William C. Daniel

Published 8:50 am Sunday, January 29, 2017

Mr. William C. Daniel of Kiawah Island, S.C., died.

He was born Dec. 4, 1922 in Mocksville, the son of John Samuel Daniel and Thirsa McCullough Daniel. Mr. Daniel began working at Twin Brook Farm at the age of 14 and worked for Ideal Grocery and the Newport News, Va., drydocks, before enlisting in the Army Signal Corps. He served two years and 10 months in the European Theatre, was proud of his service to his country and shared his stories of being abroad in World War II. He was a charter member of the first National Guard unit with headquarters in Davie County. He resigned from the Guard services in August, 1951, as a lieutenant. Mr. Daniel was a player and co-founder of the Mocksville Millers basketball team, prominent during the late 1940s and early 1950s. He purchased part interest in the Allison-Johnson grocery store in 1945, and sold his interest in 1948, when he joined his father-in-law at Caudell Lumber Co. He managed this company for more than 50 years, building it from a lumber yard to a full-service building supply store. Caudell Lumber remains in the Caudell family. Mr. Daniel was a charter member of the Mocksville Jaycees, serving as secretary and vice president, before being elected president in 1952. He received the Distinguished Service Award of the U.S Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1953. He was appointed to two terms as a member of the Mocksville Recreation Commission. When the Mocksville Development Association was formed in1965, he was selected as its first president. He was a member of the Mocksville Masonic Lodge  134 and a charter member and co-founder of Hickory Hill Golf and Country Club. Mr. Daniel served on the Davie County High School advisory board and was a charter member and vice president of the foundation board of Davidson County Community College. He served in this capacity for nine years. Mr. Daniel was appointed a branch board member of the First Federal Savings and Loan in 1971, and remained in that position through mergers with Southern National Bank and BB&T. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Mocksville, where he served as deacon, trustee, departmental superintendent, director of the young adult department and chair of the pulpit committee. Mr. Daniel retired in 1998, and moved to Kiawah Island to be near his family.

Survivors: his daughter, Margaret Daniel Harris of Charleston, S.C.; 2 grandchildren, Andrew Daniel Harris of Charleston and Ashton Alexandra Harris (fiancé, Kellan Rives) of Lexington; a brother, Dr. Frank H. Daniel of Salisbury; plus a multitude of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Eleanor Caudell Daniel; his daughter, Barbara Daniel Johnson; 5 brothers; and 4 sisters.

A celebration of Mr. Daniel’s life will be held Saturday, Feb. 4 at First Baptist Church, Mocksville.  The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:30 p.m., services will be at 2.

Memorials: First Baptist, 412 N. Main St., Mocksville.

Condolences: www.eatonfuneralservice.com.