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Christian Words & Works closing after 40 years

Lufkin, Texas (KETK) - Many folks in Lufkin know the Christian Words & Works bookstore.

After 40 years the owners are finally retiring and they plan to close the store on the same day that it opened, August 1st.

"We enjoyed it all these years but time runs away from you after a while," said Bill Mead, Owner.

After four decades, Christian Words & Works is closing its doors.

Owners Bill, who will turn 90 next week, and Bonnie Mead have decided it's time to hang it up and retire.

"We opened the store August 1, 1978 so we're celebrating 40 years in a way by closing it August 1st," said Bill Mead.

The Meads opened the store shortly after leaving a job in New York.

"We decided New York wasn't our place to be," said Bill Mead. "The Lord told us to open up a Christian book store and we've enjoyed every minute of it ever since."

Bonnie Mead says the store was they're journey, and when they're gone someone else can open another store and start their journey.

"Like God had Moses in the wilderness for 40 years and we've had our 40 years," said Bonnie Mead. "So we're calling our journey and celebrating rather than being sad to close it."

The employees here don't like to have titles like "manager" or "assistant manager" instead, they like to call themselves family.

"It's my husband and I, my dad, and my granddaughter and another lady so it's kind of like family," said Cheryl Arnold, employee. "They're great, we've always gone to church with them for a long time so we knew when we came here they were great people. They love The Lord, this has been there mission right here at the store for 40 years."

In their time with the store the meads were able to travel the world and make a lot of friends.

Now that it's over they only want one thing.

"Go home and rest for a while," said Bill Mead.

"Take care of each other now, it's time," said Bonnie Mead.

And seek the rest they have earned.

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