Charlie S. Daniel Sr., born in Saluda, SC., on September 13, 1929, a son of the late John A. Daniel and Shadie Graham-Daniel departed this earthly life on January 22, 2023. He was the only surviving child of twenty-one children, at a young age he joined Penn Creek Baptist Church where he became Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent. A graduate of Rosenwald High in 1952, United to Virginia Louise Rauch in 1954 (she preceded him in death in 2006) to this union six children were born; Gwendolyn (Stanley) Belcher, Alfred (Ellen) Daniel, Melvin (Holly) Daniel, Charlie Samuel (Jana) Daniel Jr., Valeria Kenyatta Wright and Dewana (Bakeer) Al-Mateen, he was blessed with sixteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
In 1954, he began his longtime trade of barbering. He honed those extraordinary skills for the past sixty-six years. He owned Daniel's Barber Shop, which has been a long-standing landmark on Bouknight Ferry Road in Saluda which remains in operation. Well recognized as both a civil rights activist and community advocate, in Saluda County and throughout the State, he worked fearlessly to dismantle segregation and eliminate the unfair treatment of minorities and the policies and practices supporting the same. His community accomplishments were numerous and included serving as President of the NAACP for over a decade, cofounding a community action group called Concerned Citizens of Saluda County, testifying at U.S. Congressional hearings in Washington, D.C., for the integration of Saluda County Schools, organizing and leading, for many decades, voter registration and rdistricting efforts for fair and effective community representation, serving on the Board of Riverside Community Development Center, and most recently, Daniel's Barber Shop being designated a national media pit-stop for the Biden Campaign's "Register to Vote" effort for filming and community discussions.
Charlie S. Daniel, Sr., was a father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, colleague, and leader who was truly loved by his family and community for his wisdom, tireless work, tremendous impact and will truly be missed.