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Paulding residents recall greatest lesson learned from their fathers
by Adam Elrod
aelrod@neighbornewspapers.com
June 12, 2013 10:50 AM | 1527 views | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Derek Lawrence, owner of Lawrence Lawn Care and son of Jimmy Lawrence, said his father always stressed, "Be responsible for your actions." 
This legacy has been passed down as he tries to teach his three sons that same lesson, he said.
Derek Lawrence, owner of Lawrence Lawn Care and son of Jimmy Lawrence, said his father always stressed, "Be responsible for your actions." This legacy has been passed down as he tries to teach his three sons that same lesson, he said.
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Rhonda Bowman, president of the Paulding Board of Realtors, said her dad, Harvey Ritch, taught her about having “strength and a sense of humor.”
“He has been fighting cancer since he was 17 years old and has never lost his determination to beat it and has kept his keen sense of humor and wit to keep us laughing through the worst parts.  He is the Energizer Bunny; he never stops,” she said.
Rhonda Bowman, president of the Paulding Board of Realtors, said her dad, Harvey Ritch, taught her about having “strength and a sense of humor.” “He has been fighting cancer since he was 17 years old and has never lost his determination to beat it and has kept his keen sense of humor and wit to keep us laughing through the worst parts. He is the Energizer Bunny; he never stops,” she said.
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Rene Hardy Gordon, daughter of Dallas vehicle dealer Charles Hardy, said her father taught her different lessons. 
One is his business slogan, “‘We love you and we need you.’ People should be kind to one another and appreciate each other.” 
He taught her the importance of family, said Gordon, administrator for the Hardy Automotive Group. 
“Being honest, working hard and surrounding yourself with great employees are the keys to success,”
she said. “Live within your means and save for a rainy day because they will come.”
Rene Hardy Gordon, daughter of Dallas vehicle dealer Charles Hardy, said her father taught her different lessons. One is his business slogan, “‘We love you and we need you.’ People should be kind to one another and appreciate each other.” He taught her the importance of family, said Gordon, administrator for the Hardy Automotive Group. “Being honest, working hard and surrounding yourself with great employees are the keys to success,” she said. “Live within your means and save for a rainy day because they will come.”
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Kevin Kirby, director of member services for the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce, said his dad, former county commissioner Wayne Kirby, taught him “the importance of faith, family, and honesty.”
“He also stressed the importance of helping others.  It doesn’t matter who they are or what their circumstances, if it is just encouraging someone or something much more significant, he showed me that every day there is an opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life,” he said
Kevin Kirby, director of member services for the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce, said his dad, former county commissioner Wayne Kirby, taught him “the importance of faith, family, and honesty.” “He also stressed the importance of helping others. It doesn’t matter who they are or what their circumstances, if it is just encouraging someone or something much more significant, he showed me that every day there is an opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life,” he said
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The role of fathers in American family life and society in general is celebrated on the third Sunday of June each year. As the holiday approaches this weekend some Paulding County residents recalled the greatest lesson they learned from their fathers.
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