GALLATIN, Tenn. (CBS Atlanta) – A Tennessee woman says she’s grateful to have her bible back, over 40 years after she lost it.
Deborah Savely tells WKRN-TV the bible was a gift from her parents back in 1961, when she was 7 years old.
Ten years later her father died of a heart attack, just as Savely was getting ready to enter Volunteer State Community College.
“Daddy died in October of 1971. I started at Vol State as a student in September of 1972. So, this was all I had of Daddy,” she recalled. “I carried the bible with me in my backpack every day. Obviously, at some point it came out of my backpack. It never dawned on me that I had lost it at Vol State.”
Up until now, Savely believed she lost the bible during a move in 1974. She was heartbroken at the time.
The bible was found by a retired school employee while cleaning out a campus basement.
“There was a box of things that were left over from the tornado at Vol State in 2006,” declared Betty Gibson. “I looked through and found this Bible, from the inscription, I thought this would really mean something to the family.”
Gibson brought her find to the school’s registration office to see if she could find out who owned the bible.
Records and Registration Office employee Amber Regan told the station she was touched by the find. “I found that there was a student who graduated here in 1974 with that name. I just started Googling and putting names together. I was determined.”
Which was incredible news for Savely, who had long since given up on being reunited with her precious family heirloom.
“I got this phone call and the person said, ‘Are you Deborah Savely? I said, ‘Yes’ and she said, ‘I finally found you!’ I said, ‘Is that a good thing?’” Savely remembered. “I was glad I was sitting down,” she added. “All the wind went out of me. I was in tears. I said, ‘My black Bible? I haven’t seen that in 40 years.’”
Savely was thrilled when the Good Book was finally returned. “I feel complete,” Savely gushed. “I’ve got my daddy back. I put my hand on that page and I swear I felt his hand on mine.”
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