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From trash to treasure… Couple finds renewal in recycling

If the best things in life are free, Jimmie Oates is a very gracious man. Along with his wife, Betty, they have turned free into profit and profit into free.

The couple is from Ennis; Jimmie, 82, and Betty, 39, or least when she stopped counting. He was a printer for 30 years on an offset press that produced the TV Guide magazine, she, a former nurse at Baylor.

While they live near Baldridge and Jeter on the west side of town, they drive to Palmer to attend First Baptist Church, where Paul Gauntt serves as pastor. “It’s the oldest church in town, and we should know,” laughed Betty. She described the appearance of the church as a castle, due to its cloud-reaching spires.

It is their love for the church that inspires them to do something simple, yet impactful.

Handy with manual labor, Jimmie parlayed the basic skills into a fundraiser for the church. He would locate things being thrown away by people in the area – items left by the curb for the garbage truck, bring them home and make a project of repairing them. He would do repairs, purchase parts as needed, then convert the item deemed unwanted into something of value for resale at garage sales.

Jimmie and Betty Oates

Jimmie and Betty Oates

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