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Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery)

Walker County, Alabama

May 3, 1998

The twenty-eighth session of the annual Sacred Harp singing held at Shady Grove (Keeton Cemetery) was held the first Sunday in May, and was called to order by Travis Keeton leading song on page 37b. The morning prayer was led by A. C. McGough. Travis Keeton led song on page 111b.

The class organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—A. C. McGough; Arranging Committee—Larry Ballinger and Glenn Keeton; Secretary—Josie Hyde.

Travis Keeton led song on page 129. Leaders: Josie Hyde 189, 225t; Johnny Humber 200, 389; Junita Whitman 480, 137; Tim Gilmore 172, 402; Ila Ingle 434, 436; Josh Keeton 108t, 108b; Pernie Pelfrey 73t, 74b; John Hocutt 312b, 312t; Ashley Keeton 77t, 146; Gene Wakefield 56t, 27; Gladys Bonds 28b, 32t.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with A. C. McGough leading songs on pages 475 and 454. Leaders: Ashley Owens 410t, 452b; Cecil Sanders 101t, 30t; Mae Conwill 99, 498; John Hyde 75, 297; Faye Donaldson 40, 270; Pam Keeton 171, 215; Elmer Conwill 216, 416; Ann Ballard 208, 390.

LUNCH

The afternoon session began with Travis Keeton leading song on page 209. Leaders: Larry Ballinger 123 (t? b?), 90; Ivalene Donaldson 39b, 175; Allen Owens 426t; Lisa Geist 273, 546; Kermit Adams 489, 455; Gwen Cornelius 143, 59; Gary Smith 34b, 31t; Elene Stovall 222, 142; Harrison Creel 512, 342; Ada Godsey 460, 499; Ricky Beasley 317b, 47b; Sara Smith 204, 406; Roma Rice 81t, 182.

RECESS

Travis Keeton called the class back together with song on page 399 (t? b?). Leaders: Flarce Creel 475, 269; David Beasley 566, 348b; Lena Wakefield 299, 298; Ottis Sides “Not Made With Hands”, 61; Beatrice Brewer 384, 373; John Beasley 335, 87; Joyce Hubbit 378 (t? b?), 371; Dwight Ingle 294, 500; Glenn Keeton 285 (t? b?), 503.

Travis Keeton and A. C. McGough led song on page 235 as the closing song. Al Lofton dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—A. C. McGough; Secretary—Josie Hyde.