ROXBORO, N.C. - Dr. Earl Wilson Daniel, 94, of Roxboro, N.C., died peacefully May 8, 2013 after several months of declining health.
He was born January 29, 1919 in Leamington, Ontario, Canada, the son of the late Fred Henderson Daniel and Ruth Webb Daniel, both from Granville County in North Carolina. He was also predeceased by his devoted wife of 59 years, Agnes Warren Daniel; as well as his brother, USAF Colonel Cecil Frederick Daniel.
In his youth he returned, with his family, from Canada to permanently reside in Stem, N.C. in Granville County. There he graduated from Creedmoor High School in 1938 then continued his education at Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In 1940 he attained his licensed to practice Chiropractic in North Carolina and opened his practice in September of that same year in Roxboro, prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army
. As a World War II
veteran he was a Staff Sergeant in charge of Physical Therapy between 1942 and 1945 at Oliver General Hospital in Augusta, Georgia and then at Welch Convalescent Hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida. Following his time in the U.S. Army, he and his wife, who he met while stationed in Daytona Beach, moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he completed post graduate work at Logan Chiropractic College. He practiced in Ohio for six months before returning permanently to his practice in Roxboro.
Earl Daniel was very proud of his profession as North Carolina's longest licensed Chiropractor, maintaining his license for 73 years. After retirement, he kept his license current and, for a while, continued to care for a limited number of patients. In 1992 he sold his practice to Dr. Gary Sullivan, who continues to practice at the Semora Road location.
In addition to his long career, he was active in church as well as many local, state and national organizations. As a member of Roxboro Baptist Church he served as a Deacon and member of Fishers of Men Sunday School class. His professional organizations included the American and the North Carolina Chiropractic Associations, Central District NCCA and the Durham-Person-Orange Chiropractic Group. He was a member of the Exchange Club and served as District Governor in North Carolina for the National Exchange Clubs and also held offices in the local club. Dr. Daniel was a former chairman for Red Cross and Easter Seals fund drives for Person County and was involved with local and state Crippled Children & Adult programs.
He chaired the Finer Carolina Community Improvement Program and was a state winner on making Roxboro a better place to live, work and play. He also enjoyed his membership in the North Central Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America in Roxboro, where he served in elected offices and participated in tours, parades and car shows with his 1953 Packard. This association brought much pleasure and wonderful friendships. He was honored with an invitation to drive his Packard in the Inaugural Parade for Governor Jim Martin and again honored when driving his Packard to escort the daughter of Congressman Tim Valentine to her wedding.
He leaves behind a loving family which includes his daughters, Margaret Anne and husband David Bradsher of Roxboro and Mary Katherine and husband John Baxter of Burlington; grandsons, Larry Ferguson Jr. "Guy" and wife Bonnie of Summerfield, Fred Ferguson and wife Sally of Fuquay Varina and Jason Baxter and wife Lauren of Durham. He will be fondly remembered by his great-grandchildren, Daniel and Abbey Ferguson and Casey and Reed Ferguson as well as his step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, David, Pilar and Nicholas Bradsher, Matt Bradsher, Tyler and Jessica Leli; sister-in-law, Carolyn Daniel; and a special friend, Margaret Canada of South Boston, Virginia.
The family wishes to express sincere appreciation to the entire staff of Cambridge Hills Assisted Living and Person Memorial Hospital for the care and concern shown during his residence. Great appreciation is also given to his devoted friends who have faithfully contacted and visited him - some on a weekly routine. The contacts were uplifting and so important that he kept a daily journal of them.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2013 at Brooks & White Funeral Home in Roxboro. Friends may visit with the family at other times at the home of his daughter at 204 S. Morgan Street, Roxboro.
The service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Roxboro Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. DuPre Sanders and the Rev. Chris Schelin officiating. Interment will follow at Person Memorial Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Gary Sullivan, Troy Bradsher, Daniel Keith, Charles Jackson, Don Waldo, Harry Lee Oakley, Sandy Stigall and Harold Ray Long.
Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Fishers of Men Sunday School class and The Antique Automobile Club.
Memorials may be made to Forward by Faith Fund, Roxboro Baptist Church, P.O. Box 348, Roxboro, NC 27573.
Condolences may be sent to www.brooksandwhite.com