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January 14, 2018
I always considered my parents to be my best friends, and my late husband, Jeff, felt the same way. My Dad always gave me great advise -- whether it was about life skills, driving lessons (that first stick shift car), or money (how to save it instead of spend it) -- I could always consult with Dad on anything. My Dad was with me the night Jeff died. It was one of the hardest night's of my life, but my Dad was there, and always positive, probably more than me as I made countless medical decisions that no one should have to make. Like Jeff, my Dad died on a Sunday, and I have faith that God and many guardian angels were there with him.

My Dad would do anything to help his family, and we are all going to miss his wisdom. Dad never met a stranger and would talk to anyone, which is probably why he enjoyed working at the golf course so much.

I am so glad that Michelle was able to grow up surrounded by the love of all of her grandparents and most of her great-grandparents. Michelle loved Papa dearly, and enjoyed spending time with him often -- going to the zoo and Lady Vol basketball games were some of her favorite outings. I'll never forget the snowy night that they returned from the Lady Vols game, Michelle promptly announced that "Papa really couldn't see part of the road and drove up the wrong side of the road. Mom, there wasn't anyone coming so it was fine." HAHA - glad this Mom wasn't in the car!

Papa was known for giving advise...the same often that we could join in with him and recite it. I learned to avoid complaining in front of him or else I would hear, "There are lots of things in this world that we don't like to do, but we have to do them anyway" -- a list of those items would then follow. Lesson learned - no complaining! Papa was known for what we lovingly called "papaisms" -- like "flow snurries" instead of snow flurries -- he always had great riddles and puns to keep you on your toes and test your thinking. Shelly, as Papa called her, was pretty good at those.

Papa was the definition of fun, and we miss him already! I never know what the weather is going to be these days because Papa was our weather person and told us all about it. I have countless memories from childhood of my Dad -- fishing with him in Anna Maria Island (yes, I had to bait my own hook); his love of the holidays with family; stories of growing up; his bad grades in school - he always told me "D" was for dandy (funny how he expected A's from me!); the infamous "Wild Hair Dave" show complete with special t-shirt and wild hair; his love of holidays spent with family, especially Christmas; his love of singing Christmas carols; attending musical and church programs in support of both Michelle and me; and his love of all of our family cats.

My Dad loved us all, and he showed that love by being there for us through all the joys and heartbreaks of life - he will be missed.

"If you can remember someone, they will be with you always." Remember my Dad, tell his stories, speak his name. "Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone."

We love you Papa!
January 13, 2018
I would like to say Thank You to Phyllis, Nicole and Michelle for allowing Dave to be an important part of my life at Dead Horse Lake. He was loved by all the golfers and made by life at the golf course so much easier.

On a personal note, Dave loved to hear stories about Rory, Rae and R.G. Jessica and I were greatly appreciative of the gifts that he and Phyllis gave our children and were glad to spend time with Dave and Phyllis before Christmas.
January 13, 2018
Dave was one of my brothers and was a year older than me, We lived in a very close family and spent many great times together. I will always remember the sports he played in high school and i was always there cheering for him. He was always there for his family when needed. I know he will be missed so much by Phyllis, Nichole and Shelly. We talked often about the Lady Vols basketball and I will miss those talks. Rest In Peace Dave. Love you! Sue
January 11, 2018
Phyllis, Nicole, and Michelle, Dave was always such a pleasure to be around. Although we didn't get to visit often, he always made us feel welcome and treated us like family. For that he is fondly remembered. Please know you are in our prayers during this very difficult time. --Carolyn and Milton Carter