Mr. Daniel Thomas Credle went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 5, after an extended illness. He was 68.
Dan was born in Charlotte, N.C., the son of the late Carl and Frances Credle. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jennifer Ashford Credle; daughter, Lydia (Patrick) Bradshaw; son, Zachary (Sarah) Credle; grandchildren, Waverlee Bradshaw, Violet Bradshaw, Beatrix Bradshaw, Clementine Bradshaw, and Daniel Scott Credle; brother, Walt Credle III (Karen); and sister-in-law, Cathy Credle. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Jon Credle.
He graduated from Myers Park High School, Charlotte; Wingate University, Wingate, N.C., with a Bachelor of Science degree in human services; and Springfield College, Springfield, Mass., with a Master of Science in human services.
He spent his very rewarding career in the resident camping industry, serving Camp Thunderbird (YMCA of Greater Charlotte), Camp Grady Spruce (YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas), and Camp Silver Beach (YMCA of Southampton Roads). He was well known in his field for leadership and especially enjoyed mentoring the young adults who worked with the campers each summer, employing high expectations of excellence as role models for the children they served.
He also enjoyed creating strong traditions, positive experiences, and incredible memories that those children could carry with them for the rest of their lives. He knew what camping had done for him in his own life and in the lives of his children; he wanted to share the opportunity of overnight camping that had so dramatically influenced his life. It was a God-given calling, and he served that mission well.
He was a member of Franktown United Methodist Church. A memorial service was held at the church on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. The family received friends immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to:
YMCA Camp Thunderbird, 1 Thunderbird Lane, Lake Wylie, SC 29710; YMCA Camp Silver Beach, P.O. Box 69, Jamesville, VA 23398; or Franktown United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 130, Franktown, VA 23354.
Family and friends may sign the guest book at www.hollandfuneralhome.net
Arrangements were by Holland Funeral Home in Nassawadox.