Earl Joe Daniels, 64, of Brunswick passed away late Sunday night, Sept. 3, 2017, at his residence following an extended illness.
He attended school in Woodbine, Earl started working at the age of 16 years old on St. Simons Island for McDonalds Construction Co. toting boards and pulling nails. He then went to work on Jekyll Island for the Jekyll Island Authority working on the Pine Lakes golf course for around a year, when he met Mr. Henry Thrift who told Earl he needed a grader operator for Camden County road works. At 17 years old, Earl started his career with Camden road works where he has remained for 47 years.
Earl truly enjoyed his job and he met so many wonderful people over the years as he graded their roads. He loved working with his boss and the whole crew. The staff in the office and at the courthouse was always helpful and friendly. It was always a pleasure whether he needed to talk to the commissioner or HR or his boss or any of his coworkers or the ladies in the office. He especially appreciated Mrs. Kim putting a smiley face on his pay stubs, etc. Thanks to all of you.
He is preceded in death by his father, Perry Daniels and his mother Ila W. Wilson Daniels; a sister, Betty Jo Cates; and a grandson, Oliver Daniels. Also, Jay Hodge who he thought of as a son.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Perry Joe Daniels (Ollie) of Waverly and Earl Joseph Daniels (Jamie) of Brunswick; two daughters and sons-in-law, Ila Sue Daniels (Ron) of Brunswick and Rose Marie Gibbs (Ben) of Jacksonville, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Jesse Wayne Peterson (April) of Engelhard, N.C., Taylor Hodge of Brunswick, Joseph (JoJo) Evans of Jacksonville, N.C., Lena Hodge of Brunswick, Ray Lee Hodge of Statesboro, Drew Hodge of Statesboro, Nathan Daniels and Bryson Daniels both of Brunswick; three great-grandchildren, Remington, Dixie and Mia Peterson all of Engelhard, N.C.; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Wilbur J. Daniels (Sandra), David Daniels (Ann), Billy Jeff Daniels and Casey J. Daniels (Judy) all of Waverly; a sister, Nadine Daniels of Folkston; 13 nieces and nephews; and a very special friend of 13 years who loved him dearly, Elaine Hodge, and her mother, Jean Little, better known to everyone as Ma.
Visitation will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Frye Funeral Home in Nahunta.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Frye Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Horsestamp Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Clyde Miller, Timmy Sammons, Robert Nicholson, Robert Strickland, Don Butler, Harvey Amerson and David.
Honorary pallbearers will be Camden County road crew and are asked to be at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home in Nahunta. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com.