DAYTONA BEACH, FLA.- Daniel Dennis Sain "Dan" passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.
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He was born April 6, 1930, in Toluca, to Dennis and Cora Sain. He graduated from Belwood High School in 1948, Lenoir Rhyne College in 1952, Duke Divinity School in 1957, and from Emory University, with the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Biblical Theology, in 1964. He served as Pastor of United Methodist Churches in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Early in his career he taught at Spartanburg Junior College, in Spartanburg, S.C., and at Pfeiffer College in Misenheimer. Dr. Sain moved to Daytona Beach in 1964 and joined the faculty of Bethune-Cookman College. From 1967 to 1977, he served as faculty member and Dean of Aeronautical Studies at Embry-Riddle University. He returned to Bethune-Cookman in 1977, and served as head to the department of Religion and Philosophy until his retirement in 1993.
Daniel spent his youth on his family's farm in Western North Carolina. While not picking cotton, plowing, or harvesting hay, he enjoyed swimming in the creek, climbing rocks, and especially laughing and joking with family members, including many cousins. In high school he was in the 4-H Club and won a prize with his cow at the county fair. He first danced with his sweetheart, Lavada Wilson, at a Methodist youth district gathering. The two married in August, 1952, and a daughter and son soon followed.
A lifetime of learning and living exemplifies Daniel Sain. He and his family loved to travel and visited various U.S. locales as well as Europe (Germany and Paris), Canada and the Caribbean. Daniel and his wife explored further global regions including the USSR, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Egypt, The Holy Land, Scandinavia, the British Isles, Central America, and other European regions. He played golf and had three holes-in-one. His favorite hobby was flying model airplanes, which he especially enjoyed when his son was growing up; the two enjoyed many exhibitions and contests together.
During his retirement years, Daniel was a member of the Golden Hawks, a local radio control model airplane club. He enjoyed many hours in his garage workshop assembling model airplanes, which provided colorful decor when not being flown. Daniel read fervently, and his favorite topics included history, mystery, theology, the classics, and health and wellness. He enjoyed going to plays and movies, as well as listening to recordings of old radio shows and watching movies and old programs, especially "The Man from U.n.c.l.e." which he and his daughter often watched together. His ever growing library of books, DVDs and CDs reflected his curiosity and aesthetic appreciation of life. Daniel valued humor, he loved to tell jokes, and always had a clever remark and intelligent observation to share. His favorite comedian was Red Skelton. Daniel loved home cooked meals, made with love by his wife. He had common sense and a practical way of doing things and solving problems. He loved gadgets, and in his later years, he often ordered helpful creative gadgets from his host of catalogues.
Time with his family was the most precious part of life to Daniel. Grandchildren loved to come to pop's house, where they enjoyed stories, games and flying airplanes in the yard. When the grandchildren got older, they admired him for his wisdom and cherished times discussing literature, politics and life in general.
Daniel and Lavada had many fun adventures in their retirement years, including time spent in North Carolina, relishing in the company of his sisters, his brother, and their families; as well as with his father, who lived to reach the age of 98.
Daniel is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Lavada Wilson-Sain; a daughter, Danita Stokes (Stan) of Jacksonville; a son David (Laura), of St. Louis; six grandchildren, Stephen Stokes of Jacksonville, Phillip Stokes (Taylor) of Orlando, Michelle Sain of Hollywood, Calif., Amanda Sain, Melissa Sain and Matthew (Courtney) Sain of St. Louis; two sisters, Betty Lou Elmore of Shelby, and Julia Sain, of Toluca; one brother Harry Sain (Helen), of Toluca; and many other family and friends who reside in the Shelby area.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the careful direction of Baggett & Summers Funeral Home.
Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com
Baggett & Summers Funeral Home
736 South Beach Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Published in Shelby Star on Aug. 23, 2013