That Silvered Haired Daddy Of Mine

Pap, Steve, and Tipper - early 70s.

Pap is the best father a girl or boy could have and I’m so very thankful he’s the one my brothers and I were given.

I’ve always been a Daddy’s Girl. On the few occasions Granny ask me to not tell Pap something-(usually something she had bought) I ran and told him before he could even get in the door.

Why I love my Daddy

My Daddy is wise

My Daddy is the hardest worker I’ve ever seen

My Daddy is the humblest man I’ve ever met

My Daddy is the kindest person I’ve ever known

My Daddy is strong on the outside & on the inside

where it matters most

My Daddy instills hope in me and all he speaks to

My Daddy delighted in his children & takes extra delight

in his grandchildren

I’m going to leave you with 3 random facts about my Silver Haired Daddy.

*I’ve never seen Pap in a pair of tennis shoes-only boots or loafers.

*Pap never spends any money on himself-his only splurge-guitar strings and snuff. He literally needs nothing.

*I remember one time begging and pleading with Pap to take me swimming-he had to go somewhere that evening to sing-I wouldn’t quit begging-Pap finally gave in and took his bath in the pond so I could swim.

Happy Fathers Day to all! I hope you’ll leave a comment and tell me 3 random facts about your Daddy.



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    October 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Three things about my Dad
    1. When we were growing up no matter what kind of day my dad had he always made time to get in the floor and wrestle with us kids.
    2. He loved us kids unconditionally. Even after he had to spank us and believe you me that was quite often at times. We always knew how much he loved us.
    3. I never knew my Dad to meet a stranger he just had a way where the moment you met him you became a friend. I loved this quality he just had the biggest heart of anyone I knew.

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    Sheila Bergeron
    May 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Your Daddy is a good Daddy- like mine was. He still is a right handsome feller. Tell Granny don’t get mad with me-She’s purty too. I still read your blog.

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    Sallie C aka Cybergranny
    June 19, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I love your blogging about your “Daddy”…Three things about my “Daddy”, who passed about 28 years ago…..
    1. Daddy was a quiet man with a very subtle sense of humor. He always made us laugh.
    2. He was a great story teller.
    3. He was always there for us. He built us swings, and made playhouse furniture for us.

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    June 22, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Your pap sounds like a good man!
    Here are three random facts about my Dad:
    He’s a musician.
    He’s steady.
    He quit a thirty year, pack a day smoking habit just because my boy asked him to.

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    June 20, 2008 at 9:39 am

    I love this post and your pap sounds so much like my dad. Although he passed away eighteen years ago it still tears at my heart and I miss him so much.
    My father always was the first to help anyone and was often out plowing the roads out for the the neighbors before he had to go to work.
    My father adored babies and little girls were the apple of is eye so you know where that left me and my sisters…..we could do not wrong.
    My father worked in construction so was on the road during the week and would often bring us surprises (little toys and such) when he came home for the weekends.
    Yikes…so much more.

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    Miss Cindy-Black Mountain, NC
    June 17, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    My Dad was smart.
    He was handsome.
    He was a great cook.
    My Dad was out of town when my son was born but he returned by the next day. I knew he was back when I heard him arguing with a nurse in the hall, demanding to see his grand son even though it was past visiting hours. He won the argument, he could be very persuasive!

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    June 16, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    I love your tribute to your Pap. And you know I love to talk about my Daddy, so thanks for this question. Three things: he had opinions and didn’t mind sharing them; he would do anything to help another human being; he loved his wife, his kids and his grandkids deeply. Oh, just one more, please? We miss him. That’s also a fact.

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    June 16, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    What a lovely post.
    My dad passed away almost two years ago. He was my closest friend. We were so much alike that we just understood each other.
    1. My dad was a music lover to the core. I went to more concerts with my dad than I did with all of my boyfriends and my husband combined. Our favorites were at the Down Home in Johnson City seeing Townes van Zandt, Gillian Welch, Doc Watson…
    2. My dad lived in the same town his entire life, except for a short stint in medical school. Even then, he never left the state. He was happy to be from the mountains and had no desire to leave. Even his vacations were to other places in the mountains.
    3. He was a mean softball player, and his first “date” with my mom was asking her to come watch him play church softball. What a romantic! I’m glad she married him anyway.
    Thanks for making me think about those old memories.

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    Julie O'Neill
    June 16, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    I loved this post Tipper. Your daddy is amazing!
    My 3 facts:
    1. His life was not about his agenda, but about his kids agenda. Many hours spent together playing football, soccer, or swimming in the backyard with us. Our weekends were not about him, but were about us.
    2. He is so gentle. My kids have not fallen asleep in anyone’s arms, other than their parents, except for this gentle man.
    3. He is a talker and a listner. Breakfasts at my daddy’s house often bleed into lunch. We just sit around talking about everything, filling up the coffee cup, until the morning turns into afternoon.

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    June 16, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    My dad built live steam locomotives for a hobby…my favorite engine was about 6’long and could pull 75 adults…he belonged to los angeles live steamers
    My dad could make anything, on a dare, he made me and my two sisters dresses…lord! was it ugly but it fit great and even had a zipper in it!
    My dad loved sushi…raw yellowfin tuna, especially after he and my late husband spent the day out on the beautiful pacific fishin
    I miss my day something fierce…I still cry for my daddy

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    Stacy A
    June 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Tipper, what a beautiful tribute to your pap! It is always evident in your posts how much your dad means to your family and to you.
    I have always loved my dad fiercely and wanted nothing more than to please him. He was only 22 when I was born, and in a way we grew up together. He was raised very strictly and thought that was the only way to make sure I did the right things. I think a lot of times parents forget that each child is different and learns and reacts to things differently. One of the ways I reacted to his very strict, distant parenting was to develop an eating disorder, in search for any sort of control over my life that I could find. Through treatment for my disease my dad realized it was a family problem, not just my own. He looked back to how he was raised and was able to see that much of what he thought was the only way was actually very dysfunctional. He has done everything he can to change and become a better father and man. Unfortunately I never lived at home again after that and held on to my anger against him for many years. About 5 years ago we all went on a trip to Australia. While there, I was able to see how he had become a great father, and we had many things in common. Holding on to that anger against him was only hurting myself and I was missing out on allowing him to be my father again and on what could be a great friendship.
    I have also tried very hard to see and learn about where he was coming from. He actually did everything he did out of love, just his methods did not work well with me. I am so glad I have let that anger go (mostly).
    Okay, after my long explanation as usual. Three things about my dad.
    1. He has a very strong and unwavering love and faith in God and Jesus Christ.
    2. He loves nature deeply and shares his knowledge and respect for it with his family.
    3. He taught me the value of hard work and that anything is possible if you are willing to put in the work required. (He is dyslexic and has a very difficult time with words and spelling but accomplished his dream of becoming a doctor though it took 13 long hard years!)

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    June 16, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Great post.
    Let’s see:
    My dad thinks the world revolves around his only grand child;
    He’s never known a stranger;
    He’s always helping people.

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    June 16, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Your Dad sounds great and I love the pictures.
    My Daddy made each of his 7 kids think they were his favorite.
    When I was little he would fix me a peanut butter and jelly biscuit every night before I went to bed.
    He worked before sun up to after sun down to feed and clothe his large family.
    And I miss him…

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    June 16, 2008 at 6:11 am

    What a lovely post! Three random facts about my Dad?
    He drinks waaay too much tea!
    He is a terrible procrastinator. (like father like daughter!)
    He made brillant sand-cars at the beach!

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    June 15, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Lovin’ the ‘do!
    My dad: THE Loudest Cheer-er at all cross country and track meets
    Had a classic case of the exaggerations which I never realized until high school when one of my friends said, “You know, your dad doesn’t know everything.
    Loves me fiercely

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    June 15, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Sounds like you love your Pap as much as I do mine. I look just like my Dad ~ so much so that in 1982 when I was attending a large conference of women in Michigan, a woman came up to me out of nowhere and asked if I was the daughter of “EHF” from Bedford, Indiana. I said “yes” and she told me she had gone to high school with my Dad and hadn’t seen him since graduation in 1945. I went to the phone and called my Dad and told him who I had just met and how she had said that I was the “spitting image” of my father. “I know, honey” my Dad responded, “and I am sooooo sorry!” 🙂 He is now 81 years old and everytime he introduces me to someone and they comment on how much we look alike, he still turns to me and says “I’m still sorry.” 🙂 He has a wonderful sense of humor and an enormously selfless heart. He is my hero!

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    Razor Family Farms
    June 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    I can’t participate in this one because I do not qualify but I can tell you three qualities that my husband (a great daddy) has:
    1. He saved his son from an embarrassing situation by distracting everyone and ushering his son out of sight
    2. He never teases
    3. He never lies (I hate when adults lie to children)

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    Jennifer in OR
    June 15, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    So sweet, Tipper! The picture of you and your dad is awesome. I wrote a short paragraph today about being “fatherless.” You know, I had a father, and when I was 12 or 13 years old, my parents separated, I moved to a different state with my mom, and I never lived with my dad again, and only saw him a handful of times after that before he died of lung cancer.
    But the childhood I had with him until that age, it was difficult. He was an alcoholic and a distant, often angry father with many of his own troubles. However, I’m learning, the older I get, that it’s wise to still search for the good things, and even pray for God to reveal some sweet forgotten moments. There’s a lot of healing in setting your mind to this, so here are three things about my dad:
    1. He was so very proud to be Appalachian.
    2. He loved to plant things, and most of his energy went into his black walnut grove.
    3. He was a carpenter by trade, and my memories are of him *always* wearing his white carpenter’s overalls, with hammer always hanging on his pants and nails in his pockets, ready to build.

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    June 15, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Tipper,
    Thanks for visiting my post today.
    Let’s see:
    1. My Dad helped build and then retired from a Kaiser Aluminium Plant.
    2. He loved his grandkids as if they were his own and the only girl held a special place.
    3. He thought about others more than himself and asked for nothing in return.
    Enjoyed reading about yours – those old photos look like many in our album 🙂

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    Fishing Guy
    June 15, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Tipper: Wishing Pap a wonderful Fathers Day, this was very special and well written.

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    Carolyn A.
    June 15, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Happy Father’s Day to your Pap and your Deer Hunter!
    My Dad was a hard working glass maker.
    He loved crabbing and fishing more than anything, except his family.
    He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.
    I once made a collage of pictures of my Dad for Father’s Day when I was about 15, and hand wrote this poem under it.
    His name ain’t on no tablets.
    In no park his statue stands.
    All his life he grubbed for wages,
    You could tell it by his hands.
    The wealth he’ll leave behind him
    Wouldn’t load a sardine can,
    But I would like thank him
    For just being my old man.
    – J.R.Williams
    He said it was the best gift I could have ever given him. Dad’s 81 now and he still loves it.
    Happy Father’s Day Dad!

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    June 15, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Happy Fathers Day, Pap and Deer Hunter!
    My Dad had the patience of Job.
    He loved to go fishing.
    He was 16 before he realized his middle name wasn’t “Getwood”.

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    noble pig
    June 15, 2008 at 10:28 am

    SO sweet Tpper.
    When I think of my Dad, who has now passed away…i remember his faith in God, his tendancy to always to the right thing and his honesty.

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    Dina in Jerusalem
    June 15, 2008 at 8:41 am

    You’re a might lucky girl and Pap’s a lucky Daddy.

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    The Texican
    June 15, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Your dad sounds a lot like mine.
    Country boy
    Hard working
    Family oriented
    Thanks for your wonderful post.

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