He lost his precious class ring in Oklahoma. So how did a woman in Thomson find it?

Thursday, March 6, 2019
News 12 at 6 O'Clock

THOMSON, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- It's a precarious thing. How finding something so small could change the world.

Or rather how it changed Coy Sullivan's world, thanks to Anne Caldwell.

"We live in a world that has so much badness going on in it," Caldwell said. "Sometimes when you watch the news, you don't want to watch the news."

Well, Caldwell has made the news a little brighter today.

Caldwell found a missing ring in a drawer she was cleaning at her Thomson home. In a News 12 interview, sitting in High Rail Restaurant, Caldwell proudly kept the ring placed in front of her. It rested on the neatly folded napkin, right next to the salt and sugar, as she shared the unlikely ‘lost & found’ story.

The ring engraved with the initials C.S. had been lost for 58 years. C.S stands for the name of the man who owned it—Coy Sullivan lost it after graduating from Weatherford High in Oklahoma.

"It was quite special to me," Coy Sullivan told the CBS affliate KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City.

When Caldwell, 74, found the ring at her home in 2017, she did not know just how special the 1960s gold class ring was to Sullivan.

"And I thought, 'Hmm,' I thought about the Internet," Caldwell said.

Caldwell was ready to find the ring's rightful owner, who'd been seeking it all this time more than 1,000 miles away in Oklahoma. She started her investigation. It led her to the superintendent of schools in Oklahoma City. It was the superintendent who eventually found out the ring belonged to Coy Sullivan.

No one is quite sure how this happened. But Anne's mother-in-law worked at a local laundromat in Oklahoma. Sullivan says he used that laundromat many years ago. He thinks he maybe left the ring in his pocket and somehow Anne's mother-in-law got hold of it before she moved to Thomson, where she later died.

Four states divide the man who lost the ring and the woman who discovered it.

But the two have learned just how alike they are: aging got tougher. Pain hit harder. Loss became stronger.

So, if a little ring can mend some of it, so be it.

"Oh, I just felt so happy that, you know, he was going to get it back," Caldwell said.

So, Caldwell mailed it off to Oklahoma -- a symbol of what's still right in the world.

The ring is scheduled to be delivered by Friday. That’s plenty time ahead for Sullivan to prep for his high school class reunion this summer.