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Cornelius Benjamin Keeton and Travis Keeton Memorial Singing

Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery), Walker County, Alabama

Sunday, September 15, 2019

The 48th annual Keeton Memorial Sacred Harp Singing was held on the third Sunday in September. Glenn Keeton brought the class together with a warm welcome extended to all in attendance. Glenn Keeton, Matt Keeton, and Bella Keeton led 36b. Joey Gilmore offered the morning prayer. Glenn Keeton, Matt Keeton, and Bella Keeton led 100.

The class was organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary and Arranging—Lena Keeton. Leaders: Joey Gilmore 300, 276 (for his family); Margaret Keeton 422, 402; Earl Ballinger 403, 392; Julia Poston 35, 134; David Jackson 217, 235; Mike Hankins 527, 59; Chris Ballinger 460, 111b; Buell Cobb 124, 105; Lisa Geist 492, 528; Henry Guthery 193, 240; Betty Baccus 373, 159 (in memory of Wayne Wakefield).

RECESS

The class was called to order by Glenn Keeton leading 270. Leaders: Marlin Beasley 280 (in memory of Cornelius Benjamin Keeton), 298; Nicholas Thompson 454, 216; Tim Gregg 64, 122; Loretta Whitman 75, 77t; Larry Ballinger 97, 268; Philip Gilmore 411, 76b; Roma Rice 321, 99; Nancy Phillips 34b, 215; Ricky Beasley 317, 348b; Paul Godsey 30b, 323b. Ricky Beasley asked a blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Glenn Keeton, Matt Keeton, and Bella Keeton leading 282. Leaders: Alvin Beasley 72b, 81t; Crystal Defoe, Olivia Defoe, Isabella Keeton, Matthew Keeton, and Lena Keeton 30t, 475; Joey Gilmore 208; Margaret Keeton 472; Earl Ballinger 439; Julia Poston 324; David Jackson 225t; Mike Hankins 477; Chris Ballinger 350; Lisa Geist 182; Henry Guthery 140; Marlin Beasley 290 (for Bernice Wakefield); Nicholas Thompson 380 (for Jeanette Keeton Colburn); Tim Gregg 426b; Larry Ballinger 234 (in memory of Josie Hyde); Roma Rice 49b; Nancy Phillips 312b; Alvin Beasley 354b; Ricky Beasley 68b; Nicholas Thompson 507 (in memory of Josie Hyde). Announcements were made.

Glenn Keeton, Matthew Keeton, and Isabella Keeton led 267 as the closing song. Henry Guthery offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Glenn Keeton; Secretary—Lena Keeton