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“Get Off The Road You Old Coot!”

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“Get Off The Road You Old Coot!”

In the mid sixties, my mild-mannered father, the late Rev. Carl J. Ballestero, was preaching in Fort Worth, Texas for Rev. C.W. Shew, a well-known and colorful pastor.

66sidedarkbigBrother Shew preferred his guest ministers to chauffeur him, in his own car. His car of choice for many years was a black Chrysler Imperial.

One evening on the way to service, my father was driving on a two-lane country back road behind a slow moving car driven by an older gentleman. The driver’s slowness irritated Brother Shew.

Every mile on the road was marked by an intersection with a traffic light. At one of the stop lights, the lanes changed from two lanes to four.

At the light, they pulled up along side of the slow-moving car. Brother Shew looked at the old man and rolled his window down.

“Get off the road, you old coot!” He hollered, and then rolled his window back up in time for the light to change.

At the next traffic light, the old man again pulled up beside their car. This time, my father rolled Brother Shew’s window down and said to him, “Now, Brother Shew, invite that man to Sunday School!”

All Brother Shew could say was, “Aw, Doc!”


Does Your Conduct Sabotage Your Witness?

Written by Martyn Ballestero

December 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

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  1. i remember the black mariah.also have a fond memory of both of those precious men of GOD.if my memory serves me right,i wasthere when that little episode happened. one of many.

    rick malone

    December 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    • I know that wasn’t a ‘one time’ episode. Yet, we all saw his gruff exterior break down from time to time, and him cry openly. We both have wonderful memories, (and a few we’d like to forget.) 🙂

      Martyn Ballestero

      December 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      • amen and amen to both statements.still we learned quite a bit under both mens ministry.49 years later and still in the church.established on the rock by men such as elders shew,ballestero,caviness,alvear,duke,bean, burr,buie and a multitude of others.not to mention your preaching and also dude caviness.keep up the good and prayers to you and yours

        rick malone

        December 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm

  2. Thanks for some “old” memories. I have a few of Elder Shew when we’d take him to MI to fish. 🙂

    Mark S McKinney

    December 10, 2012 at 7:50 pm

  3. Because Elder Shew had one, must have been the reason for my late great-grandfather to own one as well? lol I have heard lots of stories of Bro. Shew throughout the years as my grand-parents came up under Pastor Sipes in Bedford, IN., who had Bro. Shew & Bro. Cavnass preach at their local assembly quite often. I have nothing but respect for these great men of God!

    Brian Enochs

    December 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm

  4. Marty, I remember you from Stockton days, 1962-64. We live in the Fort Worth area where C.W. Shew has an illustrious and colorful history. Enjoyed your blog.
    Blessings!, Don Howard

    Don Howard

    December 11, 2012 at 10:27 am

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