569b; Darlene Reynolds and Nicholas Thompson 490; Mike Hankins 34b, 168.

RECESS

Glenn Keeton led 40 to bring the class back together. Leaders: Lisa Geist 327, 492; Nicholas Thompson 215, 216; Betty Baccus 166, 436 (for Ozella Blackmon); Cora Sweatt 159, 111b; Jennifer Allred 192, 186; Margaret Keeton 373, 432; Beth Wallace 224, 442; Larry Ballinger 49b, 291; Becky Briggs 335, 235 (for Chuck Beasley), 388 (in memory of Freddie Briggs); Glenn Keeton, Crystal Defoe, and Olivia Defoe 30b. James White asked a blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Glenn Keeton leading 270. Leaders: Henry Guthery 507, 463 (for Velton Chafin); Dwight Ingle 445 (in memory of Tom Harper), 294; Alvin Beasley 81t, 72b; Loretta Whitman 124, 129; Joey Clingan 330b, 48t; Seth Holloway 163t, 236; Sarah Beasley 340; Linton Ballinger 212; Marlin Beasley 61 (for Juanita Beasley); Beth Wallace 217; Darlene Reynolds and Mark Davis 145t; Mark Davis 478; Glenn Keeton and Lena Keeton 475.

Glenn Keeton thanked everyone for coming. 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