ForeverMissed

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.

Posted by Linda Daniel on January 10, 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.
Posted by Jean Elliott on January 10, 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
Posted by Michael Lyon on January 11, 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!
Posted by Vivian Wright on January 10, 2013
Remembering his birthday with warm thoughts and memories. He will forever be in your heart no matter what.
Posted by David Lane on February 8, 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
Posted by Polly Hester on February 1, 2012
Charles and Lynn: Your Dad will be missed by the community as well as his family. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Deborah Keith on January 24, 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
Posted by Nancy Cash on January 21, 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
Posted by Ken Adcock on January 18, 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.
Posted by Lauriston Elliott on January 17, 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.
Posted by Donna Snipes on January 17, 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
Posted by Carolyn Trappiel on January 17, 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
Posted by JOYCE SASNETT on January 17, 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.
Posted by John Grissom on January 17, 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.
Posted by J. R. Whitt on January 17, 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
Posted by Michael Lyon on January 16, 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.
Posted by Duane Butner on January 16, 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.
Posted by Kathy Obrien on January 16, 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
Posted by George Wright Jr on January 16, 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.
Posted by Hillman Currin on January 16, 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
Posted by Betty Trautman on January 16, 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
Posted by Marcus Tilley on January 16, 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.
Posted by Linda Daniel on January 16, 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
Posted by Jean Burwell on January 16, 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
Posted by Joyce D. Young on January 16, 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
Posted by Wayne Rutledge on January 16, 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
Posted by Ben Currin on January 16, 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!
Posted by Linda Self on January 16, 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
Posted by Red Eubanks on January 16, 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
Posted by Nancy Rutledge on January 16, 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
Posted by Joe Haskins on January 16, 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
Posted by Larry & Peggy Jackson on January 16, 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
Posted by Rose Hammond on January 16, 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.
Posted by Jeff Carpenter on January 16, 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
Posted by Bob Williamson on January 16, 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.
Posted by Ray Gooch on January 16, 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.
Posted by William & Earline Newton on January 16, 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
Posted by Cameron Pendergraft on January 16, 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.
Posted by Carolyn Baird on January 15, 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.
Posted by Marie Jones on January 15, 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
Posted by Betty Laws on January 15, 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
Posted by KEITH Cox on January 15, 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
Posted by Tammy Hicks O'Briant on January 15, 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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Posted by Linda Daniel on January 10, 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.
Posted by Jean Elliott on January 10, 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
Posted by Michael Lyon on January 11, 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!
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Shared by Donna Snipes on January 10, 2013

Brin had broken his neck in a farming accident. Brin and Mom were in the emergency room and the doctor told mom that nothing was wrong, it was just a behavior issue.  Yet every time Brin tried to raise his head he would grab the top of his head and cry.  Mom tried to tell the doctor that some thing was wrong that Brin would not just lay in the bed.  Mom empathically told the doctor just to release him.  The doctor asked what she was going to do and mom told the doctor not to worry about that, just release him.  The doctor refused and took him down to x-ray and this time did a lateral x-ray and saw that his neck was broken! Things changed in a hurry - sand bags came out and Duke was called.   Nelson was the driver of the ambulance that took Brin and Mom to Duke.  This was during a time when you had to call the Funeral Home if you needed an ambulance.

Distance can bring people together....

Shared by Hazel Williamson on January 18, 2012

Dear Anne,

Hi!  I am sure you will remember me.  I am Hazel Williamson, wife of the late Carnell Williamson, who passed away on March 14 and was buried on St. Patrick's Day, March 17 in 1999.  Nelson and you were two of our closest friends in Oxford and in general.

I remember Nelson so well.  He was a very hard-working man and that was even more evident as he worked his way through the Masons and through the Shrine until he finally made it to Potentate of the Amran temple.  That is no small feat!

Carnell and I always looked forward to the many trips that we took together with the two of you as part of the Masons and the Shrine.  We were always fortunate that the two of you were one of the couples in our circle of closest friends in the brotherhood along with Tom and Betty McFarland and Sam and Jane Vaughan.

I know from first hand experience just how much he loved you and also how much he loved his family and friends.  Just being around him one could witness that love and energy instantly.  It was heartwarming to see such love and devotion.

One of my fondest memories of the two of you and one I am sure I shall never forget was when we all went to France together!  We had such a good time there.  Even when that young lady tried to steal my wallet and other belongings and I took both my hands, shopping bags, and purse and hit her as hard as I could and she ran off into the unknown but definitely away from us!

I wanted you to know that I am so very sorry that I could not attend Nelson's services, but I am still recovering from my broken leg.  Otherwise, I would have been there for sure.  I am certain that knowing Nelson and the two of you as I do, that there was an overwhelming abundance of family, friends, and other loved ones filling the rooms.

I do hope that perhaps once I am finished recovering and you are in the mood for company, that the two of us can get together and visit and maybe go out to eat.  I would really enjoy seeing you again but under much different circumstances.

One more thing I would like to share with you is about Carnell's services.  I remember so vividly looking up and seeing Nelson standing there!  It has remained one of my sharpest memories of that day.  Just knowing that he took that day off from his work and family in Oxford to travel to Durham to help send-off Carnell to his other brothers awaiting him meant a great deal to me.

It's things like that along with all the other memories, all of which were joyous, that mean so much.  I have no doubt that Nelson was received by the brothers who have gone on before him to make sure he is instantly greeted by loved ones.

Anne, please do not hesitate to call me, write me, email me, or whatever if I can do anything for you or maybe you just want to talk.  I would enjoy nothing better  until we can see each other in person again.

Always know that I am praying for you and your family throughout this ordeal and even afterwards too.

Keeping you in my prayers,

Love,

Hazel Williamson

Shared by Elaine Wilkins Winters on January 17, 2012

just want to let yall know that Mr. Daniel will surely be missed - he was one of a kind.  i always enjoyed talking with him, he had an outstanding personality!  I always told him that he had to outlive me so that he could bury me - my prayers are with yall.  Sorry that such a great has left us - but he won't be forgotten

With Love

Elaine