Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy Birthday, Daddy

David Hankins McCauley
12 July 1926 – 16 June 2000

Junior Lucas (back to camera), J W Dukes & David McCauley
10 July 1999

This may not be the best photo from Daddy's birthday party in 1999 but it's one of my favorites. It's a random, candid shot (or they would have all been posed facing the camera) that shows just how happy he was the evening.

Junior and J W were his nephews, although he was the youngest of the three. They were among the 50 or so guests at the surprise birthday party that truly was a surprise to Daddy. His four sisters were also there. The five of them were the last of the eleven children born to Will and Verda McCauley. 

I'll forever be glad that my brother and sister-in-law thought about throwing a surprise party. It was fairly last minute—we even discussed postponing it until the next year to do it bigger and better. I'll forever be grateful that we didn't wait because this was his last birthday.

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