Daniel Ellis Whitfield
? - July 21, 2013

Daniel Ellis Whitfield, a retired airline pilot, passed away July 21, 2013 due to complications from cancer at age 67. Danny was a gifted aviator, an avid sportsman, and a devoted family man. Cherished by his friends and adored by his family, his trademark grin and charming wit will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Born in Atlanta, he was a graduate of Russell High School. At an early age, he learned to fiy and became an instructor. He was a patient and kind teacher and his skill as led to a career in commercial aviation. Danny fulfilled his dream of becoming an airline pilot when he was hired on by Southem Airways in 1972. After mergers, Danny flew for Republic and Northwest. He covered the globe in his international travels and often spoke of the awe he felt in seeing the wonder of the Earth from above. After 34 years of service, safely transporting thousand s of people, Danny retired from commercial fiying. After retirement, he continued to fly and his grandchildren loved seeing that yellow Piper Cub "Poppy's Plane" buzz overhead. Danny was caring and generous and focused on the needs of others. He put aside his career goals in order to ensure he had sufficient time to spend raising the love of his life, his daughter, Lauren. He spent much of his last years caring for his mother. He lived to make those around him happy, always giving of himself, no matter the cost. Danny loved to hunt and fish . He was an excellent shot and taught his family lessons on shooting. He went on several big hunts and his trophies, including a giant bear, were enjoyed by hundreds who visited the local hardware store near his home. He liked watching western and cowboy television shows from his childhood. He enjoyed Georgia football, the Falcons and the Braves, and spent time with his family rooting for a big win. Danny is survived by his daughter, Lauren Whitfield Ray, and her husband Ryan, grandchildren , Margaret and Whit, his sister Janet W. Harris, and her husband, Fred. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 27. An online guest registry is available at In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Toys for Tots.

Dedicated to Friends, Past and Present