Mr. Daniel Clifton Moten Sr. was born on Jan. 5, 1920, in Newnan, Ga., to the late Mr. Milton Moten and his wife, Elizabeth Reese Moten. Dan, as he was affectionately called, received his education in the segregated schools of Newnan, Ga.
Dan was raised during the Great Depression and Jim Crow. Through it all he kept close a belief that change would come. When war broke out across the globe for the second time, Dan jumped at the chance to do his part for America. He served in the United States Army during World War II.
Dan returned to Newnan after the war and embarked upon his profession as a licensed funeral director and ambulance driver under the tutelage of Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Jenkins (Octavia Sr.). Dan remained in his chosen profession for fifty years. It was after his return to Newnan that Dan met and married his wife of nearly 65 years, a registered nurse named Derether Elaine Smith Moten of Bennettsville, South Carolina. Dan and his beloved bride became parents to three darling children, Carole, Danetta and Daniel.
During the Civil Rights Movement, Dan became active and befriended the late Hosea Williams. As a result of his desire to see a better America, Dan ran for the office of city councilman in Newnan and served as Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff in Coweta County. Dan also loved to exercise his right to vote. Rarely did he miss the opportunity to cast his ballot. Dan, who lived through both segregation and Jim Crow, marveled when in 2008 he had the opportunity to vote for President Barack Obama and was thrilled to vote for him a second time.
Daniel Clifton Moten Sr., a child of the Great Depression and the segregated South, was able to raise three children and see them graduate from high school, college and graduate school, a source of great pride for him. He will be greatly missed by his family and his community, but the impact of a life well lived will remain for generations to come.
Dan is survived by his wife, Derether Elaine Smith Moten; his daughters, Carole Elaine Moten Newell and Sandra Danetta Moten Roberts; two sons, Daniel Clifton Moten Jr. and John William Hall; several grandchildren, including Stephanie Marlane Newell, JD, Daniel Clifton Moten III, David Christian Moten, James Andrew Roberts, Michael Ortega-Moten, Nicole Ortega-Moten, and Michael Bastron; one great-grandson, Caydan Michael Moten; close cousins, Clifford Anne Reese Hudson and James Reese.
Dan is also survived by the Levelle, Bridges, North, Smith, Redding, Hussey, Blandenburg and Stalling families.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. at Zion Hill Baptist Church, with in-state viewing at 12:30 p.m. Rev. Robert Wood will officiate. Interment Eastview Cemetery. Viewing will be Friday from 4 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home Inc., Newnan, Ga.