You may recall last year when I did my church series brochure, , I mentioned  the reason that so many of the buildings resembled each other is that they were all built by one man.  I had the good fortune today to meet Mr. Ben Johnson, the benefactor of all those little rural churches. 

We got into a conversation in the doctor's office, and he told me that he had owned a number of funeral homes, and a casket factory. When work was light at the factory, he sent his carpenters out to build churches around the area.  Seems like one of the best public relations ideas I've ever heard. 

At 93, he continues to endow our area; he's responsible for Head Start facilities, Trade School Annexes, and Community Centers.