A letter from Hayes' Daddy

My son "Hayes" was a true gift from God. Hayes was a
son that every man would love to call his own. I miss
Hayes so much and I don't know what to do. Hayes was
the best thing that has ever happened to me, and he
was truly my BEST friend.

I love Hayes so much and this just isn't fair. I know
we've got to go on, but it's difficult. I always wanted
Hayes to have the best and be the best. I am so proud
of him, Hayes was the total package.

I'm thankful for the years I had with Hayes. I believe
I'm the lucky one because of all the ball games,
great times, teaching Hayes how to tie his shoes,
how to swim, ride a bike, catch a ball, play basketball,
drive his jeep, drive his sea doo, cut the yard,
wash a car, do electrical work, dig a ditch,
stock the shelves, treat other people right, how to be
productive, and I'm the one who got the opportunity
to mold Hayes.

Hayes was just becoming a man. Though his life was
short lived, he lived a full 16 1/2 years to the max.
There was nothing he was afraid to do or try. Hayes
had the best smile and the whitest teeth that a person
could possibly have. Hayes was athletic, great looking,
great body, nice hair style, intelligent and a hard worker.
All of Hayes' cousins looked up to Hayes as their hero.

Hayes' dream was to become a FBI agent and he wanted to
be one of the President's private officers. I believe
Hayes would have accomplished his dreams. I want to
thank God for giving me the opportunity to raise and
love Hayes. I'm truly thankful and "very" proud of Hayes.
He was and still is my #1.
Love, Daddy

Hayes had this framed and gave it to Scott for Christmas 2001 which was Hayes' last Christmas

Thank You, Dad, For Always
Encouraging Me To Be The Best I Can

Dad, I wish I could find a way to let you know how
important you are and how much I respect you.
I will always be grateful to you for being there
and showing me what truly matters.......

If I have failed to learn the lessons you taught me,
it is not due to a lack of encouragement from you,
But a lack of understanding and appreciation on my part....

As my priorities change and develop,
I find myself looking for direction from someone who has
given me more than I deserve.....

You have been the one who stood behind me in every way,
the one who pointed me forward, nudged me on, and
the one who has shown me that life is to be taken for
what it is and made into something grand.....

All that I am today, I owe to you.
I hope I can make you as proud of me as I am to have
someone like you for "My Dad".

I Love You

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