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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 6

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Monday, March 19/1956 They Told Rev. Fancher It Couldn't Be Done But Crosby Methodist Now Pray In 'Impossible' Church • By EDWIN' THXEKY Sun Staff Writer "You'll never do it. Carroll." was UIP. statement rcpeatwJly maci<? to the.Rev. Carroll Fancier Jr. by members of' his congregation when asked tHc possibility of raising, some $70,000 for •construction of a new Methodist church in Crosby, Yet, today, members of the •Crosby Methodist Church attend services in the beautiful structure that "couldn't be built" and the most amazing thing- of it all is, the church is completely paid for. The whole thing- started three years ago when "the new preacher," the Rev. William. Carroll Fancher Jr., moved to Crosby, took one look at the 50-year-old frame church and: determined to build 'a new one. Then the trouble started. The Rev. Praneher visited;leading businessmen in Crosby . who . ..'were members of his church, asked their opinion on the cost and pos- Easter Specials COLO WAVE Complete With Hair Styling and Wave Set RESV ••••••',••••• $15.00 WQVe Regular S1C.OO-. . THREE OPERATORS TO SERVE YOU . . '( • Zeal Pursley ..:• Joyce Holstien • EJoise Zimmsrmann LOVELL .Beauty Salom v ..: 215 East Fayle Phone 6206 SUMMER FUN Is Just Around The Corner... NOW is the time to do somefhinq with your figure Size 20 to Size 14 • Busiline raised and firmed • Waist trimmed • Abdomen flattened • Hips and thighs slimmed GUARANTEED RESULTS HERE IS THE MODERN easy way 70 lose excess pounds end uTwantsd inches . . . acmsvs the figure you've always want- so, it's simple . . . it's easy . . . end even -fun. CALL NOW 8003 Wake en appointment for complimentary figure analysis and treatment. No obligation, of course. HOME UNITS FOR SALE OR RENT 105-A EAST TEXAS LATE TREATMENTS BY APPOINTMENT 6:00 to 8:00 sibility of obtaining the necessary fundSi and invariably received; the same answer,' "Youll never do~ it, Carrol!." The Rev. Francher discussed the matter with his friend and church member, T. A. Ramsey, who told him 'the building he wanted would cost in the vicinity of J7fl,000, and uttered the rapidly- becoming familiar-phrase. Pursuing the matter, the. Rev. Francher asked his friend , if it would be- possible to borrow the balance of the necessary funds if one-half the amount could'be raised. The answer, yes. set the-whole project in motion. Summoning a finance committee of, ; Mrs^ C. A. Fortner, Jay Oberpriller. C u r 1 e y Williams, Grady Dillard. Floyd Curtis, James .Ewe!!. Hardy Miller. C. J. Miller. S. P. Gentry, T. A. Ramsey. \ r ic Lostak and VT. D. Carleton. workers . all. • the Rev. Francher then turned to the task of launching the drive. • Assisted by his finance committee he first mailed letters to members, outlining-, the entire project with, the last letter in the series advising.them that a finance committeeman .would call and ask for a pledge. : : With the ball rolling, cash.came ; in and pledges were signed, to bo paid within a period of one year. And pay the pledges the members did to the tune of 9S .per cent. A year later, the:minister had S32.000 in cash, and with the additional' 510,000 acquired from the sale "of the old church property the score stood at roughly .$42.000. Armed with the cash, the Rev. Francher then went to his financial advisors, and with their assistance, started: trying . to float the loan for the remainder. There the trouble did start! Texas .banking- firms and their eastern .contemporaries, it seems, took a rather dim view of advancing that amount to the.,church, so. once ajrsin the Rev. Fancher went to his friend Ramsey.-— He hsd hit upon the idea of inducing members'of the congregatiop to sign personal notes to the local bank, lend money to the,church, and proceed with plans. Again his friend was doubtful, and as^ain he was in error. Faced with the proposal, church members came through and the building, was constructed. The initial, estimated :eost fell several thousand dollars short of the finished product -what with the addition of; an air conditioning unit and other things, but the difference was mst. VThen the church was completed. Mrs. Fortner said, "if Can-oil can raise ihat much, I know the women of the church can provide an organ." She called friends to her assistance, and soon a $4000 organ, paid for. stood in the church. Shortly after the opening of the new Crosby Methodist Church in MORE At Thcd Felton's Nov., 1935, the' Rev. Fancher and the sports fan Fancher was caugin «n an emotional riptide. A revival meeting: had been set for the latter part of the month, after the expected football season would end, but the Crosby Buffaloes continued, their winning ways, capturing the district crown, and were scheduled to meet Woodville for the bi-district crown on the final night of the revival. The Rev. Fancher wanted to so to the .same, the congregation wanted to go, but the visiting minister who was conducting- the revival wanted to hold services. A compromise was set to relieve the dilemma. The minister agreed o close the revival the night prior to the game, if a satisfactory number of members attended the 6 a.m. services the week preceding the "'TO^IISC Ramsey's description of subsequent occurrences, ."the attendance at the morning was astonishing .-. . and we all got to see toe Buffaloes win!" •.•;. ; • In addition to his services-to ms church, the Rev, Fancher also serves his city'as a member pt the Crosby Volunteer fire department, -When"'the alarm ,sounds, and the fire truck speeds to the scene of the blase, the close cropped. blond- head, topping the six-foot 200-pound hulk of the. Rev. Fancher, is always seen .among the firemen aboard. One friend of the Rev. Fancher said one of the most intense desires of the minister, is to own-a set of golf clubs so he can join his .friends in their IS-hole,trips. Bom in San Antonio Nov. .24, 192S; William Carroll "Fancher Jr. moved to Moscow at an early age, attended elementary school there, and received his hig-h .school diploma from the Corrigan high school. His first year of higher education was spent at Lon Morris college in Jacksonville, and it was while attending a revival in that city-that'be definitely decided to enter the ministry and "answer the pra'vers of his mother." .The following- year he enrolled at Southwestern University in Georgetown, where he met and later married Ann Parr of Amarillo. Following his graduation from S o « t he f n Methodist University's Perkins School of Thsolo<?y he became the Dew Circuit Minister in Freestone County, where he served for more than a year. That assignment was followed by his two-vear stav as pastor of the Holmes Chapel Methodist Church. The Rev. Fancher now lives in a frame house with his wife and two children. Bill, age three, and "Louann. 10 months located about a mile from the church site, donated by E. C. Runneberg, in Runneberg sub-division. Early Sunday morninps find the Rev. Fancher making the trek to the church, leaving the family car lor his wife and children to follow later. The Rev. Fancher has become firmly ensconed in the hearts of citizens of Crosby, and his friends predict it will be quite some time before anyone says, "You'll never do it, Carroll." Aufo Stolen Three Times PIEDMONT, Calif. — UP — James Medanich learned to his surprise that his brand new station wagon was stolen three times this week from in front of his house. Police told Medanich Friday day that four boys, alt about 12, got up before daybreak and took joyrides in his car using keys they found in the glove compartment. Getting Kids Ready DeUys Man's Wedding ALICANTE, Spain — UP — Widower Alejandro Martinez mnr- riecl agrain but was 'one hour late for the ceremony. 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