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Oklahoma cowboy loses his life, but his message continues on

by Bryan Painter Modified: July 27, 2013 at 8:41 pm •  Published: July 28, 2013

“We tell everybody the Bibles are free, they cost about $2 apiece and so if you want to donate you can,” she said. “And of course most of them do donate when they order a case or more. They usually pay me enough. Sometimes even more than what it costs.

“God's always provided. So even sometimes when I expect to get payments and I don't, I just don't worry about it because God has accounted for that, and it's just really neat.”

Receiving opportunities

The movie “8 Seconds,” about Lane Frost, was released in 1994. The results continue to astonish Clyde and Elsie.

They've received letters and phone calls from around the world.

They've received photos of and have met countless children named Lane in honor of their son.

They are still thankful for all these sincere acts of kindness. But there's more.

They also continue to receive opportunities to speak.

One of those came July 7 at the Freedom Assembly of God Church near Shawnee.

Lane's widow, Kellie Macy, who along with husband Mike Macy and their two children Aaron and Brogan live at Post, Texas, joined Elsie in speaking that day.

Reflecting on that day and what Clyde and Elsie mean to her, Macy's voice weakened and she began to softly cry.

“They have taught me unconditional love, strength and how to always tell the truth,” Kellie said of her relationship with Clyde and Elsie through the years.

“Never have we said an unkind word to one another. It's just like we've always been on the same page, and that just doesn't happen very often.”

Macy said she's watched how Clyde and Elsie instead of focusing on their loss, have appreciated what this has meant to others.

“You've just got to look at the blessing that it has brought to people.” Kellie said. “It's very easy to go to the negative in this world, but Clyde and Elsie have chosen to go on with their lives and to bless people in such a way that you give them life.

“They are amazing people.”

Elsie said although many of her questions have been answered, there's still pain.

She believes that has a purpose as well.

“When I'm speaking I never know when I'm going to cry,” Elsie said. “I just figure if I do, maybe God's going to touch somebody's heart through that.”

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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