Honor Where Honor Is Due
I want to thank God for his wisdom and mercy. He gave me two outstanding parents, and I would not be who I am without them. I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to my Parents, Richard Dix and Theresa Dix. Like many growing up in the world today, my parents relinquished their marriage, and while their marriage ended, their parenting did not. They were both educators and instilled in me the value of education, and preparation.
I can not remember a day in my life when I did not know where my father was. I have only one memory of my father raising his voice (it was a day to remember) Dad lectured. I was never physically reprimanded by my Dad but was nurtured in love and respect. There was never a time when I had to wonder if he loved me. He was there to support me in any way I needed, through good times and bad. He never rehearsed my failures, but always celebrated with me, my victories. He taught me until his dying day dignity, honor and respect. I will always be grateful for my Dad.
1916 - 1996
My Mother Theresa Dix, was the kind of Mom who taught you to be a lady. She was a "Diva" and was proud of her ability to stand on her own two feet. She taught me how to cook, sew, and take care of my child on my own. She was a traditional Grandmother, but she believed in "coming to pick your baby up". I was taught motherhood because she didn't take that responsibility from me. My Mother was one of my largest ministry supporters. She heard from God and was ready when needed to see that the Gospel could be spread to the uttermost parts of the world. Tenderhearted yet strong, God allowed me to be close to my Mom until she died.
As an adult, I realize with crystal clarity how much they both strengthened me. It has been said that the way to hurt your loved ones most, is to do for them what they can do for themselves.
Both Mom and Dad allowed me to grow up, and become who God had for me to become. Praying for me, but releasing me to grow. It is with gratitude that I give honor to my Parents.
Mr. Frank D. Godden
on March 4, 2012 with a call from President Obama -- a presidential citation for his WWII military service and flowers, A Proclamation from the State of California, and from the Mayor of Los Angeles, and a birthday party complete with dinner and live entertainment in his honor.
a United States Air Force General and the commander of the World War II Tuskegee Airmen, General Davis was the first African American General in the United States Air Force and later advanced to four-star general. Note: When he was commissioned as a second lieutenant, the Army had a grand total of two black line officers — Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. and Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.)