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All-American Dad Tributes

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    My daddy Brandon Passmore is my all American Dad. Every since I was a little girl I was his little girl. When I was six and my sister five our mom left and took us with her and our half-brother. Daddy came searching for us. He traveled all of these places prayed to God and told people to help find us. I remember praying that Daddy would come get me, my sister Autumn and my brother Josh. I remember him finally being able to come get us. Our mom Kimberly decided she did not want us because of her boyfriend. My Dad cried and I was so happy to finally be safe again. He was a single father now. He tried so hard to be the mom and dad... it worked my dad is my mom also. Over the years he has worked graveyard, overtime, and went to school. I am so blessed to have my dad as my dad. Before I was born he proudly served this country America in the Marines. Daddy used to be a cop and he has saved lives. I remember one event when we were out eating that this little boy at a different table was choking. Daddy ran from our table to that little boy and somehow got the balloon out of his mouth. He saved that boys life. Another time was when we were coming back from a birthday party we saw this wreck. Daddy told his girlfriend then to stop the car. When she stopped the car he got out and checked on everyone. This one little girl was in the passenger seat without a seat belt and hurt severally. Daddy took his over shirt off and wrapped her up in it he held her till the ambulance came. She later passed away in the Mama Helicopter., but my Daddy tried, at least she was not alone when she passed away. I never get tired of hearing everything Daddy has been through. I try to protect him because he is my Hero. I love my Dad so much. He has done so much for me and my sister, and other people. He has always worked hard at his job and at home. He cooks amazing meals and loves God with all his heart. He turns to God for everything and taught me how to pray and how to care and love God and other people. My Dad is My All American Dad. My Dad Brandon Passmore is The All American Dad.
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    My dad is "the dad he didn't have to be" and then some...He's actually my step-grandfather. He married my grandmother who had 2 girls (my mom & my aunt). Shortly after my mom had a baby, and then another and then another....My dad raised my mom and my aunt and then raised 2 of my mom's kids (me & my sister). He has always been there for all of us. He & my grandmother never actually had biological children of their own, but he raised all of us like we were his. He's the best daddy a girl could ever ask for. When we learned how to drive he taught us how to change the oil and change the tires in our cars just in case anything ever happened away from home. He also helped raise 2 great-grandchildren. He has 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He is loved by all of us/them. My sister sang "Daddy's Hands" at my wedding. When I first got married our dishwasher was overflowing and my husband had his finger stuck in the whole where the water was coming out of and instead of me turning off the water, I grabbed the phone to call my daddy who lived 1 hour away. My husband was a little frustrated, but just shows how much of a "daddy's girl" I am. When my sister and I were little my "mom & dad" took us on a road trip out West. We saw Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands, Mount Rushmore, etc. It was an unforgettable family trip. He worked so hard for us to have everything. They just don't make 'em like that anymore!! Thanks, Fran Hall
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    I wanted to tell you about my all american dad his name is tony owens he is very special man hes my father and he has worked very hard to keep everybody going he looks out for everbody even though iam 21 he still treats me like i sould live at home so he can take care of me he has 6 kids and went through alot to get his granddaughter that was my brothers he is 42 and is raisein all those kids works everyday making sure he had bills payed and a roof over there heads a food and clothes in there mouth he is the only one working he keeps up all those kids pays all the bills and still takes time out to play with the kids and spend time with them he is truely an all american dad so please nominate him from jennifer owens in asheville nc
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    I want to tell you about my all american dad first off his name is ADAM PRICE he is a very loving and caring father he absolutly loves our little girl he works really hard to make sure we have everything we need he always takes time out to play with our little girl he never walks by her even without he picks her up and tells her he loves her and that shes daddys girl when i was pregnant with her he never missed and appt he was always there for me and her inever even had to reschdule a appt. He was at the hospital and i had t have a c section so he went back with me and held my hand the whole time till she was out then he cut the cord and ever since then he ant left her side shes truely daddys lil girl now iam pregnant with our secound baby and he has still been right there he is always here for us showing us how much he loves and and really takes time with our daughter she is his heart and soul he is truely an all american dad thanks jennifer owens from asheville nc
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    I would like to tell you about my husband… He is a firefighter and is trying to get into high way patrol school, he is doing this not just because he wants to but because he wants his family to have something. I got pregnant in high school and the father of the baby didn’t want anything to do with me or my daughter and my now husband and his family took us in when we had nowhere else to go, I don’t know very many guys his age who would have done what he did…He is my hero in so many ways, he gets up in the middle of the night pouring the rain or whatever the conditions maybe and runs to help save someone who is losing everything in a house fire, or to walk miles on endless miles to find someone who is lost and can’t find their way back out of the woods. He is there whatever the case maybe. Thanks for taking the time to hear why I think my husband is the all American dad. Thanks Brittany Smith Morganton NC
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    Dear Kiss Country, I'd like to enter my daddy in the All American Dad contest, because he really deserves it! My dad works as an architect, and since the economy is bad he does not have much work. For about a year and a half now, he has had rarely any work. I know that it has been really hard for him. Even though he may not have much work, he doesn't let that stop him from being the BEST daddy in the world! I am 12 years old, and have 2 younger sisters; one 4 and the other 10. My 10 year old sister and i are involved in a lot of sports and clubs. My daddy always takes us to our sport practice or club. And he is always there at our games! He also helps us out with our homework and takes time out of his day to play with us. My daddy is also ALWAYS there for me, whether its a fight with a friend, or just school stressing me out; he always has my back! I love my daddy, and i dont no what i would ever do without him! I look up to him sooo much! My daddy REALLY deserves this award
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    My son Thatcher's soon to be step dad, Allen is the All American dad. He stepped in when Thatcher's biological father could no longer be there for him. He is the only real male role model that my son has. Whether it be going to ballgames, helping Thatcher learn to work on machinery, giving baths, or just snuggling on the couch watching Sponge Bob, Allen gets the job done. He is the most gentle and kind man that we have known in our lives. I also do not have my dad in my life, so Thatcher does not have a grandfather present to take fishing trips or go to tractor pulls, but Allen has stepped into that role too. Rarely does he say no when it involves tossing a ball, putting band aids on scraped knees, going back for one more good night kiss, reading bedtime stories, or funding a week at school when mommy can't afford to pay.   Being both disciplinarian and friend, Allen loves Thatcher as much as if he were "his own." He is not a father, but is instead a daddy. They may not be joined by DNA, but they were meant to be joined at the heart. Thatcher and I are the two luckiest people in the world to have Allen!!!   Mandy Bradley
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    I know you will get millions of people that will say that the man in their life,weather it be their dad, husband, son or boyfriend is the All American Dad. Well you do not have to look anymore. He is in the picture you are now looking at. My son SGT Robert C. Moorman is the man you are looking for. Robert has put every person in front of his own needs. Even the United States of America. Robert is married and has 4, yes I said 4 children. they are beautiful. their is 3 girls and 1 boy. We can only hope his children will be half the man he is. This picture was taken within the 5 days he was allowed to come home to see his new babies. Now he is back Iraq. Then when he comes home from there he will leave again within a month. During that time he will spend every waken moment with his wife and babies.The U.S. would be the place to be if we had more men like Robert. If I had to pick one word to describe my son it would be ( Honorable ). So if you want your All American Dad here he is. His Loving Mother, Linda Riley
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    Dear Sirs, I lost my daddy a year and a half ago. So I am not submitting his name to win all the prizes, I don't think a John Deere is needed where he is now! But, my daddy was a wonderful, man. A caring, giving, compassionate human being and my hero. I wish I had taken time to submit his name while he was alive, but I hope he is looking down from where he is and realizes how very proud I am to be his daughter. So for your consideration, I would respectfully like to present; Anthony T. Piscopo, Jr. for possible Winner in Absentia or simply Honorable Mention. Daddy was born August 21, 1936 on Staten Island, New York. He was the eldest son of Anthony T. Piscopo Sr., and Evelyn Saich Piscopo. He was a graduate of Port Richmond High School in Staten Island and served in the National Guard during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He eventually rose to rank of Sergeant and won several medals for sharp shooting. In 1960, daddy married my mom, Veronica Carolyn Molski. During their time in Staten Island, He was a lector at St. Charles Chapel and served as the head butcher at Willowbrook State School, where he held the distinction of being elected the youngest to ever hold that position. He went on to own Little Tony's Meat Shop on Staten Island. In 1988, daddy and the family moved to St. Petersburg, FL. While in Florida, he was an Elk at Lodge #1224 a place where he loved to dance. He was also a member of the American Bowlers Congress, a volunteer assistant for Social Action, Respect Life and Angel Tree Ministries at St. Jude's Cathedral. In 2002, we moved to Hendersonville, NC and again, daddy became an active member of St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church. Mom and Dad celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on May 8th, 2008. He loved gardening and traveling and was an avid history buff, especially of the Civil War, we spent several wonderful summers at Gettysburg, PA. Dad was a loving and devoted husband and father and also loved all five of his pets. Daddy was greatly loved and is sorely missed by my mom, my sister and myself. Just before he passed away, mom and dad celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on May 8, 2008. Mom said she always knew, even as a young woman, that she and daddy would never celebrate their 50th anniversary. This year, we honored their 50th Anniversary.........without daddy. I love my daddy, with all of my heart. He was the man I set the standard of all men by. He was truly someone to be admired and respected. When he had his store, daddy had a reputation for being an "honest man" who would never cheat a customer. Daddy had a strong love of family, faith and country. No matter how rough things got dad would calmly say, "God will take care of us, He always does." And by golly, when all was said and done, God had taken care of us. The world lost a wonderful man, when we lost Anthony T. Piscopo, Jr. and I lost my daddy, my friend, my mentor and my hero. I love you daddy. Submitted in loving memory by his youngest daughter, Cheryl Ann Piscopo
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    My husband james lawrence is the all american dad to me because he takes good care of his family puts us first before his self even how tired he is he always makes play time with his girls and he has a hurt back from a car wreck years ago but he still pushes right on he has been my shoulder to cry on when my bother was killed while on duty as a police officer in old fort nc he was right their for me and to my girls and I he's already are american dad
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    Hey Guys, I know an All- American Dad! His name is Michael Anthony Owens but we just call him Tony. He has 6 children,3 boys ages 24yrs,13,yrs,11yrs and 3 girls ages 21yrs,19yrs,16yrs and he is raising his 4yr old granddaughter.Tony works at least 6 days a week to keep his family going, he is the sole provider for his family because he has a disabled 19 yr. old daughter that his wife stays at home with. You may have heard about her, her name is Brooke Owens and she is the one that was on tv a few years ago with the machine gun sneezing, the family with help from doctors all over have finally figured out that the disability is called conversion disorder and she now has a wide variety of symptoms, but enough about her and back to him. Tony never has anytime to just take a break for himself, he is always working to provide for his family,he NEVER complains and he is one of the most devoted fathers that a child could ask for. He loves God and working in the video dept running cameras during service when needed. Tony simlpy is the greatest ever and he truly deserves this award.Thank you for taking time to read this and Please consider him for this fathers day award
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    I would like to enter my husband Patrick Foxx into the all american dad contest. He is the best dad in the whole world. He is a truck driver and really he is not able to work anymore. In 2003 he was in a truck accident and it messed his neck and his back up pretty bad but he can't get any help cause everybody says that nothing is wrong with him. We have three beauitful children and one on the way but he still gets in the truck and goes on the road cause he knows that it is the only way that we can afford anything. He hurts all the time and he still manage to do thing without complaining. I could not ask for a better father to my kids or a better husband to me. There are so many things that I could tell you about him but I don't think there is enough room on this email to tell you. We live in Mars Hill North Carolina and we love to listen to kiss country all the time. Thanks for your time Janice
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    Hey Kiss Country! I want to enter my father, Monte Clampett II into your All American dad contest! My dad is the greatest dad in the world. He started out as an all american kid, born and raised here in Western North Carolina, he played many many years of Baseball, America's national past time, and he attended Enka High School. He is Construction coordinator for the city of Asheville. He was varsity linebacker and he met my mom at the old put-put place on Patton Ave. where she worked. He had his stereo up too loud and she came to tell him to turn it down. And they loved each other ever since. My dad tried out for the Atlanta braves to play baseball, but he had my older sister so he gave up his dreams of the MLB and became a father. He is very supportive of his two oldest daughters in college, I attend Western Carolina University along with my sister Kelcie. My mother just finished her RN Nursing degree. To this day, my dad still has the untamed spirit of a stallion, having raised four beautiful children that have given him a lot of hell to deal with over these last twenty years. I am his second oldest child out of four kids. My name is Katie,19, but there is also Kelcie,20, Monte III,17, and Kylie, 11. My dad was there for me, for every softball game that he coached, for every soccer game, basketball game, for every one of my brother's wrestling matches and football games, for every one of my brother's concert's and performances that he has had, for every cheer leading competition of my sister's, and for every single game, concert, play and performance of my baby sisters. I really hope that by entering him in this contest I might be able to show him how much more we all love him and appreciate him. He loves the Tarheels, and Dallas cowboys. He is an awesome dad, a strong leader and a good man. I could never have a better father than him. He puts everyone else before himself. I love Kiss Country!!! Thank you, Katie Clampett
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    My husband John Ward is a good husband and a father to our little girl. He works so hard with 12 hour shifts and extra duty just trying to make sure we have everything we need. He puts his family and friends first and he has a really big heart. And is very deserving of this and it would just mean so much to him and us. He is the best husband/father/friend/coworker ever!!!
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    My brother Colton Ray became a dad at age 17 but don't let his age fool you! You would never know how young he was by the way he stepped up and took responsibility. He finished High School, graduated 83 out of 248 in 2008. He will finish his second year at HCC this summer with his Associate degree then transfer to Western as a Junior in the fall to become a history teacher. While being a full time student he also works full time as a manager at Auto Bell in Waynesville, a wonderful husband and father to his three year old son Carson (a great brother too)! This is just part of the reason he deserves the All-American Dad!
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    MY HUSBAND SHANE WOOTEN IS AN ALL-AMERICAN DAD!! HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GREAT AND A WONDRFUL DAD. WITH OUR FIRST BORN KRISTOPHER HE STAYED AT HOME FOR 5 YEARS AND TOOK CARE OF HIM. HE DID ODD JOBS ON THE INTERNET AND ALSO FINISHED GETTING HIS HIGH SCHOOL DIPOLMA. THEN HE WAS WORKING @ THE SALVATION ARMY HALFWAY HOUSE AND HOMELESS SHELTERY WHLE I WAS PREGNANT WITH OUR SECOND SON ZACKARY! HE WOULD GET TREATING ALL THE TIME! AFTER AN INCEDENT HE QUIT AND STAYED HOME WITH ZACKARY FOR A FEW YEARS. NOW HE WORKS VERY HARD AT CPU2 AND TRIES TO DO STUFF WITH HIS BOYS ON HIS DAYS OFF. I FEEL LIKE HE DESERVES TO WIN THIS CONTEST AND SO DOES HIS SON'S. I KNOW THERE ARE MANY OTHER FATHERS OUT THERE THAT DESERVE IT TOO BUT I HOPE MY HUSBAND DOES. THANKS FOR LISTEN KRISTY WOOTEN
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    My dad is 68 years old. He was one of 16 children! He grew up on a farm and has worked since he was 5 years old using horses to farm with along side his father. My dad grew up hard and under the care of a hard man. Two brothers died at an early age leaving 14 mouths to feed. Then my grandmother, his mother, died on his 12th birthday. Life grew even harder. My dad's older sister won the current home place on a game show called Rags to Riches. Before this time the family inhabited a two room "shack"....remember....14 kids! Now they were able to have indoor plumbing for the first time!! My father put himself through college against the wishes of his father who wished for him to stay on the farm to help. He met my mother and married, again, against the wishes of his father, who refused to come to the wedding. After graduating from college my dad enrolled in the Air Force to support our country during the Vietnam War. He served for four years. Upon returning he became employed by Farmer's Home Administration and worked diligently until retirement. During this time he raised three girls. He took us to games, did homework with us, drove us to school every morning, came for all the teacher conferences, inspected our dress before heading out, as well as inspected the young men coming to call for dates! He came looking for us if we did not arrive home on time and was an absolute rock, provider, and protector of our family. He taught us to love God, family, and neighbors. Work was expected and worthy. Even today, he is still a huge part of our lives. He mows my lawn and my sister's lawn every week. He still grows a mouth watering garden using horses from the same lineage as he used when he was 5 years old. The line continues. He calls and checks on us. He builds things for my classroom (I am a teacher) and comes out to help when called upon. He and my mother has opened their home to my students for field trips to demonstrate the Old American way of farming! My father will not use modern equipment. Everything is horse drawn! He is still a huge influence on all of our lives.
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    My husband and I have been married for 18 years. We both have children from previous marriages. Between the two of us we have six grandchildren. He does not make any difference in the children or grandchildren. He worked thirty years doing shift work. Its hard having a normal life when you work a different shift each week. I don't know how he did it. He retired from that job and now is doing landscaping . Since landscaping is a seasonal job, he cuts wood in the winter and takes it to people that cannot afford to buy wood to heat their homes. People in the community that know my husband give him appliances and furniture to give to people he knows that need it. He is always willing to help others and still have time for his family. I think my husband ,Frank , is the All American Dad.
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    I believe that my dad is and all american dad. His name is kenneth shelton. He has been work on remodeling his parents home with nothing in turn from the. He has been a wondrful dad figure in my son's life, who has not dad. He has rebuilt my brother and his sister engine and paid for it out of his pocket. He has help his son and his girlfriend move into there new place. And asked for nothing in return. He has been there with through my c section and my wisdom teeth being pulled. This is what he has done it the past 3 months. And he has not ask or excepted anything from anyone he just gives with noconcered to his self. So I believe my dad is truely an all american dad. Please call me at 828 712 1632. My name is brittni shelton and my dad is kenneth shelton. Thank you for your time.
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    I would like to say first and foremost that there are numerous dads out there that are so deserving of being named The All American Dad, and my heart goes out to them! But I would like to share with you why I feel my husband Jay deserves this title. He and I met at work 16 years ago & being a single mom of a 5yr old son he took him under his wing as if he was his natural dad (since my sons real father is deceased)Showing him how to be a man and teaching him the right path in life. Working every day to make sure that everyone was safe while they slept and still finding the time for the numerous baseball games,wrestling & football practices & games to name the least. He is the main reason our oldest son is the man he is today! A proud father & husband proudly serving our country and gone for the next 3yrs. When my husband was 45 he learned that he was going to be a daddy (of his own). Not knowing how to feel thinking he was to old to start his own family he took everything in stride, then Sam was born with complications none the less but he was my rock and well that was 10 years ago.Again he always makes time for our boys whether hiking at Lake Powatan or playing and teaching him baseball & football skills. As Jay and I are talking retirement and the things we were looking forward to, we found out that god had blessed us with yet another little boy, well to make a long story short on this, our baby Jayson was born with numerous complications, many I never knew about because my husband stayed strong for us both and kept them from me. I NEVER knew how things affected him throughout all the days,weeks & months we spent at the NICU & PICU, well after numerous test on our angel we were told by our Neurologist that our baby dodged a bullet and has recovered with minor issues. My husband never showed any weakness and was strong for the both of us.Well about a year later tragedy struck us again finding out that I had cancer, taking time off from work Jay took over taking care of our children one on a heart monitor and a wife that could not do anything around the house or with the children, he ALWAYS made sure the boys were taken care of physically and emotionally.He would make sure that I was feeling OK and bring them to the hospital to see me and spend time with me for we didn't know what the future held. And I can remember one night him sitting in the chair next to my hospital bed, him saying to me, "I cant loose you, I cant raise our boys by myself". That's when I found out how things for the past several years affected him. It was at that time I advised him yes he could because that's what he had been doing for the past several months and not realizing it. After surgery & treatment I am cancer free and many thanks to my husband he continues to go above and beyond in being a very important part of our sons lives. He is an wonderful husband & a awesome daddy and if my kids could tell you themselves they would. I'm sorry to ramble on but I actually made this as short as I could, But with that said this is just a small piece of a bigger picture as to why I feel like my Jay is the best daddy any boys could ask for. Sincerely,(on behalf of Jayson & Sam)his namesakes Michelle S
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    My husband, Jayson is the all american dad. He works nights and I work during the day. He comes home and sleeps and then goes and picks up our son at the sitters. When my daughters and I get home, supper is usually on the table, laundry is in the process of being done, and the house has been straightened. 2 nights a week, my husband and our 2 daughters have basketball practice, which Jayson coaches. Every other weekend we travel to area basketball tournaments and compete. He is so dedicated to this family and he keeps it running in more ways than he has to. I say all the time that he is a better wife than I am. He works hard and we love him very much. He is the all american dad in my book!!
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    My husband, Chris is a wonderful example of an all american dad. To me, a true all american dad is a man who is a hard worker and provides for his family...my husband does just that. We are a "new" family of three. We have a son, 11 months old, who completes our small family. A dream of mine was to be a stay at home mom with Landry. My husband is making this possible. He is a 27, and works 70-80 hours a week. He leaves for work around 3 in the afternoon works until 8 the next morning. He drives a company truck an hour and a half to work and then an hour and half back. My husband had a truck that he loved, but to cut back on bills he sold his truck to delete one of our monthly bills. Anytime there is work available he is the first one to step up and take it, inorder to get hours. Chris, also is in school. He takes some online classes and some 7am classes. Chris is pushing himself through school to prove to himself and set an example for our son that it's never too late to go after your dreams. Chris is a very loving father and husband, and puts his family first. When Chris gets home from work he usally sleeps 3-4 hours giving him 1-2 hours to spend with Landry and me. He never complains and takes full advantage of the time he does have with us. Chris and I both know that this is not how life is going to be forever, but he says he is doing what he has to do now to support us. I could not ask for a better husband. He is so dedicated to his family and his school work...he is determined to suceed in life and be a strong role model for his son ... what an example of a true all american dad!
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    Hello I would like to nominate my husband SGT Robert Moorman . He is truly an amazing an well deserving father an husband . He is currently deployed to Iraq. we have 4 beautiful children which he Lives for. although I just had our set of twins an he has only Seen them once but. He is such a hard worker an does what he does so that his kids will always have . An he has always put himself back seat to what the children or myself needed an never complains. The whole five years we have been together he has yet to go an buy for himself I always have to force him ... He's is truly amazing an so deserving for all that he's done for our family an the sacrifices that he's made being in the military !!!!!
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    My name is Connie Fox Halford I know that my dad can not win this contest because he passed away unexpectedly on 02/07/2010. It breaks my heart to have to celebrate my very first fathers day with out him I was born on fathers day I used to tell him that I was the best present that he ever got ( I am not sure that he agreed) . Even though he technically can not win I would still like to tell you how wonderful he was. He worked over 40 years building his own business to support his family not only did he support his own children he also took in many others in need. Him and my mom raised many kids that needed a place to go some were family member's kids and some were just friends that we brought home from school that needed a place to go. He was a giver sometimes to a fault. I always new that he helped people but when he passed away I was amazed at how many people came to me and my family and told us their story about how he helped them, people that I did not know. He would do jobs for them and if he knew that they were having a hard time he would not charge them, people told me that he would give them money for their kids at Christmas or help them pay their house payments and not once did he bragg about this most of it we did not even know. He would work from daylight till dark and I always knew that no matter where I was or what situation I was in I could go to him and he was always there (  it is so hard to loose that). Since I will not have any more opportunities to give back to him like he always gave to me and  many others I would like for you to just honor him and maybe ask people who listen to your station to pay tribute to my dad by doing something nice for someone else in need without expecting anything in return. You don't have to give money you could give of your time or just plain kindness and for them not to brag about it, to just let the  blessing carry on. I so wish that he was here to be able to win the All - American Dad contest he would deserve it and so much more. Please tell people not to take for granted their dads be good to them while they are here and even if they can not win this contest for their father they could make them feel appreciated in their own way . I would give everything I have to be able to do for him just a fraction of what he done for me and alot of others.  Thank you for allowing me to share this with you !!
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    my husband chris and i meet 23 years ago, i had 2 boys age 3 and 1 we became a family it was hard but he done it. he don't use the word step at all those are his boys they was a time some one ask him is those your son's he said yes they are. he got up at night when they where sick no matter what time it was, chris and the boys had a lot of fun. ,no matter what he was there for his boys when we had no money and low on food he came thought for his family,. he is a dad those are his boys, he has moved my mother and sister lots of times and never said a word abouth it,most men would run for the hill's he did not. he work's everday and come's home and fixes my van when it needs it,he cleans the house ,wash dishs,laundry.and if his son's needes any thing he is there,he lost his mom in 07 and thats was the frist time i saw my husband helpeless and are older son help him out .are youngest was in iraq at the time we thank god everday for are dad and husband. Randy is now 29, Tony is 27
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    My dad is John Roberts and he is a super dad. He is one of ten childern. When he was just 8 years old he lost his father.He had to quit school in the 8th grade and get a job to help his mother with the financial income of the family. Then they lost their home and everything they owned to a fire. So with having it so hard when he was younger he has worked hard all his life to provide for our family thur the years. In 2000 my sister was diagnoised with a brain tumor. He was with her every step of the way. There was many trips to Duke and appoinments in Asheville for her treatments and surgery's. Then in 2003 we lost her. So since then he has been cooking for benefits to help other cancer patients. This is just a few things that i will say about my dad. There are so many more that i could tell you about. My dad would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. I think my dad is deserving of the ALL-AMERICAN DAD.
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    I would like to say what an all american dad my husband Mike is. He has raised 2 little girls by himself for 9 years. I met him 3 years ago and I was amazed at what a fun smart wonderful man he was. The girls mom left when they were 1 and 2. They are now 10 and 11. These girls are very well mannered and well taken care of by their Dad. He just took over when their Mom left and has taught them all they needed to be wonderful little ladies. He lost his job a year ago and has not had any luck finding another so I go to work everyday and he stays home. He makes our breakfast every morning makes sur ethe girls are up and dressed, packs my lunch and has dinner ready when I get home. He always has a great sense of humor and laughing. He tucks the girls in every night with a goofy song he sings to them. He takes very good care of all of us when we are sick. He has taught the girls how to fish, how to swim, and how to have the best manners little girls can have. I think he is the Greatest all American Dad. He is the best Dad and husband his name is Mike Jolly and yes he is always Jolly...
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    I know that I can not really enter, but that still does not stop me from telling you about a GREAT MAN ! My mom Ms. Pat married an incredible man, his named Bob, he is not my birth dad which has passed away, but that does not make him not to be a dad to me. I have always been able to depend on him, no questions asked; and I have done some really stupid things, he also does not only for me, but for my children, and now working with and being a dad to my husband, whose dad has also passed away. I don’t’ think you have to be a birth dad to be a dad and if anyone is a terrific dad it’s Bob. I am very blessed to have him in my life.
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    I have an All-American Dad for many reasons. From his heart of gold to his hard working, my dad deserve more than my sister and brother and I could ever give him. He has worked his butt off to make sure his family has everything they need and more. Working over time as an Air Traffic Controller, attending football,cheerleading, and softball games, planning trips, giving us a great education, what more could anyone ask for. He'd bend over backwards to help anyone. He is a loyal, honest man that deserves this award by far. I wish i could give him lots and lots, so allowing the opportunity to win these gifts is a great chance to show how much he is truly appreciated.
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    My dad deserves to be an all American Dad,, He is 73 and a full time parent. He raised 5 children 4 girls and one boy .. he has always worked hard and raised us to the best of his knowledge my youngest sister had a daughter in 11 grade and he and my mom have raised her also not only that they took in another child 10 years ago and she and my neice will be graduateing tomorrow June 6 at Littlejohn collisium in Clemson My oldest sister passed away 3 years ago this july and he and my mom are raising her son who is now 12 he gets up every morning and cooks all of them breakfast at 6.00 am and if they want different stuff he does that too. My mom is sick now so he also starts the laundry and vacums and sweeps before he starts getting those children up everyday..He is there taxi, there cook , there everything. He is our ALL AMERICAN DAD .So please concider him he could really use that new mower, cause if I didnt mention he is a great lawns-man.. He even finds time for ball games for his grands I say hes a real jewel.. Thats my Dad.. J .W. Bates Thanks for recognizing all the Great Dads.
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    While listening to Kiss Country a couple of mornings ago my son (12) and daughter (11) begged for us to nominate my husband, their Step-Dad, for the All American Dad Contest! They immediately began a full discussion on what this email should say; they wanted everyone to know “his struggles and how much he loves us”. My husband was diagnosed with Schizophrenia recently; you might think this diagnoses would confuse and/or scare children. However, it brought our already close family together even more and taught us to appreciate what God gives you everyday. My son was the first to recognize something just wasn’t quite right with his “Papa Bear” and so ensued days, weeks, and months of Doctors’ appointments, Therapists’ appointments, individual counseling and family counseling. My husband is a little different then most, see he wanted to get help and said he would venture down any path he may have to, so that our children would have a better childhood and life then he has. We wanted him to get help, as my daughter put it “so Papa Bear’s head could match his heart”! Being a Step-Father he could have easily put up the ‘not my children’ defense, but instead he fights his own demons daily to be a true DAD! No matter if he has a good day or bad day, the children and our family are always his main focus! He explains everything to them, runs our family farm, meets them at the school bus stop, does all the housework and has dinner on the table every evening, when I get home from work, for a real FAMILY meal! He is truly the strongest, biggest hearted, most loving Step-Dad any child (or Mom) could be blessed with! We love YOU, Papa Bear! Wendy, Joey, & Shelby
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    I would like to enter my husband Gary. He is a wonderful dad he had three boys when we got married the youngest boy was fixing to turn 18 years old in September. In June of 2002 we found out that we were going to have a baby. In January of 2004 we had a baby girl she is now 7 years old and we had another daughter that is ten months old and they are his world. He is 56 years old and raising another family. He is an awesome dad, he gets down and plays in the floor with them and takes them fishing, camping he even gets into the pool with them when the water is ice cold. He works everyday to provide for his family somedays he don't feel like getting out of bed but he does just so his family can have things. If that's not an all american dad i don't know what is. We love him so much.
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    My Dad (Earl Croom) is an All-American Dad! He is a WW II Veteran and will be 90 on July 8th. He worked hard to provide for his family and taught us the same standard. I was a daddy's girl growing up and learned a lot from him. My Dad is a very special Papaw to both my daughters. He's just very special. Martha Moyers
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    My husband of 32 years has been the most amazing man I have ever met and admired. After all these years of marriage, I still feel this way about him. When we married, 32 years ago, he did not hesitate to want to adopt my son, so he could carry on his family name, and he loved him and raised him as his own. He worked hard over the years as a builder to support his wife, daughter and son, and remained faithful and true to us thru it all. At age 43, he started having heart attacks, and over the course of the next 15 years, had a total of 6 heart attacks. Even when the doctors told him he only had 6 months to live, he continued to work and did not give up. That was 6 ½ years ago, and he is still with us. He said God has left him here with us because God knows how much we all still need him. What a great gift he has been to us all! I would like to nominate Ted Eplee, my husband and best friend, for The All American Dad Award, because, in our eyes, he is truly the best there is. It really doesn’t matter if he wins the prizes or not, as long as he knows that we think he is the best Dad and husband and Papaw, that there is!
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    My Dad is an All-American Dad! His name is Gary Childres and he is the most caring person I know. I don’t think he knows how to say no! He would help anybody with anything. He is great! My dad is retired but between me and my mom and my son he stays busy all the time. He cooks, cleans, irons and does laundry. He takes my son to school and picks him up. He takes him to doctor’s appointments and dentist appointments through out the year! He usually keeps the grass cut but his lawn mower just broke, so that New John Dear would make a wonderful Fathers Day Present!
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    I would like to pay honor to my Dad who has been a constant rock for our family. He is very active in our community and always thinks of others before himself. He is a life-time member of our community Rescue Squad, a Mason, a Board of Director member for the rescue squad, as well as active in his church. He is the kindest, most decent human I have ever met. Of course, when I was growing up, I didn't think he knew anything (like all teen-agers). I shrugged off the advice he would offer as "old-fashioned" but more and more I find myself repeating the same phrases he used with me on my own children. I didn't always get everything I wanted when I was growing up, but looking back, I see I got more than most folks get in a life time. I had a wonderfully patient and loving Dad who was always proud of my achievements, no matter how small. He taught me to fish, swim, play fair, and pray. I love him more than I can tell you and hope he has a wonderful father's day. Missy Parker Lawndale, NC
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    My father Floyd Sims is the best father and grandfather a child could have. He is very unselfesh and always puts everyone elses needs before his. He retired 10 years ago and works harder now than he ever did. He still works part time as a truck driver, farms fulltime, and works at a local country store on Sundays. I have 2 sons (he nicknamed Squeak and Wiggles when they were babies)who are his pride and joy.When the oldest grandson was born we lived 800 miles away and my parents came to visit us every 6 weeks. My dad didn't care about sprots (unless it is NASCAR) until the oldest grandson starting playing baseball and football. He goes to all of his ballgames even though he doesn't care for the sport or fully understand the sport. He provided the oldest grandson a horse and riding lessons, because he stated he would love to have and learn to ride a horse some day. He has promised the youngest grandson the same if he is interested. He has given each of them a calf that they can keep or sale. My father is my childrens best friend and they are his! This fathers day the boys and I would like to honor you daddy/Pawpaw by nominating you for this prize! We Love You! Happy Father's Day!
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    My husband Randy Buchanan is an all American Dad. He works about 50 to 60 hours a week and still finds time for his family. Last year his dad was very sick and he had to help his mother take care of him. That took a lot of his time but he never complained or losted his cool. It was very hard and stressful. We have a daughter who is 8 years old and thinks the world of her daddy. He lost his dad in August. He still has to take care of his mother. She has the beginning stages of demensia. He takes her to the store and other things that need to get done. Besides having to take care of our yard he has to take care of her's too. He still finds time for us. He loves to go fishing but doesn't have a lot of time anymore to do it. He is a great man. He is very loving and caring. He is willing to help anyone if they need. That is what makes my Husband an American Dad.
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    Just wanted to tell you about my husband, Roy Lee Henderson. We were married at a young age. He was 19 and I was 17. We have been married 18 years in June and we have three children Alex 17, Mollie, 13 and Ethan 11. It’s not been easy but I just want to tell you what a wonderful man he has been, not only to our children but also to me. He has not had it easy since 2001. First, he lost his job he had been at for 10 years, and was out of work for 8 months. During that time, I would worry and he would always smile and tell me he had everything under control and he did. Our kids never wanted for anything and we never missed a house payment. He was then diagnosed in 2005 with muscular dystrophy and was kept out of work for another eight months and still he provided for all our needs never allowing us to worry. In 2006 after he returned to work our son developed intractable epilepsy and finally had to be treated in Canada. Roy worked overtime and helped to organized fund raisers to help our child get to Canada to receive the medical treatment he needed. He is always there for every ballgame, school or cheerleading function. He also makes sure our children attend church with him and I on a regular basis. How many dads do you know that would set for 2 hours learning on the internet to help French braid his daughters hair? He is always the one who talks with the teachers and makes sure our children’s homework is complete. How did we end up with such a compassionate and loving father and husband? I feel it’s about time he is recognized for the unselfish acts he performs everyday. Kelly Henderson, Clyde N.C.
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    My dad, Tony Lee Parker, is more than just a dad to me. He is my mom, my Best friend, my side kick, my hero, and the greatest soldier I have ever met. My dad has been to Iraq 3 times and every single second he was away I missed him more then words can say. When I was in the 6th grade my parents got a divorce and my mother left us and went to live in West Virginia. My dad immediately took over the role as my mother as well as my father. He took care of me when I was sick, he told me stories, and he never once gave up on me. When he went to Iraq for periods of 6 months, he refused to go longer; I stayed with my grandparents and sometimes my mother. He called me every single day and wrote me more letters than can fit in a shoe box. I know it killed him to leave me in North Carolina so far away from where his duties lied and I know that the only reason he did is because he loves his country just as much as he does he daughter. My dad is an All-American dad because he was able to be the best dad any one could ask for and protect our country. He is the reason I am who I am today and I owe him more than just a few words on a computer screen, but its the best I can do on the salary of a high school student. :) When my dad went to Iraq for the third time I wrote him this poem for father's day. DADDY A father is someone who a daughter looks up to. He is a hero, a muscle man, and the fixer of all things broken. He is the one who consoles her, tickles her, and the one who scares all the monsters away. A father is the first man a daughter loves and the only man she can never loose. He is her side kick, her best friend, and her protector. A teacher and the beginning of her life. He is a fountain of never ending love, But above all else he is her DADDY. And no matter how old he gets or how far away their lives take them he will always be in her heart FOREVER. Written by: Megan LeeAnn Parker (the luckiest daughter in the whole world)
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    My dad is the best dad because he pays some of the bills, makes me get well when I'm sick, and makes me be healthy. He makes sure I have lunch, and I am the best girl to him in the world. So my dad is the best dad in the world. My dad hangs me upside-down because I am a kid- seven years old. He watches me dance and takes me on trips and plays games with me and gets me water. So my dad is the best dad in the world. by Daisy Hollifield, age 7 submitted by her mother Kate Hyde
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    I'd like to nominate my husband, Seth Patterson. He's a man like no other. He busts his butt Monday through Friday working 8-10 hour shifts at a factory job and still comes home with a smile on his face, ready to play with our 2 1/2 year old and 1 year old. He lives and breathes for our kids and thrives to give them everything we ever wanted and more. Not only does he help me out with the kids, but he also helps me out with the house work too. You'd think a man who works 40-50 hours a week would want nothing to do with watching the kids or doing the dishes, but he doesn't mind a bit. He knows how hard I'm working to get my nursing degree and he actually WANTS to help me. He even cooks occasionally! I wholeheartedly believe my husband is the all American dad and he's the best father and husband a person could ask for!
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    My dad deserves to be an all American Dad,, He is 73 and a full time parent. He raised 5 children 4 girls and one boy .. he has always worked hard and raised us to the best of his knowledge my youngest sister had a daughter in 11 grade and he and my mom have raised her also not only that they took in another child 10 years ago and she and my niece will be graduating tomorrow June 6 at Littlejohn collisium in Clemson My oldest sister passed away 3 years ago this july and he and my mom are raising her son who is now 12 he gets up every morning and cooks all of them breakfast at 6.00 am and if they want different stuff he does that too. My mom is sick now so he also starts the laundry and vacuums and sweeps before he starts getting those children up everyday..He is there taxi, there cook , there everything. He is our ALL AMERICAN DAD .So please consider him he could really use that new mower, cause if I didnt mention he is a great lawns-man.. He even finds time for ball games for his grands I say hes a real jewel.. Thats my Dad..
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    I have an All-American Dad for many reasons. From his heart of gold to his hard working, my dad deserve more than my sister and brother and I could ever give him. He has worked his butt off to make sure his family has everything they need and more. Working over time as an Air Traffic Controller, attending football,cheerleading, and softball games, planning trips, giving us a great education, what more could anyone ask for. He'd bend over backwards to help anyone. He is a loyal, honest man that deserves this award by far. I wish i could give him lots and lots, so allowing the opportunity to win these gifts is a great chance to show how much he is truly appreciated.
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    Hello! My dad (Ron Henderson) is the greatest dad of all time. My 6 month old daughter has a rare condition that is very treatable but there are no specialists in our area. My dad told me to find the best doctor in the world and we would go there to get help for my baby. Not only is my dad paying for our trips (weekly) to see the doctor, but he goes with us every time. He is a wonderful man who helps with day-to-day issues too. Tonight the moonroof on my car broke and he came down to our house and fixed it as soon as I called for help. My dad has helped tons of families financially. Not only does he help me, my husband and my brothers but he has given away cars to 3 other families who needed help. He is a great man who will have many stars in his crown in Heaven. Please choose Ron Henderson for your all American Dad. He deserves it.
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    I would like to nominate my dad, John Cox. He is a wonderful christian dad who has two daughters, four grand kids (Jonathan 18, Kristin 14, Bradley 8, Shelby 6) and one great grand-daughter (Aubree 2). He love his family and there is nothing he would not do for his family or anyone in need. He is the neutral and calm listener who has a heart of gold.
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    I would like to nominate Tony Burnette my husband of 36 years. He has always been there for me and all 3 of our kids,  now 34 Shane,28 Weston, 23 Sarah and 3 grand kids Dylan,Samantha,Ryan.  He has coached every sport known to man. All of our kids were MVP in High school 2 in baseball and 1 softball. They have gone on to be successful ,responsible,loving,caring people. He was in the Army 13 years ,got out to keep the family stable in one place. After the kids all were out of school,3 years ago ,He joined the National Guard to insure our retirement. At 53 years of age he was deployed to Iraq. All the young GIs call him Grandpa.Many of them turned to him for advise on their personal affairs.Tony treats all young people like his own kids.Tony came home in Feb.2010 and is now back at work.  He is planing on coaching the grand kids now.  He plays one mean guitar  [country of course].He has played in Country Western band with son Shane.[pictured] And entertained the US and Iraq troops[pictured] He also plays guitar at church. He IS  the hardest working,loving,caring,loyal husband ,father,soldier you could ever meet.  We all love and admire this Amazing DAD. Beverly Burnette
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    I would like to nominate my dad, Mike Sluder Sr., as the best "All American Dad"!! He has a full time job of being an A-class lineman at MB Haynes. He also runs our family cattle business. Everyday, he puts his life at risk for people to have power! He works in rain, snow, and even hail to make sure people have electricity. He goes to areas that have been devastated by natural disasters. He often spends weeks at a time away from home. He has worked on every holiday imaginable, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. He has even missed our birthdays and his and moms anniversary. None the less, we know it is all for us! He never lets anything stop him! His work load has really taken its tole on him, but he continues to provide for our family of six. He has several severe health problems such as, degenerative disk disorder and osteo arthritis. He has had a surgery on his neck, but even that didn’t keep him down long! Even though, these conditions mean he is constantly in pain, and can barely work, he goes to work 7 to 5:30 from Monday to Thursday. On weekends, he works on the farm, mending fences, cutting and baling hay, and raising a garden. Amazingly, he still finds time for us. He listens when we talk, and is really involved in our lives. He cooks breakfast every single Sunday morning. He encourages us all to be around the table for dinner every night. He has went through alot of loses, including losing both his parents on Christmas, and his grandparents in a house fire. Even after all this, my dad has kept going. He was quick to put his own emotions aside and focus on ours! My dad has always made sure that we have everything that we need and most of what we want. He has always helped us however he could. He bought my first car for me and he plans to do the same for my three brothers. He has always encouraged and supported us in whatever we wanted to do. He even showed up to watch me cheerlead and I know he was not just there to watch football, because he even came to the competitions! He didn't complete high school, because he had to work at an early age. Due to how much he has struggled in life without a proper education, he has really pushed us academically to do our best. I know that he is one of the reasons for my success. I graduated high school early- with honors this past February; and will going to Chowan University this Fall. I could not have done it without his support and love. Our family is in the process of adopting two little boys. Their names are Matthew and Jacob. We got Matty, who is now five years old, when he was just eleven months old. We got his half brother Jacob, who is two years old, when he was two days old. Their mom couldn't take care of them. She is incarcerated. My dad was the person who advocated for our family to take them. Even though other family members disliked the idea, because Jacob is biracial. My dad treats them just like he does my brother and I. He makes sure they have everything they need and want. Most importantly, he provides them with all the love they need to grow into confident, caring adults; just like he has done for me! He not only helps our family, but our neighbors as well. Our next door neighbor had sold my daddy his tractor several years ago. My dad still plows up a garden space for him every year. He also mows my 72 year-old grandma's grass every week. Plus, he mows the yard of another elderly family occasionally. Other neighbors have him weld farm equipment, cut driveways with his bulldozer, and bust wood. He never asks for pay! As a matter of fact, he flat out refuses pay; even if they offer it. He is a true believer of acts of kindness, and it shows! Words are not enough to express how grateful our family is for all he does for us! This is just a short summary of his actual endowment! Winning this would mean alot to me and my family! There is NO better daddy in the world! Pleas nominate my dad, Mike Sluder, as the All American Dad!
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    I would like to nominate my dad, Steve Dotson for all american dad. My dad has done everything for me, my sister, my mom, and our dog chloe. He also helps thousands of other people doing his lawn work and helping the builders at our church on mission trips. My dad was laid off of work but did not give up, he turned right around and has made his own lawn care business, Dotson's Property and Maintenance Inc. My dad has always been a hard worker and has always believed in doing the job right. He is very kind, sweet, and caring. He always can make anyone laugh although he can be very shy and soft spoken. I would not be where I am in softball without my dad, he taught me everything I know about the game. He was there when I hit good and he was still there to give me an encouraging word when I struck out. He taught me how to pitch and catch and everything in between that you should know. He not only taught me about softball and games but about life. His famous quote is "Kelly... now remember what your last name is and where you come from". He has taught me the best person that I can be and to always help others because one day you might be in their shoes. Although my dad believed in me and my sister doing hard work does not mean that he was cruel. He taught us that we have to work for what we get and be thankful for what we do have because someone always has it worse. There is so many more things that I could say about my dad because he truly is the best. He loves his family and his friends. He believes in hard work, God, and family. That is why I want my dad be named as the all american dad.
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    My dad is an all American dad, because he has always been there even when he didn't have to be.He loves me and my kids unconditionally, ya he's also a great papaw.But the best thing about him is that he's my step dad and he's the best dad I could have ever ask for! Yes please nominate my dad John Poore!  
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    My name is Colleen Angel. I am the girlfriend of the most wonderful man I've ever been lucky enough to know. His name Charlie Warren. Charlie has a 10 year old son named Colby. From the time Colby came into this world, Charlie has lived and breathed for that boy. Charlie has had his share of struggles in his life, and I honestly believe that the things he has been able to overcome have made him be an even better father. He and Colby are inseparable. They are best friends. Charlie is also one of the hardest working, best hearted people I've ever met. He is the kind of man that other people are just drawn to. That other people look up to. There is not a thing in the world that he would not do to help somebody. Charlie is one of the kind of people that if you need a hand, need advice, or just need to talk to somebody, he's the name that comes up first. He's a truly genuine person that people are happy to know. A true friend- especially to his son. There is not a day that goes by that I don't hear "I love you" spoken between those two. In a day where kids just grow up way too fast, Charlie has been able to cultivate the sweetest, most kind hearted child a person could ever meet. Colby is a mirror image of his dad. Every time we go somewhere, Charlie constantly hears compliments about how good of a boy Colby is. He's respectful. He's hard working. He looks out for other people. He's considerate. He's polite. He's just an excellent little boy. Awesome little boys are made that way by awesome daddies- daddies like Charlie.
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    My daddy, Ronald Arrington, was 17 when he married my mother and had their first son. By 20 years old he was supporting his wife and 2 children. He has since then followed my brother and I all the way from youth league football/cheerleading to high school graduation and has supported us the whole way, not only financially but by attending every game, awards ceremony, chorus concert and everything in between. However, there are many many more people that my dad has touched in his short lifetime (being he is only 39) other than my mother, brother and I. First off there is "The boys", 6 boys to be specific, who look to my daddy as their own. They go to him when they need help fixing a car, four-wheeler, dirt bike or anything else with wheels. They go to him when they want help learning how to drive anything with wheels. They go with him fishing, hunting, playing paintball, and camping. They also go to him for advice on relationships among many other things. It is obvious how much these boys love and respect my daddy when you see them sitting on our front porch talking to him even if my brother is not there. There is also "The Girls" who think of my daddy as their own. Over the years I have acquired many great friends who I would do anything for, as would my daddy. He has been known to... I wont say "play dress up" to protect his ego however, he has participated in activities involving hair bows and cameras. When the subject of my daddy comes up I have heard numerous times how the girls are jealous of my relationship with my daddy and wish they could talk to their dad like they can talk to mine. I feel the need to clarify that although my daddy is an easy going man who would rather hang out with his kids and their friends than people his own age, he is not the parent who "just wants to be your friend". He does not care one bit to give you down-the-road when you've done something wrong; not only to my brother and I, but to every person he comes in contact with. He has strong beliefs and he expects you to respect his rules while your in his house and in his presence. He teaches the boys how to talk when "the ladies" are around and he teaches the girls what to watch out for in guys. He shows us how to have a meaningful relationship by loving and respecting my mother. (They are the couple who you can catch dancing to a song on the radio while they are cooking in the kitchen) He also tells us and shows us how that we can have fun without drinking or doing drugs. He is such a positive roll model for all the young adults to look to and I am so thankful the Lord made him my daddy. My daddy believes that you grow old when you start acting old therefore he does not act his age (in a good way!). Meaning he goes snowboarding with my brother, he wrestles with the boys, plays ball in the yard, and races his crotch rocket at the drag strip. He is such a smart man who I know will be as wonderful a grandfather as he is a dad. I know there are some great men out there who may have accomplished a lot in their lifetime, but none compare to how my dad has effected the lives of so many people with his love and support. I have attached some pictures to help show you what I am talking about. The first picture is of my daddy and me after work on my birthday. The next picture is of my parents, my brother and I at the drag race. The next is of our family at a wedding last month. The next, yes your seeing it right, is of my daddy flying through the air over my brothers head. During the big snow that we had this winter all the boys made a big jump out of snow and my brother video taped my dad as he was coming toward him on a tube and then as he jumped over him. I told you, my daddy plays like a kid and because of that he is young at heart. The last picture is of some of the group of young men and women who love my daddy as much as I do. Its a silly picture of everyone but it shows their personalities perfectly. Ronald Arrington deserves to win that prize pack for father's day but he deserves so much more than that. I can only hope that one day we can show my daddy how much we love and appreciate who he is and what he does for all of us.
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    I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE MY DAD, WELL ACTUALLY, MY STEP DAD, NEAL BROWN. HE RAISED ME & MY BROTHER SINCE I WAS 4 YEARS OLD. HE TOOK US IN & PROVIDED FOR US LIKE WE WERE HIS OWN. HE IS A GOOD CHRISTIAN MAN & LOVES THIS COUNTRY. HE LOVES MY MOTHER DEARLY & WITHOUT HIM, I WOULDN'T HAVE ANOTHER GREAT BROTHER & SISTER. HE WORKS VERY HARD & STILL HAS FUN WITH HIS FAMILY. THANKS & I LOVE MY DADDY! AMY RAY
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    Hi my name is Kristina im 10 years old .I go to Hot Springs ELM. My dad is the best dad in the world,He is the presdant of the PTA. He works hard in his job ever day to pay the bills, and to buy me things.My dad always wants to put me first,He wants ever kid in our School to be treated = My dad don't want any kid in our school not have a anual , He has work hard trying to raise the money so that ever kid get one free , He know how hard it is for each mom and dad to try and buy this for us ,My dad is the best he takes me fishing, for walks .Me and my dad are close , My dad tells me ever day how proud he is of me i know some times i mess up ,but he says its ok to mess up just learn from your mistakes,If everone had a dad like my the world would be a better place to live,.Please tell everone my dad is the best . Thanks so much,. Kristina Dixon
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    I want to nominate my step-dad, Danny Stines. I was very young when my mom met Danny(my stepdad). He was not scared away by my mom having me. My dad didnt pay my mom child support but Danny told my mom not to worry about anything, that he would take care of her and me. That is exactly what he did. He taught me everything that a daughter needed to know, from how to change a tire to how to cook homemade gravy. He put me through school and cared for me like I was his own. When it came time for me to get married, he walked me down the isle. I will always be there for Danny just like he is for me. He would give anyone the shirt off his back if they needed it. He is the All-American Dad!!!! Thank you Danny (DaD) I love you with all my heart. Daphne (Your Oldest Daughter)
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    I would like to nominate my Daddy for the All American Dad.... My Dad's name is George Viands. My Daddy has always taken care of us kids....all 6 of us!! He always made sure that we had food on the table....and life wasn't easy for us growing up, we didn't have much money..and he still struggles even today....also, my Mom just passed away, very unexpectedly....a month ago....this has been the hardest thing we have ever went through. And I can not even imagine how hard it has been for Daddy...they were together 45 yrs, and married 43....and he loved her so so much! She was his world, and now he is lost...but even though Daddy has been hurting, he has made sure to be here for us kids, and take care of us first...Daddy has always been like that, putting us kids first....I believe my Dad truly deserves this title!! He is the All American Dad! Please choose my Dad...I think he would be the most appreciative...as he has never had a riding lawn mower, he couldnt afford one...so this would really make his day! Actually, it would make his year!! Also, my dad is a Vietnam Veteran and last October, 2009, his troop was presented the PUC (Presidential Unit Citation) from President Obama himself! His troop was scheduled to leave duty one day during the Vietnam War, and was literally in the helicopter leaving. His Captain got the call that there was an American troop (Charlie C) in very deep trouble...so his troop decided to go help this other troop....The other troop was being attacked by a Vietnam army and it didnt look good for them. My dad's troop and Charlie C were out numbered-200 Vietnam soldiers to 1 American soldier....this was a very fierce battle...but they were able to beat the Vietnam troop....this was a huge accomplishment in Washington, and my Dad's Captain wanted to make sure that these men were given the proper medal.... This is the first time in history a troop as small as my dad's has ever been awarded the PUC. There was only 70 soldiers on my dad's troop....I think was very courageous of my them they should be very proud.... Thank you so much! Cynthia
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    My dad is still the best. I probably don’t stand a chance with these younger dads being nominated, but my dad is 76 years old and still going strong. I never found fault in him as a child and now that I am grown with children and grandchildren of my own, I still don’t. I went through chemo last year and my dad drove me to my appt. every week. He never complained, not once. I probably have not told him enough over the years how much he truly means to me. I talk to him daily and still ask for his advice. I may not always like what he has to tell me, but I do respect his opinion. He will always be in the best in my eyes. Edna Loftin
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    I know an alll American dad, Teddy McClure. I met him 15 years ago and already had two girls of my own whom he helped me raise. Five years ago we had a little angel of our own, Zoey. She is the true definition of daddies girl. Three years ago he fell off our garage and broke his back, then 6 months later broke his leg so he has difficulty doing some of the things he used to do but he still takes Zoey fishing and hunting which she loves. I work during the day so she stays with daddy and he takes good care of her, I dont have to worry. As far as Zoey is concerned the sun rises and sets with her daddy. He is not just a wonderful daddy, he is my best friend and I would like to nominate him. Thank you very much. Robin McClure
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    I nominate my dad because he is so unselfish and giving. He is a Disabled Veteran who served in two wars, Vietnam and Desert Storm, where he became ill with what is known as "Persian Gulf Sickness". For my dad, it means a lot of medication and sickness! Before he went to Desert Storm, he worked for NCDOT in Maintenance and we farmed as well. When he first became ill, my brother and I would have to go to NCDOT and drive him home. So, began the tests and procedures and medicines.....After coworkers donated enough days to get him by, he was able to retire from NCDOT and eventually the Navy Reserves (Seabees) and after several years and attempts, became 100% Disabled Veteran. His health steadily decreases as he has Parkinson's and recently had a stint put in his heart. Despite the fact that he is so weak to walk or stand sometimes, he puts FAMILY FIRST and always has!! I am 34 and I still go to Daddy! He would as soon give myself or my mother or brothers the shirt off his back, even in a blizzard! He still makes sure I have gas money and my vehicle maintenance is up to par. He is able to get once in a while and tinker with one of our many tractors when my brother does, but the slightest amount still exhausts him. My daddy is the greatest and I don't know what I would ever do without him! I will always be his "Punkin" no matter how old I am!!
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    Hi my name is alexandria galloway and i would like nominate my dad Chris Galloway to be the next all-american dad...he goes above and beyond taking care of his family...he works hard everyday. alot of times he will do without things so that we have what we need..before my papaw passed away he asked my dad to watch after my granny and he has been doing just that for the past eight years...plus the four of us..he takes me to school everyday before he goes to work. Heis going to get me a bible like his for my birthday on June 30th..he does alot of everything good for people. I could write a book about my dad but there is not enough paper to do that. I only want to nominate him for the all american dad contest because to me his the ALL AMERICAN DAD and i love him ..thank you
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    Curtis Angley, my husband, Dad to (2) Sons, Shane & Josh. Always willing to help them with anything, taught them about car mechanics, life in general, and always taught them Love of God and Family, Respect and Honesty. Curt was a Paramedic in McDowell County for years, where he was injured and had to retire, this however, never stopped him from being a great Dad. He served in the Military and inspired his oldest son to enlist in the Army right out of High School and to go on to school with a degree in Engineering, and inspired the youngest son to be a Paramedic in Burke County. Still today, the boys will tell you that lessons they learned from their Dad are what formed them into the men they are today. Not only is he a great Dad he is a marvelous Husband.
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    I would like to nominate my husband, Scotty Jennings Jr.,  as WNC's All American Dad. Scotty and I started dating when my daughter was a year old. From birth to the age of one my daughter had an off and on dad who came and went and she never really knew what "daddy" was until I met my husband, and he is the best dad a child could ever ask for. My little girl is now five years old, her "father" has signed over complete rights to her and she is in the process of being adopted by her daddy. And let me tell you this little girl loves him more than anything, sometimes I think more than me. Everyday she asks me "when is daddy coming home?", "can me and daddy play outside when he gets here?", "why does daddy have to go to work?". These are things she asks me everyday, all day long because she cannot wait for her daddy to get home, he is important to her, to us and I am not sure where we would be without him. He has filled a huge void in our lives and lives up to the "All American Dad" status daily. I don't think there is a better more deserving person than him, he's an awesome daddy and an awesome husband and we love him!!!                                                    Kayla Jennings
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    Although I have an amazing father he is not the one I am nominating. The special man I believe deserves to win this is Mark Wylie of Nebo, NC. He is a father of one grown man, until something happened in his family. He was faced with a decision of letting his 3 nieces go to someone else or taking them in himself. Without a second thought he brought the 3 girls into his home where him and his wife are now raising them. He shows these girls so much love and support. If you did not know any better you would believe he was their father. He is such an amazing man. I would like to think that I am a good person, but taking in 3 young girls that are not mine is something that I just don't think I could do. I think he deserves to win this contest because, he is kind, loving and is just an amazing Christian. If you need any more information about this man just let me know. Thanks so much, Leiah.
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    My name is Chelsea and i dont know my dad but i have a great uncle he treats me like his own daughter we do everthing together we love going to the asheville tourists games and going to races. anything and everthing we do together even when we could not afford for me to go to camp he payed for me to go i love my uncle and i love his daughter she is so sweet that is why i think my uncle should be the all american dad his name is micheal runyon
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    My husband Herman Crisp is the best all american dad in the world we had a case of your mine and ours .He has always treaty them all the same. We both worked when they were little so he baked cakes for them took them with him every where even to get a hair cut he is 76 years old now and not in good health but stills loves all his girls and lots of grandchilder.He is the best man ever we all love him very much he sure could use the chair.
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    IT WOULD TAKE A BOOK TO TELL ABOUT MY HUSBAND AND BEING A GREAT DAD, HE IS 72 YEARS OLD AND HAS TYPE ONE DIABETICS SINCE HE WAS 30 YEARS OLD, HE WAS IN THE ARMY AND LIVED IN PHOENIX AZ, HIE EX-WIFE'S PARENTS WERE IN A CAR WRECK IN EAST NC, THEY WERE KILLED AND LEFT 8 KIDS HOMELESS, MY HUSBAND WENT THERE AND TOOK CARE OF ALL THE DETAILS, AND TOOK THREE OF HIS SISTER-IN-LAWS BACK TO PHOENIX, THEY WERE SMALL KIDS THEN PLUS HE HAD ONE SON AND DAUGHTER OF HIS OWN, HE HAD A ROUGH TIME BUT HE RAISED THEM ALL AND DIDN'T REGRET IT ONE TIME, EVEN THO HE LOST EVERYTHING HE HAD, HE MOVED THEM BACK TO MONROE NC AND THATS WHERE I MEET HIM AND I HAD A 16 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER, HE GAVE CONFIDENTS BACK TO AFTER SHE WAS TOLD SHE WOULDN'T AMOUNT TO NOTHING, BUT SHE DID THANKS TO JACK, THERE IS LOTS MORE ABOUT HIM , BUT I CAN;T WRITE YOU A BOOK, BUT I THINK HE IS THE GREATEST DAD, THANK YOU , MILDRED BROAD
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    I think my Dad is the all American Dad because he takes me fishing and we have a lot of fun Cory Stoltzfus Age 9 Fair Play, SC
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    I would like to tell you about, the best all American dad of all times. my dads name is,Carl Shelton, he had 4 girls to help raise. He did a wonderful job. He thought us respect,manners,and how to work hard. My dad was a preacher before he got sick, we went to church all the time. My dad is the type of man that would give you the shirt off his back, or his last dollar. my dad is a devoted father and husband,grandpa to two teenagers and a 4 yr old little princess. my dad is a hard working American country man that deserves so much respect and honor. but the best thing is that my dad was their for his family and loves us with every bit of his heart and soul. he is the ALL AMERICAN DAD. No one could ever ask or wont a better father.
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    We would like to recognise our dad, Charles Palmer. After he and our mom were married, he adopted my sister and I at the ages of 7 and 5. As Brad Paisley says "he became the dad that he didn't have to be". He supported us, protected us, taught us to drive and tolerated us through our teenage years. In September 2009, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. That is when we and his grandchildren became the supporters of this brave man, and in turn, helped him to do the things that he could no longer do. He taught us many valuable lessons but the one that we will always remember is that any man can become a father but it takes a "special" man to become a dad. We are proud to call him "Dad". Thank you, Angie Baldwin, Lisa Palmer, Dylan, Jacod and Skylar
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    Hey Kiss Country! My hubby, Lance Stover, is most definitely an All American Dad! Our 2 boys, Ian and Ty, are the center of his whole universe! He loves to coach their baseball teams and other sports teams, even taking time off from work to practice with them in the backyard! Everything he plans revolves around those 2 and what he think they would enjoy! He loves having boys nights when they kick me out and go do their own thing! Those 3 love being together! In my kids eyes, the sun rises and sets for their Dad! We couldnt have asked for a better Dad than Lance! :) Misty Stover
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    Dear Kiss Country,   My husband, Ron Hensley, is truly an All American Dad.  He is the greatest man I know and my best friend as well.  When he and I met 17 years ago, the first thing I told him was that I had a 10-year-old daughter. Ron didn’t blink an eye. We were married a year later, and, even though he was a young man in his twenties, he told me that my daughter, Brandy, and I were enough for him if I didn’t want more children. This is so typical of Ron, always putting my feelings before his own. However, I knew he really wanted children, as did I, so we soon had two daughters of our own. Morgan is now 15, and McKayla is11. Ron has never made a difference in the girls, treating Brandy with as much fatherly love as our two younger ones. In fact, he was the one channeling phone calls and cleaning his guns when boys flocked to see Brandy! He was the one who taught her to drive, and went to eat lunch with her at her high school. He moved her furniture when she left for college, and visited her at her job when she began working. He paid for her wedding, and did lots of work and preparation to make it a wonderful day for her. Brandy now has two children of her own, and Ron is a wonderful PopPop, too.   Ron has been an elementary school teacher for our entire married life, the past 16 years, so he has had hundreds of "children" over the years! He has been a dedicated teacher to his students and colleagues, always going the extra mile for his career. He drives sports teams to events, plans and grades papers, and takes the buses for repairs all on his own time. Teaching is truly a labor of love, because no one gets into it for the money. That’s why it's a good thing Ron is multi-talented and can do anything he puts his mind to. In fact, he rarely has any down time, as he works extra jobs to give the girls and me what we need. He is 100% dedicated to his family, always going the extra mile and putting us first, no matter what it takes.   Three years ago, Ron built me my dream home – a little farmhouse in the country. I want to live in that home for the rest of my life because not only did his powerful love go into building it, but also his blood, sweat, and tears. When his father passed away, Ron spent every spare moment renovating our basement so that his mom could move in with us so she wouldn’t be alone. In addition, he helps my parents when they need him. Ron isn’t just the All American Dad – he is also the All American husband, granddad, son, and son-in-law.  He truly deserves to be rewarded since he takes care of our houseful of women on a daily basis, all with love and without complaint. I love this beautiful, giving man with all my heart and soul.   Sincerely, Tonya Hensley
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    I am writing you, Sharon, because I also wrote Eddie and I know how men are. Haha I have tried over and over again to get through on the phone lines when you guys are taking these nominations and to no avail. So I’m gonna try this. I want to nominate my wonderful friend, companion, lover, partner (and sometimes pain in the butt just kidding) Bryan Young. We met several years ago and just clicked. But at the time I was a divorced mom with 4 children and quite independent and strong willed. I had come to a place in life where I thought I would be single forever. Or at least until the kids were grown as it’s nearly impossible to come across a man who can handle being a good "dad" to someone else’s child. Much less 4 of them! Well, this guy didn’t just step up. He PLUNGED in with both feet! He has been a gift from God to me and my sometimes hard to deal with bunch. He does it all! He cooks, chauffeurs, cleans, and kisses booboos. He does EVERYTHING with them. He takes them fishing, camping, boating, bug hunting, lost dog finding, hair dressing, super-heroing, and a million other "American" things. He gives each of them what they so desperately needed after losing their "father". I was unsure about him at first, but now I find myself helplessly in love with him. And all due to the way he treats me and my kids like we are his reason for getting up each day. He breaks his back every day to help provide for them. He is a Mr. fix-it no matter how impossible it may seem. (reattaching Barbie’s limbs, gluing together broken action figures, sewing together favorite blankies for the millionth time, etc…) I am SO proud of him and I think that winning this prize package would really surprise him and show him that all his hard work is not in vain. I cannot afford to reward him with material items or believe me this one-of-a-kind guy would have everything money can buy. I know this is long and even if I wrote another 10 pages I couldn’t tell you everything my kids and I cherish about him, so I will spare you any more sappy details. But please consider him when you make your selection for this contest. He exemplifies everything there is to being a TRUE All American Dad!! Thank you ! Sabrina
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    My husband is an All-American Dad! After serving in the US Army and returning from Vietnam Dave got his college education, started working and married me. I had two children from a previous marriage when Dave married me. They were 6 and 9 years old. We adopted a baby 3 years after we were married. He was a wonderful, caring, giving Dad to all three children. He provided his love and worked many hours to support his family. After several years went by, my husband and I ended up providing a home for two grandsons. We have had one grandson since birth and the other for three years now. One is 10 and the other is 7. Dave has never complained and has always been a "Dad" to all the children in our home. It hasn’t mattered to him if they were step-children, adopted or grandchildren, he has always loved, and supported them providing them with a loving, healthy and happy home. He spends time teaching them many things and working to bring them up to be honest, responsible, caring individuals with a love for God and country. I think Dave loved and respected his own Dad so much that he wanted to be just like him and he has done a wonderful job of it. Joan Hetrick
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    I know my dad is the all American dad. I know this because he has so little but gives so much with his family. My dad had me when he was 18 and my mom was 16 and still married to this day which is 16 years and is still going. He had a hard time because he was a truck driver and stayed in a truck for a whole week and was only able to see my mom 1 day in that whole week. He has gave up to do what he had wanted and became a full time truck drive but luckily was able to find a job were he can be home every night. He was also in a motorcycle accident when someone ran him off the side of the road the day after September 11th. We may not do a lot of fun things like take trips all over the place, or go to cedar point like the rest of the people but my dad of all dads should win something that helps me show him that he is someone is noticing and that i do care about what he does think. Thank You for Your time.
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    Hey guys I'd like to enter my husband in the All-American Dad. He has a daughter in a Rehab. facility in the state of Ohio. He calls her every couple of days and will make long weekend trips to Ohio to see her. She was in a car accident when she was 16 yrs. old and she is now 29. He will also fly into Detroit and plan a long layover when he travels on business trips. This will allow him time to spend with his daughter as well. So please allow my husband Barry Harrison to be known as the All-American Dad foe 2010. Thanks, Jan Harrison
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    PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS, IT IS WORTH IT!!! My husband is by far the most amazing ALL AMERICAN dad out there, and after you read this story I know you will agree. When my husband, Ryan and I first met we spent one amazing year together dating. He was 20 and I was 17. From the first time we spent a moment together I knew he was my superman. The first year we dated was amazing. We spent our days just soaking up how great life was together and looking forward to someday calling it, forever. About two weeks away from being together for a year Ryan started feeling ill. Everyday for about a week he complained of his stomach hurting him. After a week and a half he was bent over in pain when we finally took him to the doctor. Within three days I was sitting beside his bed in the hospital looking into his eyes while tears poured out of mine. Ryan was 21 and was diagnosed with colon cancer that day. The doctors, his family, my family, our friends...everyone was in shock that someone his age could have this disease. Two days later he was in surgery where they discovered a tumor as large as a softball that they removed along with 18 inches of his colon and 17 lymph nodes. Life after that became a whirlwind. Chemo went on for a solid year as Ryan fought for his survival. During this time I was a senior in high school. On my graduation day I looked up at him as I walked across the stage to receive my diploma and remember thinking to myself "this can't be it for us..it just can't". There were a lot of decisions to make. I was only 18...I had plenty of opportunity to walk away from the situation and have a normal life. If I stayed with Ryan there would be no college, no children, and possibly no Ryan after all the fight to keep him alive. But for me the decision wasn't a decision at all. I loved this man more than life and I would do whatever was needed of me to stay by his side. Ryan told me everyday he was fighting for me. Fighting for our future together. When the doctors told us the odds of us ever having children were next to nothing, we were broken. That is what we had dreamed of. A life being the parents that we knew we could be. But if sacrificing that is what we had to do to save Ryan's life...we would do it. Well.....God had a different plan. A month after Ryan finished his last chemo treatment we found out that we were going to have a baby girl! A few weeks before she was born we found out our daughter would have a cleft lip...another bump in the road...but Ryan and I stood by her side as she went through her own surgery. Finally life was amazing again. Ryan worked so hard for the next year and a half to provide a home for his new wife and baby and we stood by his side everyday loving him more and more. Unfortunately, the simple and easy times did not last long. A week before Christmas in 2009 Ryan had exploritory surgery and it was discovered that his cancer had reoccurred. This time worse than before. I was the one who had to tell him of this horrible news when he woke up from surgery. Once again...Ryan would fight for his life. We spent Christmas with our precious baby girl trying to ignore the recent news and Ryan was determined to make it amazing for her. A month later Ryan started chemo again. unlike the first time he went through chemo and surgery, he had a wife and daughter to support along the way and let me just say...he never skipped a beat. Ryan got out of bed each morning doing all he possibly could stand to do that day while he went through chemo. On March 25 of this year we traveled to Winston Salem where Ryan would receive the most extensive surgical treatment that he could possibly receive. The surgery lasted 13 hours. Needless to say we were with him in the hospital for a very long time and he is still out of work recovering from his surgery and preparing to have more chemo. Ryan is 24 now and still facing struggle after struggle it seems. In six months he will have another surgery to reverse the eliostomy he had to have from his big surgery in March, and his chemo should be over around that time as well. We are hoping and praying that life will be normal for once and he can actually be a 24 year old. I know this is a lengthy story, but it truly doesn't touch how traumatic life has been for my husband. The miracle in it all is how AMAZING he has been through the entire ordeal. Ryan is the most amazing father I know and ever will know. He may be young...but nobody loves being a daddy and husband more than him. He deserves so much for fighting so hard...not just for himself, but so he can live to walk his baby girl down the isle someday and give her to someone who will be just as good to her babies as he has been to his. That is his dream and the ALL-AMERICAN DAD doesn't get any more beautiful and admirable than that! Thank you for admiring amazing dads! love, Lorissa Coates
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    My name it Tiffany, I have the best dad in the whole world. He has raised me since i was born.. He has always been their for me!. He has taught me a lot about life and everything in it!. I'm a daddy's girl I help him work on the old cars we have. We go everywhere together. We always have Father,Daughter trips. But hes the best dad I know. He teaches me and helps me learn how to do things. When I had surgery in 1998 and was in the hospital for a while he was right beside me. I'm now 24 and I'm a Fire Fighter and my Dad is so Great that he stands besides his only daughter as I follow my career. That's why I Have the All American Dad. Thanks
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    I know an All-American Dad! my husband Eddy Buchanan. We have a 22 yr old son in Iraq, a 13 year old daughter and a 3 year old daughter. Eddy is such a good dad, he spends time with his girls swinging, taking them to daddy-daughter dances, taking them to church, teaching them how to work, and works two jobs so that they can have things. Eddy is a firefighter so he also risk his life for others. He has always been there for his son Ray and I know he is not happy that his son is in Iraq, but that he is proud of him. Eddy would do anything for his kids and wife, he is the best husband! and I think that teaches his kids a lot : to be a good dad it helps to be a good husband. My name is Deanna Buchanan Eddy Buchanan's wife.
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    My husband is the all american dad/ husband/ son. He is 35 years old and has never left his parents behind. We got married almost 10 years ago and inall that time my husband hascreally stuck by his parents. His mother go sick some time back with dementia and his father has heart disease. He and I have been right by their side the entire time. We also have a six year old daughter and a six week old daughter. It is a very hard thing to take care of someone with dementia but to have two small children as well, it takes somone very special. Tragically last January we lost his mother. This really destroyed my husband but he has stuck by his dad helping him through everything. He lost his job in December and is on unemployment and all that money goes into helping his father pay all his bills. He is the best father as well. He is alway playing with our daughters even though alot of his time has to be spent elsewhere he ALWAYS finds time for them. Our six year old says she is going to marry him someday just because he has the best heart and loves and takes care of everyone. This does become very stressful at times but he still hangs in there with enough love and patience for us all. Please choose him because he really deserves it.
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    I've been wanting to tell you about my dad. But when the contest is on, I'm in my truck driving to work. I made a promise to my dad I would'nt use the phone while driving. And he's taught us our word is one of the few things in life I can keep and give away. Anyway, mom and dad have been divorced for 16 years. He raised me,my brother and sister alone. My sister was killed by a drunk driver father's day weekend 1999...she was 15. Since then it's been hard to give him a good father's day. When mom and dad divorced, we did'nt want anything to do with mom. She abandoned us and put dad thru hell. What we did'nt know, is dad knew we would some day need and want contact with our mom. Even after everything, he sent her mother's day and birthday cards and gifts for years..from us ...signed our name. Today we have a reasonable relationship with mom, mostly due to his efforts. He's been disabled for a while now at a young age...he's 50 now. Physical pain is a daily issue for him...we know that, but not because he displays it. But he's never had a lot of money being on disability, but he always said if we can put a price on it...it doesn't matter .Dad made sure my brother and I had a good first car. My brother got his dream Mustang, and I got a truck. He had his dream Suburban that he let me use in HS. But I pretty well ragged it out. He saved up for almost 2 years to get another vehicle of his own. Some of the money from selling parts off his Suburban. He finally got a good deal on a minivan that was easy for him to drive, and had enough room to take our 4 dogs in. It was perfect for him. Then I totalled my Pick up..(.hence the cell phone promise) .I was laid off at the time and had no way to replace it. Again dad was 'on foot', while I used his van. Dad had other plans.....he knew a teenage boy really did'nt want to drive around in a minivan. Not being able to help me with money to replace my truck, he traded his van for my dream truck. A raised chevy 4X4,mud tires and all the bells and whistles I wanted. One that I would'nt still today been able to buy myself. And with his physical condition, and my truck having a HD clutch, he can't even drive it. Since then he sold off some items and bought himself a small economical truck. With over 200,000 miles on it. What a sight with him and the 4 dogs in it. I've found another job. But it's about an hour's drive...so once again, I'm using dad's truck to save gas while I catch up on my bills. And dad is walking the dogs again.( He takes care of my grandmother down the road.) He's taught us that price doesn't matter....whatever the 'cost'. And there's a real difference between being a father...and a real dad. He always reminds us only the good Lord is perfect. But as far as dads, we don't need a contest to know he's the perfect dad for us. Thanks for letting me share about dad. Kyle Hermanns Pickens
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    I have been with Mike for 10 yrs now, he is a great man. My husband my kids dad got killed in 1997 and my baby was just a few weeks old. Mike and I got together and started dating, my friends all came to me and told me that Mike was asking alot of questions about Clay my husband that gotten killed (he was a fire fighter) and them friends are more like family, so they was upset and told me to talk to him about it, so I did and Mike said , I am in this for the long haul and I want to be with you and the kids so i ask questions about him so when the boys get older and want to know something about thier dad and u are not around at that time, I can tell them what a good man thier dad was from everyone I heard from. Well it has been 10 yrs now and I still hear him talking to them about thier dad, not many men would do anything like that. He has been a great stepdad to my boys. He has also raised a child that was not his from his x grilfriend and she will be 23 in Nov. and she loves him as if he was her dad, she does not even see her real dad and mom she stay here in NC with us and calls Mike daddy. He has done things for and with the kids that most men would not have, He is the most loving and caring man alieve, He is the all american dad.
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    Dear Eddie and Sharon, My Dad's name is Kenneth. He is honestly the worlds GREATEST Dad. I couldn't ask God for a better Daddy. If I am ever hurt or need him he would drop everything, even if it would cost him everything...if it was for me or my brothers he wouldn't care about himself, only us. He is honest, caring, and is the ALL-American DAD!!!!! My Dad worked at Volvo Construction Equipment and recently lost his job after 20 years. Although, I know his life has been stressful he never puts that into the way he acts with us, his family. If my parents never told me he lost his job...I never would have known. He works on temporary job now and is doing his best to support us. And I know without him working like he does we would never make it. I only wish more kids in this world could have a Dad like mine...I feel the world would be a lot better place. Without my Dad I really don't know what I would do without him. I can tell him anything and trust him not to tell anyone else. I know my Daddy always has my back no matter what. He is the TRUE All-American DAD!!!!!! With Love, Taylor P.S. My parents and I love to sing with the Friday Mornin' Sing-Along!!!!!!!
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    I would like to nominate my husband Aaron Murdock for the all american dad. We got married 4 yrs ago we have been together 6 yrs. I have 3 girls whcih were ages 2,3 and 8 when we got together. My ex husband chose not to be in their life, But when Aaron and I got together he knew that I had the 3 kids and he also knew their dad wasnt in the picture. He wanted to be their dad and he has been every since, he helps coach their ball teams he never misses a game of any of the 3, he attends all their school functions and even attends field trips when i can t go with them. He has been the dad that their dad hasnt been. To them he is their Dad. Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a Daddy. He treats the girls like they are his own. He is also a volunteer Fireman. I feel that he deserves this award to show him how much we all love and appreciate him nad all he does for our family, since we have been together my mom and both my grandmothers have passed away and you couldnt of ask for a better husband or dad. We thank God for him everyday. Thank you Misty and girls
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    My name is Katie Presley and I would like to nominate my dad, Dennis Presley. My daddy is not only the best father in the world to me and my brother, he is also the father to my other brothers at Skyland Fire Department. At Skyland he is the chief and takes care of them like me and my brother. He works to provide our family what we want and will do anything for us, even if it is reaching for the moon. My dad is the best dad anyone can ever ask for as he works to provide for us and work for the community. The best part about my dad is that he is a follower in Christ and provides an example for everyone around him. If anyone around is an All-American-Dad Dennis Presley is the one! Thanks for all you do! Katie Presley
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    I would like to nominate Michael Silver. He is the father of our twin girls. They are 12 months old. He has been there for every DR visit, he changes diapers, helps out more than anyone. He works hard to make sure we have what we need. Ilove you Michael!
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    Let me tell you a story that is more incredible than any novel you've ever read. The story has many more details than you have time to read for this contest, but I will tell you that this story was featured in a national magazine as well as a national TV show. But this story is more than a story - it is my life - and a tribute to the truest All American Dad: In 1959, my parents were engaged to be married. Daddy was in the Air Force and wanted to finish his education and get a stable job before getting married and having a family. My mother, being a bit impatient, kept pushing for a wedding date. During a visit while on relief, Daddy and Mother had a MAJOR miscommunication and he went off to visit friends while she got angry and hurt that he wasn't spending his time with her. In her anger, she broke off the engagement. Well, just after that break-up she discovered she was pregnant - with me. Shortly after, she met and married another man. He accepted her pregnant and all and when I was born in September of 1960, it was his name that was placed on my birth certificate. Mother never told Daddy about her pregnancy or my subsequent birth. She felt that he had a new life and she didn't want to ruin it by saddling him with an unplanned child. Life went on, mother divorced her first husband, and a few years later Daddy (who had been searching for her) contacted mother to see how she had been doing in life. During his visit, he held me - even changing my diaper - but NEVER KNEW he was holding his very own daughter. Mother STILL felt that telling him about me might ruin his life and possibly complicate both their lives. Apparently at this time, he was engaged to marry another woman and was only visiting for "old times sake" and closure. Due to a tragedy, Mother was forced to give me up - as well as another sibling I had at the time from her first husband. I spent the rest of my life growing up in foster homes - rarely, if ever, seeing my mother. When I was 17, I began searching for my father. Except, because I was never made aware of the truth, I was searching for the man on my birth certificate - a man who was NOT my father. To make a long (search) story short, in 1994 I was getting married, my long-time foster-father had recently passed, and I was again searching for my biological father. After various twists and turns and with the help of the Sally Jesse Raphael Show and Seekers of the Lost, I FINALLY found my Dad in July of 1994. I will never forget his words when it was finally revealed that I was his daughter: That finding out about me was like winning the lottery - except better! Because he now had a third daughter - something he had always wanted! I consider my Dad the All American Dad simply because since 1994, he has NEVER questioned his parentage, never asked or requested a paternity test, and because he is the most loving, totally accepting & supportive person I know. When my prior marriage failed, and I felt I was beyond ever wanting to be with another man again, it was Daddy who held my hand and encouraged me to keep an open mind and date again. When one of my employees, the niece of my current husband, insisted that I meet her uncle, I dug in my heels and objected. But it was Daddy who spoke words of love and encouragement to give it a try. It was because of my Daddy, I recognized what a true man and husband should be - and I ended up marrying the wonderful man that I have now called husband for 13 years. Boyd Franks - I am SO PROUD to be your daughter and to call you my All American Dad. PS: Let me share with you the most awesome ending to this story: Two years ago, Mother's husband passed - and last year Daddy's wife passed. Last June, I gave Daddy's number to Mother - they talked - and as of last summer, have gotten back together. In September, I will be turning 50 years old - and for the first time in my life, I will be sharing my birthday with BOTH parents in attendance!!!
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    William Paul Effler of Old Fort, North Carolina is truly an All-American Dad. In 1968, he lost both of his legs and his right hand while serving in the United States Marine Corps, but that has never stopped him. While most people who have the use of their arms, legs, hands and feet, they lack the motivation and character that our dad has always had. Our dad has always been a hard-worker and a very fun-loving person. He has an amazing sence of humor and never seems to meet a stranger. While retired now he has spent his life making a difference not only for his family but by being a shining light for others in the area. He has a degree in Horticulture and for a while had a greenhouse, which instead of selling his plants alot of times he just gave them away. Today he has blueberries that he spends alot of time picking them by himself and again he ends up giving alot of them away. He has always been a very understanding and compassionate person. Always willing to help those in need if there is a way he can; from mowing the lawn to bringing a load of firewood. Not to meantion the countless times he has helped his children, grand-children, nieces and nephews, and sometimes his brothers and sisters. He is truly a Hero; and with his never quit attitude and always keep going no matter what he is without a doubt An All-American Dad. Thank you Daddy! We Love You Sincerely Amy Phillips and Tim Effler
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    I would like to nominate my housband brian for the All American dad. We meet in 1996 at the age of 16 and 17 feel in love shortly after had our frist child. Every morning befor school he would get her set her on his lap and tell her to say dada after about 5 months she said it he was so happy.He had always worked hard for us. He would always say he wants our kids to have more then he did and wants them to always have their dad in there life becouse he didnt and he knows how it feels not to have one. Then at the age of 21 and 22 we had our 2nd child.He said no more kids two is enought.Well now we are 30 and 31 years old, and about two years ago we was asked the question do we want coustody of our niece whom was 2 at the time and she also has celpalsey and or our nephew age 3 . He said we are getting both of them.and we did He works night now and he dont treat them any differnt then our two oldest. Last month i had to take them both to get tested for allergy when they seen the needles they started to scream and cry for there dady uncle brian thats what they call him. So i called him and after him working all night he still came to the doctor office to calm them down so the doctor could give them there shots. he has always been there for all four of our kids.hes been there for the gril scoutts, cheerleading, basketball and dance class and every thang else. He just works so hard to give the kids what he didnt have as a child a loving hard working farther who will always be there for them at anytime.
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    Let me tell you about the most wonderful and loving man on this earth. My husband, Robert Wagner, is the greatest. He has 4 very beautiful children, well their not that little. My husband gets up very early in the mornings just to make sure the 2 younger ones get to school, that is out of town. He takes them to all their appointments. He even takes me to work. He knows I don't like to drive since I had my wreck. He has 6 wonderful grandkids that he would bend over backwards for. He does this because he loves them very much. My husband is also disabled.Thats why he should be the ALL AMERICAN DAD.
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    I have the All-American Dad/Husband. I married my husband, Tommy Maxwell 7 years ago this June 14th. He was 39 years old, never been married before and no children. Boy did his life change in a hurry. I had 2 girls at that time ages 13 and 10, which he gave diamond rings too also by surprise during our wedding. Moved 200 miles away from his family. One month after our marriage I had major surgery, couldn't have ask for someone to take care of me and my children any better during all of that. A year later we decided to become foster parents, since that time we have had 12 children in our home. All which was very high needs children. We have adopted 1 one that is 10 years old now and in the process of adopted a precious little girl that soon will be 4 years old that is severely handicapped and blind. We have had her since she was 8 months old, and should I say she sure is a daddy's girl. It doesn't matter if its been the house that he has built onto to make more rooms for the kids or the ramp for the babies wheelchair or the vans we have bought just to get us all around in together or the simply things of bikes and playing with the kids Tommy has done it all, happily. He worked 12 to 16 hours day and then came home ready to take care of the kids where I could go to town for groceries or take one to a Dr.s appointment. Tommy has always been there for us all with a great big heart. Tommy is a wonderful Christian dad that is very thoughtful and puts everyone else first, loving, caring, giving. He is the All-American Dad. We hope you see in our letter how much he deserves to be Kiss Country's All-American Dad too. Tammy Maxwell & Gang
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    I would love to nominate my husband Randy. In 1997 my 1st husband passed away when our son was 2. A few months later I meet Randy,and he has been a GOD send! He has always treated my kids as his very own.He says alot that they are his. I dont know what I would have done without him. He goes to all the football games and helps so much with both my kids and my 2 grandkids. I dont tell him nearly enough how much he is appreciated. He does more for mine than he does for his own. We would be lost without him. Hes not a selfish person and is 1 of the most honest I have ever known. He really deserves something special. Ive never been able to do much for him on Fathers Day. This would be wonderful.
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    I would like to nominate my grandsons dad Nick Jones.He came into my grandson"s life and treated him like his own son. Nick went to all his ball games and school programs. He even included my grandson when he and his own dad went fishing. Now Nick and my daughter have a son and he still consider's Braedan like his own no difference between the two. You see Nick is very special person because he didn't run when he found out my grandson had ADHD & ODD, most would have. I don't have to worry about them now because Nick will take care of them. Nick Jones is a very special Dad! THANK YOU NICK !!!---Rose
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    This story is about my step dad KT. When he met my mom Kim she was a single mom with five kids. He looked right past that and dated my mom any way. A few moths after that he dove off a boat into shallow water and broke his neck. He had to relearn how to do everything from walking to writing his name. He slowly recovered and we became a happy family. As the years went on he treated us just like we were his own kids. Kt has always been there for us.I remember when I was 18 i was in the hospital in Hollywood Florida and my dad, kt, drove 7 hours on a motor cycle from Ocala, FL just so I wouldnt have to be alone. WHen we lived in Miramar FL we had a home invasion. Two men came into our house with guns and taped up my whole family. Held guns to there heads and demanded money and anything else of value. All of a sudden they heard a knock at the door. My mom prayed that it wasn't me. She was expecting me home any minute from a friends house. It was a friend of the familys. When they opened the door they put a gun in her face and told her to come in she ran. They both ran after her. When they did KT jumped up broke to duck tape on his hands and locked the front door. He right away called 911. If it weren't for his heroic actions I might have lost my whole family that night.There is a song that reminds me for my dad , i think brad paisly sings it, Half the man he didn't have to be. Today is my mom and dads anniverary and I wanted to nominate my dad because he didn't have to take on my mom and her five kids but he stepped up to the plate. I couldn't ask for any better of a father. There is nothing that I could do that could ever pay KT back for being there for us but I thought this might be a good place to start.
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    my dad, Robert R.W. Owens is the all american dad! He has 3 children and 2 grand children. He is wonderful to everyone he meets and has a heart the size of texas. however unfortunately my dad has in the past few years has had 3 heart attacks. One time in particular that my dad really stood out against other dads was when i was 17. he had just bought me a 1966 ford mustang!!!! i was thrilled, until 3 days after i had the car a lady ran a red light and totaled my car. i was devastated. my dad being the great guy that he is went in search of a mustang chassis and parts to rebuild my mustang for me!!!!! one year later and alot of hardwork and man hours my 66 mustang was like new! he even painted the car a purple raspberry color for me. i would love for my dad to be honored as the all american dad! he truly deserves it!! he has worked hard all of his life to make everone in our family have a wonderful life, now its our turn to give him what he deserves. thank you!!
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    I would like to tell you about my husband, Jason Tanner. We married a little over 2 years ago. He moved here from Georgia so we could be together. He has 2 kids (14 and 10) from his first marriage and then I have a 17 year old from my first marriage. Jason has been super Dad to my daughter and has really brought her out of her shell and helped her discover that she is a true country girl at heart. She discovered thanks to him that she loves to fish and hunt. Shortly after he moved up here, they rode to Charlotte to BassPro on his Harley. She found a pink fishing pole that she absolutely loved! He told her there was no way they could get it home on the Harley. But the next day when she got home from school there was a pink fishing pole sitting on the couch. They have spent several days fishing. And when she killed her first deer, I honestly don't know who was more excited, Jason or Amanda. He was recovering from knee surgery but nothing slowed him down from getting to her when he saw what she had done. I think they both had tears in their eyes. He truly is a wonderful Dad. She even listed him as her hero on her myspace. He has been the best thing to happen to her!! Julie J. Tanner
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    This tribute is to my husband, Ned Welch - from me, his wife,  and our 3 girls: Dovi, Kayla & Tiara.   To put it simply, Ned is a God-fearing man, which in turn makes him a wonderful father and husband. He is involved in all aspects of our lives. Without fail, when Sundays and Wednesdays come, he is with us in church (unless he's sick or we are out of town). He is the tradional "bread-winner" as he works outside the home, and between God and him, all our needs are met. His faith in the Lord is very strong and he does his best to set an example of what a Christian father and husband should be. He loves his family and when times are tough, he will makes sure that we come first in everything. He always put himself last in order to see that we have the daily essentials and sometimes more than not, he will go without instead. He makes sure we know that he loves us and that we come first for him. He is a fierce protector and defender of his family and home. He has helped out friends in need when they have had no place to go by opening our home to them until they can get back on their feet - both physically and emotionally. He is a shoulder to lean on and cry on when feeling down. He listens and will do his best to understand and give Christianly advice for situations of any kind. He knows the Bible and can guide you to a scripture that will fit what you are goin thru. I thank the Lord daily that He has blessed me and our girls with such a Godly man as Ned. He is everything to us and I could not imagine life without him.   God bless! Stephanie Welch, Cherokee, NC
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    I know an All-American Dad, my husband, Jeff Clark. He has been such a wonderful Dad to our two boys. He has helped coach our oldest son’s youth league football team for 2 years now. He plays outside with them all the time, passing football, going fishing and taking us camping. He works a lot and volunteers to work Saturdays to help our family financially. He is fun to be around with his outrageous personality. He IS an All-American Dad!!!
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    You know the song: Till the one day when the lady met this fellow, And they knew that it was much more than a hunch. That this group would somehow form a family. That's the way we all became the Brady Bunch. We are the BOOKER BUNCH! We have FIVE children! My name is Ingra Booker and for three years now I've had the privilege to be with the most AMAZING MAN!! I was a single mother with four children. Two years ago I had the honor of marrying my soul mate! The first time I met him was over 10 yrs ago! We lost touch and then ran into each other at Lowe's of ALL places 8yrs later! I was getting out of a long relationship and he was recently divorced! He now had a young son, he had complete custody of! We started out just hanging out and and listening to one another...being supportive threw these though times! Then on Xmas Eve He KISSED me for the first time and that is how we got to be the Booker Bunch!! He welcomed my children as his own! He works so hard for our family and then comes home each day and manages to give a few more hours to our family!! I really don't know how he does it!! He takes the time to do special things with them. They love to go fishing, we do a lot of hiking during the summer. He's very loving and patient. Everytime I hear the song "He didn't have to be" Makes me think of him! He's a blessing from above!! We love him dearly and would like to let EVERYONE know WE HAVE THE ALL AMERICAN DAD!! Till the one day when the lady met this fellow, And they knew that it was much more than a hunch. That this group would somehow form a family. That's the way we all became the BOOKER Bunch.
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    My husband and I have been married for 30yrs. We have 7 children combined (his, mine, ours, and adopted). All are grown now. But he has to be the most thoughtful, caring, supporting dad-not only dad but human being. His Dad has past so he trys to guide his younger brothers and sisters and his children. He has even gone to the store several times since we have been married and come back homeless people to take care of, one time a man and his small baby. He has a very caring heart. He is not to big of a man to show tears of concern and caring. In Sept. of 2008 he became a true American Dad when he recieved his citzenship, that he is very proud of! I wish I could be as tender and good hearted as he is. He is a very special person-DAD!
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    Dear Eddie & Sharon, We would like to nominate our dad, Alva Lunsford as the "All-American Dad." He's 79 yrs young & was one of 8 kids that grew up on a wonderful farm in the Big Pine area of Madison County. He survived polio as a child when the doctors use to come to your house by horseback. They tied bags of sand around his ankles & dropped them off the end of the bed to try to keep his legs from drawing up, which still left him with a limp, one leg shorter than the other & the grim diagnosis of never being able to walk again. Our grandfather (Bass, who passed away at age 93) told the story that he use to carry our dad to the barn with him some mornings for him to watch him milk the cows. One morning it was real cold & snowing & he told my dad it was too cold for him to go. He said he left the house with the sound of our dad crying to go to the barn. He said the sound of his cries kept getting closer, & when he looked out the barn door, our dad had made it out of the house & would take a couple of steps, fall, get up & take a few more steps. He never stopped walking after that. After finishing school, he & one brother moved to Detroit to work in the steel mills & send money back home to help with the younger brothers & sister. In Detroit he met & married our mom & then moved us back to this area. He worked as a welder until retirement, and took care of our mom the last 6 years of her life while she was battling cancer. He's been a widow for 9 years, lives by himself, goes to church, mows his own yard, raises a garden, and cans & freezes what he grows. He has helped with all four grandchildren; from being a baby sitter when they were sick to helping them move in & out of dorm rooms, apartments & helping to get them through college. He is always there to lend a helping hand no matter what we call about. We thank God for him & only hope we make him half as proud as we are of him. Everyone deserves a dad like this & we think he deserves the title of "All-American Dad." Thank you, Linda L. Merrill & Jimmy Lunsford
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    My dad is the all American Dad because he has made me who I am today. He has helped me out alot, My husband got killed last September and I now live with him, I have two boys they are 3 and 2. He is a really great grandfather to them, I guess they look up to him as a dad too,Since their dad is no longer around. My dad is on a fixed income but he really helps us out alot. If it was not for my dad then I would not have a place to live and I would not know what to do.That is why my dad is the All American Dad.I love him very much and he is the greatest dad around.This is a picture of my wonderful Dad.
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    My dad is the all American dad. My dad is my best friend. He does more for everyone else then himself. He has been here for me when no one else was. My dad is my hero and everything I would like to be. Without you dad I would not be the women I am today. You build a strong foundation no one can take a way. Your always my true friend. Dad when I need you are always there. Dad I love you for all that you do. You are loving and kind. You often know what I have on my mind. You are someone who listens, suggest, and defends. I love to sit and have our chats together. My dad is a blessing to me. My dream is for him to walk me down the aisle when I get married. No matter how old I get I will always be your little girl. I love you today, tomorrow, and always. Songs daddy's little girl and the wind beneath my wings is perfect songs for him Thank you dad for listening and caring. Thanks you dad for giving and sharing. Most of all thanks for just being you.
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    hi there--tell you about my husband he is great dad he had brain surgery in Feb 2010 and he held us all together during that time also i lost my dad to cancer and best freind all right together at the same time as his surgery going on but he still held me and mt 2 girls postivite during this whole time so yes he is very special to us and the grandkids---thank you his name is David Hampton
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    I know of a very nonchalant man who always carries respectful, loving and yet very firm ways with all that he comes in contact with but especially his 3 children, Sarah, Karlie and Blaine. Sarah is 14, Karlie is 10 and Blaine is 8 and all 3 live in South Carolina, so while he plays the role of an every-other weekend or whenever he gets the opportunity to have his children dad, he also works full time and is going to school to eventually become a Registered Nurse. Jay is a wonderfully loving man with a warm heart and a kind soul. Having been through exceptionally rough changes and a load of turbulence through his 38 years on this earth, he always keeps his children's happiness and wellbeing first in his life and theirs no matter what the condition. If you know Jay you know he is always sporting a sweet smile and is always willing to lend a caring hand whether it be picking his son up after wrecking his bike or giving one of his daughters a pep talk after just striking out during a softball game. He gives focus to his children through understanding eyes and tear-felt talks. I would like Jason Parr to know that no matter what life brings to the table he has and will always be the apple of his children's eyes because of the loving father and man that God made him to be. Jennifer Moore
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    Hi, When I saw this e-mail, I couldn't resist. Let me tell you about my dad. His name is Deputy Steve Fortune, of the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, where he has worked since 1992. For several years prior to joining the sheriff's office, he was disabled due to a spinal injury he sustained as a locomotive engineer. He spent years getting full use of his body back so he could qualify and go into law enforcement. He'll spend hours telling us about the railroad and about his work with the sheriff's office, but he will rarely if ever mention what he's been through. In 2001, my dad took a bullet to his upper jaw trying to stop a man who was high on drugs, making threats, and toting a gun. He received the Purple Heart with Valor for his actions. After recovering from the shooting, he was transferred to Civil Division and now runs civil papers. He is still a deputy, just in a different department. As a person, he is one of the most hard working, decent, honest, generous people you could ever meet. He was the one who spent hours every day helping me with my homework, paid my way through tutoring in high school, gave me my first car, taught me to drive, and taught me love for the land we live on, which is 40 acres of forest and field. He helped me get through college, and supported me all the way with my dreams and my education, never asking for anything in return other than me doing my best. He has helped me and my husband when finances got tough, and made sure we had everything we needed when he knew the check book was coming up short. Like most young couples, we have car payments and bills, and as long as we are doing the best we can to take care of ourselves, he is right there to help us. And then his granddaughter showed up a year and a half ago. He adores Emily. Every time he comes to the mountains, he brings her a car load of goodies. Clothes, toys, candy, stuff for her room, you name it and he's come up with it. He even has a Disney Princess lounge chair stuck back for her for when she's old enough to go camping. He loves spending time with her, he has plans for teaching her about being a good person as she grows, and then he plans to drive me insane by getting into all kinds of trouble around here with her. (Kinda reminds me of me and my granddad!) He talks so much about where she could go in life, and how many adventures are ahead of her. He is definitely living up being a grandpa. If he sounds like a deep thinker, it's because he is. He will think something through, and then come up with the solution that no one else would have thought of, and it usually works! He has advice for us whenever we need it, and he's always willing to help anyone who needs it. And he has a wicked sense of humor. Talk to him for five minutes and he will have you rolling. He's the one cracking jokes about a situation that would irritate anyone else. We had an incident with the turkey last Christmas, and while all of us were trying to wrack our brains for how to fix the problem, he was talking about how the bird was trying to escape because it didn't like the accomodations in the oven! He's had a lot of plans and dreams over the years that he's had to let go of either for us, or because of getting shot. He wanted to move up here to the mountains when he retired and build a log cabin. He ended up letting that go because my grandmother took out a mortgage on our home without anyone knowing, and he took over paying for it so we wouldn't lose the land that has been in our family for nearly a hundred years. Now he has a camper up here that he plans to move into, and build a house bit by bit as he can. And with all of this, he never complains. Sure he complains about stuff that my husband and I do, but he never gripes about his situation. Instead, he's grateful that he was able to keep his job at the sheriff's office, he was able to get the camper when he needed it, and the fact that between the sheriff's office and the railroad he has a decent retirement to look forward to. For all he gives, and all he does, he is certainly one who deserves something nice for himself for a change. This is why I nominate him for All American Dad. He deserves it so much. PS...he loves to shoot pool, and when I was very very little he had a pool table. My mom sold it at a yard sale for 25 bucks. Thank you, Ashley McAbee
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    My Dad is the all-american dad. He works 16-18 hours a day. He works third shift at Baxter's and then works with a Grading buisness from 8 to 4. He can fix nearly everything. Everytime somone needs help he will try in some way to help them. He, along with my mom, takes care of theraputic foster children. On the weekends he works around the house and still has time to be with his family. He is a great dad to me, my sister, and my two brothers and all the foster kids we have had over the years. He is one of the most dependable and respectable men I have had the pleasure to meet. He never brags or tries to boast his knowledge that is why he deserves to be recognized for all his work. Thank you, Landon
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    I would like to tell you about my daddy, Brad Goodrich. He has 7 children ages 26 (me) to 8, and 3 grandchildren (one on the way). He never stops working to provide his family with everything they need. He has gotten me through many trials and always makes sure he spends quality time with each and every one of us. He is an amazing example to follow. Him and my mom have been married for 27 years and are still going strong :) No matter how busy he is he always makes sure he is never too busy to say I Love You. When I was little, he fell 16 feet from a makeshift scaffolding and shattered his wrist and many other injuries. We were told that had he landed any other way the what he did it would have killed him. I cannot imagine my life without him. I Love My Daddy! Thanks, Sarah Ochoa
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    I would like to nominate my husband, Patrick Robertson, for the All American Dad. Seven years ago I had a miscarriage and then five and a half years ago I went into labor with our son three months early. While I spent three months in the hospital with our son Patrick worked all the hours he could handle so that we could make ends meet and then spent the rest of his time at the hospital. After we were able to take our son home I was able to go back to work part time, but Patrick continued to work as many hours as possible because with a child with special needs things get a little expensive. Patrick has given up a lot so that I and our son could have the best life ever and so far he has succeeded! Now Patrick has taken a second shift job so that he could spend more time with our son and take him special places while I work. Patrick should be the All American Dad because he puts his family first and he works hard to support the family without any complaints. Thanks Andrea Robertson
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    Hi, My name is Patricia Kirkpatrick, I married my husband Joe Kirkpatrick 26yrs ago. He is my all American Dad, because, He is the best. He adopted my 3 children from my first marriage, Then we had a child of our own, He never showed any difference between the children. He loved all of the children the same. He did without to see that our kids had what they needed. He was a farmer then and we had some really hard time, but he did not let it get him down. Now he has 10 grandchildren and he does the same with them as he did the kids. I could have not found anyone to love these kids the way he does. I hope you will pick him as the All American Dad. Thank You
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    My name is Samantha Fox from Granite Falls NC, my husband and the all American dad is Christopher Fox. we have two Kids Riley and Gracie. my husband works 40+ hours at a job like most Americans he despises, but he does so because it pays good and so that his wife and children don't have to do with out. About 2 years ago Chris had an accident at work due to faulty equipment, where he almost lost his leg. It was a worker compensation case so for lack of better words he kept getting screwed over. But through the therapy and medication he never perused a lawyer because he needed to have a job still when he recovered and so he could support his family, never once did he complain about this. His leg still gives him trouble and hasn't fully gained its strength. To this day he comes home after sacrificing every day of his life at work that is slowly taking his mobility, causing back pain. To mow the lawn with a push mower on our up hill yard, he plays with the kids until they fall asleep, He gives up things like new socks and clothes just to buy the kids the coolest new toy or new outfit so they never feel left out. He never once has made me feel bad about him being the provider while I stay at home to take care of our children, because daycare can get pricy and our son has a speech problem( which is getting better). When we first met he took care of me even buying my school supplies because my mom couldn't afford it. He never said I was to much trouble He has always been a man worth knowing and a role model even now to our children and I have always wanted to let him know how important he is and that what he does for us to have a good life doesn't go un-noticed and we realize how hard he works for us and what he gives up. To others it doesn't sound like much but to us it's everything, and to just know him and what type of person he is, he would sell his own blood if we needed something I think he is the All-American dad because he is our All-American person. We would like to make this Fathers day one that he will remember and look back on and know that he deserves to have things, and be recognized for what he does I really hope he wins the All-American dad contest because it would mean the world to me to make him as happy as he makes us.
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    My dad is the best !!!! Him & my mom took in my 3 kids ages : 5 1/2, 3 & 2 years old when I got divorced & raised them like there own. When I was able to take the kids back with me, the kids desided they liked it better with My mom & dad. My dad is always there for me & my sister & his 5 grandkids . KS
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    My son was the wild and party animal until he found out he was going to be dad. Well, he done a 360!! He didn't think he would have any kids,didn't want kids. But,he is a daddy. He was there during the birth,he has been there thru the long sleepless nights with sickness and still does and is there when it comes to having good times. He tries to stay in touch with his son but the mother decides when that can be only.He cherishes every moment he has with him and is able to talk to him.He is here for his son no matter what and when she has some place she wants to go then he gets him also. I'm very proud that my son takes on his responsibility as a daddy because his father was not there for him because he didn't want to. So, Yea my son is the all american dad!!
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    My name is Meagan Sorrells, and I believe that my husband Logan Lane Sorrells is the All American Dad. Knights in shinning armor are a true life being. I myself is origanally from Stuart, Fl, and lived in Ft. Lauderdale for four years before i moved up here. I came up here in Aug of 08 to visit my mom and a friend of mine who I grew up with in florida who now lives in Sylva. During my visit my friend introduced me to a lean, tall, darked eyed, true to the bone mountain man. We hung out for 3 days and our first date he took me bear hunting ( at that time it was training season, and had no idea what i was getting myself into). to make a long story short, he had me dropping of the edge of Devil's Courthouse in snake chaps and dress boots from Wal-Mart at 2 in the morning, and right then and there i fell in love. Unfortunately i had to go back to Florida, (which by the way i wasnt doing very good down there) on a Sunday and that following friday, he realized he could no longer live without me and he drove from Nc to Fl that night after he got off work which takes 14 hours and packed me up and brought me back with him. Now the first couple of weeks were the hardest cause at that time i was doing drugs and drinking so i was going through bad withdrawls and needless to say i have been clean and sober for almost two years. He brought me back on Sept.8, 2008, proposed to me on Halloween that year, found out i was pregnant in Jan, got married in May, had our child in Sept. and this sunday we are celebrating our 1 year anniversary this sunday. He is a Crew Foreman for Sumpter Utilites, which is a contracter to Duke Energy. We have had some hard times so right now we are living with his parents, but he has always made sure me and our beautiful son Hayden have everything we need, even if it means to sell one of his best bear dogs. i believe he deserves the honor of being the all american dad because he is a hard work, a fantastic father, a unbelievable husband, a good christian man, and a original born and raised in haywood county mountain man, and if is wasnt for him, god knows where i would be today without his love and support. thank you so much, Meagan Sorrells
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    My Daddy. He's the greatest man I know. I'm 19 and my dad has been my hero since day 1. I've grown up watching him. Never a day has passed when I haven't noticed something about his characteristics, his voice, his smell, his words, his laughter, his hands, the way he thinks, his eyes, his hair, everything. I've noticed so much about him. One thing is his mind. His mind is overwhelmed sometimes, he's a thinker. He likes knowing how things work, he likes knowing where he's going and how he's going to get there. When he sets your mind to something it's going to get done. He's going to do whatever it takes to get there. I've watched him build a ministry and I've watched him change lives. Because of his mind being set on Christ I've seen hearts come to know God, countless hearts touched by him. All because of daddy's strong will and dedication. I pray God gave me that too. It's a stubbornness that God has used in beautiful ways. Another thing is his eyes. I've seen them angry, I've seen them mourn, I've seen them disappointed….the worst was when I was the one to cause them to be disappointed or angry or hurt. I've seen them with the glow of laughter, joy, peace and tenderness. I've seen them with compassion, with sympathy. I've seen them looking at a boy having seizures sick in his bed. I've seen them watch mama with a beautiful love. I've seen them watch his child born, full of joy (maybe a little disgust….haha) I've seen them closed as he has prayed for your family. I've heard his voice. I've heard it laugh, I've heard it when it was choking back tears, I've heard it cheer me on at gymnastics meets, Brandon at the special Olympics, and Isaac and Cade at baseball and basketball games. I've heard it give instruction, teach wisdom, tell jokes, cuss from hammering his own fingers, compliment, encourage, and my favorite, sing. I've heard it sing some of the most beautiful songs. Sing to people who are hungry for God and God has used his voice to give them hope. I've seen his voice be an inspiration, a breath of fresh air, a sign of hope. I've seen it bring tears, smiles, lifted hands, worship, praise to God. I've watched his hands. I've seen daddy's hands work, bleed, build, create, change, draw, write, make music. His hands have been part of big things. His hands have been part of building a home. They have been used in his job, they've kept a roof over our heads and food on the table, his hands have created music that have moved people to holy tears. They have worked. They have held my mama, me & my 3 brothers, given people hugs, pats on the back. I've seen them folded in prayer, clenched in anger, rub his face in exhaustion. I've seen his heart. I've seen him when he was hurting, depressed, joyful, peaceful, compassionate, understanding, loving, hopeful. His heart has grown in Christ. His heart loves it's family. It breaks for the lost, the broken, the homeless, the lonely, the ones who are desperate for a way out. I've seen the devil set up evil attacks on daddy's heart. I've seen God rescue him. I've seen him as his heart praised God. It's like I've seen his heart smile when he smiles at times. I've watched daddy grow. I've watched him change. I've watched him as Satan has tried to break him and get him as far away from God has he could. But I've watched as he has kept his grip tight on God. He don't let go,he don't give up. He has not only told me how I should live but he has shown me in so many ways. I'm so blessed!
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    My boyfriend is a awesome man . He has a set of twins that are 7  that he has custody of and re voles his life around him . Since the 3rd date  we had he has had his twins . Not only is a awesome dad to the twins I have 3 boys that love him to death . He helps my boys whenever they need it . My boys are 21, 20 and 18 they never had a dad i raised them alone , they call David dad , and love him very much .I also have a grandson that David is very proud to call his grandson. David takes time out for all 5 of his kids , and i can say his kids with pride , cause David is the dad my boys never had. And with 5 kids they are all boys but for one she is our only girl . David changed his life for his twins , and works every day so his kids , can have a life with there dad. David takes his kids to church since he became a single dad , and his daughter got saved . David is a very good dad and wonderful man to raise his kids alone .                                                            thank you , robin
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    My dad is the best dad because he works all hours of the night helping others and saving lives.He helps my two half brothers with their cars and he helps them get jobs. He has stayed up later a lot of nights to help my brother John get through test in EMT classes He takes me fishing when he can.He helps me with my homework.He spends time with me playing basketball and other fun things. His friends call on him to help them out and he never turns them down. When I was young he would let me paint his finger nails and do his hair with clips.But, we wash it off later. He is the dad that any little girl or boy would love to have. He is the best dad ever. His name is Thad Lewis and he is the chief at Riceville Fire Dept. Kaitlyn Lewis
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    I would like to nominate my dad as the all american dad!! Every since I can every remember my dad has worked daylight to dark to provide for our family. He had a rough childhood growing up and had to learn alot on his own but for that I think he became a better man because he learned to never expect things, to earn them. Even with working hard to have the things he has he would still give it up or break his back to help someone in need. As a young girl my mom worked second shift so after school I was always with him and we would share times and do things together and of course being the typical dads girl, I got away with alot! Prior to myself, my dad did serve in the Navy, provide for my mother, brother and sister and has help contribute to the house that we call home. Our home is the same house that my grandmother, my mother and myself have grown up in so he has to do alot to keep the house in good tip condition so that it can stay in our family. He is also a VERY proud grandfather. Just like for his own kids he would go without to make sure they have! We often have cookouts, swim and just sit by the fire as a family on summer nights, and those are memories you just cant replace no matter what! I cant say enough except that he is the All American Dad. Thank you!
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    My husband John Thorpe is a wonderful father to his 2 children. He is a great role model for our older son who is 6. My husband is proving that it is never too late to go back to school. John is showing our son Lance School is very important. My son loves spending time with his father working on cars. John provides for us the best he can with what little he has. He will help anyone in need.
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    I would like to nominate my husband. He is disabled from the USMC and is in pain every day. Despite this he is going back to school.....he just received his bachelors at Western and is starting his MBA in the fall while working as an intern for a company in Asheville. He is also very involved with our children.......he coaches soccer and Little League for my oldest son as well as being an ass. cub scout leader, he spends time playing'superheros' with our 5 and 3 year old boys, and even though his knees are one of his most painful areas he will still get down on the floor with our almost 6 month old girl and play for long periods. I think being not only in the USMC but being involved as well as furthering his education to support his kids makes my husband a perfect example of an All-American Dad. ~Elizabeth Hebenstreit~
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    When I grow up, I would like to be just like my Dad! However, I may not have the determination that he does just to be like him. My Dad was a victim of Polio when he was 9 years old. Throughout his life, he never developed like the rest of the kids. His left arm was smaller than his right arm and his arm was smaller than the rest of the kids. He never really let that stop him from doing anything that he wanted to do. He could do anything with his right arm and as a kid I never really realized that he was different. Fast forward to the present time Part of the disadvantage of having polio is that the older you get you get something called Post Polio Syndrome. What that means is that he is slowing getting weaker on his entire left body. We have been told that he will eventually be confined to a wheel chair at anytime. However, about 2 or 3 years ago, my Mom became paralyzed. With it just being my Dad and my Mom living together, my Dad is having to do everything. He is really having a hard time cooking, cleaning, washing and shopping for the two of them. I could go on forever about what he has done and what he is doing on a daily basis. I heard about your giveaway and just could not think of a better way of saying thanks to him. I tell him thanks all the time and I do what I can to help. But sometimes he does not really get that he is TRULY AN ALL AMERICAN DAD! Thanks for the consideration! Glenn Sandridge
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    I would like to nominate my Dad Joe Sprouse! He is one of the most strongest and inspiring men I know. He was born with a rare eye disease called rectituspigmentosis and has been going blind all of his life. He is now 95% blind and has never seen my 7 year old daughter's face but that doesnt stop him from being the best grandfather EVER! He doesnt let his disability hold him back from anything he wants to do. He goes to work every single day and gives 110% of himself. He worked for the same company for 30+ years until they fired him because he became a liability to them, instead of getting all down and depressed he found a new job at the industries for the blind and has been employee of the month 6 times in the year he has been there. He works circles around the ones that have perfect eyesight. My dad has taught me that you can do whatever you set your mind to and to never let anyone tell you that you cannot do something. My dad is my hero and one of the most amazing men I know. He doesnt want anyone feeling sorry for him because of his disibilty and he tries to live a normal life just like everyone else. There should be more men in this world like my dad! Everyone who meets him is inspired by his strongwill and sheer determination. He makes everyones life a little better just by knowing him. I feel like he is an angel here on Earth sent by God to show us the true meaning of happiness. He doesnt let anything get him down and he lives each day to the fullest and with no regrets! Please please please pick my daddy. He has never won anything and I think he deserves alittle attention on this fathers day. I have attached a picture of my dad and daughter :) Thank you for considering my dad! Teresa Erickson
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    Hi my name is Jennifer Wilson and my father-in-law is the All-American Dad. His name is O'Neil Riddle. He has lived in Barnardsville all his life, born and raised. He doesn't have any biological children of his own, but he has a son. My husband. He served in the Navy. He grew tobacco when tobacco was still be raised in this area. He now raises chickens, ducks, emus and has a cat named smokey. He was the Custodian for Barnardsville Elementary School for 14 yrs. and retired 2 yrs ago. He is a Deacon in our church. Babysits the grandchildren and also goes on vacation with us. His 80 yr. old mother lives with him and his wife of 27 yrs. When I met my husband, I adopted a father because I didn't have a father like that when I was younger. Seven weeks ago my husband broke his wrist. O'Neil was right there to help with any of the chores around the house that needed to be done. He even worked on the jobs that my husband couldn't (because my husband owns his own business). We can count on O'Neil for anything at anytime. This is why, O'Neil Riddle is the All-American Dad!!
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    My dad is an All-American Dad! He was raised here in Asheville, where he lived until he was 18. He married my mom, his high school sweet heart and he joined the Air Force. They had my sister and myself and raised us to be wonderful ladies. My dad's pride and joy of serving in the Air Force makes me so proud today to say that he fought for our country. My dad retired when I was going into my senior year of high school. He stayed In Nebraska where I grew up so that I could finish school with my friends. He drove a school bus for the Elementary schools there. He would have the kids draw pictures and he would hang them up on the bus. He loves to be around kids and loves life. He never gave up his dream of coming back home. My parents moved back to Asheville when I graduated high school. He's back where he has always loved, near his family. His dad passed away 6 years ago this year, and my dad stayed by his side. Until the very end. My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009. He had surgery and had the prostate removed. He was given a clean bill of health. Not a couple of months later, he was diagnosed with CML, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. He is so brave, he didn't shed a tear like the rest of us, he held his head high and said, "I'm not going anywhere". He was in the very early stages of leukemia, and he was going to have pill treatments. After taking the pill, blood levels are going back to normal. My dad let me and my son move in with them. We've enjoyed being with my family. He is not only the All American Dad, he is also the All American Papaw! That's my dad! Rick Bailey and I love him more than he will ever know and I'm so proud of him and so grateful that he has taught me to give back just as he has all his life.
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    My husband Josh us definitely the All American dad. Prior to meeting Josh, he served proudly in the USMC. After Josh and I were engaged, he began building (on his own) the house we would start our family in. When our first child was born, we decided that I would stay at home. Josh works full time (usually 60+ hours a week) to provide for our family. He is also going to school (carrying up to 14 credit hours per semester). When he is not at work or school, Josh helps with the stewardship program where he works and is active in our church. We are now expecting baby number two. I don't know how he does it but, Josh finds time for work, school, family, church and, house maintenance. The one thing he never has time for is himself. My husband is wonderful!!! Rebecca L. Toole
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    Stan Presley is the All-American Dad. He is my father, and mentor. He has lived in Asheville all of his life. He attended T.C. Roberson high school. After high school he attended college to become a fire fighter. Today he is the wheel man (Driver) at station five. He Married his high school sweet heart. Now he lives in a house he built himself. He lives on the property he grew up on. He goes everywhere in his black truck. He makes an honest living supporting his three children. Every Sunday he goes to church gets home, watches the race, and mows the yard. My dad is the All American Dad.
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     Hello,   I would like to nominate my dad, David Shepard, for the All American Dad Contest.    When my dad was 18 years old, he joined the United States Marine Corp, a decision that would forever change his life.  In 1968, he was sent to fight in the war in Vietnam.  During his deployment he received two purple hearts for being a combat wounded Marine.      After his return to the US, he married and had 3 children.  After his first marriage failed, he met and he saved my mother.... My mom had married my "real" father right out of high school.  After two kids and 11 years of marriage, he decided he didn't want that life and left us.  My mom worked 2 jobs in order to provide for me and my sister.  After two years of doing it on her own and barely scrapping by, she met the man we would soon call dad.   They married, had a child and we became a blended family, all six kids under one roof.  Our household was very disciplined, which is something I did not fully appreciate until later.  My dad would always make sure we were ready for school,made us breakfast, and would walk us to the bus stop.  He NEVER missed a softball game, chorus concert, or camping trip.  He taught us to love the Lord with all of our hearts and to always keep our word.  As we grew older, if we wanted something, he made us work for it...mowing grass, cleaning the house, or laundry for a few bucks.  All of us kids had a part time job when we hit age 15 and we each were responsible for one bill and "bringing in a pack of diet drinks" every week.  He put me through college and always supports us in all we do.   Sounds like most dads right?  Here's what sets my dad apart... When he was in Vietnam, he was heavily exposed the the chemical Agent Orange. Agent Orange is the code name for an herbicide and defoliant-contaminated with TCDD-used by the U.S. military in its herbicidal warfare program during the Vietnam War.  While in Vietnam, the veterans were told not to worry, and were persuaded that the chemical was harmless.  In the last few years, this opinion has changed, and studies show the true effects Agent Orange has on humans.  Agent Orange has been directly linked to diabetes, heart disease, leukemia and other cancers.  My dad suffers from PTSD, he has been a life long diabetic, has had 2 heart attacks, is in kidney failure, hearing loss, and has had numerous skin cancers removed.  But...he never complains about it, he is proud of his service in the Marines and he has never let any of it slow him down.   Could you imagine being a healthy 18 year old man, making the decision to fight for our country, having a harmful chemical dumped on your head, being told it was harmless, and having it affect your heath for the rest of your life.  Most people that age are worried about what they are going to do over the weekend...he was worried about staying alive.   Last week, my dad collapsed while at a kidney doctor appointment and was admitted into the ICU at the VA Hospital.  His pulse rate dropped to 60 and his oxygen level was critically low.  He remained in the hospital for 4 days and was released after the swelling in his lungs had subsided.   I have never been so scared in my life.  All of us know we will lose him one day, but its a thought that was forced into reality after he collapsed.  I am not ready for him to go...   My dad is the most important man in my life and I do not want to let one more minute of his life go by without him knowing how important he is to each and every one of us kids.  This email doesn't even do him justice.   He is the all American dad.   Sincerely, Jennifer Bush 
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    My husband is a great father. we just had a baby 4 months ago, He dose what most fathers would not do! I work a full time job and so dose he, He works at arvato digital survices and he is off 16 days a month and on those days he watches our 4 month old with out any questions or complaints, and as most of you know taking care of a 4 month old is an all day job! he has been doing this for almost 2 1/2 months! i know there is fathers out there who are much more than him but i just wanted to recognize him on fathers day! thank you Jennifer
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    I have the BEST All-American Dad. My dad is Lloyd Lovik, Sr. and is 71 years of age. It's hard to know where to start, he's just that great. In 1969 my mom left my father with (3) children. I was only 1 year old and my sister & brother were 7 & 8 years old. My dad raised us for 7 years by himself. What a man!!! I'm so glad that he keep us together. THANK YOU Dad!!!!! WE Love You!
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    Hello,     I think that my dad is the best father any family could ask for.  There are five children including me. Two are half brothers and one sister is adopted.  He has treated everyone of us with great respect,generosity, and compassion.  Even though not all the kids were his he raised each of us like his own. I was an athlete in high school and as well as college and my dad never missed a game, and in college we traveled all over the US. I could always look on the sideline and know my biggest fan would be there supporting me..... my dad. Not just me, he was there for my brothers hobbies as well. One races motorcycles and my dad has barely missed any of them and at one point was even part of his crew. He has always supported our hobbies and interests.  Besides all that our youngest sister was adopted and we have had her since the day she came out of the hospital and she is 16 now.  She is a handicapp child and can not perform any daily living skills on her own or walk.  My dad does all of these for her.  He gives up his precious time everyday to take care of someone else that needed a loving family and father like him. He makes sure she is spoiled on top of that.  He makes sure she is at school on time, at every dr appt no matter how far the distance, his at every school play, and she is treated with fairness and equality. He plans on taking care of her until the day he can not take care of himself.  She is one of the luckiest handicap children because she has an all american dad like him everystep of the way.  We are a lucky family to have a dad that puts his family first no matter how hard of work and through thick and thin.  On top of all the resposibility that comes with his children he has been a hardworking man all his life. He has provided for this family until he has came to the time for his retirement. In my heart this is why my dad is THE all AMERICAN DAD!!!! Thanks, Heather Burns
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    I think my dad is an all american dad. He is the greatest guy i know he took me & my brother in as his own when we were little. He is always in our hearts even when he is not with us you see my dad works away during the week so hes only home on the weekends & one of those weekends he is gone with the national guard. I dont get to see him much but the love he has for his family is remarkable.He works over 40 hrs a week every week he takes college online & he serves this country well & when hes in town he always makes times for me my brother & my sister. Not only does he do all this but anytime he sees somebody in need of something or broken down he dosent care if hes late for something he stops to help. He never asks for anything because he says its better to give then to recieve. He never lets anyone know what he has accomplished in life or in the military because he says thats just bragging. I can sit here & brag & say i have the best dad in the World & i miss him when hes not home & im gonna miss him when he leaves to go overseas. His son, Christian
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    Thank you for the opportunity to nominate the father of my two girls, my best friend and husband for the last 20 years - Johnny Ruth for the All American Dad. Johnny and I met 23 years ago and from the first moment I saw him I knew he was something very special. I had never met anyone that was so positive about life no matter what it might bring. He'd always look on the bright side of his circumstances. His quick witted humor keeps our home entertained everyday and yes after 20 years he still makes me laugh! He carries that same wit to work with him as his co-workers have told me many times that he makes the 12 hour shifts they work go along a little better. I've seen his roles change over the years from being a boyfriend to a husband, from a child to a caregiver for his ailing father, and becoming a wonderful dad to our children. My love and respect for him grew deeper as I watched him work off a 12 hour shift many times to demand that he go stay with my Dad in the Hospice House so that he could help him and protect me or Mom from being left alone just in case cancer might claim Daddy during the night. He made Daddy laugh ever chance he got to break the tense and agonizing moments that a terminal illness can bring. Johnny never once complained. He continues to show that love and respect to my Mom as she faces health challenges now. Johnny is an unselfish provider for "his girls" as he calls us. He has wants just like anyone else, but he always seems to put them aside so many times in order for us to have ours. Even though he thinks what he does is insignificant we know it is not. We feel very blessed that he's our All American Dad and would appreciate it very much for him to be considered your All American Dad too! Thank you from the girls, Regina, Alison, and Tamara Ruth
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    I know the perfect All-American Dad. My name is Megan Bradley, and I am writing this for my special needs cousin Jamie, also my two daughters and my nephew. John "Bobby" Hart. This man is so amazing in so many ways. Bobby has been apart of Jamie and Jerri his wife, for over 22 1/2 years. Through the ups and downs with Jamie he has kept an upbeat and positive attitude. In Jamie's eyes and in my eyes stepfather is not even a word for Bobby. He has been such a wonderful father figure to us! Bobby makes sure that we walk in the right path. By doing this Bobby keeps God beside him at all times. In his life he has been a support system for us growing up. About a year go we almost lost Bobby due to a heart attack. Bobby had a 7 bypass open heart surgery. Bobby's main concern with the surgery was that he was not able to lift Jamie in and out of the van as well as Jamie's wheel chair. For a man that has had 7 bypasses for this to be his main concern, I think that he is a Great All-American Dad. As for my daughters Greenlee and Talynn call him papaw. He may be my uncle but this man has a special place in their hearts. Bobby was the first on to hold my daughter Greenlee. At 19, I thought he would be the hardest on me for having a daughter out of wedlock. But no, He saw this a a true blessing from God. And with Talynn just 3 years later he really saw that God has a plan for him to be a spiritual father to them. As a ordain minister he dedicated my daughters back to God. Bobby also calls Greenlee and Talynn his " little princess' " For my nephew Robert "Noah", Bobby's little name sake. When Noah was born he got a letter from my cousin Misty saying that he was going to be named after him. And if you know Bobby, you know that he has red hair and great personality. Well he has passed this on to Noah. He has red hair and a great personality. Bobby also dedicated him back to God and his a spiritual leader for him. As for me, I want to nominate him. Bobby has been apart of my life for over 22 years. He has been life a father to me when I needed him the most. Yes he was hard on me, but it was only for a reason. And now that I have kids on my own I see that he never ment any harm, he just wanted me on the right path in life. There is not enough words to describe this man Bobby. I just want to say that no matter what Bobby is an All-American Dad in my eyes, as well as my whole families eyes. Thank you Bobby for being there for Jamie, Jerri, the grandchildren, and the family. We love you with all of our hearts!
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    My dad, James Blankenship, is the most amazing man I have ever met. He is my hero!! He was remarkable even before I was born. My mother was a single mom when she met my dad. He adopted my brother with no question and quickly took the role of dad. He has been a hard worker from the moment I can remember, taking care of the house, my mom, my brother, and myself all after a long shift at work. He has taught me about life's ups and downs and how to deal with them in the most responsible way. If I have ever needed him, he has dropped everything to help me. I became a single mother at 20 and he didn't hesitate to let my daughter and I move in with him and my mother. My daughter's father hasn't been around since she was born but she has a "daddy" because of my father. I don't know where I would be without him. He has overcome losing his mother and father and colon cancer! I only hope that one day I can find a man with the same honor and values that my father has. Thanks for letting us honor our dads!! God Bless!!! Jamie Blankenship
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    Hi. I wanted to tell you about the man I think is the All-American Dad! This is my husband Richard ("Jody") Bartlett. I truly thought God broke the mold after he created my Dad but 7 years ago God sent another Awesome man into my life and 6 years ago I was able to marry the Perfect Man. My husband has three beautiful daughters and I have a wonderful son and two beautiful daughters so together we have 6 amazing kids. Their ages now are 19 (only boy), 17, 15, 14, 9 & 7. Not only is my husband a wonderful dad to his three girls but to my three children. He treats them all the same and loves them equally. Whenever he speaks about the kids he always says my son or my daughter never my step..... He gives unselfishness to all of us. He goes to work everyday and never complains about working 60 to 70 hours a week or having to go in on Saturdays but working all the hours he does, he still makes it to the soccer games, dance & band performances or any activities the kids have. He has provided us with a great home and undying love. My husband bought an old Camero and my son loved it. My husband had already bought him a car for his 16th birthday but my son wanted this car so bad. So my husband told him graduate school and the car is yours. I said why did you do that. You have waited for years to get that car and my husband said, it is ok, I want our children to have what I could never have and not go without and to see his face when he gets it , it will be all worth it. So before my son even graduated he got the car! Then my son was leaving for boot camp for the Air Force on April 26, 2010 and he and his girlfriend of 4 years were planning on getting married in Nov. 2010 and my sons friend was leaving in June for the Air Force and so my son wanted him to be in his wedding and knew that he would not be back in time so my son and his girlfriend gave us a two week notice that they were moving the wedding up to April 23,2010. I thought wow how can we do this and my son goes we will go to the court house, I just want Daniel to be here for my wedding. My husband steps in and says you and Amanda will get the wedding like you want. We will get busy and we did. My son and his girlfriend were married on April 23, 2010 and it was a beautiful wedding at the church. My husband once again pulled thru. Then our daughter in-law is staying with us while our son is in Texas at boot camp. So my husband is surronded by 7 females in the house. My husband is always putting me and the kids first. Last year he bought another car for the 16yr. old daughter and now we are on the look again for the daughter that will be 16 in November. My ex-husband does not pay child support and Jody (my husband) says it is OJ. I got this. So I really do believe in the saying "Any man can father a child but it takes a real man to be a DAD" I agree 100% because this is my husband! My husband is the ALL AMERICAN DAD!!!!!
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    eddie and sharon---first off you guys are amazing and i cant start my day without the eddie fox show. I want to tell you about my all-american dad... His name is Danny Pearson from Brevard NC. He is the most amazing man EVER!!! Dad was diagnosed with cancer on August 26 of this year it was the most devistating news we had ever recieved but dad kept telling us that he had living grace not dying grace and he would prevail.... Dad was always the kind of dad that was involved in EVERYTHING that me and my brother done he never missed a game or practice and has been the same way with his three grandsons. He has always been the man that everyone in our family turned to for everything nieces,nephews, sis-n-laws, brother-nlaws it never mattered dad was always there no questions asked. many times I have even had me and my brothers friends call at all hours of the night or day and he was ALWAYS right there. When dad was diagnosed with the cancer he deciced on on major surgery on the day of surgery me, my mom,and brother sat in the waiting area of our local hospital and became overwhelmed with what took place the waiting room slowly filled to capacity with friends and loved ones wanting to be there with us praying for a miracle. local police officers were coming by as their shift ended folks that had come to the hospital for other reasons and heard that we were there deciced to come and stay it was amazing and the moment that we stepped out and announced that the surgeon was able to get all the cancer the waiting room went up in a roar! that day sitting there facing the fear of losing our hero we realized once again what an amazing gift God had given us in our dad and we are so blessed that we are able to share this wonderful man with sooo many that love him tooo. He is still recovering from his surgery and yet still somehow digs deep to find the strength to work everyday (way sooner than he should have) just so he can take care of his family because he says thats his life. He is cancer free and we are so greatful and if there has ever been an all american dad our dad is it!!! WE LOVE HIM SO MUCH!!!!! Christy Gilbert Brevard NC
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    My dad Ricky Trantham is the All American Dad hands down. My dad has been a single parent of my two younger sisters for the past 4 yrs, my mom left my dad and our family only two days before my grandfather passed away from cancer he had been battleing for 2yrs. While my granfater lay on his death bed my dad was there for us and i never once seen him break down even though he had lost his wife and his dad in 72hrs. Currently my dad is putting my middle sister through comm college and he also drive her to and from her job daily due to her health. He also has to take her to many doctors and specialist appt, but always stays positive. he has also took full responsibility in the care of my younger sister, he has made sure shes had braces on her teeth, that she gets the coolest school clothes, and the latest gadgets and she has now blossomed into a responsible, smart, and respectful teenager. As for me he is my best friend, my role model, and my hero he is most definately the back bone of this family. He is the best grandfather to my 2 small children, while i worked a part time job to help my husband meet our financial needs he was the sole childcare prover for my kids and never once did he complain or ask for anything in return. My dad is there no matter the circumstances despite the fact he has had 5 major back surgeries and "disabled" according to his physicians, but to us and our neighbors there isnt anything he can't or won't do i"ve seen him mow yards, help work gardens, pet sit, give advice, be a shoulder to cry on, or just be a friend, he would most definately give you the shirt off his back. I hope i have portrayed my dad in the way he deserves he truely is the title All American Dad for Western NC, even though in my eyes and to all those he helps he is an All American man!! I hope you would consider him for this honor he deserves so much and i would love to give back to him in some small way I Love him so much and he is Western Nc All American Dad,and Grand-Dad!!!
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    HI Eddie and Sharon, Its Veena. I would like to nominate, my husband, Bobby Putnam, as an all american Dad. Bobby has become the best friend of our 4 1/2 year old little boy. Seth adores Bobby. Bobby has took on a responsiblitiy that no other man, I have met, would take on. He decided when seth was only 7 weeks old, that he would be a dad to this beautiful little boy. Now, you cannot seperate the two of them. No matter what challenges comes in Bobby's direction during the day, week or month, bobby always makes time for seth. I have caught Seth wearing bobby's uniforms from work, putting on his glasses, boots and hat, saying "Im daddy, mommy, Im going to work. See you when i get home. I love you!" Any time that I am on the phone with bobby, they "have to talk" to each other. Seth is bobby's world and he does everything he can, even if he cant afford it, to give our little man a special day! I have watched my two boys, play around in the garden, on the tractor and even down in the creek pumping water into a barrel. Bobby wakes up every morning itching to tickle seth awake. I have never seen a more inseparable pair than bobby and Seth. I think bobby would be a good all american Dad! Thank you for your time, We all love you both, Veena Putnam
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    I would like to nominate our Dad, Ray Metcalf as the all American Dad. My name is Kayla I am 13 and I have a twin sister Falecia, and a 6 year old sister name Raegan. Our Dad has always been there for us. My Dad believes it is more important for us to have our Mom at home,so he has always worked 2 to 3 jobs in order for her to stay home. My Dad works hard to provide for us. My Dad works a public job 12 hrs a day 4 days a week and on his days off he farms, and helps others, but even working like he does he still has the time to be there when we need him. He takes us to Church every Sunday, and he tries to make sure we know to put God first in our lives. On summer days after church he makes homemade ice cream with us and plays ball or we ride our horses together. Our Dad always puts our needs before his. We know when he comes home he is tired but he never complains, even if we need help on our school projects or just want to send time with him. Please consider our Dad, he is so special to us and we want everyone to know how special he is, and how he works so hard for his family.
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    I would like to nominate my father for father of the year. He is a truly an amazing person who always puts everyone else before himself. He married my mother, who already had four children then had two of their own. I would not have known that they were step brothers and sister had my mother not told us. He treated us all the same. He also took in three grandchildren of my older siblings, not his own grandchildren and treated them the same. Christmas before last my mother got cancer and he took care of almost totally by himself. I helped some by helping him to get her to radiation and chemo treatments, but he always went with her for each of them. He would set at the kitchen counter and cry not knowing if she would make it. After this struggle with cancer, which now is in remission she fell and broke her femur bone next to her hip. The doctors put two rods in her leg and she had to stay in the hospital seven days and then to a nursing home for rehabilitation for a month. He went to the nursing home everyday and stayed for 12 hours with her. She is 78 years old and has been married to my dad for 48 years. He is a diabetic and takes insulin and pills and still can't control it. He is truly one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. If any of us needs anything we can call on good old dad and he has never let us down. I would like to let him know how much we appreciate everything that he has done for his family. The older children's father never supported them in anyway, not financially or other wise, my siblings never helped with their children either. I just wanted him to know that he is the greatest father we could ever have!! His name is Ivey Cannon. I would just like to say that most men won't take care of their own children and this man raised 9 children and only fathered 2 of them. This alone make him my hero. His daughter Patty Vines
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    i would like to nominate my daddy teddy wise.my daddy has always been there for me and my brother .the is nothing that he wouldn't do for us.many times he is sick and he still goes to work anyway.i love my daddy very much and i wish i could give him all he could want for fathers day .my daddy doesn't have a dad anymore and i just want to make him happy .please pick my daddy amanda wise
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    Hey Eddie and Sharon! I'm Amanda Huggins and I want to nominate Ronnie Chapman for your All American Dad. I am getting married on June 19th to his youngest son Reid. We've been together for almost 4 years and through being with Reid i have met the most amazing dad in the world! He is such an understanding, fun-loving, cool-headed man! He has always been there for all three of his boys and has set an amazing example not only for them, but for me as well. He has loved them through thick and thin no matter what they've done and they have never had to wonder about it either. Not only is he generally just a great example, he's a great Christian man! He started the Christian band Live Oak from Lake Toxaway. He's an amazing singer and songwriter. He has worked really hard for all he has and has accomplished so much in his life. He has no idea how much he has impacted my life alone. I can only imagine his impact on others. He has overcame many obstacles and has stood strong in his faith and in his family through it all! He is such an amazing dad and men like him are so hard to come by these days! Please consider him for your all american dad award! He is more deserving than anyone i know!!! thank you! <3 Amanda Huggins
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    Hi! My name is Kimberly Franklin! I would like to tell you that I have THE All-American Dad, his name is Ronald Hudgins! He is the best Daddy in the world (there are lots of fathers in this world but not Daddys)! My Daddy has always had my sister and my best interest at heart! We have always been his top priority. He has taken the job of DADDY very seriously and he has done a wonderful job. He taught me respect and love for God, my country, and my community. He taught me good christian values and has lead me through his example of how a christian should live. He always had time for just me, we mowed grass together, went camping, and always had a good time just being together. My Dad served his community for many years as a Volunteer Firefighter with the Fairview Fire Department while working a fulltime job as a construction superintendant for Buncombe Construction Company. I can drive all over the area and see the buildings that he has built for Asheville. He became the Chief of the Fairview Fire Department and served as Chief for 8 years. There have been many days that he has went to work with no sleep because he was up all night fighting a fire. There were many ruined dinners because somebody in Fairview had a car wreck or a heart attack, but he never complained, he loved serving them because this was his community. He has a deep love for the Fairview Community and the firefighter that served with him, he has given so much to help his neighbors. He always has been a good christian man and has attended Biltmore Church of God for over 50 years faithfully! He married my mom, Ilia, in 1957 and they were married for 50 years until my mom passed away in 2008 from a stroke after a long, hard struggle. Unfortunately, we had to put her in a nursing home because she was paralyzed on her left side. This broke his heart but he went to the nursing home every day twice a day to feed her and make sure she was doing ok. During my mom's stay in the nursing home my sister Vickie who had an extended illness went in the hospital for routine surgery and she died at the age of 48! So, my sister and my mom died within 4 months of each other. It has been a rough two years but he has not lost his faith in God or his sense of humor. He is admired by many people but he is MY HERO. My daddy is my world and he always been. I think that I have the best DADDY in the world. I hope that you consider him for the honor of being named the ALL-AMERICAN DAD! Thank you so much for the opportunity to tell you about my wonderful DADDY!
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    My name is Logan Green. I am 16 years old and know the all american dad. He lives with me and my mom. His name is William Chandler (Chip). My mom met him 6 years ago when we left my dad in Ga. He was never around much and always hit us and was real mean to my mom. Hes in prison now. Then we met Chip. He has been there for us every since. He has taught me alot about respect and responsibilty. He has taught me how to fish, work on cars, yard work, and even how to plant a garden. He shows up to all my special events. He even taught me how to drive. Hes there to punish me when my grades drop, and there to hug me when im sad, and there to be my friend when i need one. He served in the Army for 10 years. I am now in JROTC and plan on joining the Army in 2 years when I graduate. I want to follow in his footsteps and just hope that I am half the man he is when I get married and have a family. I know hes not my biological father but he is dad to me and the only I got. Thank you Chip and I love you! If hes not your All American Dad...He is and always will be mine!
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    My Dad is an All-American Dad!!! My parents divorced when I was very young and God blessed me with a step-dad who is truly my Daddy. He embraced my brothers and I from the very beginning of his relationship with my Mom. He won us over by bringing us ice cream sandwiches when he came to visit and he even helped us build an incredible tree fort! When he proposed to my mom, I was 3 and my brothers were 5 and 8. She said yes and he said that before it would be official he would have to ask us too. Therefore, he proposed to the 3 of us also and once we said yes, he was ready 100%! I am now 39 years old and he has been there for me through it all - for my sporting events, cheering me through school and piano recitals, teaching me how to change a flat tire, and being able to fix anything (except a broken record)! I always thought that it would be neat at my wedding to have 2 men walk me down the aisle (my father and my dad) but as the time drew near, I realized what a privilege that was and I knew in my heart that my Daddy deserved that because he earned it. I still have contact with my biological father but Paul Wyche of Charlotte, NC will always be my Daddy! Thanks for letting me share a little about him with you... Tracey Wert
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    I think that my husband Ronnie Wilson is the best dad because he lives each day for his kids. We have 3 Tanner 10, Katelyn 6 and Landon Scott 2. Tanner plays baseball and football and he spents countless hours at the ball fields coaching and helping out the youth league in order to be with Tanner. Katelyn is a BIG time Dad's girl she knows that all she has to do is blink her eyes at her daddy will give her anything she wants. He works a full time job to give his family all we need, helps out at church with the VBS, anything that the kids are doing he is there and these days a good dad is hard to find. Ronnie works hard each day to raise his kids to be honest, hardworking and to believe in god and too the right things in life by making good choices and at the end of the day as long as his family is happy, we all have food to eat and all we need at home nothing else matters to him. This is why we think Ronnie Wilson is the all american dad. Sincerely, Lisa, Tanner, Katelyn and Landon Wilson
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    My husband is truly THE All American Dad. We both had nasty divorces, but I had an especially hard custody battle for my three kids, who were 3, 6 and 9 at the time. My ex husband has told my children awful things about not only me, but about my husband, Mark, as well. My husband has been patient with my children, he took the nasty looks from them, the comments, the anger and any thing else they threw at him. We have been together 5 years now, and my children love him no matter what anyone else says about him. He has taught them how to respect, he has taught them about integrity and about working hard for your family. He has been a great source of support for my daughter, who is now 14. He has also been working with my boys, who are now 11 and 8, to teach them football and baseball, hunting, all the things they need to be well rounded boys. All of my children admire Mark and enjoy being around him now, which I dreamed for but had my doubts about it ever becoming a reality. I am in awe of how he has handled everything, knowing what he was up against but sticking it out and having faith that all would end well in the end. The other thing that I am so proud of him for is that he gave my father (a wonderful father in his own right) his last Father's Day present. My dad was dying of cancer and had always dreamed of getting to walk me down the isle (I eloped on my first marriage). Mark agreed to rush our plans for getting married just so he could make my dad's dream come true. My dad died in October of 2007 and I know he died with joy in his heart that I was finely married to a good man and that I was happy. We've never had a honeymoon, and I have health problems and have not been able to work in almost 2 1/2 years. My husband has busted his bottom to provide for us, and all without complaint or question. I would love to give him a Father's Day that was as wonderful as he is. I can never get through on the calling in for contests, no matter how hard I try. But even if I can't get through to win the Father's Day prizes from Kiss 99.9, at least I know I have already won with the husband I have, the man he is, and the person he makes me.
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    My name is Ashley Woody. I am 20 years old and still think my dad is the greatest man in the world. I would like to give you a couple of reasons about why I think my dad is so special. First of all, my dad had a rough child hood. His dad was a homeless alcoholic and his mom was put in a mental institution when my dad was 5. He spent the rest of his childhood going from house to house, being raised by his friend's families and different family members of his own. When he was 19, he went into the Navy and served our country for 4 years. Once he got out, he had no one but some distant family and childhood friends. Being raised by alcoholics, my dad had a drinking problem that controlled his life. When he was 26, he met my mom. I at the time was barely a year old. He took me in as his own. My mom was going through a very violent divorce, and my dad created and escape for her and took care of her. They soon got married and he quite drinking. He has since raised my 13 year old brother and I. He recently graduated with his Bachelor's in Engineering from Western Carolina after going to school for 14 years while working and maintaining a family (with GREAT help from my mom, of course). For 16 years, he worked for the City of Asheville Water Dept, 7 of those years he was Superintendent. He had a large part in many changes and improvements in the Asheville community. He now works for the Biltmore Estate and owns his own business. He (and my mom) is also very active in our church- he coaches our softball team, is on many committees, drives the church van,goes on Mission trips including ones from katrina, etc. Every year he donates a good sum to churches and charities, including Toys for Tots and the elementary school backpacks full of food and supplies. I think it is incredible that someone that had seemingly no hope has been so successful and had such a hand in our community. My dad has done some much, but for no recognition. He doesnt mind remaining anonymous, while his work is helping others. That is why I think he is an All-American dad.
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    Our dad is almost 68 years old. His name is Jim Bruce. He has raised the five of us to be well rounded people. He taught us the value of telling the truth no matter how much it hurt and how to be honest in everything we do. He has worked since his dad died when he was 13 to support his sisters and mother and then took on the job of raising us. We feel he has given up a lot of things in life that he could have done or had in order to support us and keep our family going. He has not only helped us but other families as well. His health is not bad but it is not the best in the world and we feel that he should be honored for all that he has done for us and others. Our dad truly is the great American dad. Pam, Roger, Ronnie, Cindy and JR Bruce
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    My husband, Charles Angel, is an All American Great Dad. He has lost his job in December due to medical reasons and although he is enduring major back pain, he is still out seeking odd jobs to help take care of the kids. He has always been there for his kids. He does without so many things he needs in order to provide for his children. Not only does he strive to take the best care of his kids, he also tries to be a positive role model for my nephew. Many days he struggles to even get out of bed due to his severe neck pain, yet he does it and he goes out and tries to get odd jobs to help make ends meet. He does all this so that his children can have a better life.
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    My husband is THE All American Dad and then some!!! He spent 22 years in the Air Force, working hard, long hours, in weird places (Saudi Arabia, South Dakota, Alaska isolated mountain top) to support his five daughters. He completed his GED while in the military supporting his country. He always had time to go to swim competitions, violin concerts, flute concerts, basketball games, art lessons, ballet classes etc. All the places guys LOVE to go J After retiring from the Air Force with 4 daughters still at home, he continued working for the government. He has worked all his life since his mom died at when he was 11. He has never complained about the sacrifices he made for his family, thousands of dollars on feminine hygiene products and toilet paper, estrogen levels so high you could visibly see them, teenager girls over a 15 year span….and he continues this sacrifice today, still working, loving his daughters and his six (so far) grand kids! He is there for his country, his family, and his community. He is loved by many.
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    I would like to nominate my husband, Tim Riddle, for All American Dad. Despite being divorced and having only joint custody of his 12 year old son Jackson; Tim does a great job at being a role model, teacher and dad. From helping him to practice soccer to teaching him to ride a bike to taking him to church and saying prayers with him each night he is with us; Tim frequently ignores his own tiredness to spend time with Jackson. He even tries to spend time watching ESPN just to keep up with sports so they can discuss games and athletes when he is over. It's not easy to have your child only half of the time and I know it breaks Tim's heart a little every time Jackson leaves, but he tries to make Jackson's time with us both special and normal. Leah