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Carlena Pool, left, found Renee Glasscoe’s wedding ring in the parking lot of a local department store on Wagner Avenue, and the return happened in a downtown jewelry/clock store.
GREENVILLE - How miraculous can it be that a person loses a wedding band one day on one end of town, and gets it back within a couple of days in downtown Greenville.
Renee Glasscoe was devastated when she discovered her wedding band was gone on Dec. 3.
That day at work at Dr. Dean’s dental office, she cleaned her wedding ring husband Barry gave her for their 25th wedding anniversary and then put it in her pants pocket. After work, about 1:15 p.m., she had gone to get her pants hemmed, and then realized her wedding set was missing.
She believes when she pulled her keys out of her pocket somewhere along the way, out came the ring.
She back-tracked her steps from that day and went to Walmart, one of her earlier stops, but couldn’t find it nor was it turned in.
Then, someone suggested she go to the different jewelry stores uptown to see if it was turned in anywhere and to call the police.
“I got here [at Michael’s Fine Jewelry and Clocks] about 4:30,” she recalled.
She tearfully told her heart-wrenching story there, but nothing had been turned in.
In the meantime, Glasscoe put off telling her husband about the loss, but indicated he was “very understanding.”
Carlena Pool was out Christmas shopping at Walmart later that day.
“I was wearing flip flops,” she recalled. “It was 60 degrees. I stepped on something out in the parking lot. It was dark and rainy. I thought it was a stone and began to give it a kick. It was a ring.”
She picked it up and took it inside the store to turn it in, but store officials said they couldn’t keep anything that valuable there.
Pool, still with the ring on her possession, said she continued her Christmas shopping downtown and stopped in at Michael’s to check out gift-giving ideas.
“I heard them in the store talking about what had happened [earlier in the day], and my ears perked up,” she said.
Then Pool revealed to store officials that she had found a ring that day.
A call was subsequently made and the ring was identified and its return to Glasscoe transpired.
“My fiance, Rodney Sneed, is friends with them [the Glasscoes],” Pool said.
Glasscoe considers Pool her angel.
“It’s good to know there are still good people out there,” she said as she met and hugged Pool for the first time in the store this past Friday. “I thought it was long gone forever. Bless you.”