South's Greatest Dads of 2016 Winners
Down here, Pops is a little more likely to whip out the .22 caliber shotgun for cleaning when a boy comes to pick up his daughter for a date, but we all know that’s just his way of showing he cares. For a dad, sometimes providing for their child means teaching them to fend for themselves, to handle this crazy world we live in with character and to one day be a great dad themselves. For this issue, we asked you to tell us about the most outstanding fathers in out community. Now, the votes are in, and South magazine presents to you the South’s greatest dads.
Thomas A. Nash, Jr.
Take care of yourself spiritually, mentally and physically so that you can spend years of quality time with your children... These experiences make you realize that life is precious, especially the time spent with your family and children. I would encourage all dads to take care of themselves spiritually, mentally and physically, so that they can then care for those they love.
Live in the moment and enjoy your child/children for where they’re at in the present time. You’ll never get today back, so when you feel something else is more important, it isn’t. Know that you have the honor, ability and duty to raise a child who will contribute their talents one day as a partner, parent and professional themselves. The most important role of a father is to observe your child’s talents, encourage them to achieve their dreams through work ethic and education, and instill confidence in them to be a positive contributor to their future family and community.
Marion Gray Harkleroad, Jr.
My advice to all new dads is to lead by example. Be the best dad you can be and be a true example of fatherhood to your children. Let your children be themselves, make suggestions, give advice and ultimately let them grow into the person they are supposed to be. The most important role of a father is to be the example of fatherhood to your children, give your kids a genuine example to follow when it is their time to be a dad.
Lyon David Jemison
Sometimes, let your child lead you. You will be amazed at where you will go.
Your actions and words should set a good example for your children. Also, being involved in your child’s life is the single most important role as a father.