Daniel B. Proffit, Sr. -
Daniel B. Proffitt, Sr. passed on from natural causes in his home Saturday, January 18. Born in Shauns, Tennessee (now know as Mountain City), he was the son of Fred and Glady’s Simcox-Proffitt. He was married to Evelyn A. Proffitt for 54 loving years until her passing in 2009.
A self-made man, he left school in 9th grade and headed west to his relatives in Eugene, Oregon,
where he worked in everything from mink farming to ax logging. After many adventures out
West, he moved to Elkton, Maryland and enlisted in the Army, where he proudly served in the
Korean war from ‘51-’53 with the Indian Head Army Armored Tank Division. He returned from
duty and worked at the Bain¬bridge Bus Company and as a hospital attendant at Perry-Point.
Perhaps most notably, he worked as a crane operator at Wiley’s Shipyard in Port Deposit until
the early 80’s when they closed. After Wiley’s, he worked for Bethlehem Steel, Process
Industries, many more manufacturing corporations. With just his GED, he was skilled in and
hired for the work of engineers and architects, often ad¬vising those with many degrees on how to
get the job done.
He is survived by two sons, William Proffitt and his wife, Jane, and Daniel B. Proffitt Jr. and his
wife, Deborah, both of Kirkwood; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many
nephews. Also surviving are two sisters, Marian Osborne of Boone, North Carolina and
Grace Davis of Mountain City, Tennessee; and long-time best friend of the family and
companion, Joyce Neal of Aberdeen, Maryland.
Dan was an important figure in the life of everyone he met. He was an avid antique classic car
enthusiast and won many awards with his classic, original 1940 Ford. He volunteered at Rough
and Tumble in Kinzers, and organized car shows for many years in Nottingham. He enjoyed
traveling the tri-state area in the car best known for moon¬shining.
Always a bluegrass fan, Dan found the perfect spot to enjoy his music in New London, where he
started a weekly jam session in the milking parlor of his barn. “The Milkhouse Gang” started as
some friends meeting with an instrument or two, and grew until they regularly had two bands
going at once.
Dan could find a connection with every person he met, and it was rare he went anywhere without
running into an acquaintance. He will be sorely missed.
Funeral services will be held 11 am Thursday, January 23, at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral
Home, Inc. 86 Pine St. Ox¬ford, PA, with Pastor Harold Phillips officiating. Friends and family may visit on Wed. from 6–8:00 pm and Thurs. from 10–11 am at the funeral
home. On-line condolences may be made at www.elcol¬linsfuneralhome.com