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Homeless Man’s Daughter Remembers Her Father

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Last week, we brought you the story of JJ, a homeless man, who died on a bench in Uptown, Charlotte.

Reverend Tiffany Thomas said, "JJ gave me a note every day that said, ‘God loves you and so do I’. He ministered to me, every good day, every bad day."

This week, we were contacted by his daughter, Erica Strong Schofield, who wanted Charlotte to know that JJ should not be remembered as being a homeless man but a loving caring man that Erica called Dad.

"Very positive person, he never wanted us to say the word 'can't,' um, thought everything was possible with God, so he was, and funny, always funny,” Erica remembers.

Erica says her dad always gave her cards and flowers since she was a little girl, and he was a jokester.

"Playing jokes on us, just anything to make us laugh. He was always fun. He made the trip fun. I mean we would drive for 15 hours sometimes to get to wherever, but I mean it wasn't a dull moment."

JJ ran organizations to help others and left a mark on many lives from New York to the Carolinas.

"Just how he helped so many people, and I didn't really know that, especially growing up as a child, you know you don't get to see all of that.”

But, a brain trauma left JJ in hard times and unable to find work.

"That's the reason he was having issues to get a job, cause people we looking at him, and you look at his resume, and you look at him, and you're judging. You know, so, he couldn't do anything so, but, what he loved and you know he's gonna stay positive so he just continued to do things, and I think that is very strong. "

His love was preaching, writing poems, and spreading a positive message to anyone, whether they were family or a stranger.

"Just like he said to the pastor, "God loves you so do I, he says that to me. -My dad, he'll say it to any stranger, he just want people to be happy."

Her dad's message is one she thinks everyone learn from.

"Put God first, be positive, and just, um, just don't say can't. That's just his thing. That's just my dad."

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