Douglas McArthur Day Sr.

“Then He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”

–Revelations 21:6-7


Yea, though he walked through the valley of the shadow of death, he felt no evil, for God was with him. In the early morning on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, with his family at his side, the soul of Douglas McArthur Day Sr. gently and peacefully passed into the house of the Lord, where he will dwell forever.

Douglas was the youngest of 12 children born to the late Ballard Stafford Day Sr. and the late Hattie Mae Snell Day in Radford, Jan. 9, 1942. At a very young age, Douglas accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized by the late Rev. Henry Clay at First Baptist Church, West Street, Radford. He was spiritual with a deep faith in God.

Over thirty years ago, he and his wife moved their membership from First Baptist Church, Radford, to Blacksburg Baptist Church, Blacksburg, where he was a member of the Usher Board, a Deacon, and served on several committees.

A man of quiet dignity, an infectious smile, and patience, he walked by faith and not by sight. His love, faith in God, dignity, independence, fortitude and strength are the legacy that he instilled in each of his children while they were still young in age.

He was a fighter in that he never gave up fighting his battle against colon cancer. He had an endless faith in His Lord and Savior as was evident in his Caring Bridge site. He lived his life to the fullest, he laughed often, he loved always and he prayed throughout his journey. He did what God had asked him to do … share his testimony with others so they, too, will be led to Christ.

Douglas loved his family and cherished them to the end of his life. His love and memory will be forever cherished by his loving, devoted and the love of his life wife, Betty M. Day; his most loving, caring, thoughtful and kind children, Michelle Boumae Day Hairston and husband, Adam, of Richmond, Douglas M. Day Jr. and wife, Dana, of Blacksburg, and Kimberly Norene Day Tuttle and husband, Charles, of Charlotte, N.C.; the pride, joy and center of his life, his beautiful granddaughters and very handsome grandson, Rachel Lynn and Ella Grace Day, Morgan Michelle and Kimberlynn Danielle Tuttle and Michael Balthazar Hairston, who brought sunshine to his life always; a very special nephew and special niece, Walter Rodney Dehart (Laura) of Sumterville, Fla., who was like a son to him, and Patty DeHart Goldman (Dwight) of Kansas City, Kansas. Also surviving are two sisters, Frances Day Jackson (Lorenzo) of Washington, D.C. and Maxine Day Murphy (Franklyn) of Blacksburg, VA; a brother, Charles W. Day (Hilda) of Roanoke; his brother-in-law, James W. Draper Jr. (Sondra) of Richmond, and many, many other wonderful cousins, nephews and nieces. The whole New River Valley and surrounding areas include so many wonderful friends, which we could not possibly name or thank them all. However, the family would like to give special thanks to Charles and Tina Lee, Warren and Claudia Stutzman, Chris and Sarah St. Jean, the Revs. Tommy McDearis, Todd Millspas, Reggie Tuck and Dr. Robert Stockburger, all of Blacksburg, the Rev. Charles Charlton, Johnson City, Tenn. and the Rev. Walter Roy of Henrico; the doctors and nurses from Johns Hopkins Oncology Clinic of Baltimore, Md.; the Blue Ridge Cancer Center of Blacksburg, and the Good Samaritan Hospice of Christiansburg.

Douglas was employed as a safety engineer for over 40 years with the Department of Defense upon his retirement in 2008 from the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, Radford. His leadership was impeccable. He talked it, he walked it and he embodied it. He was all about “TEAMWORK”. Among his many values were Honor, Courage, Loyalty, Compassion, Generosity and Integrity. Douglas was a retired Virginia Army National Guard Sergeant for twenty-six years where he was appointed recruiter for the Army National Guard by the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brigadier General William J. McCaddin in 1972 and received the honor of being named The Virginia National Guardsman of the Year in 1976 and given the nickname of “Sergeant Starch” because of his crisp, stiff starched uniforms. While employed with the Department of Defense, he received many honors and awards, including the most prestigious honor of being named the National Civilian Safety Specialist in 2008. For this honor he was presented this award at the Pentagon.

A Celebration of Douglas’ life will be held at Blacksburg Baptist Church on Sunday, November 26, 2012 at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Tommy McDearis officiating.

Full Military Honors will be held at the Memorial Gardens of the New River Valley, North Main Street, Blacksburg, immediately following the services.

Although flowers are appreciated, the family request donations made to the Blacksburg Bruins Family Fund, Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg, VA; or to the Building Funds of First Baptist Church, 555 Rock Road, Radford, VA; Blacksburg Baptist Church, 550 North Main Street, Blacksburg, VA or to the Blacksburg United Methodist Church, 111 Church Street, Blacksburg, VA.



5 Responses to Douglas McArthur Day Sr.

  1. Joseph M. Slaughter

    November 21, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I had the pleasure of working with Doug for 39 years at RFAAP. It was a pleasure as well as a blessing to have known and work with Doug. He was always smiling when we met and respectful of my opinion on work related issues. Doug was love by all for is Christ like personality. Doug will be truly missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
    I pary that God will bless and comfort his family durning this difficult time.

  2. Samuel L. Briggs

    November 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I have knowned and worked with Doug for over 33 years and never heard him complain about any problem he may have had! Doug always politely, respectly, and confidently made his point clearly! Doug was always a man who was knowledeable or interested to learn about new things! Doug always acknowleged a job well done and was very frank and respectful when things were not up to his expectations! Those of us who had the pleasure to knew, love, and work with Doug already miss him! I pray that the God of all comfort give his family and friends peace and consulation during this difficult time!

  3. Dave Hurley

    November 23, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Doug Day carried and presented himself as a full embodied gentleman of high standards. Of the years I worked with him at the RFAAP he steadfastly presented confidence and caring toward all especially in regards to safety where we teamed on several issues. I pray that the good Lord says “Well done thou good and faithful servant. Welcome to the Kingdom of Heaven. Rest now yourself for what you have so readying earned to your spirtual life here.”
    My full condolences to the family. May the Lord comfort them in their time of need.

  4. AlDavis

    November 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    to the Day family youhave my deepest sympthanyi served with ltday in the guards AlDavis he was a supertroopeer god bless you all if i can ever assist the family any way please let me know

  5. COL Ron Fizer

    November 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Rene’ and I were blessed to know Doug during my tour as the Radford Army Ammunition Plant Commander from June 2005 to June 2007. We I arrived Doug was performing his duties as the Director of Safety and the acting Commander’s Executive Assistant. He humbly step in and facilitated a smooth transition for the Command and then step back into his primary role when the Executive Position was filled. This first exposure to Doug proved to be just a small sample of his depth of character. He was a humble professional that place people first to ensure that the mission was accomplished. Doug befriend me and my family, including my Mom and Dad. We share in the sorrow and loss that his family is experiencing. The service today was a lovely testimony of Doug’s spectacular life and the impact he had on so many. He truly was a man of God and one to be modeled. We wil miss him but find great comfort that he is free of the pains of this world and that he is with Our Lord. Our prayers are with his family. We will endeavor to improve our daily behavior to be more like Doug and therefore more like God intended.

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