Tracy Community Church
Research by Jack & Beth Brooks
Subject: Tracy Community Church
Pastor Adam & Pastor Prince,
I visited the Milam County Appraisal District website today and discovered that Boyd
Offield (deceased) was assigned as caretaker of the Church.
The Church was shuttered in the late 60's-early 70's. It appears that the deed was
transferred to St. Johns Methodist Church and then immediately transferred to the
community as the Tracy Community Church in care of Boyd Offield.
Boyd's son Cary Offield, who I know, resides in the community. I'm going to talk to him
about our proposed Milam County Historical Commission visit.
Thank you both for your interest.
Pastor Ray and Adam,
Beth and I visited the Tracy Church Sunday afternoon. John Fischer scouted it out for
us earlier in the week and discovered that there was a window that was unlocked. We did
a little B&E and got in.
It broke Beth's heart. The back wall lath siding had failed and there was a large hole
in the wall behind the pulpit. It was unable to be seen from the window that we looked
in, which was quite high and only facilitated a higher view of the interior of the
Church. Rats and squirrels had damaged a lot of the interior items including a sizeable
stack of Hymnals. Rat feces and urine stench added to the unpleasantness. We later
realized that the westerly door had been eaten through at the bottom and every varmint
in Milam County had free rein of the place. Beth had to sit in the pew where she last
sat 45 yrs. ago.
The ceilings showed signs of small roof leaks, which will only get bigger. The future
does not bode well for this old 1899 church. Unfortunately, I don't even have the time
to repair the considerable damage to the back wall and door anymore.
I'm afraid that we'll have to check the Tracy Church off our future MCHC meeting place
Jack and Beth
Photos by Jack & Beth Brooks