Fred Daniel

The Covington News - - OBITUARIES -

A bus ar­rived in heaven to­day car­ry­ing the clear, per­fect pitch, tenor voice of Fred Daniel. Imag­in­ing all those await­ing the ar­rival of that bus brings com­fort to those who saw him off on his trip. Fred was greeted by his par­ents John and Alice Daniel. He grew up in Por­terdale, the youngest of 12 chil­dren. He was then re­united with his wife Hilda Dial Daniel. He once said about his wife of 64 years, “ She has been by my side for a long time. My wife raised my chil­dren be­cause I was on the road. It has been a good life – she has been good for me.” Mrs. Daniel made the jour­ney one month prior to Fred. She has been mak­ing prepa­ra­tions in heaven for Fred’s next per­for­mance. They are now by each other’s side for eter­nity.

Wal­lace “ Happy” Ed­wards may have been next in the re­ceiv­ing line. Happy and Fred sang on the front steps of the Por­terdale Methodist Church as kinds. Later, they formed The Happy Four and con­tin­ued singing to­gether. Burl Strevel and Ace Rich­man also were wait­ing with open arms want­ing to know the next tour dates. Red Fo­ley ea­gerly waited with the guys so that they could have a re­union singing of “ Peace in the Val­ley,” now that they could truly ap­pre­ci­ate what that song meant. “ Peace in the Val­ley” by Red Fo­ley and The Sun­shine Boys was the first gospel record to sell over one mil­lion copies. J. D. Sum­ner and Elvis Pres­ley were also wait­ing to sing around a pi­ano with the “ fat boy” who could jump so high.

Those wait­ing to catch a later bus are his sis­ter Rosie Bai­ley; sons Gary and Scott with their wives Bob­bie and Sheila; grand­chil­dren Dana, David, Chase and Kyle; great- grand­chil­dren Trevor, Colin, Sa­man­tha and anx­iously awaited Baby Daniel ( Chase).

Along Fred’s earthly jour­ney, he spent time as a Gun­ners First Mate, 3rd Class, in the U. S. Navy. He served for two years in the South Pa­cific dur­ing World War II. On his re­turn from ser­vice, it was right back to gospel singing. Fred spend three years with The Happy Four, 16 years with The Sun­shine Boys and 12 years with The Blue Ridge Quar- tet. Dur­ing his pro­fes­sional singing ca­reer, he recorded over 3,000 songs. As part of The Sun­shine Boys, Fred ap­peared in 19 west­ern movies and in “ The Du­rango Kid” se­ries with Smi­ley Bur­nett. Some of the songs he sang and col­lab­o­rated on dur­ing th­ese film­ings were “ Cool Wa­ter” and “ Tum­ble­weed.” In 2005 he was in­ducted into the Ge­or­gia Mu­sic Hall of Fame as part of The Sun­shine Boys. Other ac­co­lades in­cluded be­ing in­ducted into the At­lanta Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame, re­ceiv­ing the Pi­o­neer Gospel Mu­sic Award and be­ing hon­ored as a Gospel Mu­sic Liv­ing Leg­end.

Fred turned from pro­fes­sional singing to pro­fes­sional sales later in life and worked as dis­trict, re­gional and di­vi­sional sales man­ager for Mu­tual of Omaha. His kind per­son­al­ity and in­cred­i­ble work ethic served him well in both ca­reers. More re­cently, Fred and Hilda had re­tired to Cov­ing­ton to be close to fam­ily and friends. Fred was al­ways ea­ger for a re­union show with Ed Wal­lace and Kenny Gates. He said his great­est joy was when he was in front of peo­ple singing — “ That’s when I felt I was at my best.”

Mr. Daniel died Nov. 6. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends at Wheeler Funeral Home Sun­day, Nov. 11, from 2 p. m. to 3 p. m. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will fol­low in the chapel at 3 p. m. with the Rev. John Oz­ley and the Rev. Jim Moore of­fi­ci­at­ing. cello; chil­dren Trina Wil­liams, Melissa Len­tini, and Melody Jones, all of Mon­ti­cello, and David John­son of Lo­cust Grove; grand­chil­dren Britt Wil­liams, Jonathan Wil­liams, Morgan Wil­liams, Eric Petty, Dal­las Woo­ley, Dakota Woo­ley, Ash­ley John­son, An­thony Len­tini, Si­cily Len­tini, Andrew Len­tini, Bre­anna Jones, and Kaylee Jones; mother Anne Runelle Lowe Jack­son of Mon­ti­cello; and brothers and sis­ters Gene Jack­son of Lo­ganville, Tim Jack­son of Cov­ing­ton, Andy Jack­son of Snel­lville, Marsha John­son of El­len­wood, Cindy Jack­son of Mon­ti­cello, and Wanda Brooks of Cum­ming.

Funeral ser­vices will be held to­day, Nov. 9, at 2: 00 p. m. at Smith­boro Bap­tist Church in Mon­ti­cello with the Rev. Al But­ler of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment will fol­low in West View Ceme­tery, Mon­ti­cello. Serv­ing as pall­bear­ers will be Morgan Wil­liams, Shane Jones, Vince Len­tini, Eric John­son, Eric Pet­tyS and Allen Parker. Clarkesville, Amanda and Allen Ashby of Flowery Branch; great- grand­chil­dren Sarah, Caro­line, William, Sammy and Matthew Pa­trick.

Funeral ser­vices will be held at 3 p. m. to­day, Nov. 9, at the Cov­ing­ton First Pres­by­te­rian Church with the Rev. William B. Wade of­fi­ci­at­ing. View­ing will be at the church from 2: 30 p. m. to 3 p. m. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to the Cov­ing­ton First Pres­by­te­rian Church.


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