Sunday, July 5, 2009

In Loving Memory of …


Ed Daniel

We will miss our good friend Ed!

Ed was Joe’s golfing partner (the only one that was sure to make it to the course almost every weekend ‘no matter what’, over many years) and a very caring & generous friend. He loved the game of golf and Joe loved playing with him. They had many great conversations about everything.

One of the most common conversations between Joe and Ed was in regards to Cole. He was genuinely concerned about Cole’s progress and future. With Ed having such a huge heart he was also the biggest contributor to Cole’s trust, assuring that he was able to remain in Special Care School. For this we will be forever grateful!

On Wednesday, July 1st, Ed called Joe wanting to go play a round of golf. The local course had a special “$6 after 6:00pm”. Of course, Joe was all in. He asked if I would like to walk the course with them for exercise.

We met Ed at the first hole. He was sitting on a bench waiting for us and our turn and mentioned he was pretty tired from playing golf the day before but still wanted to play. Joe was teasing him about hitting into “Ed land” (into the trees). haha

By the time we had made it to the third hole we could see he was struggling and when the beverage girl came by he decided to get a ride back in to the club house.

Joe and I continued on until the eleventh hole and headed back to the parking lot where Ed was trying to cool off. We ended up having to call 911 after talking to his brother and they took him to the hospital where he passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2009.

~today we played for you Ed~ I know Ed would not have wanted Joe to miss his tee time, so, for the first time ever I played a full round of golf with Joe. I know I was nothing close to the partner he is used to playing with but hopefully I made Ed proud!

May every hole in heaven be a hole in one for Ed!

…below is the obituary from The Oklahoman, our local newspaper

Edwin Daniel Jr.

Edwin Curtis Daniel JR passed away on July 2, 2009. He was born on October 29, 1947 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated in 1965 from U.S. Grant High School. He then went on to college at Oklahoma State University and graduated in 1971 with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Curtis Daniel SR and Lois Hunter Daniel. He left to cherish his many loving memories and gifts to this earth his 2 children: Carrie Christine Rodgers of San Antonio, Texas and Kevin Curtis Daniel of Maumelle, Arkansas; his 2 grandchildren, who were the apple of his eye -- Emily Nicole Daniel and Jace Aransas Rodgers; a son-in-law, Michael Rodgers, a daughter-in-law, Nancy Daniel, a sister, Sharon Shaw of Tuttle; a brother, Don Daniel of Oklahoma City; a brother-in-law, Dell Shaw; and a sister-in-law, Carolyn Daniel; and a host of family and friends who meant the world to him. Ed was employed with Mustang Fuel for over 23 years. Previously he worked for The Economy Company and American Educational Computer. Everyone who loved Ed knew he had a passion for golf, horse racing, basketball and was an OSU Cowboy at heart. He was a loving, caring, generous man. Everywhere he went, from Remington Park to OKC Thunder games and to even the dry cleaners, he always saw a friend. A visitation will be held on Monday, July 6, 2009, 8am-9pm at Chapel Hill Funeral Home. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, July 7, at 10:00 am in the funeral home chapel, with interment at 2:00 pm at the Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Oklahoma. Memorial donations may be made to a charity close to Ed's heart, The Cole Keathley Trust Fund at Flowers will be provided by Jewel Box Florist, 4205 South Penn, (405) 681-6671. Pallbearers are Stan Weed, Joe Keathley, Brandon Newport, Eric Shaw, Greg Shaw and Jeremy Daniel. Honorary pallbearers are Don Daniel, Dell Shaw, and Michael Rodgers. http//

We would like to give special “thanks” to Ed’s children, Carrie and Kevin, for being so caring and kind, like their father, and mentioning Cole’s site and trust. I pray that you can find comfort in knowing your father’s last moments here with us were doing the thing he loved so much…playing golf.


  1. L-
    I haven't wanted to comment to your tweets or anything, because words don't adequately make any of this better. I'm so saddened for the loss of such a clearly magnificent person. I'm also in tears to know that Cole made such an impact on his life...there are few people who take the time to get to know our kiddos like "that."
    If there's anything I can do besides send up some more prayers and love...let me know. xoxxoo

  2. Leanna, this is such a wonderful post.....I hope that Ed's children one day get the opportunity to read it! I know that I have only met you once, but I want you to know that I love your family so much! My prayers are with all of you and each time you go onto that golf course, enjoy the memories and the talks...ShaRhonda

  3. Prayers for your family and his. How beautiful that even at such a sad time they knew he'd want to make sure Cole was taken care of. Love to you all!