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Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church

Winston County, Alabama

June 26-27, 1999

Saturday, June 26

The annual Sacred Harp singing on the fourth Sunday and Saturday before in June at Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church was called to order by Kermit Adams leading song on page 47t. L.H. Gilmore offered the opening prayer.

The class organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Timothy Gilmore; Secretary—Pernie Pelfrey; Arranging Committee—Margaret Keeton.

Kermit Adams led song on page 77t. Leaders: Travis Keeton 99, 273; Cecil Sanders 225t, 512; Gene Wakefield 168, 138t; Doyce Bailey 100, 235b; L.E. Hannah 201b, 511; Juanita Whitman 480, 40; Stella Pratt 441, 63; Amanda Denson 421, 148; Carol Fannin 136, 133; Chris Rice 37b, 183.


Timothy Gilmore brought the class to order leading songs on pages 416 and 396. Leaders: Velton Chafin 95b, 42; Cecil Wakefield 282, 159; Willodean Barton 418, 454; Brenda Merritt 430, 542; Mae Conwill 426t, 74b; L.H. Gilmore 108t, 34t; Kenneth Fannin 354 (t? b?), 45t, 457; Jennifer Allred, Seth Allred, Rachel Allred, Caleb Allred, Will Allred, Emily Holcombe, Ryan Hale, Adam Hale 31t.


The afternoon of singing began with Travis Keeton leading song on page 75. Leaders: John Merritt 358, 76b; Ivalene Donaldson 145 (t? b?), 335; Vernice Phillips and Julie Poston 274b, 111t; Betty Defore 391, 60; Mr. Donaldson 317b, 30t; Josie Hyde 507; Carla Morris 143, 145 (t? b?); Elmer Conwill 276, 379; Billy Williams 77b, 231; Mamie Jones 290, 423; Eda Pace, Joan Gilbreath, and Pernie Pelfrey 129, 168, 59; Kelsey Wakefield 111t, 128; John Hyde 314, 544b.


The class was called to order by Travis Keeton leading song on page 127. Leaders: Emily Jones 74t, 303; Dawson Adams 328, 39b; Gladys Bonds 387; Roma Rice 490, 104; Nellie Alexander 176b, 81t; Jennifer Allred and Susan Allred 56b; Mary Holcombe, Seth Allred, and Laura Hale 48t; Rachel Allred 565b.

Travis Keeton led song on page 73t as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by L.H. Gilmore.

Sunday, June 27

Chairman Travis Keeton opened the Sunday morning session by leading song on page 179. Dr. Doyle Williams offered the morning prayer. Travis Keeton led song on page 425b.

Leaders: Carla Morris 183, 145b; Chris Rice 144, 480, 155; Chris Bell 384, 358, 168; Kelsey Wakefield 133, 159; Kermit Adams 455, 426t; Hubert Hood 122, 454, 569b; Viola Young 290, “Jesus Died For Me”; Barbara Coosie 143, 61.


Travis Keeton called the class together leading song on page 284. Leaders: Sandra Williams 276, 31t, 126; Alicia Murray 358, 445b; Roxie Keeton 349; Gladys Bonds 45t, 77t, 33 (t? b?); Pernie Pelfrey 312b.

A memorial session was held with Cecil Wakefield leading songs on pages 134 and 338 in memory of Gertis Adams. Tim Gilmore led song on 111t in memory of his mother, Lavada Gilmore, and song on page 371 in memory of Robert Aldridge. Margaret Keeton led 301 in memory of Ada Godsey, James Whitmore, Johnny Whitmore, Keterina Sanders, B.B. Mattox, and Dee Young. Kermit Adams led songs on 282 and 322 in memory of Elzo Godsey and Buddy Godsey. The memorial was closed.


Chairman Travis Keeton brought the class to order leading song on 378b. Leaders: Dawson Adams 36b, 68b; Parnell Berry 278b, 285t; Rose Altha Taylor 129; Milford Watts 385t; John Hyde 297, 75, 475; Josie Hyde 189; John Hocutt 89, 272; Roma Rice 100, 475; Loretta Whitman 146, 176t; Nellie Alexander 317b, 216; Betty Cleghorn 59, 100; Odie V. Horton 74b, 200; Josie Hyde 50t (for Julie Poston); Christie Allen 283, 39b; Carla Morris 145t, 144; Amanda Denson 101t, 270.

Travis Keeton led song on page 46 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Juanita Whitman.

Chairman—Travis Keeton; Vice Chairman—Tim Gilmore; Secretary—Pernie Pelfrey.