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Celebrating Dads
By Guest Columnist Marie Broder, District Attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit

ZEBULON - Amidst everything that has been happening across the world, this weekend was Father’s Day. I hope you all took a moment to recognize, or in some cases, remember, those men who have influenced you along the way.

I have been blessed to have been raised by great men. My “papa” was Arlis Burch. He born into a family of sharecroppers in Douglas, Georgia. He served in the Korean War and went to dental school on the GI Bill, before returning to open a practice in his hometown. He taught me how to fish, and he also taught me about patience, understanding, and what matters in life. My “pawpaw” was Fred Greene. He was a businessman and cattle farmer. He taught me about hard work and the importance of family. My dad is Mike Greene. I am lucky that he raised me. He gave me a love of travel and experiencing new things. He also taught me to treat everyone with the same respect, no matter what their station in life.

I am extremely blessed to share a daughter with my husband, Karl. He is an incredible father. I am lucky to have him help me to raise our daughter to be a strong woman. He is my partner in every sense of the word.

I wanted to introduce to these men that I remembered and celebrated this weekend. I would not be where I am today without their influence. While all different in the way that they walk, talk, and live, each one passed on a piece of their wisdom to me. I imagine that many of you out there could share the same stories about the men in your lives. To the men out there who are dads, in any way, I hope you were celebrated. Thank you for what you do. Stay safe, and be kind to each other.

Submitted 6.23.20