June 17, 2021, 94, Goldsboro –
James Norwood Daniels, Sr., 94, completed his journey home early Thursday morning.
James Norwood Daniels, Sr. was born on February 6, 1927 in Wayne County to the late Benjamin William Daniels, Sr. and Mabel Grant Daniels. He attended East Carolina Teachers College and served in the United States Navy during World War ll. He was a lifelong and faithful member of Daniels Memorial United Methodist Church where he served in many leadership positions. He loved his church family dearly. He became a Boy Scout at Daniels and led the Boy Scout Troop there.
Jim was a humble man who found pleasure in simple things. He instilled within his children a love for God, family, and country by being an example in the way he lived his life.
In 1962, Jim and his brother, Ben founded Daniels and Daniels Construction Company. With a very dedicated and committed work ethic, they became successful in the building business. Jim’s eye for detail made him an excellent builder. He retired in 1992 with his sons carrying on the business.
Jim loved working with his hands. He was an exceptionally talented woodcarver. He made beautiful pieces of furniture, ducks, bluebird houses and other things. He loved to watch the birds and he especially loved teaching others about the bluebirds as he gave away the houses he made. Jim was an avid golfer and developed many wonderful friendships on the golf course through the years.
Jim was married for 67 years to Geraldine Langston Daniels who preceded him in death. She was the love of his life. Mr. Daniels is survived by two sons and a daughter; Jim Daniels, Jr. and wife Kathy, Jeff Daniels and wife Susie, and Lynn Chewning and husband Larry; five grandchildren, Jeremiah Daniels and wife Kate, Courtney Keesee and husband Ken, Daniel Chewning and wife Conner, Katie Williams and husband Eric, and Anna Daniels; six great-grandchildren, Grace and James Daniels, Kennedy and Carson Keesee, and Ava and Evan Chewning.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Benjamin Daniels, Jr., and two sisters, Mabel Daniels Dorr and Faye Daniels Strider.
The family would like to thank Brookdale on Country Day Road for their care and the Christian Caregivers for their ministry and services during the past several weeks. We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to the wonderful staff at 3HC Home Health and Hospice Care. We appreciate each of them for their love and care during his declining health.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Daniels Memorial United Methodist Church, 2802 East Ash Street, Goldsboro, N.C. 27534 or 3HC, Home Health and Hospice, 2402 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, N.C. 27534.
Funeral arrangements will be announced on Monday.