December 1, 2020

Letter to the Editor: Roopville/Ephesus Experience

Dear Editor:

Please allow me to thank Ms. Donna Alvis, librarian, Mayor Rogers and Judge Harrod for my recent reception at the beautiful library in their extraordinary community of Ephesus.

The personnel and library supporters created as enjoyable an author’s event as I’ve had, and the most memorable.

The attendance was more than gracious, the reception was extraordinary, and they proved to be an interested, interesting, intelligent and inquisitive audience. I had a fabulous time.

I came by invitation to speak about my novel, Pale Blue Light. Folks were welcoming, attentive and knowledgeable about my subject, The Civil War. It was a beautiful day and I was enjoying the scenic drive.

Five minutes outside Roopville, my engine sputtered and a dashboard icon began to flash. Something was amiss with the transmission.

I am a writer, and know nothing about engines, and there are stories of folks like me being taken to the cleaners by unscrupulous people. I was worried.

Darien and the folks at Southside Tire could’ve socked it to me, but instead they checked my engine, noted that the transmission reservoir was full and assured me I could make it to Eagle Transmission in Roopville.

It was approaching close of business, so they called Donny, and he promised to wait. They refused payment. But, frankly, I was unsettled. I live in Montgomery and I was faced, I thought, with at least a towing fee and a late-night drive by my wife and two boys.

Donny rechecked my transmission fluid, pronounced it full, plugged his computer into my engine and asked whether I had tried to turn it off and restart. I told him I didn’t do that, because if it isn’t turned off, it can’t not start (pardon the double negative). He turned it off, turned it back on and lo, all those scary flashing lights ceased.

He asked if I had my engine fluids checked recently. I had. He said I just had a bit of debris in the fluid.

“You mean that’s all it was?” I said.

“Sir, you are good to go,” he said. Nor would he let me pay him. So I signed one of my books for him

And then I got lost, having not listened to directions supplied by the excellent Ms. Alvis and whirring right past the easy to spot turnoff. Two nice, mature ladies were on a side road ready to get onto the highway. I stopped and asked how to get to Ephesus.

“What a lovely town of lovely people,” said the driver, and proceeded to lead me about five miles to the correct road. I made it in plenty of time. What magnificent folks in and around Roopville and Ephesus! Someday, I will write about my adventures in your wonderful area.

I close with this: I have always had faith in human nature, but, should I ever despair in that faith, I will return to Roopville/Ephesus, where human nature is nurtured.

Most sincerely,

Skip Tucker

Montgomery, AL


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  1. Judy Miller says

    This is an example of the way life should be everyday. We help those in need and are polite to and thankful for everyone. I’m proud to have connections with both Ephesus and Roopville.

  2. Donald Wesley Gordon says

    I was the organist at Ephesus Baptist for years when I was younger. I will always consider Ephesus my second home. The things those people did for me over the years were nothing but wonderful! The whole community has a down home “Mayberry” kinda feel. I’m not surprised in the least that they are still as kind and caring as they always have been. What a great story about the kindness of that community. I hope many folks will see this and can learn from their example.

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