Nelson T. Daniel
  • 80 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 10, 1932
  • Date of passing: Jan 14, 2012
Let the memory of Nelson be with us forever

Nelson T. Daniel, 80, a lifetime resident of Granville County passed away Saturday, January 14, 2012 at his home.

He was born January 10, 1932, the son of the late Ervin T. and Mary Pruitt Daniel.  He graduated from Oxford High School in 1950, served in the United States Air Force, attended Dallas Institute – Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science. He began working for G.T. Eakes Funeral Home in 1956 as a licensed funeral director and embalmer.  He was a member and former Deacon of Oxford Baptist Church, past President of Oxford Jaycees, a member of the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department, a past Master of Oxford Lodge # 122 and was past Potentate of Amran Temple in 1992.  During his Masonic career, he coached more than 100 candidates in the Masonic Lodge.  In 1985, he bought G.T. Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford and Creedmoor and has continued operating both branches with his family.  He was presently serving as Chairman of the Oxford Planning Board.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, January 17, 2012 in the Eakes Funeral Chapel in Oxford by Rev. John Yount and Rev. Pat Cox.  Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Mary Anne Floyd Daniel of the home, a daughter, Lynn Daniel Cox and husband Keith, a son, Charles Nelson Daniel and wife Susan, five granddaughters, Ashley C. Lewis (Russell), Leighanne C. Keighley (Steve), Caroline D. Cox and fiance’ (Matt Brewer), Mary Claire Daniel and fiance’ (Ryan Duke) and Allie Malone Daniel, all of Oxford, a great granddaughter, Ava Grace Keighley, two great grandsons, Landon and Noah Lewis and a very special niece, Louise Hockaday Grantham.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Daniel Hockaday.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford and at other times at the home.  The family would like to thank his wonderful funeral home staff for all their love and support throughout the years and through his illness.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Oxford Baptist Church, P.O. Box 398, Oxford, NC  27565.

Active pallbearers will be Mark Hicks, Jimmie Watkins, Lyn Williams, Russell “Bo” Lewis, Steve Keighley and Matt Brewer.

Eakes Funeral Homes, Inc. assisting the Daniel family.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by jean elliott on 10th January 2014

"Charles and Lynn,
      There is not many days, that I don't think about your Dad. He was a wonderful man, that could make you feel, great and happy, no matter what your problem was. I will always miss him.  


       Jean and Otis"

This tribute was added by Linda Daniel on 10th January 2014

"Both sets of my grandparents and my parents services were assisted by G T Eakes.  The earlier services when Nelson was working for G.T.
My in-laws were also assisted by the funeral home.  I always expect Nelson to be at the door when I go to a service.   He was always such a help during our time of bereavement.   Remembering his birthday with warm thoughts to his family."

This tribute was added by Michael Lyon on 11th January 2013

"A man that is greatly missed.  I loved his boldness, larger than life presence and his loyal friendship.  He was among my most trusted peer group.   Watkins Cooper Lyon spent years sharing our most trusted thoughts with this man!"

This tribute was added by Vivian Wright on 10th January 2013

"Remembering his birthday with warm thoughts and memories.  He will forever be in your heart no matter what."

This tribute was added by David Lane on 8th February 2012

"Lynn, Charles and families,
May God's mercy, the fond memories of your father, and the prayers and wishes of friends be a comfort to you.  I enjoyed knowing your father and talking with him about life in Granville County.  We appreciate his help and service to many people, especially his "family" of Granville County.  David Lane"

This tribute was added by Polly Hester on 1st February 2012

"Charles and Lynn:  Your Dad will be missed by the community as well as his family.  So sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by deborah keith on 24th January 2012

"Lynne & Family, I'm so sad to hear of Mr. Daniel's death, he was a great person and i enjoyed seeing him every time i came to the funeral home, he will truly be missed by many. May you have peace with all the good years & memories of your father. Love, Deborah Keith & Family"

This tribute was added by nancy cash on 21st January 2012

"Dear Lynn, Charles and Family, Gene and I are so sorry for your loss.  Your father truly will be missed; and I will miss my "Nelson hugs" when I go to the funeral home. God bless you.

In Christ's Love, Nancy Cash"

This tribute was added by Ken Adcock on 18th January 2012

"For over 30 years Nelson has been a great customer and friend.  He will be missed by many for years to come.  No one could call my name like Nelson.  Seldom did I ever see him that he always asked hows your little girl doing?  Please call on me if I can do anything."

This tribute was added by J. R. Whitt on 17th January 2012

"Dear Daniel Family,
On behalf of the Brooks & White Family we would like to extend our heart felt sympathy and know that in the days to come you all will be surrounded by family and friends that will help you thru all of this.  Nelson was a one of a kind "MAN"  who be missed by all!If we can do anything please let us know. Your Friends at Brooks & White"

This tribute was added by John Grissom on 17th January 2012

"I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Your dad was there when I lost my granddaddy and my grandma and my uncle. Your dad was a very good person and he will be missed."

This tribute was added by JOYCE SASNETT on 17th January 2012

"I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR DAD. YOU KNOW WHO I AM. I AM JOYCE SASNETT. THIS IS TO LYNN COX. YOU KNOW MY MOM. HER NAME IS LOUETTA SASNETT. WELL I AM GONE. BYE. AGAIN I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR DAD. I LOST MY DAD 27 YEARS AGO. I KNOW HOW IT IS. I MISS MY DAD SO MUCH. SEE YOU LATER. BYE. JOYCE SASNETT."

This tribute was added by Carolyn Trappiel on 17th January 2012

"Dear Lynn and Family:  I was sorry to hear about your dad.  May the Lord grant you peace and comfort during this time. Love"

This tribute was added by Donna Snipes on 17th January 2012

"Nelson was a very special person, always glad to see you.  He would always ask me "What's sister doing?"  He will be missed.  "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Psalms 116:1  For us death is an enemy.  For God, it is a reunion with someone He created for His Glory. Donna Wilkins Snipes & Pat Wilkins-Lee"

This tribute was added by Lauriston Elliott on 17th January 2012

"Lynn, Charles & Family, Nelson was a man I was proud to call a real friend. G.T. Eakes was my mom's 1st. cousin and we would visit him at the funeral home, so I got to know Nelson when he started to work. He helped us when Hilda's mom & both my parents passed. He would often visit me at the jewelery store & we would share a good joke! RIP, Dear Friend."

This tribute was added by Cameron Pendergraft on 16th January 2012

"It is so hard to lose a father and your father was such a kind person, always smiling, welcoming and putting others at ease. Steve and I want all of you to know our thoughts are with you during this sad time."

This tribute was added by William & Earline Newton on 16th January 2012

"Dear Lynn, Keith, Charles, Susan, Mrs. Daniel & family:  William & I feel your sorrow and loss.  There is nothing that can be said or done that can take away the hurt that you feel but the love & memories can never be taken away.  Mr. Daniel was very proud of  you Lynn, Keith, Charles, Susan & his entire family.  You all are in our hearts and prayers.  Love You All!  William & Earline"

This tribute was added by Ray Gooch on 16th January 2012

"To all the Daniel Family:  Thank you for sharing your husband and father with us all.  I hope you have others you care for you as he and you have cared for my family and others on many occasions.  Blessings upon you as you and your staff go through this season of change."

This tribute was added by bob williamson on 16th January 2012

"Dear Lynn and Charles:  Sorry to hear about Nelson. You and your family will be in our prayers. I considered Nelson a good friend, we worked close together when I was with the police dept. and also on the Granville County Rescue Squad. I will always remember his kindness and professionalism.  May god bless each of you."

This tribute was added by Jeff Carpenter on 16th January 2012

"Lynn and Charles,

Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your Father.  Your family will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers during your time of loss.  

Jeff Carpenter"

This tribute was added by Rose Hammond on 16th January 2012

"Nelson Daniel was always a great friend and took care of our family, and my husband's family in times of need. I called Mabel Cleveland in Roxboro to let her know. Her husband shared Masonic trips with the Daniels and share many memories of Hawaii and other places. May the happy memories bring smiles to family, friends and everyone who knew him. He will certainly be missed."

This tribute was added by Larry & Peggy Jackson on 16th January 2012

"To the Nelson Daniel Family: Nelson has always had a SPECIAL place in our heart. He has always been there for us in so many ways. He was a true friend and loved by many. We miss him now and in years to come. God made only one of Nelson and throw away the mold. Our prayers are with you. We love You all. Larry & Peggy Jackson"

This tribute was added by Joe Haskins on 16th January 2012

"Charle, Lynn, and family,
It was a pleasure working with Nelson on the fire department for the years together. He will surely be missed by all in Oxford and at the funeral home where he helped so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Joe Haskins"

This tribute was added by Nancy Rutledge on 16th January 2012

"I was so sorry to hear about Nelson's death.  He was always there for my family.  He was so good when my father and mother passed away.  Lynn, I will never forget your helpful words after my mother's sudden death.  You are truly you dad's daughter.  I have this quote for you, "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." - From a Headstone in Ireland"

This tribute was added by red eubanks on 16th January 2012

"Dear Family: Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. Nelson was a very caring person. So easy to love was he. We will continue to pray for you.

May God bless you.

Charles& Shelby Daniel Eubanks"

This tribute was added by Linda Self on 16th January 2012

"Dear Lynn and Charles, our prayers are with you as you go through this time.  Your dad was a wonderful person. He would all way stop by the Missing Link to get his drink and pack of peanuts when he came that way and we would always have a wonderful chat.  He left a legacy that I am sure the people of Granville Co. will remember.  May God bless you as you go forward.  Linda & Sonny Self"

This tribute was added by Ben Currin on 16th January 2012

"Thoughts & prayers for all of the Nelson Daniel family.  Knowing Nelson my entire life was a "blessing" from God, and will cherish the times we spent together! RIP!"

This tribute was added by Wayne Rutledge on 16th January 2012

"Nelson was truely a remarkable man. He helped my family more times than i can count. I have always had a special place in my heart for him.He will truely be missed by my family. Lynn,Charles,Keith,Mary Anne, my prayers are with you all at this difficult time...Wayne Rutledge"

This tribute was added by Joyce D. Young on 16th January 2012

"My deepest sympathy to Mary Ann and the family on the loss of Nelson.   He could always make you laugh and when he and Richard (Dick) got together they had lots of tales of their high school days.  He will greatly be missed but every one who knew him will have fond memories to keep him around.  I didn't realize he and Richard were so close in age until now.  Sincerely, Joyce Young"

This tribute was added by Jean Burwell on 16th January 2012

"Dear Lynn and family,
My prayers are with you at this difficult time.  I have known Nelson for many years and I know he will be missed by many.
Jean Burwell"

This tribute was added by Linda Daniel on 16th January 2012

"William and I have both been grateful for Nelson's help during a lot of difficult times in our lives.  He was always helpful in making decisions which were hard to us to make.   He will be missed.  Charles and Lynn, you both are in our thoughts and prayers.

William and Linda Daniel"

This tribute was added by Marcus Tilley on 16th January 2012

"Lynn and Charles, our prayers are with you as you go through this time.  Your dad meant a lot to me personally as we've worked through so many services together.  I hope and pray that you will continue to honor his legacy and service to the people of Granville County.  Our door is open if we may be of assistance.  May God bless you as you go forward.  Pastor Marc Tilley, Pleasant Grove."

This tribute was added by Betty Trautman on 16th January 2012

"Mr. Daniel was a true professional. He always took great care of my family
during difficult times. He always managed to put a smile on my face with his charismatic ways no matter how bad things were. He will truely be missed.
The Stephens and Trautman families"

This tribute was added by Hillman Currin on 16th January 2012

"Our condolences to the Daniel family. If there is anything Gayle and I can do, don’t hesitate to call on us…….Hillman Currin Family"

This tribute was added by George Wright Jr on 16th January 2012

"A true professional. A true trustworthy, dependable friend in time of need. His memory will always bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart. We had great conversations and his sage advise has contributed greatly to our success. May God forever bless his memory. We at Wright Funeral Home stand ready to assist you whenever a need may occur."

This tribute was added by kathy obrien on 16th January 2012

"Dear Lynn and Charles and family,we were very saddened to hear about the lose of your father Nelson.He was always a joy to be around always making people smile even through their time of sorrow.He will be greatly missed by many.Our thoughts and prayers are with the family
                                                                                 kathy obrien and ann cooke"

This tribute was added by Duane Butner on 16th January 2012

"Dear Charles and family: Nelson was always a joy to see and speak with whenever we had a chance to meet during C-E meetings. I know you will miss him, as I will too. Take care and we are praying for you during this time."

This tribute was added by Michael Lyon on 16th January 2012

"Nelson has always been audacious in his service to Granville County.  His brassy personality and gentle heart were both comforting and befriending.  I'll miss his gestures of generosity and kindness.  He was the last of an era.  I'm sorry you've lost him and I too will miss my friend."

This tribute was added by kEITH Cox on 15th January 2012

"Mary Anne, I told Nelson many times I loved him,and thanked him for being a second Daddy for me! I've been a part of the Daniel family for over 43 years. Nelson, Charles and yourself are my family! I will always be there for you.We will miss him, and  always stand together. With love your second son.   Keith"

This tribute was added by Betty Laws on 15th January 2012

"Lynn , Keith and family . Ben and I are sorry to hear about your dad.  We hadn't heard that his health was bad, so it was truly a shock to us.  He was a very special person and he will be missed. You and your family will be in our prayers.
Ben and Betty Laws"

This tribute was added by Marie Jones on 15th January 2012

"Lynn and family so sorry to hear about your dad.He was a very special person.Praying and thinking of you all.
Doug and Marie Jones"

This tribute was added by Carolyn Baird on 15th January 2012

"Lynn, my mother Esther Carter said today she had enjoyed Nelson and your mother being at Brantwood.  When she would go by the door, he would holler out at her "girl come in here and tell me something" about old times.  She said she always thought he would be holding her funeral.  We will miss him.  Love to you all."

This tribute was added by Tammy O'Briant on 15th January 2012

"Dear Lynn and Charles:  Nelson has always been a good friend and I have always admired his friendship with my dad, Travis Hicks, and I grew to love him just like daddy.  It is real sad to lose him but I know he is now is the hands of the Lord and he is smiling down on us now.  He loved all of you.  My prayers are with you now and in the future. He will be truly missed. Tammy Hicks OBriant"


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