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Five fathers share their stories as working dads in Catawba County

Five fathers share their stories as working dads in Catawba County

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HICKORY — The Hickory Daily Record recognized several fathers in Catawba County who work and raised a family.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid

Law enforcement runs in the Reid family. Sheriff Coy Reid has been in law enforcement for almost 40 years, and his three sons followed in his footsteps.

“It’s not every day you get to come to work and be with your family,” Jason Reid, 44, said. “That’s humbling.”

At one point all three sons were working under their father at the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s definitely harder because he expects more out of us,” Cory Reid, 36, said. “I like that, makes me a better officer.”

Coy Reid said he tried steering his sons away from law enforcement, but one of his proudest moments as a father was when they actually got into law enforcement.

Working in the same profession with family is sometimes a blessing, but sometimes a curse, Jason Reid said.

“When they are here, I look at them as any other officer,” Coy Reid said.

He expects more out of them because he knows what they are capable of.

“I’ve never questioned myself being the runt of the liter,” Cory Reid said because his father has always kept him motivated.

Coy Reid has enjoyed seeing them grow into fine young men who are all well-respected in the community.

“We always had a good role model,” Sean Reid, 41, said.

When Sean Reid had the decision of staying or leaving the sheriff’s office, he was thankful his dad could separate being a dad and being a boss.

For Father’s Day, they plan on having four generations of the family together at Sean Reid’s house to swim in the pool.

Frye Regional Medical Center Dr. Tom Herfurth

For the Herfurth family, working and family rarely got in the way of one another.

As a doctor, Tom Herfurth works in a family environment where he can make it home for dinner and be with his family.

He always made it to school functions and sports, he said. All four daughters played soccer through high school.

One of his proudest moments as a father was coaching all of his girls. He loved watching them win championships.

“That was just fun teaching them team before self,” Tom Herfurth said.

The family made a pact to go to every national park, and the trips usually happen around Father’s Day, Tom Herfurth said.

They also enjoy flat tubing on the lake. Tom Herfurth always had to drive them around on the lake when they were younger, but now his daughters are old enough to drive him around.

Three of his four daughters shared what they enjoy most about their dad:

“He has shown us the world,” Jessie Herfurth, 20, said.

“He always sees the positives in every situation,” Katie Herfurth, 18, said.

“He is very sociable and easy to talk to,” Amy Herfurth, 15, said.

Crawdad’s Manager Steve Mintz

Steve Mintz, a father of three children, works hard at balancing baseball and family. While he works in Hickory, his family resides in Leland, 4 hours away.

“We figured out ways to make it work,” Steve Mintz said.

Steve Mintz travels home on his off days to see his family, and sometimes the family makes their way to Hickory to help out their dad.

He is in his 27th year of baseball professionally, playing and coaching.

“Being able to raise kids in a baseball life, although there are difficulties, my kids can experience things other kids never do,” Steve Mintz said.

Steve Mintz always said he would give up baseball in a second if his kids ever felt they were struggling with his absence. Everything worked out with them growing up, he added.

“(Cathi Mintz, Steve’s wife) burdens a ton of the responsibility, but has been 100 percent supportive,” Steve Mintz said.

Steve Mintz is proud of his kids for doing well in school, being respectful and loving the Lord.

“Realizing he has taught me everything, it’s cool to have a role model like that,” Abby Mintz, 19, said.

For Father’s Day, the whole family will be together.

“We understand, just with our life and the way we live, if us five are together, that’s a good day,” Steve Mintz said.

Hickory High School Music Teacher Steve Clarke

Steve Clarke, a father of six children, has a full schedule as a father, a choral music teacher and a minister of worship, but his musical work and raising his family overlap, he said.

“A lot of (his work) involves the family, it doesn’t isolate them,” Steve Clarke said.

The Clarkes are all musically involved and talented. Steve Clarke and his wife, Debbie Clarke, are both musicians.

Rohman Clarke, 18, did drum line, Monee Clarke, 16, sings and has great harmony, Sophie Clarke, 14, sings in choir, Whittney Morgan Clarke, 12, plays viola in orchestra and Thatcher Clarke, 10, and Allister Clarke, 8, sing in the church choir, Steve Clark said.

“Seeing your kids become who they are and seeing you had some small hand in that makes you proud,” Steve Clarke said.

Every parent wants to be proud of their kids, not ashamed, he said. As a father, you have to encourage your kids to a certain point and appropriate level.

“They’re going to become the person they’re meant to be,” Steve Clarke said. “I let them be who they are.”

For Father’s Day they will have their church responsibilities in the morning and then relax and celebrate the rest of the day.

They are a very spontaneous family, Steve Clarke said.

Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Rev. Greg Alms

Working in a church is time extensive, intensive and emotional, Rev. Greg Alms, father of four daughters, said.

“It can grab all of your attention, it’s that kind of job,” Greg Alms said.

Over the years he has learned family time is more important than work.

“It’s a hard line to draw,” Jonathan Rudy, son-in-law, said. “Kudos for drawing it.”

Katie Rudy, 27, never thought it was hard having her dad work at a church. She said he was always around.

“We were always the most important,” Katie Rudy said.

Greg Alms is always proud of his daughters when he hears feedback from teachers or people in the church about how they are genuinely good people.

Greg Alms always helped his children get through tough times with humor and always made them laugh, Hannah Alms, 22, said.

Natalie Alms, 18, said she enjoyed driving to school with her dad listening to a variety of music. They have different tastes in music, but Greg Alms would listen to her choice.

“(Our parents) would be happy if we are happy,” Rebecca Alms, 25, said. “They wanted us to be successful.”

He would always help Katie Rudy with tasks she normally put off, such as taxes or car maintenance. Katie Rudy said he was always helpful and never made it stressful.

For Father’s Day and Mother’s Day, Rebecca Alms bought Fitbits for her parents. They continue to have a family competition.

“It’s a friendly competition, but none of us like losing,” Suzanne Alms, Greg Alms’ wife, said.

When everyone gets together, they enjoy hiking, walks, board games and crochet.

“We’ve been blessed by God with our family and kids,” Greg Alms said.

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