By Stan Welch
A life that ended all too soon continues to touch the lives of others, as proved by the labors of those who loved Lacee’ Dial.
Lacee’ was a senior at Wren High School when she was killed in a car accident last September. Her parents, Don and Jan Dial, have chosen to honor her and her spirit by helping others. “This is how we handle the loss of our dear Lacee’,” said Jan Dial. “She was always so ready to help others that it just seems the thing to do. God has led us to this project.”
The Lean on Me project, named after the old R&B classic song by Ben. E. King, recently completed the first of what promises to be a series of good works. With the help of friends and neighbors, and the generosity of a number of area businesses, the Lean on Me crew recently performed a major upgrade on the Williamston home of William and Mary Cureton, a disabled couple living at 311 Mattison Dr.
The roof of the house was entirely removed and replaced by Findlay Roofing of Anderson. They insulated the exposed area and replaced the roof with a new one. ProSource Plumbing also donated materials and services to upgrade the home.
“This project just came together almost like magic. In three weeks we had found our project, found our donors, and gotten the work done. God has really guided everything that has happened,” said Jan.
Jan Dial tells the story of a pact made between Lacee’ and her cousin and best friend, Madison Smith, just weeks before Lacee’s death. “They agreed that whoever died first would send a message back to the other. Madison wanted a white horse as the sign from Lacee’. The day that Lacee’ died, in the midst of her grief, Madison was sure that the sign would come soon. Within an hour of the coroner declaring Lacee’ dead, someone came in the house with a religious tract in their hand. There on the front was a picture of a white horse.”
The Dials are looking for some land to establish the Cowboys and Angels Ranch, another dream of Lacee’s. She was a barrel racer and wanted to be a vet and have her own ranch. Cowboys and Angels was one of her favorite country songs.
Jan Dial said that they hadn’t done much planning or fund raising in relation to any future projects like the one they just completed. “It just came together so beautifully. But as God leads us, we will follow. If more projects are to come, they will come. We just want to honor and celebrate our daughter’s life. She was a wonderful girl and she was our angel.”
Other contributors in one way or another included Cannon Supply of Greenville, Richardson Day Lilies, The Oaks Wedding Venue, Justin Harris’ Tree Service, Hardee’s (Williamston), McDonald’s (Moonville), Lou & Perrys Restuarant, Lanscapers Market, Veridian Filmworks, Set Free Christian Fellowship, Carolina Fresh Farms, Mulch Mart (Powdersville), Southern Vinyl & Windows; Grace Church, Living Sanctuary Church, Sherwin Williams (Easley), L&L Container, Roman Stone Designs, Pittman Discount Building Supply, Pro-Source Plumbing; Upstate Materials, Wren High students, AnMed Health Homecare nurses & staff; Dial Construction, Cutshall Exterminating; Papa John’s Pizza;Rogers Feed & Seed; Career and Technology Center Ag. Dept., Powdersville Middle staff and students and the Dial family and friends.