Montgomery’s Magnolia Tree
Steve Brown was a member of the construction crew working on Larry and Wilma Thompson’s home following a fire in 2004. He asked about the church the Thompsons attended, as he was impressed by the number of church members who had stopped by to support the Thompsons and ask how they could help. When told that it was First United Methodist Church, He told mehis mother had gone there, and in about 1962 she had brought a magnolia sapling from Arlington, Virginia, where she was raised and had planted it in the lawn on the side yard next to California Street.
That sapling is now a magnificent tree, gracing us every year with its beautiful blossoms and fragrance.
His mother’s name was Billy Brown and their family lived on Reagan Way. He had fond memories of playing with the Daulton boys, sons of our pastor from 1961 to 1970, and “camping out” under the large fir tree that is behind the altar window.
His mother died in 1995, but the magnolia tree lives on in all its splendor, a wonderful testament to her gift for the church.