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The Legacies of Our Grandfathers

Whatever you call him, Granddad, Pappy, Pop, Grandpa, if you've been blessed to have a loving grandfather, you have had treasure in your life.  My grandfather,  Pappy, was quite the character.  Most remember him as the grumpy old fellow chain smoking and watching game shows.  He could be a crotchety old guy, but for me, Pappy was instrumental in filling my childhood with security and joy.  You see, we lived together.  I was his youngest granddaughter, the daughter of his youngest daughter.  I was my parents' only child and when they divorced in their very early twenties, I was, as many children are today, afforded the opportunity to live with my grandparents.  It was out of necessity that I went to them and I am thankful everyday that their home was mine.    

Whether you have that close relationship with your grandfather like I did or not, our grandfathers leave us with a lasting legacy.  Bob Rawls, Pappy, left me with the confidence that I could do anything that I set my mind to do.  His praise for everything I did, still echoes in my heart.  I still hear his encouragement for me when I speak to my daughters with loving praise.  I know he would be thrilled to see them performing, dancing, singing.  A legacy of loving affirmation goes to my grandfather.   

For my husband, his grandfather's legacy is a bit different but just as powerful.  My husband remembers his grandfather, also Bob, as a hard-working entrepreneur.  Through life's tragic circumstances, Mr. Doughtie, had to quit school in the 8th grade and go to work to help support his mother and siblings.  After he married and had children, he came up with the idea to create a barbecue that people would love.  Barbecue?   Why not?  Once his recipe was perfected, he enlisted the help of his family, wife, brother, sister-in-law to help make the product and he went out and sold it.  Through much persistence and monumental effort, the little barbecue business grew into a well-known brand.  It's truly the miracle of the American dream, that a simple idea could grow into a successful business.  I see Mr. Doughtie's legacy of hard work everyday in my precious husband.  It continues in the work ethic I see growing in our children.   

Our girls are blessed to have three very special grandfathers and even a great-grandfather.  For each one, there is a unique and lasting legacy imparted.  From my father, for instance, my children are learning that even when relationships are not perfect, love trumps bitterness.  From their great-grandfather,  they are witnesses to the legacy of a covenant marriage between him and their great-grandmother.  From their step-grandfather, the girls are gaining a sincere appreciation of the outdoors and the simplicity of enjoying a day in the woods.  And from their sweet, "Ga-Ga," they enjoy complete unconditional love.  From his delicious pancakes to trips to Dairy Queen, from his marathon school shopping trips, to summers with him at the beach, to his attendance at every game, recital, special event, our girls know that a grandfather is love. His legacy is love.   

So what is your grandfather's legacy to you?  What do you hope your legacy will be?  

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Tim Gary on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 6:33 PM
Good job Kelli. Well said.
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Jack Maher on Sunday, April 15, 2012 4:03 PM
I lived the first 32 years of my life in the Tidewater, Virginia area. Specifically, Hampton -Langley AFB. My father was an enlisted man at Langley and worked at Base OPs, on the flight line, control tower, at Langley. We only had one car in our family. Dad would take the bus to work and I would pick him up in the evening. There was a small "Snack Shop" on the first floor, mostly for the pilots. I would drive to the base from home (or the beach!), call up stairs to Dad and he would come down and greet me, let me know how much longer he would be, and give me a $1.00, (yep, one dollar!) for a sandwich. The Snack Shop served Doughtie's BBQ, with slaw, on a fresh, warm, soft bun, (fifty cents) fries, ($0.25). An ice cold Coke in the 16oz bottle, ($0.15). I would sit there in front of the window and watch the planes come and go and listen to the pilots. This was during the Viet Nam war. Great memory. Great Barbecue!
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Doughties BBQ on Monday, April 16, 2012 9:41 AM
Jack, Thanks for sharing such a great story. We love hearing from folks how Doughtie's was a part of their lives. We can't do it for $.50 anymore, but it's still great barbecue!


Jarrett Beeler on Saturday, July 07, 2012 12:53 PM
My grandfather was Tom Beeler, who is remembered as playing a big role in the Doughtie's Barbecue story, and an even bigger one as the patriarch of our family. He was a gentleman that taught me through his words and his actions about how sweeter successes are when you work for them, that creativity can solve any problem, and too of course the infamous secret recipe for Doughtie's famous Barbecue. So excited to see DBBQ back in stores again, and too to see renewed interest in the brand. God Bless and great luck! - Jarrett Beeler
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I remember Bob from Chubby's in the early 50s. So glad to see you back. On my way to the grocery store.
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