Note: I will be glad to answer any questions concerning cemeteries and genealogy. I will also transfer any memorials as long as they are not direct ancestors. Special thanks to my grandmother, the late Sally Ann Turner Page who helped spark my interest in genealogy. Also my cousin and geno role model, Jo Church Dickerson who lead me down the right paths. Thanks, Chris D.
Christopher “Chris” Horace Daniels was born in Saint Eugene’s Hospital in Dillon, SC on Thanksgiving, November 23, 1989, the son of Allen Ray Daniels and Cynthia Sue Page Daniels. Chris was raised near Lake View, SC where generations of his family had resided. While in the public school system, he earned numerous citizenships and academic awards including the South Carolina Citizenship Award in May 2003 where he received a medal and met the South Carolina State Governor Mark Sanford. As an early poet he was published in 2006, “Celebrate Young Poets Speak Out” and in 2008, “A Celebration of Poets”. Chris graduated in June of 2008 from Lake View High School, where he still enjoyed “Friday Night Wild Gator Football”. He married Kelli Jo Smallwood of Winnabow, NC on August 8, 2009 at Trinity Holiness Church in the Gaddy’s Mill Community.
Mr. Daniels later graduated from Florence-Darlington Technical College in May 2011 with an Associate in Human Services. While at Florence-Darlington Technical College he earned the USAA All-American Scholars Award, Outstanding Curriculum Student Award, and National Collegiate Minority Student Leadership Award. He also graduated from Coker College in December 2014 where he earned a Bachelor in Social Work (Achieved a 4.0 in all Social Work Classes) and received Magna Cum Laude Latin Honors, FBLA Honors, and Phi Alpha Honors. He was the only person as a BSW Candidate to speak at the first Child Trafficking Conference in South Carolina held during the 14th Annual Social Work Conference in 2013. Chris has spoken and taught others about a disorder he struggled with, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and how a “Generational Curse” can develop.
Mr. Daniels graduated from E. L. Ford Theological Bible College with his Masters in Divinity with Sumo Cum Laude Latin Honors. He is the first member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to attend the college since the establishment in 2003. He has contributed his talents and knowledge of technology for the school communication team. Mr. Daniels joined the Board of Directors on May 13, 2017 for the E.L. Ford Theological Bible College. Chris ministry focus on the psychology of death and dying and the legacy that people leave behind.
Mr. Daniels constantly used his knowledge in the field of professional services. He worked closely with Hospice and Nursing Agencies for several years prior to joining the Kannaday Funeral Home Staff & Family in August 2013. He presides over the annual luminary services for Greenlawn Cemetery, Magnolia Cemetery, and Kannaday Funeral Home. Chris served as a South Carolina licensed funeral director since December 5, 2016, minister, grief counsellor, and genealogist (the first genealogist in this area to work for a funeral home) at Kannaday Funeral Home of Latta and Dillon and Greenlawn Cemetery. He was also assisting in the establishment of Leitner Funeral Home in Dillon County. Chris completed his apprenticeship to become a funeral director under Ryan L. Kannaday, Jr. of Kannaday Funeral Home and pasted the South Carolina Law Exam and Funeral Director Exam the first time completing the test in Wilmington, NC.
Chris was ordained as a Non-Denominational minister in 2010. Mr. Daniels grew up Pentecostal Holiness and him and his wife was youth ministries prior to 2012. Mr. Daniels joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Marion Branch on January 22, 2012 and was ordained in the Aaronic Priesthood to the office of Priest. He baptized his wife the following month and later that year he was ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood to the office of Elder. He has a strong testimony of the Church and always keeps the Holy Bible and Book of Mormon near him. Chris has received several callings that included: Branch Secretary, Branch Missionary, Second Counsellor in the Elders Quorum and maintaining the beauty of the church. Chris enjoyed telling others about the history of the church and the beliefs.
Mr. Daniels’ desire and ability to promote social justice, preservation of history, freedom of religion, and equality among races was shown in the numerous organizations he was a member: Phi Alpha (Rho Theta) Honor Society, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), South Carolina Archaeology Society, , Pee Dee Genealogical Society, National Funeral Directors Association, South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Captain Andrew T. Harllee, Camp 2010, Dillon Historical Society, and Dillon Historical School Foundation. He served as a Lieutenant Commander, writer and editor for SCV Camp 2010 newsletter, Captain Andrew T. Harllee Dispatch. Chris was also a past-chaplain for the camp. Mr. Daniels’ biography and photo was also featured in the 60th Anniversary NASW Edition in 2015 (He was a past-member of National Association of Social Workers). He was also a past-member of the South Carolina Genealogical Society. Chris strived for years to find his purpose in life. After many struggles growing up that included learning and speech difficulties, he found that he had a vast knowledge in several fields. With the help of his wife he explored many opportunities of learning. He believed that education is something that no one can take from you and made it his life's goal to become a lifelong student. Even though verbal and physical abuse was apparent and a reality throughout his childhood he managed to overcome and live positively with PTSD. Chris is an authority person but has a heart and humble spirit that is often noticed by people around him.
Mr. Daniels enjoyed a lot of things in life outside of his career and education. He loved working in the yard, a love his grandmother and mother bestowed in him. He also worked alongside of his father for several years on computers but quickly became overwhelmed with technology and pursued the funeral business like his grandfather did (but that did not stop people from calling on him for his wisdom in technology). During his teenage years he enjoyed writing poetry and getting involved in causes and politics and continued into adulthood (but poetry more less). But his biggest hobby and growing love was genealogy. At an early age of thirteen he began to look into his family history. Chris was especially proud of his African American, Native American, and Confederate Ancestors. He believes that all man, no matter of ethnicity, race, religion, or past, should be treated equal. With a belief in social justice he was able to accept his ancestors past and learn from the legacy they left behind.
He took his love of genealogy and quickly added history and became a well-known genealogist and historian in his community. He completed many research papers on the Pee Dee Tribe, History of the Land he resided on Nichols Highway, History of the Funeral Homes of Dillon County, and Mulatto, Native American and Black Confederates of Dillon County. He had a unique understanding of history that majority of people did not have. He respected and showed reverence to the American Flag, the State Flag, and the historical Confederate Flag and the cause for which they stood for. He openly denounced the misuse of the Confederate flag and American flag among hate groups and racist individuals and proudly placed flags at his family cemetery on every patriotic holiday.
He is extremely proud to live in the South, especially South Carolina. He loved riding down old dirt roads, walking, and simply watching a sunset or moon-rise. He was sometimes found at Rice Field Landing along the Lumber River swimming or looking around near abandoned barns or houses. Chris had a vast collection of antiques, artifacts, and coins he inherited and collected over the years. Chris enjoyed exploring and sometimes forgetting what a “No Trespassing” sign means or a muddy dirt road that is to muddy for a vehicle. He found making his own coals and cooking over them kept up a family tradition from his grandfather. His twenty-six ingredients bbq sauce always made smoked meat delicious.
Still no matter what day it was he was always found near his “Wifey”. They talked several times a day and spent every night together and still acted like they are dating. The last words that was heard from his lips is, “I love you” at bedtime every night. They never kept a secret from each other and were a role model for many couples. He believed in everything being shared equally and being fully honest with each other. What started out in a camper provided by his aunt as teenagers, turned into living in the small town of Latta. It was nothing new for him and his wife to make spontaneous trips throughout the Carolinas and making it a goal to visit every town. This made for an exciting and wonderful marriage.