Danford Edmondson "Dan"
Josey, Jr. Scotland Neck Danford Edmondson "Dan" Josey, Jr., 89,
died Friday, April 26, 2013.
A funeral service will be held at
on Monday, April 29, 2013
at the First Baptist Church of Scotland Neck. Interment will follow at the BaptistCemetery. The Reverend Doctor Allen
Cherry and the Reverend Doctor James Drake will be presiding.
The family will receive friends after the service at the family home at 1006
Church Street, Scotland
Dan was born on September 4, 1923
to the late Danford E. Josey, Sr. and Joyce Harris
Josey. He was a member of the Wake Forest College Tennis Team and was an ACE
fighter pilot during World
War II, where he was the number one cadet graduate and a recipient of the
Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, Dan finished his education at WakeForestCollege
and served as President of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Dan returned to Scotland
Neck with his bride, Frederica "Rica" Kirkland,
and started farming and working for the NC Department of Revenue.
He was a valued member of the First Baptist Church of Scotland Neck, where he
served as Head Deacon and Sunday School teacher for
many years. He instilled Christian values in his family and friends. Dan also
served on the board of BB&T and as Police Commissioner for the Town of Scotland
Neck for many years. While farming, he helped direct
agriculture on State and National Agricultural Boards. He was an avid
outdoorsman and loved to fish and hunt with his bird dogs. But most of all, Dan
had a love of family and friends far and wide, and as many friends said,
"He gave the best hug on the planet".
Dan is survived by his wife, Frederica Kirkland "Rica" Josey; his
daughters, Marion Schulte of Scotland Neck and Frederica Shipman and husband
Tom of Wake Forest; his sons, D.E. "Joe" Josey, III and William
Harris Josey and wife Robin all of Scotland Neck; eight grandchildren, Kirk
Josey, Wythe Josey, Alan Shipman and wife Christine, Walker Shipman, Josey
Shipman, Madison Josey, Eric Josey, and Carson Josey; and two
great-grandchildren, Connor Shipman and Clark Shipman.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist
Church Repair Fund, P.O. Box 539,
Scotland Neck, NC 27874.
Arrangements are being handled by Letchworth Funeral
Home in Scotland Neck.
Published in The News &
Observer on April 28, 2013