Sunday, June 21, 2015

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, 2015 by Johnny Kilgore

On this day, June 21 there will be more daylight than on any other day of the year.  It is fitting that Father’s Day and the “longest day of the year” co-exists.    The sun rises and sets each day, consistent in its role.  The sun is reliable and effective in providing warmth, light, and beauty to our lives, as well as providing order in our universe.    Fathers provide similar roles in our personal lives—consistency, warmth, order, dependability, and direction.  But most of all they provide love.  

I pay tribute to my father, Cecil Kilgore—father to Johnny, Mike, Rebecca and Ricky.  Daddy was a great man, and I don’t think I realized how great, until after his death in 2012.  He is now gone to Glory, leaving behind the best of memories, as well as an appreciation of what it means to be a father. 

Just like my father, the “Kilgore Cousins” clan has many fathers who were and are terrific men.  I use both the past and present tense verbs because many are  living examples of what it means to be a “daddy”, while others are in Heaven right now.   Whether married into the family or naturally born, the fathers within our family have all been cut by the same cloth.  I have the fondest remembrances of the men who were fathers of all our cousins.  It is great to be a part of such a distinguished group.

I share some personal photos.  I regret that I cannot post a photo of all extended family Kilgore fathers (Kilgores, Gordon, Sherer, McKeever, Spain, Chadwick, McKleroy),  but I do not have access to such a large array of pictures that  would allow me to do so.  Happy Father's Day!

John Wesley Kilgore, Patriarch of the Family
Father of nine children

Cecil W. Kilgore, youngest son of Papa Kilgore
Father of four children

Johnny W. Kilgore, oldest child of Cecil Kilgore
Father of two children

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