For Instance, whenever we visited him in Alabama we would stop by his job, and he would show us around. He was so proud and excited to take us on a tour. My granddad would introduce us to everyone on his job. They knew us by the stories and photos he shared with them. He had a big heart and helped others whenever he could. He was also a faithful believer in Christ; every morning he would get up at about 4:00 a.m. and pray over the house, our family and we went to church as a family. He also, loved to sing he wrote and produced his own gospel CD. After a near death experience with emergency open heart surgery, he titled the CD “Open Heart”. This was a tribute to the Lord for extending his life.
For example, as I was growing up he frequently recited Philippians 4...
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...hild to fulfill his wish for his grand kids. He would tell me,” he has two sons who earned high school diplomas, bachelor’s degrees, and masters’; but not a grandchild, so make me proud.” I realize he was speaking life and destiny into me. I have two younger siblings and a cousin, so it is my responsibility to carry this torch, be a role model for them and persevere hardships, even when I don’t think I can because, my grandfather says I can! Therefore, I will! If my grandfather was here today I would tell him in the words of Bette Midler: “It might have appeared to go unnoticed, but I 've got it all here in my heart. I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it. I would be nothing without you. Did you ever know that you 're my hero?
You 're everything I wish I could be. I could fly higher than an eagle, 'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.”
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