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"The Christmas memories forever live within me. Mama has the Christmas tree decorated beautifully & soon there will be the aroma of our favorite cocktail wienies, sausage balls, cheese balls, monster cookies & chex mix too. It's your 1st Christmas in heaven, and the only thing we will be missing is You! I pray to hear your laughter, and long to feel your joy on Christmas Eve. Your presence we will miss, but the "Love" you've given our family is the greatest gift I've ever received. Thank You Daddy!!!"
"Four months has passed since my Daddy was laid to rest. There are so many things He taught me over the years. I was fortunate to have lived at home with Mama, Daddy, and my Brother for two years before he passed away. One morning, I was complaining about being sore from a new part time job. Daddy told me to stop complaining and be "Thankful" because God woke me up and gave me another day. I knew He was right! Today I am so very Thankful for ALL things & try my best to complain MUCH Less!!!"
"I am so very Thankful for my 3 older sisters!!! Donna, Becky, & Marie & Little brother Bo!!! My Mama was pregnant once again & my Daddy told me if it was a little girl, I would no longer be the "Baby girl" anymore...But if it was a boy, I would still be his "Baby girl!" God gave our Family a BOY! Little did I realize just how much I would Learn from each Sister & felt so much Joy to finally have a Brother!!! Thank you God for Your Blessings!!!"
"This is one of my stories that my mom loves to tell.
I followed my Daddy around on his heels when he was home. He loved to be outdoors and so did I. I adored kicking around with him and watching him do his chores. I was only about 2 or 3 and when he mowed grass he made me stay on the porch. One day when he was mowing grass he suddenly turned off the mower and pulled it to the steps. I ran down the steps to see what had happened. He flipped the mower over and took a screwdriver to scrape the grass from under the mower. As I was very interested in what he was doing I didn't quite understand. So I asked. "Daddy, what are you doing with that "stew-biber"? My Mom and Dad got a chuckle out of my mischief and mis-pronunciation of the the word screwdriver. This was just one of the stories they held in their memory of Cute Things their children said... I love you Daddy and miss your sweet smile!"
"My daddy was known for his kindness to others. The only time he could say no was if it went against God's word. He believed in working hard for what you got & was willing to do whatever it took to make his way. Daddy taught me to be a giver not a taker and when life gets tough to hang in there cause it can't stay that way forever. He believed in God first, family next & whatever after that. You could see Jesus in daddy's tear filled eyes when he talked about the scriptures. One could tell he had an intimate relationship with Jesus when he spoke about his Savior. He had a strong desire to worship & attend church in honor the ONE who died for him. I am proud to say that I am the oldest daughter of Don Deaton Sr & I know without a doubt I'm going to walk on streets of gold with him one day. His legacy will live on in me until we meet again. My desire is to make my daddy proud & my heavenly Father even prouder. Daddy will be greatly missed by his family & loved ones."
"Hey Daddy.... I haven't been able to see you in your favorite recliner. I haven't been able to see you mowing the grass with your silly hat on and suncreen on your nose that "I know" mama made you put on. I haven't been able to drive up then walk up and talk to you about your garden as you water it. I haven't been able to call you and have you make me smile by some crazy comment you would make. I haven't been able to hug you smell you or get that kiss on the cheek. I miss you so much. As you look down upon me I hope I make you proud of the person I am and the person I will be.... I love you... Your Daughter, Marie"