Written Monday, March 31, 2008”
What are your father’s best traits? His worst? The traits you share?
“My father was different. Not gentle and kind like my mother. I was always afraid of him. My mother’s maiden name was Berry and he would say my brother, Deaton, and I were just like the Berry’s. It didn’t bother me because I was just as afraid of Grandma McCray as I was my Dad.
“I do know that he had a brilliant mind. If he needed a part for something, he was overhauling and he couldn’t buy one anyplace, he just made his own. Our son, Jim, had those same qualities.”