Precious Family Heirloom Returned To Georgia Woman

Heirloom Archaeology Returns Precious Family Heirloom To Georgia Woman

BY Chris Hodge

In the late summer of 2014, I was driving from Atlanta to Nashville and made a pit-stop in Manchester, Tennessee.  The stop was simply to refuel, however, I kept feeling this nagging in the back of my mind.  It was more of a draw, as if I were being led.  On the other side of the I-24 sat Antique World of Manchester. We often don’t fully understand our gut instinct, but I knew there was a lost family heirloom beckoning to be returned to a very special person.  My quick stopped turned in to a delayed stay.

I’ve always been fascinated by antique stores. I feel like it is a museum in which you are actually allowed to touch the artifacts.  Pieces that are all part of our past.  Items that show us how things once were…but, most important, familial items that, sometimes, have been misplaced and lost their way out of the generational hand.  Today was my day!

This late summer day, I found an autograph booked once owned by Wilma Jean Brandon.  The book contained some of the sweetest sentiments and whimsical and lyrical poetry written by Wilma’s mother, father, siblings and classmates.  Over the years, we’ve learned to be as diligent as possible to ensure we connect the lost heirlooms to the “correct” rightful owner.  With the advent of most of today’s social technology platforms, it is much easier to research and locate.  Within twenty-four hours, we found Tracie of Snellville, GA.  We sent her one of the poems that Wilma’s grandmother had written to her in the book in 1940. “May angels guide your footsteps on to the Golden stairs of Paradise. May your life have only enough thorns to make the following days easier and bright. May success never turn your head, but give you grace to leads others to a higher and better home is the prayer I pray” – Mother (Mar. 29, 1940). Within moments, Tracie countered us with her grandmother’s memorial card with the exact same inscription, only 65 years later.  Talk about falling out of your office chair, we knew we had our woman!

The rest is history, but you can still get a quick glimpse of the reunion here!  Thank you for stopping by.  We’d hope this story of return inspires you towards your own random acts of kindness and charity! Please like, share, comment! We appreciate your support.



(2) Comments

  • Cindy Lillie
    22 Mar 2015


  • Christy
    12 Aug 2015

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