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El Reno church members say goodbye to building

The final service was held Sunday at First Baptist Church of El Reno.
BY STEVE GUST Modified: September 10, 2013 at 10:00 pm •  Published: September 9, 2013

“We also helped hundreds walk with the Lord with commitment,” he said.

Billy Hughey has been a part of church heritage for 44 years.

“It's a bittersweet time, but it's nice to see old friends,” he said.

He said most votes taken on whether to move received more than 90 percent approval. Hughey thought moving closer to Interstate 40 would give the church a greater presence in El Reno.

He has lots of memories in the building, but his best was from 1969 when he was 17. He pointed to the balcony where he sat 44 years ago and decided to commit to the faith.

“That was when I gave my life to the Lord,” he said.

Many people said they were excited about a new building.

That was the case with Jeanette Maness.

“I'm excited about this and will be welcoming people next week at the high school,” she said.

“Our new building is going to be a big, big improvement. But I understand this is change, and change can be hard for some people.”

Lucky Eisenhour said he's been at First Baptist 34 years.

“I've seen a lot here,” he said. “My mother had her funeral here.”

Eisenhour said God spoke to him there during times of need. He went there to seek comfort and healing after the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and the World Trade Center attacks in 2001.

“I came here to ask why,” he said. “And God told me it was all going to be OK.”