"Honor our family name in everything you do. After everything is said and done, the good name of a family is more valuable than gold," said
Clark said her dad went further.
"Respect -- you have got to be respectful and not just in front of that person but be respectful of that person," she said. "You may disagree, but do it with respect."
Clark remembers how she saw her father work hard and "whatever (money) he made he brought it home to benefit the family. That's putting the family first."
"When I grew up, I had already learned from my father's example, what a man truly was. When it came time for me to get married, I knew what a father looked like, what a father is to a family and how no family can be complete without the father.
"I know we (women) get caught up in women's lib and being independent, and all that's great, but there is nothing like the structure and teachings from a father. A mother may make a house a home, but a father makes it a family."
"Discipline, structure and love are what I learned from my father," McRae said. "Growing up in a structured family environment I think helped establish me and taught me to truly understand family values.
"No matter what you want to become in life, you have got to be disciplined to achieve it," the sheriff added.
McRae feels that being disciplined as a young person also helped to keep his head on straight while moving him in the right direction.
"When I was a boy and I made a mistake, I was disciplined for that and I learned from it and moved on," he said. "But it was discipline with love and sometimes that love can be tough, but tough love is very important at times.
"Even in those times of discipline when he said, 'This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.' I still understood that he was disciplining me out of love for me, only because he loved me and wanted the very best for me."
Former Texas A&M Cadet and recent graduate Keltin Jordan, who last March organized that school's "Culture Transfusion Celebration" highlighting 50 years of integration at the university in
"Hard work, that's what I learned from my father," he said. "I saw my father work all the time and it's wonderful to appreciate and recognize the full worth of achievement brought on by the sweat of your brow.
"From my father I learned how to carry myself and the value of hard work and dedication to my craft," he said. "Being with my father I would see him work all day and come home and say let's do yard work. He would have me out there especially when I didn't want to. He gave me the discipline to handle responsibilities,"
"Being responsible is having the ability to respond, to answer the call or give an account of yourself or actions, that's what being a family man is to me and I learned that him."
"My dad imparted to me that your family must come first and it's important to have a strong work ethic, but I think establishing credibility with your word is perhaps the key cornerstone that joins family and work with service to others and the value of friendships," he said.
"It's in the good times that we must prepare ourselves for the tough times that are sure to come. It's in those tough times that a family looks to the father for guidance and stability. As men we must be ready to respond when needed."
"Book learning is great, you need it, but people learning is better because that's who we live with people," Clark said. "I learned to take care of my things that I worked hard for, take care of the things he worked hard for, too. Also, to take pride in whatever work that you do."
"My father is my hero because he's my example. Without an example we make the same mistakes over and over again," McCaffety said. "In order for me to raise a woman-respecting, God-fearing man, you must have an example to go by.
"A mother gives compassion, a father encouragement. A mom gives comfort, a father leadership. Mother, sympathy when we need it. Father, a push toward the future. A large percentage of men in prison, men with no future, simply had no father to lead them."
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