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Father’s Day brings reflection by Henry, McDonough officials
by Nneka Okona
June 13, 2013 02:28 PM | 5495 views | 0 0 comments | 270 270 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Father's Day in Henry County
Frederick Gardiner, city administrator of McDonough, displays photos of his children.
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Father’s Day is known to be a day dedicated to paying tribute to those men in our lives who have taught lessons of compassion, strength and growth.

The Neighbor spoke to a few officials and a business owner around Henry to get their insights on what their relationship with their father, being a father to their children, or both, has meant to them.

Frederick Gardiner
McDonough City Administrator
Father’s Day is a day that allows me to reflect upon my role and responsibilities of being a dad to two adorable kids. It helps reinforce my commitment to being the best dad, provider and adviser to them as they grow and take on responsibilities of their own.
It also reminds me of the lost years I didn’t have my dad. I remind my son that it’s because of those lost years I stand fast to seeing him and his sister become the best people, citizens and, one day, parents they possibly can.

Bruce Holmes
District 5 County Commissioner
During the time you are raising kids, you have no idea how they will grow up. I raised them [saying] you can accomplish anything as long as you give the effort. The day both of them walked across the stage was the proudest moment of my lives because as young African-American men they were able to persevere. My father was an amazing man as well. He was a school administrator for many years. I have to thank him for everything he has done in my life. I still rely on him today for wisdom and decision-making. He is somebody that has been very close to me. He has been my advisor and my guide and continues to be.

Steve Cash
Executive Director of the Henry Council for Quality Growth
Of my experience, Father’s Day is that one special time of the year that I could joyfully recognize a very amazing dad. God blessed me with such a father who, without grumble, worked day and night to make sure his wife and boys had the necessities of life and, at times, a little bit more. Dad was a godly man who instilled integrity, character and love into his three sons until his last days on this earth. As I ponder his incredible legacy, I only hope that I have [passed down] that same birthright … to my son and girls. One thing is for sure. How truly blessed am I to be right in the middle.

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