My Daddy

My Daddy was the best.
Daddy had to quit school in the 8th grade
to help support his family.
But that was ok with him,
because he was the oldest child and times were hard.
He was the son of a sharecropper.
He wanted to help his Mama and Daddy in the best way that he could.

Daddy really wanted to finish school.
And someday he said his big desire was to become a school teacher.
But he never got that chance.
He then married my Mother and
they soon had a large family of 7 children.
No more school for Daddy.
He said he learned something new each day though.

But he did learn to become a finish carpenter,
and also owned and operated small farms.
He was a wonderful man that loved God first,
his wife second and then his children after that.
He loved to fish with his sons and daughters husbands.
And one of his brother in laws was very sick, but loved to fish.
So Daddy always took him fishing.
He always loved when his grown children brought their families back home.

Daddy loved his family so much.
We could never have ask for a better Daddy.
Like the saying goes, anyone can be a father.
But it takes a special man to be a Daddy !
And that is what he was, so special.
Always ready to help his family
in time of need and also anyone that he met.
I never met anyone that didn't like my Daddy.
He was a protective Daddy.
He was a hard worker,
as he said God blessed him with a large family
and it was his job to provide for them.

I have so many wonderful memories of Daddy.
I am so thankful for each one.
If we were bad, we did get a spanking,
not a beating, a spanking where God
gave him permission to give it to us !
He loved to talk about his Lord.
And to tell his children and grandchildren to give their heart to Jesus.
His Bible was always open and he read it daily.

I know that someday I will be going to Heaven,
and I will get to see Daddy again.
Daddy was a funny man too.
He loved to laugh and have a lot of fun.
He loved to stand up and talk about how much
he loved Jesus in his testimony at church.
He also loved to be in plays at church with him,
being Joseph, and holding the real baby
that would be baby "Jesus"..
You could make him smile so easy.

He was a real gentleman to everyone.
One thing that Daddy did teach us kids,
was to always try and find
something good in everyone.
He was a man of respect and
especially in front of ladies.
He didn't believe in being disrespectful.
Or talking bad.

I just can't say enough good about my Daddy.
If I sound like I am bragging about my Daddy.
I guess I am, he was a man to be proud to call Daddy.
Daddy is in Heaven now and
he is having a wonderful Father's Day
with his Heavenly Father.
Happy Father's Day Daddy
Happy Father's Day God !
I will see you soon!

Love Carolyn
June 16, 2002

Daddy sometime in the 1980's

Daddy in his retirement home where he lived
and walked across the street
to be with Mama in the nursing home.
He wanted to be close to her,
so he could go and sit with her
when he wanted too.
God Bless Daddy!
I miss you so much!
And our many talks in this room!

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