Danny L. Epperly

Danny L. Epperly, 80, of Yorktown, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2023, surrounded by family. He was the son of the late Clarence and Mildred Epperly and was born in New Kent County on March 16, 1943. At five years old, Danny’s family moved to Newport News, next door to the Jarrell Family. Little did he know that the girl next door would eventually become his loving wife of 60 years. Danny graduated from York High School and eventually enlisted in the Navy, serving four years of active duty and 26 years in the Navy Reserves, retiring as a Master Chief. He was always so proud of his service to his country, allowing him to travel the world and make lifelong friendships that he valued. Danny retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 2004 and, not long after, started doing odd jobs for friends, family, and neighbors. This eventually became a full-time job. Danny knew how to fix anything and enjoyed helping people. He was also known as funny and outgoing, didn’t know a stranger, and would do anything for anybody. Danny touched so many lives and will be greatly missed by all. He was best known as a loving, devoted family man. Danny loved his wife Brenda, daughter Danette, and granddaughter Skylar more than anything and spent as much time with them as he could, took vacations and family dinners, and never missed a school play or field hockey game. He was always proud of his family and took every opportunity to be supportive, involved, and helpful, often going above and beyond.

Danny is preceded in rest by a brother, Edward Epperly (Charlotte).

Danny is survived by his wife, Brenda J Epperly of Yorktown, Virginia, and daughter, Danette Huddleston of Poquoson, Virginia, granddaughter Skylar Huddleston of Norfolk, Virginia, Sister Barbara Davis of Louisiana, Brother-in-Law Billy Jarrell (Terry) of Yorktown, nephews Casey Jarrell (Blair) of Shackleford, Virginia; Cody Jarrell (Jessica) of Strasburg, Virginia; Kirk Davis of French Settlement, Louisiana, Dana Miller (Margo) of Buena Vista, Colorado; nieces, Valerie Epperly (Patrick) and Lori Hogge of Gloucester, VA; numerous great nieces and nephews, and a host of close friends.

The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home on Sunday, October 29, 2023, from 2:00-4:00 P.M. A Chapel Service will be held at Peninsula Funeral Home on Monday, October 30, 2023, at 2:30 P.M., with the burial following the service at Peninsula Memorial Park.


  1. Danette Huddleston

    He was such an amazing husband, dad, grandfather and friend. We still can’t believe he is gone. He was so loved and will be greatly missed. Love you dad.


      Love to you and your family. I thought the world of him growing up. Always knew what time of day it was as he ran by the house about the same time each day. He out up with our crazy antics and never complained. Praying for you all.

  2. Pam Smoot McFall

    I was so sorry to hear about Danny. He was the sweetest man. Ready to help anyone who asked. My Dad loved him so much. Danny was such a good friend to him. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  3. Michael E Brookman

    Danny Epperly was my friend. He and I along with others of his close friends spent many trips together traveling across the United States. California, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Washington state. Danny and I referred to each other as the modern day Lewis and Clark. We had such great fun! We have many stories of our travels together. He was always so quiet and serious most of the time. Never seemed to be in a hurry. Always in control. Talking to his longtime friend Eddie Atkins he and Danny were rather adventurous in their younger days in the Navy to say the least. Luckily they had their Unit Commander CWO Jack Smoot to keep them in line. Danny was a Jack-of-all-trades and could do just about anything. When we talked Danny always gave me such good advise. He spoke so lovingly about his wife Brenda and daughter Danette. I know they, along with everyone who ever knew him, will miss him. Danny, you were such a good friend.

  4. Bev Koester

    I had the privilege to know Danny for almost 30 years. Dee and I have been best friend’s since our twenties. He was truly the most caring dad, grandad and husband anyone could ever be blessed with. Rest in Peace Danny.

  5. Pam Back

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. May God hold you in His hands of love, mercy, and strength now and in the coming days.

  6. Brian S. Baird

    Worked with Danny at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, the last time I worked with him was on the Theodore Roosevelt project in 1995. He was a great guy, I distinctly remember his sense of humor. Rest easy, bro …. and see you on the other side.

  7. Charlotte Epperly

    RIP Danny. He was truly on of the best men I’ve encountered in my life. The commitment and love he had for his family was unwavering. He was always ready and willing – with pleasure- to help anyone in need, he didn’t even have to know them. He will be surely missed by all those who loved him. Thank you Danny for teaching others about morals, true good character and values.

    My love and hugs to Brenda, Danette, Skylar and all other family members. ❤️🙏🏻

  8. Jessica Jarrell

    I was privileged enough to become a part of his extended family by marrying Cody. Danny was such a loving, kind, funny man and everyone who knew him loved and will miss him tremendously. Brenda, Danette and Skylar, my prayers have been with you all and will continue to be. Your husband/father/grandfather is at peace, but I know that doesn’t mend the void you have. We are here for you and love you all.

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