My Father… the original Coastal Traveler

My father passed away 2 weeks ago at the age of 87. He lived a full life, surviving the great depression, serving his country in world war II as a radio operator on ships crossing the Atlantic and then again in his 60’s on commercial ships in the persian gulf war. In between he and my mother raised a family of 5 children.

This Saturday November 22nd it will be an honor to tell my fathers story at his memorial service. These photographs remind me not only of his interesting and diverse life but of the Godly legacy that he left behind. I will be sharing that Legacy at 11am at Birchman Baptist Church.

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith – Billy Graham

My dads parents and my grandparents, east Texas

My dads parents and my grandparents, east Texas

My dad joined the service at age 16 in World War II

My dad joined the service at age 16 in World War II

My beautiful mom and dad

My beautiful mom and dad

My Dad, the tall guy in the center, being ordained as a baptist minister

My Dad, the tall guy in the center, being ordained as a baptist minister

My guitar playing dad and my smiling sisters Cynthia and Linda and brother Richard

My guitar playing dad and my smiling sisters Cynthia and Linda and brother Richard

Dad baptizing my brother Darrel

Dad baptizing my brother Darrel

Dad baptizing me

Dad baptizing me

My dad was "ahead of his time" with his bus ministry

My dad was “ahead of his time” with his bus ministry

My dad fishing at Daingerfield State Park with Marshall

My dad fishing at Daingerfield State Park with Marshall

The Mercy Ship that my dad was the radio operator on.

The Mercy Ship that my dad was the radio operator on.

My father, on board the Anastasis Mercy Ship as a radio operator.

My father, on board the Anastasis Mercy Ship as a radio operator.

Fathers day

Fathers day

Fahers day

Fathers day

Dad and Carissa

Dad and Carissa

Matthew and my Father

Matthew and my Father

Father and Linda and Cynthia

Father and Linda and Cynthia

Christina and my father

Christina and my father

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2 thoughts on “My Father… the original Coastal Traveler

  1. Thank you, Ronnie, for putting this together. I can see that It took a lot of time and thought. We are so blessed to have this legacy. What a difference it would have made in the lives of so many children if they had a Christian Daddy. Even when our Daddy was away we always new that he was there for us. I always felt that he was proud of me and of all his children. Linda

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