Father’s Day brings back memories for local woman

Published 12:12 pm Friday, June 19, 2020

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By Rozella Hardin
Editorial Director
Father’s Day like most holidays is filled with celebrations, but also memories.
For Jane Evans Treadway and her siblings, Father’s Day holds special memories of their father, Lodge Evans, prominent Elizabethton attorney, attorney general, and lay minister. Evans died in November 1983, however, Jane and her brother, Mark, and sister, Deborah, have sweet memories of him. Jane is a retired school teacher and Mark retired from American Airlines as a pilot.
Jane has in her collection of memorabilia a letter written by her sister, Deborah Griffin, to their father in 1971 when she was a teenager.
Deborah, a retired medical tech, now lives in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The letter is reprinted as follows:
“To my daddy,
You know it’s sad to look back on childhood years and realize that the past can never be recaptured. But, when I recall all of my happy moments I know that they were made happy by my Daddy.
“Tears come to my eyes when I think of how many hours of hard word, of worry, of patience, and of preparation were put into bringing me up. No matter how small the problem, or how minor the hurt, he was always there to love, protect, and console me.
“Never could there be a father who loved his children more than mine. He sacrificed daily. I know, to get me something I really didn’t need. Except for the Lord in Heaven, nothing nor anyone, not even himself, came before his children and his family. How can so much love come from one person!
“As the years go by, I realize just how wonderful my daddy is. And, I only pray my children someday will think as highly of me as I do of him. For to me, no greater love could I ever have on earth than the love my father has given me.”

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