Ronnie E. (Sonny) Daniels, Jr.
Romie E. Daniels, Jr. (Sonny), 77, of Newport News, passed away at home peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, July 23, 2021. Born and raised in Newport News, he was a graduate of Warwick High School. He spent thirty-seven years of his career at the Newport News Shipyard working for the Department of Defense (SUPSHIPS) where he had many friends and enjoyed the camaraderie. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and the U.S. Army Reserves.
He led an active life of adventure enjoying hunting, camping, water and snow skiing, sailing, golf, and shared many hours of those interests with his children. One of his greatest joys was traveling when he could to visit his grandchildren, spending many hours playing with them. When he retired, he and the love of his life, his wife, Kay, boarded their trawler (China Doll) and embarked on what he may have thought was his greatest adventure, living aboard their boat for eight months traveling to Florida and back. Ultimately, his greatest adventure was his journey to a deeper faith as his health declined and he understood in a meaningful way the love his Savior, Jesus had for him. He and Kay were active at Waters Edge Church for years and volunteered as greeters.
Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Romie E. Daniels and Julia Daniels, his sister, Jean Ford, and his grandson, Chase David Daniels. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Kay Brooks Daniels; children Trey Daniels (Amanda), David Daniels (Marcela), Karen Little (Mark); sister-in-law, Bonnie Lambert (Geoffrey C. Lambert, Major General U.S. Army, Ret.); brother-in-law, Robert Eastwood Brooks (Janie); and grandchildren, Grayson, Addison, Sofia, Cameron, and Cristian.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 26, 2021, at Peninsula Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. immediately followed by a visitation.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to UNC Children’s Hospital (UNC Health Foundation, 123 W. Franklin Street, Suite 510, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 https://
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.