16. Granddad

Dear readers, I admit, when the woman from the Downtown Presbyterian church said, “We never have crying babies on Sunday morning,” it was out of my mouth before I could stop it, “Do y’all have any babies in church on Sunday morning?”

Luckily, she thought that was funny.

To look at it, you would assume that the Downtown Presbyterian Church, if haunted at all, is haunted by the Civil War soldiers who died in it when it was used as a hospital.

But no, instead, it is haunted by an old man they affectionately call ‘Granddad’, with a kind of shambling way of walking, who is often seen sitting in the pew on Sunday morning or walking down the center aisle after the service, leaning over the ends of pews, as if picking up the bulletins and attendance pads left behind.

Some folks thought he wasn’t really a ghost, just a memory of an old usher that replays over and over, not able to interact with folks.

But one morning, a young mother was sitting in her pew, her baby in the carrier beside her on her right.  The baby, as babies often do, began to fuss.  The mother turned to her left to dig through her bag to get a pacifier when she heard the faint, but unmistakable sound of keys jingling.

And then, the baby laughed.

Of course, she assumed it was one of the other congregants, entertaining the baby, but when she turned to thank them, there was no one there.

4 thoughts on “16. Granddad

  1. Ooohhh … chill bumps!!!! Mr. Beale and I have attended services at Downtown Pres but this is the first I’ve heard of a ghost!

  2. I know! I asked everybody I know who attends the Downtown Presbyterian church if it was haunted and no one had heard any ghost stories about it and I thought, “How can this be? It’s a beautiful, old, creepy building.”

    So, I thought I’d give y’all a ghost, one that would be fun to go to church with.

    If anyone has heard any real ghost stories about the church, please spill.

  3. Next time I talk to Ken Locke, the pastor there, I’ll find out. Wish I’d know about this sooner, their church organist of many, many years just retired a month ago. She’d been there so long that if there were a ghost surely she’d know about it!

  4. I’m a member at DPC and haven’t heard tale of any ghost stories…yet. Pastor Ken Locke will probably deny that any exist, but I’m sure Tom Wills (on the board at the Belcourt, has attended the church since his youth) will know all. I’d say he’s your man.

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