6/3/2014 by Mike Creasman
19th Century – Richard born October 27, 1892 Dalton, Ga. – Whitfield County.
First wife died – At age 46 married Katie Lois, 18 years his younger. They would be married 13 years before having a son, an only child. Richard at the time almost 59, Katie Lois almost 41.
Richard was not the disciplinarian. Katie Lois was. Richard – hard working on the receiving docks at a meat packing plant. Retired in 1957 at age 65. Drew a monthly retirement check of $20.95 for the rest of his life. Following retirement Richard spent the remaining 13 years of his life working in a small grocery store to provide for his family. Humble man, humble life. So what made him special?
He loved the only son with an “I’ll give you the best gift I have to give kind of love.” I’ll give you my time. Countless hours during countless days he and his only son played – everything from checkers to baseball. “Crown my king – I can move forward or backward now.” “Just 10 more minutes of fly balls and ground balls Dad.”
Richard once told the high school football coach, “You make sure you take care of my boy. He’s all I got.” Never missed a practice. Never missed a game. Richard’s picture even appears in the high school yearbook along with the baseball team, because he was always at practice. You can even see him in the background sitting in the stands in a picture taken of his son making a pass reception in a high school football game. Always present.
20th Century – August 21, 1971 – Richard retired permanently from this life to spend an eternity with his heavenly Father.
Richard Emanuel Creasman – my Dad.
I was 20 years old when my father passed over. I wish I had been more appreciative of the time he had given me. You see, my dad was playing ball with me when he was 74-75-76 years old. He continued to hit me fly balls and ground balls until I got tired. In private, I cherished our time together. In public, I was often embarrassed to be seen with him, because he was so much older than the dads of my friends. Oh, if I only knew then what I know today.
In 1970 Joni Mitchell recorded a song with these lyrics, “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.” So true about Richard. I won’t be embarrassed to “show off” my dad in heaven. I’ll be proud to escort him throughout those portals and let everyone know “That’s my dad!”
My father gave his only son the most precious love gift he had to give – his time. Our heavenly Father gave us the most precious love gift He had to give – His only Son.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3: 16.
How special is that!
Happy Father’s Day Dad!