Danny came into this world on September 28, 1954, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to live
with his Mom, Mary Magdalene Rigdon Day and his Daddy, Aca Ray Day. He joined a
home with his older siblings, Rachel Renee and David Ray. Later in his life was joined
with another sister, Angela Michelle. He spent much of his youth around the lakes and
ponds of North Louisiana and East Texas enjoying his first and life-long love – fishing.
In 1973, he joined the United States Air Force. In 1975, while serving at Andersen Air
Force Base on the Pacific Island of Guam, he met his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He
was then baptized at Harvest Baptist Church.
On the front of your program, you will notice three dates. The first is Danny’s physical
birth ~ September 28. The second is Danny’s spiritual birth. Danny was saved on
September 9, led to Christ by missionary pastor Bruce Wring.
During his service Danny assisted in Operation New Life to process Southeast Asian
Refugees displaced by the Vietnam War out of South Vietnam. He also was part of the
682nd Direct Air Support Center at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter South Carolina
where he worked as a radio operator to direct air support activities with the ground
combat forces. His final assignment was with the 552 Airborne Warning and Control
Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he served on the
first of the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control (AWACS) aircraft.
After being honorably discharged from the service in 1980, he attended and graduated
from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. It was there he met his partner in
life, Cindy Kay Paine. The great joy of his life has been his precious wife, Cindy, who
was more than a loving wife and devoted mother to their two children, but a best friend,
an encourager, and a true partner.
Together they worked with the Jacksonville Servicemen’s Center in Jacksonville,
Arkansas, reaching the Air Force servicemen at Jacksonville Air Force Base.
They then moved to Des Moines, Iowa, to work with Pastor James Holmes at the New
Testament Baptist Church. Danny was the associate pastor, youth director, and music
director for three years.
In 1988, Danny and Cindy felt the call to start a Christian Servicemen’s Center for
Barksdale Air Force Base, in Bossier City, Louisiana. They moved to Bossier without a
job or place to live. In less than one week, Danny had secured a full-time job and an
apartment. God was starting to bless again. After moving to a house, they opened their
doors to the servicemen and women at Barksdale. God blessed again by providing Cindy
with a job on the air base, giving them open access to share the Gospel.
In His appointed time, Danny and Cindy were bestowed with the honor of two treasures;
a ray of sunshine Rebekah Charline Day; and an arm of strength Robert Daniel Day.
Their lives brought years of joy to their parents.
In the years after their family was filled, Danny experienced the multitude of blessing of
his Lord by always providing a job for Danny and Cindy. God’s grace continued to pour
upon Danny with provision, protection, and loving people.
Danny finished his race for the Lord, serving at Central Baptist Church in Alvarado.
Whatever Pastor Davis needed, Danny did his best to do it from leading singing, to
working in the Financial Office, designing media projects, visiting the sick, and even
taking Pastor on needed fishing trips. Always prepared and always looking to be a
blessing. Central Baptist Church will miss Bro. Danny Day
Danny has had one lasting desire in his life. It was that all of his family, friends, in-laws
(and outlaws) discover the joy found only in his Saviour, Jesus Christ.
The Bible states “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For
whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
That’s found in Romans 10:9 and 13.
Survivors include beloved wife, Cindy Kay Paine Day; daughter, Rebekah Charline Day;
son, Robert Daniel Day; (big brother), David Ray of Bossier City, Louisiana; sisters,
(big sister) Rachel Renee Day Nance of Bossier City, Louisiana, and (little sister) Angela
Michelle Shelton McKinley of Houston, Texas; step-brother, Ronnie Dwayne Pilcher, his
step-sisters, Donna Sue Pilcher Royal, Pamela Jo Haynes Lamb, and Debra Louise
Pilcher Blain, all of Winona, Texas; nieces and nephews; and his church family and
Preceded in death by: Grandparents, Onnie Laska Day and Arminta Levancie Stark Day,
David Johnson Rigdon and Thelma Martin Rigdon; Daddy, Aca Ray Day; Mom, Mary
Magdalene Shelton Step-Mother, “Peggy” Elizabeth Pilcher Day; Step-Dad J. W.
Shelton; an unnamed first child who prematurely died before birth; numerous aunts and
uncles; and incredible in-laws, Sim Hoover Paine and Charlene Vineta Nowlin Paine.
Because of his love for missions and missionaries, in Lieu of flowers, the family requests
that donations be made through the Central Baptist Church Mission’s Fund to the
“Airplane Fund” for Missionaries Chris & Irene Williams.
Visitation, Saturday March 4th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am at Clayton Kay Vaughan Funeral Home
Funeral Service, Saturday March 4th, 12:00 pm at Alvarado Central Baptist Church
Graveside Service, March 9th, 11:30 am at DFW National Cemetery
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