By: J. Chevonte’ Alexander
Dad, Daddy, Papa, Uncle, Father, Grandpa, Pop Pop… however we call him, our father or grandfather or some other male who played a large role in our lives is one of the first men in our lives. He is the first male influence, the one who teaches us how to ride our bikes, reminds us of curfews, teaches us how to fish, play a sport, gives us advice, is usually the first one we call when we are in trouble, or simply put is just always there when we need him.
This Father’s Day, Urban Views Weekly celebrates those special men in our lives: our fathers, our grandfathers, uncles, brothers, or any male figure that played a special role in our lives. Readers from across the region submitted pictures and Father’s Day wishes to those special men in their lives.
The old adage of the older I get the wiser my dad becomes is definitely true in my case. Even though my father passed in 2011, I can still hear his words of wisdom on various topics. The irony of it all is that I find myself quoting him on a nearly daily basis. I miss him and his wisdom. Yet I am comforted by knowing he lives on in my heart and the hearts of his grandchildren. (Senator A. Donald McEachin, 9th District)
Our father, Vaughn Quash, has to be one of the best dads in the world. So many good things come to mind when thinking about him; he is kind, selfless, supportive and positive. He is always there for us with words of wisdom, unsolicited advice or for our favorite: Daddy/daughter loans. He is popular around the City of Richmond for being an amazing teacher and athletic referee with Quastar LLC. We can’t go anywhere in public without someone recognizing him! We would like to thank you Dad for all you are and have been to us throughout the years. You are an excellent father, husband and a great example to men overall. (Whitney, Ariel, and Quinn Quash)
My Dad, Jun Lockett’s best advice that has become part of my philosophy:
“Always ask or apply for what you want. Don’t be scared of the outcome. What’s the worst that could happen? They say “no?” So what, then you’re no worse than when you started. But, they could say “yes.” You only fail if you didn’t try in the first place.” Happy Father’s Day, Dad! (Louise Lockett)
I want to recognize my dad, Curtis Robertson, Sr. He has always loved, cared, provided for, and been there for my two brothers and me; from teaching us to play baseball, taking us to the movies, fixing our cars, giving advice, or beating us in Uno or Monopoly. He always told us he teaches us everything we need to know, because he’s not going to be around forever. He is one of the most important people in the world to me. He is my friend, my hero, but most importantly he is Daddy! I love you Dad! (Sheronda Robertson)
I love my dad, Edward Griffin, because he really is a great man. Although I am his only biological child, I have watched him over the years care for so many other children as though they were his own. He’s there for them emotionally, encouraging them, supporting them financially, and just being that great father that they never had. Although, I am jealous at times of the time he spends with other kids, it is a great indication of how great of a grandfather he will be one day. I really love my dad. (Keenya Kelly Monroe)
My husband Eric Ingram is the best dad ever! For his own 3 children, Erin, Cori, and Chris and countless others that need a strong and committed male role model who cares about them individually. Eric makes his everyday about being a great leader and a great dad! Fatherhood is one of the things I love most about Eric. He wears it well! (Carla Williams Ingram)
My dad is Dr. Robert Frederick Richardson, Jr. He resides in Ashland, VA but is retiring this month as Superintendent of New Kent County Public Schools. He has served in many capacities in several school divisions, and his work in the field of Special Education has been most inspiring to me. My dad and I have a very special relationship. He made the choice to adopt me, love me, support me and treat me no different than if I were not adopted. Our family endured some pretty challenging circumstances, but our relationship has remained strong, and I really look up to him. I hope that he enjoys his retirement and knows how very much he is loved. This Father’s Day, I want to say “thank you” dad, just for being the man that you are. I thank God for you. (Joy Richardson)
My father (the late Lieutenant Ozell Johnson) died when I was 14, but he has always been a great influence in my life. He always told me to do the following: seek a constant relationship with the Lord, love freely, invest in your community, be accountable, and always be aware of the seeds you sow. His legacy of love, giving, and acknowledging the goodness of Christ will forever be a part of me. (Major Odetta Johnson, Richmond Police Department)
My dad, Lloyd (Chick) Allen, loves me unconditionally and has provided more than I could ever ask for in life. I appreciate everything that he has done to make my life better. Thank you Chick for everything! (LaToya Allen)
To my first love, I would like to say thank you for always being there for me. My dad has gone over and beyond to provide for me over the years. I would like you to know that your work has not been unnoticed. You truly are one of the most caring, protective, and hard working men I know. Wilbert Turner, you are the best dad a girl could ever ask for. I love you and hope that you enjoy your day! (Costeena Brice)
Wishing Lavar Coleman a Happy Father’s Day! His greatest joy is his son, Dominique. Lavar is an active father who takes pride in being a father. He is always there to support and encourage his son to strive for the best. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. You are a great dad. (Costeena Brice)
As the father of three girls, Frank Sanyour was man enough to rock hot pink toe nail polish, was known to wake his daughters up by dancing and singing to MC Hammer’s “Hammer Time”, and religiously laid on the horn when dropping them off for school because it would give them ‘something to remember’.? Now that his daughters are grown, he’s still known around town as the guy that never wears a shirt and has amazing Christmas lights. His girls adore him and wish him a Happy Father’s Day. (Alison Sanyour Schmidt, Blair Sanyour Bowens, Molly Sanyour)
My kids are truly blessed to have the greatest father ever! My husband, Ronald Bond, Jr. displays his unconditional love and affection to our two boys daily. Although my oldest isn’t biologically his, you would never know the difference. He stepped up to the plate and loved him like his own. I nicknamed my husband “super dad”, because there isn’t anything in this world he would not do for our boys. I would say the greatest gift he gives our children is being an excellent male role model. He shows what and how a “real” man should present himself. He teaches the boys to respect women and always love and cherish the ones close. Most importantly he teaches them to always put God first in everything they do. If I could say “thank you” a million times for all his hard work, it still would not be enough! (Ciarra Smith-Bond)
My dad (Deon Wright) is awesome because he loves us just the way we are and makes us smile everyday! (Sydney Wright, age 9)
My dad (Deon Wright) is the best dad ever in the entire universe because he makes sure we are healthy, loved and clean. And that is how he shows he loves us. (Deon Wright, age 7)
My brother, Emanuel ‘Seymore’ Thompson is not only a great brother, but he is a great father. He has four children of his own. He takes the time out to spend quality time with each of his kids, both together and separately. My brother also manages to make time to spend with his only granddaughter. Every summer he plans to make sure she, along with his sons, experiences an educational vacation each year. He has also stepped up to help father his nephews. My brother understands the importance of family. Our father was the only male of his siblings. When he died, my brother stepped up to help fill the void that was left by the passing of my father. He did so by making sure my father’s sisters were taken care of. He would visit with them weekly and take them to run errands as needed. My brother even was there for me, his ‘lil sis’, when I was in college. He would help to provide me with whatever I needed while earning my degree. Seymore is a great man who deserves to be spotlighted not just for being a great father but also a great brother and soldier. My brother was a Marine and has recently retired from the military as a wounded warrior from Afghanistan. I love my brother, who is only 3 years my senior. He embodies the true meaning of family. (Samantha Thompson)
Dea. Alvin (Pickle) Williams, a Deacon at little Elam Baptist church in Charles City, Virginia goes over and beyond for his family, neighbors, congregation and friends and that is why he is the best daddy ever. (Asheli Black)
Jeff Bourne is a hands-on dad, never wincing to change a diaper, prepare lunches, fix dinner, or handle bath time. He can even style Sydney’s hair! Now, that’s a father for you! He finds the balance in this while still working full-time and being a public servant, while also offering his time on boards for non-profit organizations. The best part of his day is coming home to see his children, who rush to the door and yell, “Daddy!” It’s as if they know it’s his special touch when the doorbell rings and that no one else could possibly be on the other side of that door! He makes time in his workday often to have lunch with our daughter, Sydney, at her school, and won’t allow her to ride the bus because he truly values his special time on “drop off duty” each morning. She adores him, as any child should, and their bond is a very special one, as she’s his only daughter and his first-born. He is, after all, setting the example for how a man should always treat her. With our son, Joseph, the bond is strong as well, albeit different. He doesn’t hesitate to play rough and wrestle with him while always balancing this with quiet time just watching golf or cartoons, or kicking around a soccer ball in the back yard. This, among many other reasons, is why I’d like to recognize Jeff Bourne as an amazing and deserving father. (Anedra Bourne)
Happy Father’s Day to the best father and brother, Lloyd Vaughn, Sr. and Lloyd Vaughn, Jr. You guys have taught me what a real man is and how a real man should guide, protect, and love their family. You have always been patient with me, did not hold back when telling me something I did not want to hear, spoiled me, loved me for who I am even when you may not like me, and have always had my back through the good times and bad. I could not ask for a better father or brother to have in my life. Happy Father’s Day to both of you, just because you both deserve it. I love you. (Jay Ell Alexander)
Again, Urban Views Weekly would like to send a sincere Happy Father’s Day to all the great fathers in our area and beyond. Continue to be great men and role models for your children and others, so our community can continue to grow.
Kick your feet up Dads, because today is your day!