Hamilton Herald-News asked the question, “What’s the most important thing you learned from your father?” and here are the replies we received:

The more you poke at it, the louder it stinks. – Jim Eidson

To be kind and forgiving. – James Lively

Work hard and never give up. – Jenifer Ingram

My stepdad taught me that it’s possible to unconditionally love children that aren’t biologically yours. – Jessica Barron

Wow! Jim says his daddy taught his boys to be good men. My father was a good businessman and fine church deacon. He and our mother involved my brother and me in every activity they could to build our lives. In Dallas, those activities were prolific. – Jane Crouch

Respect yourself and others. – Mike Kolodziej

Work hard. – Misti Polster

When the kids leave for college, they take supper with them. – Nancy Yates

Whatever you do, give 100 percent and have fun doing it. – Garry Diaz

Laughter. – Cayley Birchfield

I learned from him about how important it is to communicate with your spouse and show how much you love your spouse. – Barbara Sanders

I learned how wonderful unconditional love feels. No matter how messed up I got and how mad he was at me, he always told me he loved me. And to STOP doing whatever I was doing. – Charlette Boyd

I learned that a good momma can sometimes do the job just as good as any man can! – Candace Stroud

Discipline and hard work. – Duane Cowart

Putting God first. – Emma Polster

That no matter how old you are, you can always come home. – Nikki Hope

God and family are the most important things in your life. – Ella Faye Stephens

You can have all the money in the world, but without family, it’s nothing. And to say what you mean and mean what you say. – Devyn Gilmore

Be the best that you can be. – Diane Schneider

He taught me through his actions and his life of things I didn’t want to do or how to live my life. – Tracy Wenzel

I learned my work ethic from my dad! With hard work and determination there is nothing you can’t accomplish! I also learned a love for baseball from my dad! No matter how tired he was, we would always go out back and throw the baseball for hours, until it was dark. – Ronda Allison

Stop, breathe, backup and look at the whole picture. It will change your perspective. – James Thompson

Work ethic. – Justin Caraway

Knowing what it feels like to love and be loved unconditionally. Also how to take pride in my work. – Kate Edwards

Put God first. Hard work. Push through the pain. – Debbie Roberts

I learned a lot about plants! Also, to never throw anything away because you never know when you will need it!!! – Kelli Nolen

Appreciate nature… how to hunt and fish. – Mandy Blackwell

God’s love. The importance of faith, church, quiet time, prayer. – Kristy Collett

My dear dad was a great manager/negotiator. Even when my two brothers and I were in trouble, he would make it a life lesson with a win/win outcome. My kids loved the funny songs he sang to them. Wow – I miss my dad! – Lynn Muxworthy

Integrity and unconditional love and “a man’s word is his bond.” – David Pool

Always be kind to those less fortunate, - Carolyn Pool

To love each day the Lord gives you. “This is the day the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it.” My dad’s motto. – Suzy Thames

He loves me unconditionally as God does. – Teresa Swift

That even when things don’t work you can stills trap a dead deer to the hood of a 2001 VW bug and you don’t have to care. Not caring all the time is sometimes the best thing. – Katiee Cowart

If you give your word to someone, you keep it. Your word is the most important thing you have. – Tami Herrington

Manners. It’s the most important thing I learned out of all the stuff he tried to teach me. That and every event in history and every day in life, both past and present, can be traced to General Patton. – Hoyt Morgan

When Blake and I married he told us to “be kind to one another.” It seemed simple at the time, but what a great reminder to choose your words and actions with care, love and kindness. – Gayle Edwards

Don’t be so hard headed and you won’t always be in trouble! – Ginger Lanmon

Six days are for you, the seventh is the Lord’s. – Alyce Poteet

Work hard is what I learned from my dad, Vernon. My favorite quote I even heard my husband say was “the best toy you could ever give your child is your time.” – Misti Polster

Treat people the way you want to be treated. – Paul Gomez

 Never go to bed angry. – Patsy Stroud

Respect, honesty, and discipline for not showing these traits. – Bea Coble

Manners. – Heather Hansard

To bring honor to our family name. – Dennis Ensor

Just be patient. Don’t try to rush things. – Debi Norman

There’s only one place to go when you are broke, to work. – Alicia Cortez

If somebody loans you something, always return it in better shape than when you got it. – Drew Dabbs

Life is too short. Enjoy life to its fullest and live for God. – LaShea Ratliff

That he was a man of his word. One thing he would frequently say was “and you can put that in your little black book!” And you could count on that! – Jeff Layhew

You know you don’t have to marry him. – Anonymous

He taught me how to drive everything at our house including the tractor because you don’t know what will be here if there’s an emergency. He taught me to change the oil in the car and change a tire. – Lonnie Thompson

Honor, courtesy, respect, integrity. – Dewayne Clover

My father, Earl LeRoy Ball, was a gentle man. He taught me kindness, loyalty, acceptance. I wish you could have known him. Looking forward to being with him in Heaven. – Berwyn Fisk

Take responsibility. Don’t bring me a problem without first thinking through a couple of ideas to solve it. His version of “rub some dirt on it” was saying, “I’ve had worse scratches on my eyeball.” – Grant Lengefeld

If you do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life. – Maria Weaver

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