Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!











I love my daddy dearly! He is the most admired man I have ever known, not only by his family, but by his friends, employees, and strangers. He will be 83 this summer and he is still going strong. He has always been a hard worker but also believes in playing hard. His first job was at the age of 5 when he went door-to-door selling household supplies (he can still recite the sales pitch he gave each person as they opened their door to him!)

He dropped out of high school and lied about his age in order to join the Air Force. He served his country with pride for four years, returned to marry my mom, his sweetheart since age 10, raised 3 children, graduated from Birmingham Southern College, and worked for U S Steel for 23 years. He then worked for Jefferson County as Manager of Data Processing and retired from there. He is still working daily at the company (S&W Minicomputers, Inc.) that he founded with his business partner in 1978. He has always loved gardening and animals and the beach and traveling and most of all, his family. He probably won't read my blog, but I just want to say that I am so very proud to be the daughter of this wonderful, generous, loving man! I am so blessed!


7 comments:

Joanne Thieme Huffman said...

Delightful pictures and loving words for your father. I hope he checks your blog this one time.

Joanne

Karen Owen said...

What a lovely tribute for your Dad! He seems like an amazing man. I love the paratrooper photo, and the beach photo of your family is wonderful.

Moonwillow said...

How wonderful for you that you still have your Daddy to share life. Your very lucky. I so enjoyed the photo's and the story of his life. Give him a hug from me! here is one for you too hugs.

audrey h. said...

Hi Jackie......this blog post is so touching. Love the pics you showed and I can tell you have so much love for your dad in the words you wrote :)

p.s. thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a great comment for me.

Aileen said...

Great pictures Jackie! What a great guy your dad is and how lucky you are :-))

kathy mc said...

Very sweet story. My father lied about his age to join the Marines. Men we're very different back then.
Thanks for sharing.

christygrant said...

How sweet, Jackie. I loved seeing the vintage photos and current one of your dad. I also loved the one of you in your wedding dress. How beautiful!