MALLORY, W.Va. — When Connie Parsons’ family found her mobile home was approaching a state of being beyond repair, a plan was formed to build her a new home.
During an interview with the Logan Banner, Parsons’ brother, John Hawkins, explained the family got together and decided how they would draw on each other to complete the project.
Hawkins is a retired police officer who now lives in Dayton, Ohio, and he commented he has devoted much of his time in retirement to acting as a low-cost builder for families who cannot afford contractors.
Hawkins noted the conception of the idea came from a conversation with his sister saying, “I made contact with her this past summer…We were sitting around the table and she told me she would like to have a new house. When I asked her what kind of house she was looking at she said, ‘I would like to have a tiny house. The kind like you see on TV.’”
When Parsons’ son offered part of his property as the site of the new micro home, Hawkins began looking to his contractor friends back in Ohio for leftover and unneeded supplies.
Over the last year, four loads of material were taken from Ohio to W.Va. “We started out with the foundation, we went from there to framing…to the roof…to the siding…to the windows and doors. Right now we are at the stage of doing all the drywall work. I’ve gotten donations from people who have known Connie and people who have seen it on my Facebook page and offered to buy materials that could not be donated,” added Hawkins.
Recently Parsons moved in with her son while her new home awaits completion.
Hawkins added, ”…Teresa and Doug Workman, Walter Hawkins, Linda Hawkins, Bernon Hawkins, Bob Hawkins and all of my brother and sisters pitched in and did something for this house.”
When asked about the project to build her home, Parsons responded, “I am thankful for my family and to the Lord for making a way for it. I am just so thankful the Lord made a way for it.”
The home is expected to be complete by the end of January.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]