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!