|The Original Handwritten Note I Stuffed in the Church Door in 2003|
|Lydia's Letter to Cindy and Me|
|Lydia's Christmas Card to Cindy and Me|
It was pretty thrilling to see that a historical marker had been placed in front of the church by the state, and to see that my great grandfather's name was mentioned on the marker. It was also nice to see that the churchyard behind the church held the remains of my great grandfather and his family, along with many other graves.
|My Daughters, Diane and Debbie, Next to the Historical Marker in Front of the Baptist Church at Bazette, Texas. Picture Taken C 2005.|
After returning home that evening, I received a call from a lady named Lydia. She was a life-long member of the church, and she and her husband, Bill, were movers and shakers in their community. Cindy and I made plans to visit there.
That vist led to several visits over the years that we lived in Texas. The little Baptist church had a small congregation. They were a very friendly group, and we really enjoyed worshipping with them and getting to know them.
Cindy and I stayed in touch with Bill and Lydia over the years. When we moved to Tennessee last May, we wrote them to let them know. Yesterday, in the mail, came a wonderful missive from Lydia. Lo and behold---enclosed with her letter was a Christmas card and the original handwritten note I had crammed in the door of the church back in December of 2003. I had to write about this. Dang---I'm gettin' a little teary-eyed as I think about it.
The note reads as follows:
My name is Clint Ellison. My great grandfather was William Ellison, who donated the land for this church in 1881.
I have recently moved to Dallas from Atlanta, Ga. and would like to attend (visit) church here one Sunday.
Could someone please call me at my home phone # to let me know when services are held? I would appreciate it very much.