Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father’s Day 2013

One hundred and ten years ago my daddy was born. He was #1 of  or 12 children. He was christened Frank Benjamin Darnell.  His dad admired the James Brothers, to many southerners on farms, the James Boys were heroes. So dad was named after Frank James. The next son was named Jesse .momanddad - Copy

Over the years my dad changed his name (Unofficially) to B.F. or Benjamin Franklin Darnell. He was known to say my name is Benjamin Franklin Thomas Jefferson Roosevelt Darnell. It was odd that a man named after Frank James would  become a fundamentalist Preacher, but he did. Dad was a good man. Honest to a fault and  was always successful as a minister/pastor but NEVER took credit for the successes. His mantra was, “You can accomplish much, if you care not who gets the credit.” He practiced that. There are at least a million good things I could say about him, but suffice to say he was to be admired and emulated.

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I wish he could have lived to see me settle down and ‘amount to something’, as he would have put it.

Then there was Wiley Aaron Harris, Sherry’s dad. Also a good man, and very handsome. He was born the year before my daddy. Along with his wife Susie worked in cotton mills all their lives and raised a good family. Wiley was also an honest man.  Wiley was somewhat different from most cotton mill workers in the mid 1900’s, Wiley was a Republican when 95% of his peers were Democrats, however he admired FDR, a Democrat.  He lived to see a change in the workers as many more felt the Democrat party had left them and switched parties.

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He was working in a Cotton mill when he was 10-12 years old.

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I never heard either Wiley or Susie complain about working in the mills as kids. They knew from experience, that the farm kids were working in the barns and fields to help the family survive also.

These men lived to see the Automobile, air plane, and see us reach the moon. Life has changed even more since these men lived, but the morals of these men should still be admired.

Happy Father’s Day Dad, I miss you.  I miss you too, Wiley Aaron.

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There will always be a need for true men and honest.


Wiley’s family never had a family car, they walked or took the bus. As long as I can remember my dad had a car. The first I remember was this 1941 Chevrolet.

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Oldest brother Odis and Me. Shirl and I were sort of a second brood.




Lucy said...

Your father saw you become someone to be proud of where ever he is. Great pictures. I don't have very many like that. You have done very well for yourself and proud of you and Sherry's dad would be proud of bith of you.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Our fathers did see a lot of changes in their lives for sure. The coming generation will probably even see more of them. Hope you enjoy your special day there!

shirl72 said...

We had a good example to grow
up with. Our Dad was loved by
everyone. Today Someone will say
I loved your Dad he was a great
man. Wiley was also a good father.

Mevely317 said...

Happy Father's Day, Jack!
I suspect these HEART-felt tributes to father and father-in-law have your pop n' Wiley bustin' their coat buttons "upstairs."
How blessed you and Sherry were to have loved and been loved by these gentlemen.

Chatty Crone said...

Nice tributes to both of your fathers. You seem to look not like your dad and Sherry seems to look like her dad - from what I see. Am I right or wrong? And nice words to say about both! sadnie

Anonymous said...

Now plenty of people want credit when they have barely done anything at all.

Happy Father's Day to you & both your Dads.

Fred Alton said...

Happy Father's Day, Jack! Sorry - but I've been off the blog lately while these Hospice nurses start their work. I'm sure your Dad was proud of you before he passed into Heaven, home of the saints and angels. I'm proud to say I know you and that you are a good friend. Did I tell you that Flavous M. called me last week? Had a wonderful chat with him.