Rupert Gordon Daniels, 92, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Cedar Island, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
His service is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pilgrims Rest Free Will Baptist Church on Cedar Island, with the Rev. Jerry Box officiating.
Rupert was born July 25, 1926, the sixth child to the late John M. and Janet A. Daniels. He graduated from Atlantic High School June 1, 1945, and was working for the FBI on June 4, 1945. In September 1950, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. During the ninth week of basic training, he was assigned to the Pentagon. After training in California, he was sent to Ankara, Turkey, for four years, and traveled with the highest-ranking Army officers on many occasions. After Turkey, he came back to the States and returned to work for the FBI, where he retired after 36 years of service.
Rupert joined the Masonic Lodge and served as the master of ceremonies, worship master, Eastern Star as worthy patron five times, and he received the grand representatives’ appointments five times from the Eastern Star, Noble Grand and Circle Club Master. He was also in the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows. He was congratulated by the director of the FBI, Mr. Hoover, for becoming a Master Mason. Rupert went on to become an officer in Mr. Hoover’s Lodge.
He is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John M. and Janet A. Daniels; and sisters, Kathleen D. Styron, Ulva D. Styron, Katie D. Goodwin, Blanch Daniels, Bob D. Salter and Carolyn Rice.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cedar Island Community Cemetery Fund or Pilgrims Rest Free Will Baptist Church, both can be mailed in care of Ellen Goodwin, 2431 Cedar Island Road, Cedar Island, NC 28520.
Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Online condolences may be made at www.mundenfuneralhome.net.