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Hometown History: Davis City Pharmacy
It’s been 55 years since Jim Coleman took a job at a little pharmacy in downtown Weatherford to be closer to his brother, who was serving an internship at John Peter Smith Hospital.
Jim is still there every day, greeting each customer—many who have been coming to Davis City Pharmacy themselves for decades.
“Good morning” or “Good afternoon” are phrases that are as common as the sweltering Texas sun on an August afternoon. And speaking of the Texas heat, visitors are welcome to come in, sit a spell, and enjoy a refreshing beverage, whether they are picking up a prescription or just to say hi. “I love the town, and I love this place,” Jim, 78, said. “I’ve had chances to leave, but this was exactly what I wanted when I got out of school (University of Texas in 1963).”
And he and the pharmacy are apparently what folks in Weatherford have wanted for many years. Even before Jim’s arrival, the little drug store at 111 Trinity Steet was serving customers in a fashion that put comfort and hospitality first, as far back as when it was Scarlett’s Pharmacy in 1924.
Raymond George and his cousin, Clem Smith, grew up in the Prince Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, a little building with a big history, located at 410 W. Oak Street in Weatherford. “We used to have a lot children in this church, several came from Mineral Wells,” Raymond, 81, recalled. “There was this one little girl, she noticed I had a couple of dimes in my shoes (penny loafers). She just came right up and took them out. I kinda liked her, so I just let her take them.” Eighty-year-old Clem’s favorite memory rang a bell—literally.
“I remember at Sunday school, if we raised more money than the elders did, we got to ring the bell (in the front entrance),” he said. “We’d go out and do extra work just to get to do that.”
Now, they and others are fighting to create future memories as the church is undergoing a restoration. The roof was caving in, the walls were collapsing, and all the while, the small but devoted congregation has never abandoned their church home. They are meeting in a dinner hall in back of the church as work has begun, but they are determined to return to their beloved sanctuary as soon as they can.
Serving to Learn: It’s Not In the Classroom
It’s not the usual school curriculum, but at Trinity Christian Academy (TCA), the classroom setting alone doesn’t lend itself to teaching and showing students one of the school’s core values—a culture of service. For this reason, TCA students, faculty and staff can be found at food banks, pregnancy centers, nursing homes and many other service-focused events and charities. “Community service, or community ministry as we call it, is everything we do. We want our kids to be exposed to the world around them. Our school is located in east Parker County, where apparent need isn’t as visible and our fear is that the students will grow up thinking this is how the rest of the world lives,” Mike Skaggs, Head of School at TCA, said, “We want them to have a sense of how blessed they are, but more importantly we yearn for them to know that with these blessings come responsibility and they are to use what they have been given to be a blessing to others.”
The Strength of a Super Hero
There is strength in numbers. Strength, which is on full display in one eleven-year-old boy and his family from Aledo, is what the community is holding on to through faith for healing and a home for this family. Through Wilson Warriors, many in the community are joining together to pray for the Adams family who have had their fair share of loss and grief. Their story of loss began when Daniel, the sole provider of the family and loving husband and father, had to quit work to battle a genetic liver disease. While Daniel headed to the hospital, Tamela headed to work to provide for the family. Unfortunately, with the hospital bills from Daniel’s two-year battle and his inability to work, the family finances, savings and retirement were exhausted and the family home was sold and the Adams family then moved into a rental. In September 2017, Daniel headed to Heaven to be with his Savior and Tamela was left to raise their three children. While they were focusing on grieving and healing, Wilson began to show signs of random vomiting and fatigue. After losing his speech and balance, Wilson was rushed to the hospital, for the first of many trips to come. A brain tumor the size of a lemon was found at the base of his skull at 3:00 a.m. on May 18, 2018–just months after his father had passed.