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Treasures are where you least expect them

By By LYDIA GRIMES Feature Reporter
It's the time of the year when everyone is planning old fashioned reunions to get all the family together. My Snell reunion was held on Sunday, but I missed it. I am sorry for several reasons, seeing the family, visiting my brother and last, but not least, the good food.
This year I also had another reason for wanting to attend. I was hoping to pick up some printed material from my cousin that I have been waiting on for a year. I guess I will have to depend on the post office to get it to me.
I have mentioned many times that I believe that answers are out there for our nagging questions and sometimes they show up at the most unusual times. My home church while I was growing up has a homecoming each fourth Sunday in July. Last year I was invited to be the speaker for the day to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the church. After lunch we were all sitting around the tables in the community house when the pastor came over and sat down. He said that he had something I might be interested in. He went to his office and soon returned with four books. I can't even remember what three of them were about because I was so excited when I saw what was in the fourth book.
It was a list of the church membership for the year 1862 and the first few names I looked at were very familiar to me. I got so excited that I didn't even look at the other books, but they are supposed to have been about other churches on the circuit.
My cousin was supposed to have made a copy for me but at last check she had not done it. My next plan is to see if the pastor will do it for me.
My point in telling you all this is to let you know that there are records where you least expect them to be. The Baptists and Methodists are not known to have kept local records in the distant past, but you never know. Asbury Methodist Church in Dale County, along with whoever is in the other books have been saved and I plan on getting my own copy, even if I have to make a special trip.
Don't give up when you think you will never find what you are looking for. Answers are out there and persistence will sometimes pay off. Keep asking and keep looking.
Samford University has announced the Dean's List for the spring semester. Tiffany Alexis Scott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Scott and Andrea Jene Ward, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Ward, both of Brewton and Johnny Lee Knowles, son of Rev. and Mrs. Robert C. Knowles of East Brewton.