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June 15, 2023

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Children didn't want classmates to know Dad was a janitor From Rob Staley's family Merriam-Webster Dictionary defi nition of father is man who has begotten a child. The Collins Dictionary simply defi nes a father as a male parent defi ned in the Collins. President Obama once said "Any fool can have a child, but that doesn't make you a father. It's the courage to raise a child that makes you father." The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams, and aspirations he set not only for himself, but for his family. My siblings and I are extremely privileged, honored and blessed to have Rob Staley, as a father. As I refl ect on our childhood the one thing that was unweaving, and constant was being raised in a Christian home. There was no doubt that we would go to church every Sunday (sometimes twice a Sunday) no matter what. But before heading out to church, Dad would call all together, for family prayer. Continued on page 3. A first Father's Day without their Dad From the daughters of the late O.A. Fish Last Father's Day was tough. We had just lost our Dad a few weeks prior, so we were still mourning. However, as we approach this Father's Day, we are better able to be the girls our father raised us to be, full of faith and hope for the future. Some of our earliest memories include riding bikes with Dad around our Washington DC suburban neighborhood. Barbara on her fi rst three- speed, racing ahead, Cheryl cruising in and out of driveways on her banana seat, Kim strapped to a metal seat in front of Dad and Lisa balancing on the back seat. Dad made sure we knew how to be good neighbors. As we rode our bikes through the neighborhood, we stopped often to talk with each one that was outside. Because of his fl ying schedule (Eastern Airlines pilot) we learned to expect him to be gone on birthdays and holidays. Oh, the joy of Christmas at 3 a.m. before he left for a fl ight. Many birthdays were celebrated on the closest weekend he had off. And, he always gave us a box of chocolates on Valentine's Day. Even after we each married, sometime during the week of Valentine's, he would still deliver a candy heart box to each of us. Over the years, he would apologize for the shrinking number of chocolates but always remind us that he was our fi rst Valentine. Continued on page 3. Treat people the way you want to be treated and don't park on my grass From Bill Childers' daughter Abbe My dad has always been a man of few words. The few which included "because I said so" taught me early on not to ask why as much. Never boisterous, but fi rm, yet gentle. A very handsome man from humble beginnings on the Caroleen Mill hill, he graduated from Tri-High School, married my mom, served in the United States Army, and had his 19th birthday while serving in Korea. Daddy then attended college, and worked in construction, before joining Duke Power Company until his retirement. For the most of my childhood all it took was a look from him. You know, "the look." I may, or may not, have gotten that look quite often; or maybe he was looking at my brother. I seem to have a memory lapse on that. However, he rarely raised his voice, but his vibe was very clear. He worked long hard days to provide for his family. We had everything we needed and most of what we wanted. We were blessed. I once asked my mom if daddy ever brushed his teeth. She laughed and said "why yes, Abbe." It turned out I just never saw him because he left for work long before we ever got up in the mornings and most days he didn't return until we were in bed again. That's the plight of construction/utility jobs with long hours and travel. Continued on page 3. __________________ Even a 3 day vacation was a world of fun From Steve Moore's son Shawn Moore My father Steve Moore always told me and my two brothers that no one was going to give us anything in life, that we had to work for what we received in life. My father started Moore's Auto Sales in 1981 and I have pretty much been around the car business my whole life. He taught us that we were to treat people like we would want to be treated in business and in life. When I was a kid, my father always made sure we would get to go to Myrtle Beach for a family vacation even if it would only be for three days, but those three days sure were fun for us. After all these years he still comes in to work six days a week along with his best friend Gracie, who is a ten year old beagle. Our family is lucky to have a man like him who has always made sure we had what we needed in our lives. 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Great Selection Great Selection Our 31 st Year • Over 25,000 Weekly Readers Article by Jean Gordon. (Writer's Note — Children of Steve Moore, Bill Childers, Rob Staley and the late O.A. Fish, share these memories and lessons learned from their dads. Happy Father's Day to every person celebrating on Sunday, June 18. We appreciate you.) Celebrating with our fathers Celebrating with our fathers this Sunday, June 18 this Sunday, June 18 Sunday, June 18 Rob Staley with son David. Bill Childers with his son Chili Childers and daughter Abbe Byers. An Eastern Airlines pilot, O.A. Fish with his family. Shawn Moore and dad Steve Moore.

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