A Tribute to Daddy
Twenty eight months after my father was born his mother passed away.
Before her death she was so ill that she stayed with her mother in
Tennessee while her husband worked on the railroad
in Kentucky. While she was sick and after she died a young woman helped my grandfather
with the 4 children she left behind.
My grandfather remarried when Daddy was 13 and they moved to the small town where my
mother lived. While in high school he acquired the name “Star” since he was a star on his tiny high school
It was there he met mom. They got married when both were 19 while Daddy
served in the Navy during WWII.
After his Navy stint was over Daddy built several houses
around the small central KY town he lived in. A son and daughter were born and he opened
a gas station/grocery store. He worked from 7:30 a.m. till 7:30 p.m. most days.
Later after we left home he got his real estate license and worked in that field until he became
disabled from a heart attack and emphysema. This is why I hate smoking. His doctor smoked like
a freight train and never encouraged him to quit. To this day I believe his death was caused
by him beginning to smoke at age 12 and the Camels he smoked that had no filters. If my father
had any vices it was the smoking and playing the horses.
When he could get away from work
he would go to the horse races at Churchill Downs, Keeneland, River Downs, or Ellis Park.
He took Mom to Tampa every winter for 2 weeks so they could bet on horse racing at Tampa
Daddy loved the small Christian church that he attended whenever he could. I
remember him counting how many people were in attendance each Sunday. You can view
a sampling of his handwritten records here.
Daddy was firm with my brother and me. He never spanked me, but I knew he would if I
needed one. He taught us to be honest, loyal, and to work hard. He disliked a liar and
anyone who wouldn’t pay their bills. Loving my mother and showing her the respect a man
should show a woman was one of his attributes. He didn’t curse or run around with
women. Daddy loved to tease and had such a sunny disposition.
He was a wonderful dad who I miss every day. Here’s to you Daddy, I love you. Thank you for loving your family
Love from your daughter aka Mrs. B