Roy Everett Daniels, Jr., age 85, was born June 17, 1925 in Hazel Green, Missouri, the first child of Roy E. Daniels and Edith Johnson Daniels. He passed away June 13, 2011 at Kabul Nursing Home in Cabool, Missouri.
He grew up in the Plato and Roby area attending school at Plato until his junior year of high school when he transferred to Houston High School where he graduated in 1943.
On June 2, 1946 he was united in marriage to Edith Neal at the Neal family farm at Success, Missouri. To this union two daughters were born, Judy Kay and Lea Ann. Roy and Edith were married for 65 years.
Roy was saved at an early age and was a charter member of Roby Baptist Church where he served in various roles, including treasurer, trustee and deacon. In the mid 1970s Roy and Edith moved their church membership to Success Baptist Church to continue to do the Lord’s work in getting that struggling young church up and going for the Lord. Roy continued to serve there as a deacon until 1990 when he and Edith moved to Mountain Grove to live out their retirement years. They are members of First Baptist Church of Mountain Grove, Missouri.
Roy worked at International Shoe Company in Houston for many years until the company closed the factory. He then went to work at Fort Leonard Wood, starting in the commissary and later moving to petroleum distribution. He enjoyed his work and worked many days when he should have taken sick leave but he hated to turn his work over to others. Roy and Edith retired from civil service together in July 1987 to pursue other interests.
Roy loved to work on the farm with his beef cattle. He and Edith loved to travel and managed a number of trips to the southwest and to Georgia to visit family. They both loved southern gospel music and made annual trips to Arkansas to the Brumley Music Sing until it was moved to Lebanon where they continued to attend as long as Roy’s health allowed. Roy also enjoyed bluegrass music. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, and Scottish Rite.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Betty Jean Daniels and
Roy is survived by his wife, Edith of the home in Mountain Grove; his daughters, Judy and husband Alvin Barton of Success and Lea Ann Daniels of the home; three grandsons, Michael Barton and wife Hillary of Lakeland, Florida, Aries Burns and wife Jamie of St. Charles, Missouri, and Jonathan Barton (serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan) and wife Melissa of Springfield, Missouri; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Wayne Daniels and wife Janet of Dittmer, Missouri, and Robert Daniels and wife Carol of Lebanon, Missouri; and two sisters, Patricia Knudten of California and Janice Smith and husband Royce of Springfield.
Roy was a quiet man but had strong beliefs about his faith in God, biblical doctrine and politics. He was an avid reader of newspapers and magazines in order to stay abreast of government happenings and developments. He loved his family and enjoyed family gatherings. He took pride in his family’s achievements. He served as an example of Christian love and service to his family and community and was instrumental in telling family and friends about Christ. He was loved by his family and will be missed by those who knew and loved him.
Memorials may be made to the Gideons or the American Alzheimer’s Association.
Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2011, at Roby Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Edwards officiating. Burial was at Sunset Lane Cemetery, Success, under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.