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Papaw and Mamaw Adams and Cowan Creek,
Papaw Adams was hearing impaired and you had to
talk loudly to him. When Mamaw had meals ready
or if there were an emergency, she would ring "The
Bell." He could hear the bell and would come
home to eat or find out what the problem was that
needed his attention.
When the family
farm was sold the bell ended up on our front porch. My dad was also
hearing impaired and Mother would ring the bell when she
needed him to come home from the family business that was just across the creek
from our home.
Eventually, the bell ended up in a small tower in
our church. Near church time, someone would
ring the bell to remind us it was time to gather
in the Lord's house. When the church was
remodeled, the bell was removed and lay dormant in
one of the trustee's homes. That's where
Lorinda and Jerry found and rescued it and
restored it. As Lorinda so beautifully
wrote, the bell still rings!
The bell now
sits in Lorinda and Jerry's back yard. Jerry had
it blasted, sanded and painted it.
Bell" and Lorinda
And now a new generation rings the bell.
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Jerry & Lorinda's Great-Grandson, Nathan, celebrating 4th of July
Nathan's younger sister, Emily ringing the
bell on the 4th of July 2008
Getting a little encouragement from Grandmother Karen
and Great-Grandmother "Mooeee" Lorinda