1. He had big feet --- size 13 – D and long arms - dress shirt sleeve length 35-36 inches. He was a well proportioned, big man, 6ft 4 inches.
2. Obviously, he preferred his clothes to be tailor made. A wonderful tailor, Edgar Gay, had a shop near 10th, on Peachtree St., where he made some of Dad’s nice clothes. My Aunt Georgia made some of Dad’s khaki pants.
3. He liked stewed okra, especially when simmered with fresh homegrown tomatoes and corn cut from the cob. Just add butter or bacon fat, salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar.
4. He liked big horses and always named every horse he had Dan.
5. In later years, he played lots of golf. He played the Augusta National a few times, thanks to a friend of my husband, Tony.
6. At Atlanta’s First Baptist Church, he was a once a month usher for over twenty years.
7. On Sunday evenings, he liked to go to First Methodist to hear his old baseball playing friend, Dr. Pearce Harris, preach.
8. His two favorite songs were, Danny Boy , and I'd Rather Have Jesus. I sang both for him many times. He also really liked, I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time.
9. He did not swear, smoke, or drink alcohol. He really enjoyed sweet iced tea with lots of fruit juice. Mother sweetened the tea with saccharin, a sugar substitute, that sometimes had a bitter taste but hers did not. He finally started drinking coffee in about his fifties, I think.
10. Dad was kicked out of the little Baptist church, up in Cherokee County, Ga. because he went to a dance one Sat. night. I don’t know how he felt at the time but in later years, he thought it was funny.
11. Connie Mack had Dad take dance lessons and boxing lessons the entire five years he was in Philadelphia. Tap dancing was his favorite.
12. He enjoyed working with his hands, especially with beautiful wood. He built our entire pine dining room set: table to seat 12, big china cabinet, serving table, small corner hanging cabinet. And 2 long benches. They purchased 2 large chairs with cane seats for the ends.
13. He and my brother, Bob, cut down a big cherry tree from our back yard. They had it finished into boards and built a lovely cherry bed.
14. Dad enjoyed reading children’s books to us, at night. Swiss Family Robinson was one he especially liked.
15. At baseball games when he was pitching, we were never allowed to sit where he would look right at us when he started to throw. He said he simply could not throw a ball at us.
16. Recently, my brother Don reminded me that if one really needed to talk with Dad, the trick was to help him clean up the kitchen after dinner. He washed and we dried … and talked. My parents never owned a dishwasher.
17. Dad said that when Mother cooked a big meal she dirtied every pot and pan in the kitchen. So he tried to keep ahead of her plus he did all the heavy lifting.
18. When I was about ten or twelve, I was as tall as I am now. One day, Dad walked into my room and laid his big 45 pistol on my bedside table. He said "This pistol is loaded. If anybody bothers you, shoot them." No one bothered me …. I was home alone a lot because my mother worked.
19. He was not a good swimmer. The only place he and his siblings had to swim was in the river which could contain anything from tree limbs to water moccasins. He did a sort of large dog paddle but he swam well enough to be safe in the water. He was pleased that his children were good swimmers.
20. My dad gave my small mother a little shot gun and made sure she knew how to use it. She was an excellent shot. I kept the same size shotgun in my kitchen pantry for years, loaded of course. He firmly believed in women being taught to take care of themselves.
21.Bing Crosby’s relaxed manner of singing absolutely delighted him. He and I always watched White Christmas on Christmas Eve.
22. My parents always spent Christmas Eve with us. For dessert each year I served vanilla ice cream with green Crème de Menthe poured on top. Dad loved that sauce and often told me to give the recipe to folks. We never told him it was alcoholic.
23.Dad was a great fan of the Atlanta Zoo. He started taking my kids there when they were quite small. He said they always went to the monkey house first. That way, if the kids got tired, he still got to visit the monkeys.
24. Dad went to Berry College, in Rome,Ga. but did not graduate. He’d always wanted to be a medical doctor but his dad thought he should just stay home and farm. He’d have been a fine doctor, highly intelligent and compassionate.
25. For a couple of winters when he was home from playing ball, he taught school in a one room schoolhouse, out in the country. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching , especially the overgrown boys who thought they were too big for school. He was proud of the fact that he was able to make learning interesting for them. He taught me all the math I know.
26. Dad worked two years past his retirement, at Lockheed. It took two years for him to teach two Ga.Tech grads how to do his very tedious job of planning the wires and other things that went into the nose of the planes. The only full day of work he ever missed was my UGA graduation because it was in the daytime, in Athens.
On the few occasions in my life when I have needed reminding how much JESUS loved me, I thought of how much my dad loved me and our heavenly FATHER’S perfect love became clear once again.