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  1. #1
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    Dec 2006
    Oliver Springs, TN

    Today would have been ....

    my grandfather's 100th birthday. Stomach cancer got him in '99. He had just had bypass surgery and the doc told him he didn't see any reason he shouldn't reach 100. A year later he was gone.

    He was one of the greatest men I ever knew. He was loving, kind, and patient beyond belief. He was the pastor of the church I grew up in for 30 years. He was the youngest of 13 kids. He went in the coal mines to work when he was 14 and was a miner for over 40 years. He got his high school diploma in his late 20s through night school. He never said it, but he would have loved to have gone on to college. He always encouraged education and is the only reason I attended my graduation from college. I think he was more excited than me. He was one of the smartest, most level headed men I have ever known. He was an author of two books about the Bible and he also composed music. His knowledge of the Bible was amazing. He could quote a verse pertaining to any situation. He was married to my grandmother for more than 60 years. That in and of itself was a feat. She could be trying to put it nicely! She was one of those beat first and ask second types. I guess with 4 boys of her own (7 total) and about 10 grandsons that's what you had to do.

    As I take my journey through life and am faced with the situations that we all face, I often think what would paw have done. He taught me how to be a man, how to treat people, and how to love your family.

    Thanks for letting me share.
    Last edited by John Daugherty; 12-12-2011 at 02:31 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Thank you for sharing. I have not yet met you face to face, but our online discussions and pms, your Grandfather's example shines through thru you. Are your Grandfather's books still available?

    Oh and Happy Birthday John's Paw!!!!!! We know where you are!

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    sounds like he was a fine man and his values and teachings will live on threw you and others john
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  4. #4
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    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Thanks for sharing John memories are a wonderful thing and you sure have great ones

  5. #5
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Sounds like a great man. I hope my family will remember me as fondly
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  6. #6
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    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Grandpa's are the best, kudos on having what sounds like a great one!

  7. #7
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    Apr 2010
    North of Reno, NV...middle of the desert
    You are so lucky to have been blessed with such a great grandpa. I had a pretty good one too. These are the true celebrities in life.

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