There are many, many things I would love to tell you about my Daddy, but it would take a really long time. So I will tell you just a few things and then show you some pictures.
My Daddy was hard-headed, stubborn, and tough.
He was tender-hearted, loving, and friendly.
Among the 400-ish people who came to the visitation at the funeral home and the 400-ish people who attended the funeral, the most profoundly affected by Daddy’s death were the crusty old hunting and fishing buddies–the men who are just about as hard-headed and stubborn and tough as Daddy was. They were undone, unable to speak. They wept openly.
I told Momma I was reminded of when Jesus went to the tomb of Lazarus, and upon seeing how sad his sisters were and the emotion of the people, Jesus wept. The crowd that was present said, “See how he loved the man.” These men of which I speak loved the man Harold Watts, and even though it was not said in life, Daddy knew, and it poured from his friends at his passing.
So I give you some pictures to help explain my Daddy. We had these and many more at the funeral home. The body that was in the casket served Daddy as well as it could. After housing his indomitable spirit for 68 1/2 years under more than trying circumstances it deserved to be treated with respect. But the man everyone knew was to be found in the photographs and in the roar of stories and laughter that came from the gathering of friends and family. It’s a shame Daddy missed it, ’cause he would have had a great time.
This photo was taken in January. He and Momma had bought a camp over on one of his favorite fishing spots so he could fish off the dock when he could no longer get into the boat. He never got to enjoy it, but we will think of him every time we go over there. This photo is the one that made Momma cry. I think he’s looking to heaven.
Thank you for your prayers, your kind words, your concern over the illness and passing of my father from this life. He lives on in each of us who knew him, and we hope that the image of him you see through us is one that would make him proud.