Dog tag and service picture found in Guntersville thrift shop goes back to family

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Earlier this week, we told you about a special find at a Guntersville thrift shop, run by Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd’s Cove.  Staff found a dog tag and a service picture tucked away together in among other donations. The agency wanted to track down the family the items belong to, and it did.

The thrift shop in Guntersville is always busy, and as it is a  source of supplemental funding for the non-profit agency, that’s beneficial.

Recently, among the hundreds of donations, the staff here found something special: a dog tag with the name James Brothers on it, placed with a service picture.

The staff knew it was special and set out to find the owner. After some searching, they found James’ youngest brother, Lowell Brothers.

To get the dog tag back in the family, well, it’s special.

“More than you would believe,” Lowell Brothers says.

From the Marshall County area Lowell says he looked up to James, who served in the Air Force. “I went to engineering school because he went to engineering school,” Brothers explains.

When he got the call from the agency’s staff, it meant a lot.

“Surprisingly I’m the personal representative of my brother’s estate. He passed away a little over a year ago,” Brothers says.

During the process boxes of donations were dropped off here by family.

“Apparently the dog tag was in one of those boxes,” Brothers explains. A definite mistake Brothers says, because it’s special. The dog tag will go to James’ immediate family.

As for the service picture, it’s not James, but Brothers believes the man pictured is distant family. He plans to ask family to confirm that.

Brothers says just this adds to the work Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd’s Cove does for the area.

“I’d like to express my appreciate and thanks to Hospice of Marshall County,” Brothers says, “God’s going to bless them.”