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It sounds like a story straight out of Hollywood.  More than 40 years ago, a young lady in Chapman, Alabama lost her high school class ring.   She was playing softball with some friends and when she was ready to leave, her Georgiana class ring was missing.   "I thought I would never see the ring again," said Betty Black.  

It looked like that would be the case.  She searched the land the next day, but found nothing.   But it's funny how things work out.   Last year Black's daughter married a man named Wendell Watkins.  "I was talking about clearing off some of my family land when she said I wish somebody would find my ring," Watkins said.  Betty Black's new son-in-law owned the land where her ring disappeared 43 years ago.   But still, finding that ring, after years of storms, planting crops, and clearing trees, would likely be impossible.

"I walked out on the land and tried to figure out how the softball field was laid out," Watkins said.  "I found the pitchers mound and then figured out where the backstop was.   I was out there for 10 minutes and I saw something that looked out of place in the dirt.  I yelled to my kids, I found it.  They were like, no way, not that fast."

But he did.  Like a needle in a haystack somehow he spotted the ring in the dirt.  He just needed to make sure it was Betty's ring.    "I brushed the dirt off and saw 59."  Georgiana High School, class of 1959.   Then came the fun part, getting the ring back to Betty.   "He put his fingers in his pocket, and brought out the ring, I almost had a seizure and I was crying."

One more interesting note.  Wendell Watkins found the ring on Good Friday.  Now he may have another mission.   His father-in-law lost his Georgiana class ring years ago too.  If anyone can find it, it'll be Wendell Watkins.

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