Gold Out of Coal

Tad Duncan, Airforce, nd, courtesy of Gloria BoyerI’m going to try to do this. I don’t have anything planned.

I was Daddy’s little girl. I’m just like him. I never meet a stranger. I look like him. I’m part of the Duncan clan, too. I’m Duncan to the heart. Even my in-laws are Duncans.

I’m very proud for my father. And if there’s any word I could say for him, it was “generous.” He was a doer. He was a worker. He made gold out of coal. He would fix anything like everybody said.

He was a behind-the-scenes person. He gave when nobody else knew he gave. He didn’t want anybody to know that he gave. He would give cars. He would give money. He even worked in the prison ministry in California for many years, working in the prison with these men and delivering cookies with Robert Schuller. He just did a lot of things. If there’s any lesson I can learn from him it’s to be generous and to give and to love like he did.

I’ve even fixed toilets because my dad showed me how to fix toilets. I’ve learned how to do things that I never would have if he’d never taught me. I don’t look like the type that would scrape paint or get the . . . fix a toilet if it’s leaking. But my dad taught me how to do that. He taught me how to do the little jobs that mean the most. And I appreciate that.

Tad and Gloria, 1990, courtesy of Gloria BoyerI love you, Daddy. Happy birthday.

transcription of Gloria Boyer (Tad’s daughter), speaking at Tad’s memorial service, Wildwood Baptist Church (950 County Line Church Road, Griffin, GA 30223), June 22, 2012, audio provided by Gloria Boyer (Tad’s daughter)

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