Auction house rebuilt near Tatum

By Bob Hallmark - bio - email

An East Texas community comes together to help one of their own regain her business and lively hood, with an old fashioned barn raising.  In November, Becky Deaton's auction house business near Tatum burned to the ground.

"Somehow the heater inside the building caught the children's donation box on fire, and it burned to the ground," said Deaton.  "When the building was on fire everybody was saying what are you going to do?  Well, I had no idea what I was going to do."  Friends, family and church members, anyone who could swing a hammer, or cut a strait line, gathered together to rebuild it for her.

"Every man and woman here gets satisfaction out of helping someone who needs help," said volunteer Bo Pepper.

"She's part of our family, and she needed to get her building rebuilt, so we're out here to rebuild it," said volunteer Jason Taylor.  More than 60 volunteers turned out to start construction on the 40 by 100 foot structure.

"I have had people help me out in the past when I was down, I know how good it feels, so it's what we need to do," said Pepper.  Deaton had been an auctioneer at the previous business for 13 years, and everyone in the community new her plight.

"Anytime you get a chance to do good for somebody you need to do it," said Taylor.  The materials were donated by area businesses, but the effort was worth more than Deaton can say.

"It's wonderful, it's amazing that the people have such love in their heart that they can do for somebody like this, well you cant say thank you enough," said Deaton.   The building is expected to be complete by April.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.