The video and profiles below are dedicated to fathers, surrogate fathers, grandfathers, and in a host of other capacities that strengthen families and communities. I pray that as the collection grows, we bless those who visit this page. This page is for you, the reader. The people you honor give life to this page. HONOR DADS is a part of an ongoing commitment to building galleries that celebrate special people in our lives. It joins other work underway, including HONOR MOMS, HONOR SIBLINGS, HONOR MENTORS, HONOR THE GROWING-UP YEARS, etc. Help us make HONOR DADS a success.
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Our Dedication for Fathers Day 2014
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For a Hero
Contributor: Lacy DeBerry (06/16/2013)
Relationship: * Brother
Honoring My Step-Father on Father's Day
Contributor: Pat Todd Ellis-Sims (06/15/2013)
Relationship: * Stepfather
My step-father loved my mother and me and my brother as his own. I loved him very much. We were very blessed to have him as a step-father. There was nothing he wouldn't do for us or our mom. He made sure everyone was taken care of.
He was the first Afro-American President of the Postal Union with the Post Office. He along with my mom, moved to Washington, D.C., to serve in this position until his term was over. He was a very humble man.
A little bit of me left when he passed away, but I know he is in heaven with our heavenly Father. Happy Father's Day Pop, I miss and love you.
Eddie W. Price
Contributor: Kenneth Price (06/15/2013)
Relationship: * Father
For nearly 50 years, dad and mom were like granite – worshiping together, owning own businesses, raising children, and yes enduring -- even the loss of children. To my sister, dad was a constant friend. And as girls do, she brought out the tenderness in a strong black man. To his sons, dad introduced the world of computer science that would inspire them to pursue the field. To his grandchildren, he would promote the necessity of education. And to his brothers, sisters, and many relatives, he would be everything from business investor, to caregiver, to spiritual leader, to problem solver. He cared for his family more than anything.
A bit on the conservative side, once dad threw away my visiting uncles' beer because he didn't want his children around alcohol. And while we loved playing sports, we talked less of that and considerably more about world events, economics, and the like.
Dad lived as a "servant leader". For instance, dad took extraordinary means of collecting bundles of discarded computer printout; periodically delivering them to recyclers. All to purchase a hydraulic van for his brother Junior, paralyzed by a senseless shooting. Dad underwent nearly 1,850 kidney dialysis treatments. But one such treatment I most remember took place during a drought several years ago. I happened to come home for lunch and while approaching my house, I noticed a truck on the front lawn. As I pulled it, there was dad, hauling soil in a wheel-barrel. A bit upset, I called out, "Dad, it’s 105 degrees out here. You just left dialysis. What are you doing? He turned slowly and said, "My son said he wanted a garden. I’m planting a garden for my son."
He loved us deeply. And yet, he emptied himself for others. Serving as a Big Brother. Sponsoring a girls’ softball team. Purchasing Bibles to give new church members. On and on, dad gave of himself.
In his last breaths, I held dad's head and whispered, "Thank you, it's been a good ride." The word "love" seemed inadequate. My eulogy of dad invoked John 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." I titled the eulogy "The Price of Friendship".
On this day, I’m still thanking you dad as my true friend.
Big Heart, Big Soul, Major Love for His Family, Especially His Daughters
Contributor: Karla Chenault Kennard (06/15/2013)
Relationship: * Friend
I have always loved your photo albums filled with loved ones and your family. The pictures of your girls reflect the depth of the love you have for them- so I include them in my Father’s Day note to you, on this day, to honor you, to say – you are such a great Dad. They are so blessed to have you. You dispense such love, wisdom and Spirit into them that they will no doubt be filled as every girl should be. From all the stories I’ve heard about them growing up – from meticulously combing hair, to keeping them up all night doing homework projects to instill a spirit of excellence and achievement, the best stories are the ones being made now, and yet to come in the years ahead. Here’s to you on Father’s Day. ENJOY your celebration with them. From my heart to yours. God bless.
With love, Karla
Clifford Rollison, Jr.
Like Father, Like Son
Contributor: Clifford Rollison, Jr. (06/15/2013)
Relationship: * Father
This man is one of the reasons I try to be the best father I can be. Although he died when mother was pregnant with me, I was left with alot to carry on. Loved his kids. Hard worker. Loved the lord, his church, and people. Sharp dresser.
Can I say ditto, me?
James William Todd
Father's Day Tribrute
Contributor: Pat Todd Ellis-Sims (06/12/2013)
Relationship: * Father
Love Always Your Baby Girl,
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