Cecil Knox Daniel, Jr. passed away peacefully at home Monday, December 14. A native of Glennville, Georgia, he had been a Savannah resident since 1972. He was the son of the late Cecil Knox Daniel, Sr. and Mary Buxton Daniel. He was a graduate of Georgia Military Academy in College Park and The University of Georgia.
Cecil began his career in broadcast media with WKIG Radio in Glennville while still in high school. After obtaining his degree in Radio TV & Film, he worked for WSAV-Television for many years, a job he loved. In the mid 80’s, he left the station and formed Daniel Video Productions where he used his creative talent writing and shooting long form videos for a variety of clients across South Georgia. In his later years, he enjoyed being part of the crew for some of his close friends in the media business.
Cecil was a Renaissance man. He loved history, golf, and the family farm. He was passionate about saving the gopher tortoise and the long leaf pine. He was at home on the water, giving up skiing for kayaks and boats as the years went by. He was a self taught musician, playing piano and guitar by ear. He loved music, mostly soul and rock & roll; however, a close friend laughingly said Cecil stopped listening to new music after 1975. He drew and painted and made art from found objects and glass. He was rarely bored and never boring.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Leslie Mays Daniel, son Cecil Knox Daniel III and wife Eve of Savannah, daughter Jessie Sasser White and husband Ben of Atlanta, brother Buxton Laing Daniel and wife Cathy of Morganton, Ga, and three grandchildren: Victoria Ashley Daniel, Lansing James Daniel, and Crawford Alexander Daniel.
Per his request, there will be no formal service. In lieu of flowers, please tell a friend your favorite Cecil story.
Hi guys ! I'm so sorry for your loss. I went to GMA with Cecil. He was a great guy and loved by all of his classmates. I'm getting funny stories from our classmates now. He will always be in our hearts, as we treasure all of our classmates. He was a great guy !! Warmest regards, Raymond Lupton Pittman, III GMA, Class of 1967
- Lupton Pittman, Raleigh, NC
Like Lupton, I was a classmate of Cecil's at GMA. Cecil was a friend to all and well liked. We all benefited from having known him a d he will be missed greatly!
- Fred Landers, Atlanta, Ga
I am very sorry for your loss. Cecil was the father of the Savannah production community and I learned a lot from him. He was always great to work with.
- Victor Fishman , Kennesaw , Georgia
I am very saddened to learn of Cecil’s passing. He and I worked together at WSAV in the early ‘70s. I will miss our random meetings around Wilmington Island over the past 15 or so years. Always had fun reminiscing about our time and friends at WSAV. My sincere condolences to Leslie and the family.
- Bill Lee, Savannah, GA
Dear Leslie and Children, I am so very sorry to hear about Cecil. What a great guy he was! He was always a favorite cousin of mine with his dry sense of humor and rather quiet demeanor. The last time I saw him was three years ago when he came to my Surprise 70th birthday party. He looked great then, and I was unaware that he had been ill. I will always be thankful for his helping my daughter , Katie, when she was in the Journalism school at UGA, AND when he produced the wonderful video for my parents 50th Anniversary. My prayer is that your many happy memories will comfort and sustain you now and forever. Love and sympathy, Jan
- Jan Daniel Crawford, Virginia Beach, Va
I can still hear his gentle voice as he would greet me. Cecil and Bucky were as much a part of the fabric of my childhood as my own siblings. Leslie, somewhere I still have a photo of you and me at your wedding. So many precious memories. Much, much love to you all.
- Mary Ruth Oliver Ray, Glennville , GA
I am so saddened by your loss of a gentleman and a scholar. He will be missed by me. Had great times talking about Golf an Hunting or whatever came up. . May God be with you and comfort you through this time.
- Dennis an Rose Reed , Stateboro , GA
So sorry...please know that Wayne and I are thinking about Cecil and Eve and Leslie in their grief. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.
- Sally Best, GUYTON, GA
Leslie, Cecil and Jessie. Cheryl and I were saddened to hear of Cecil’s passing. We all had good times those years on Hampshire Road.
- Cheryl and Whitley Reynolds , Tybee Island , Georgia
Even though our travels keep us far apart, when I occasional got back to Georgia I was always glad to see him. His mother and mine were sisters. I remember so well how lovingly he looked after my Aunt Lillian who was his Mother's sister. Leslie, Bucky and family our thoughts and prayers are with you on the passing of Cecil.
- John & Anne Hunnicutt, Glen Allen, Virginia
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
- No Funeral Service