William “Derby” Durwood Daniels Jr., 70, of Davis, passed away Friday, April 17, 2020, at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City in the company of his wife and children.
Due to the COVID-19 guidelines, a funeral service will not be held at this time. The family will arrange a private service at a later date to celebrate Derby’s life.
Derby was born Nov. 22, 1949, in Morehead City, the youngest son of William “Dee” Durwood Daniels Sr. and Robbie Woodside Daniels. He grew up in Morehead City, graduated from West Carteret High School and attended East Carolina University prior to serving in the U.S. Navy as a quartermaster during the Vietnam War.
After his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1975, Derby returned to Carteret County, where he met Jo Ann, and they were married Aug. 14, 1976. Derby was a professional land surveyor and was self-employed from 1980 until his passing. He was an avid musician and enjoyed playing with friends and family. Derby will be remembered as a kind and gentle man who was loved and respected by all those who knew him. Derby was a beloved husband, brother, father and grandfather.
Derby is survived by his beloved family, including wife, Jo Ann Daniels of Davis; daughter, Shannan Daniels of Fuquay-Varina; son, Richard Kaydos-Daniels and wife Neely of Ethiopia; brother, Bob Daniels and wife Mary of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; grandchildren, Zachary Barnes, Tyler Young and Sylvia and Lucy Kaydos-Daniels; and great-grandchildren, Jessica Barnes and Savannah Michelle Barnes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Robbie Daniels Scholarship Endowment at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 111 Hodges St., Morehead City, NC 28557.
Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory in Morehead City. Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net.