As a little girl I looked up to you
walking in your steps was all that I knew.
The games we played, the times we've shared
you showed in everything, the way you've
The older I got, the more I knew
the joy it was to be with you.
You were always around for me
and always loved me unconditionally.
You often showed me right from wrong
and taught me to be meek and strong.
Your patience and your gentle care
was everlasting and always there.
A young lady I soon grew up to be
and academics I accomplished successfully.
With all your love and all your praise
a successful woman you surely did raise.
Dad, I just wanted to say
how much I love you in every way.
You'll always be the king of my heart
because you were my love from the very first
by Debbie Hinton Young
As I ponder the love that I saw in his eyes,
A Godly love, given without compromise....
I recall many times that he stood by my side,
And prodded me on with great vigor and pride.
His voice ever confident, firm and yet fair,
Always speaking with patience, tenderness and
The power and might of his hands was so sure,
I knew there was nothing we couldn't endure.
It's true, a few others provided insight,
Yet, he laid the foundation that kept me
He's the grandest of men to have lived on this
Although he's not royal by stature or birth.
He's a man of great dignity, honor and strength.
His merits are noble, and of admirable length.
He's far greater than all other men that I know,
He's my Dad, he's my mentor, my friend and hero.
William Wesley Rains
July 11, 1945 - January 26, 2008
May he rest in peace