By Dustin Wyatt
On a Monday afternoon, the Rev. Donald O’Dell rummaged through his pastor’s study, perhaps for the last time.
He sifted through old bulletins, flipped through documents in a file cabinet and even took the 200-year-old Bible from its resting place on a glass-enclosed shelf — the Bible from the original Pacolet Presbyterian Church, which formed in 1751.
It was nearly six days before the church would close its doors for good, and as the 82-year-old pastor reflected on memories in his small, seldom used office, he thought: What’s going to happen to this stuff?
His wife, Carolyn, standing in the doorway, shivered from the cold; the small, brick church can only afford to run its heater on Sundays during service.
“Let’s go, Don,” she said. “It’s getting cold in here.”
As he continued to shuffle around, she added: “He doesn’t want to leave.”
O’Dell, who has been pastor of the church for 17 years, will preach his last sermon this weekend at Pacolet Presbyterian Church, on Palm Sunday. When he’s done and the last member leaves, the wooden doors will close for good.