Boys find man's ring after 20 years

Jan. 21, 2009 at 7:35 PM
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LUFKIN, Texas, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A Texas man said a class ring he lost more than 20 years ago has been returned to him by two young boys who found it buried outside of a church.

Franklin Weeks, 95, of Lufkin, said he believes he lost the ring while helping to build a playground at Ryan Chapel Church in Diboll, where it was found buried by Luke Lytle, 12, and his brother Sam, 8, the Lufkin Daily News reported Wednesday.

The Lytle boys said they were playing with their new metal detector at the church Monday afternoon when they found the Stephen F. Austin University ring that Weeks obtained in the 1930s.

"When I first saw it I thought 'oh boy, Cash for Gold here I come' but soon I heard the Lord telling me that I needed to return the ring to its owner," Luke Lytle said.

The boys said they used the Internet to track Weeks down and returned the ring to his home in person Tuesday.

"I've been looking for that ring a long time," Weeks told Luke and Sam. "I can't believe you boys found it."

Weeks said he gave the boys a $20 reward for returning his ring and the modest youngsters had to be convinced to accept it.

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