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Write down for the coming generation what the Lord has done, so that people not yet born will praise him. – Psalms 102:18

City Girl Meets Small-Town Boy at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church

“Finding Our Soul Mate”

By Carolyn and Fred Broce

Fred and Carolyn Broce on their wedding day and years later at Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta, GA.

On a Sunday evening in May of 1968, Fred drove to the Single Young Adults 8:07 LTD at Peachtree Road. Fred had attended before and enjoyed this special fellowship with other young people. This evening was extra special because it was here that he met Carolyn Young, who was attending for the first time.

There was a social before the start of the program which gave everyone a chance to become acquainted. Fred remembers, “I met and chatted with Carolyn and hoped to see her again. She told me that she had recently graduated from Emory University, and I had completed my studies at Tennessee Tech. Carolyn’s family joined the church in 1957. The next week I drove to the school and visited the library. I asked the young lady at the desk if she had a student directory and she handed one for me to keep. We have kept this special remembrance over the years. I found Carolyn’s name and phone number and called her that night. I invited her on a date, and she accepted! We both quickly discovered we had found our soul mate. We were married at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church on March 29, 1969, with Dr. Thomas A. Whiting officiating, and our reception was in the Great Hall where we had met.”

Carolyn recalls, “Our first date was to see the movie, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” at the Capri Theater in Buckhead located at the intersection of Peachtree and Roswell Road. Shoney’s was a few miles from the church, and we went for dessert – strawberry pie!”

Our daughter, Karen, married Frank May in the Moore Chapel on December 1, 2007, and his parents were married in the Sanctuary on April 13, 1963.

Peachtree Road United Methodist Church has always played a significant role in our family life beginning with the joy of raising our two children, Karen and Allen who participated in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Acolyte Service, Methodist Youth Fellowship, Cherub Choir, Cub Scouts, and Sports. We have been involved on the Administrative Board, Audio Committee, Blazers Sunday School Class, Journey Together Bible Study, Seasoned Saints, Altar Guild, and the Centennial Celebration Committee. We feel especially privileged and heartfelt to archive the beautiful and sacred treasures of our beloved church and are grateful for the many blessings we have shared and cherished through the years.