Elder Donald H. Day Sr.

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Elder Donald Huston Day, Sr., 91, passed from earth to glory on Sunday, April 7, 2024. He was born September 29, 1932, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of the late Mazetta (Hawkins) Day and David Dewey Day.

Elder Day attended Dayton City Schools and graduated from Dunbar High School in 1952. He went on to serve in the United States Air Force until 1956. He continued to provide for his family, making an honest living working for the Springfield Board of Education, Frisch’s Big Boy, Ohio Bell, and later retiring from AT&T.

Elder Day’s life changed forever in 1975 when he was baptized in Jesus’ name and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. This significant event took place while he was under the leadership of the late Pastor Raymond E. Lloyd, Sr. From that day forward, Elder Day faithfully served at El Bethel Temple Church in Springfield, Ohio, and received his calling to the ministry in 1977. Throughout his service, Elder Day blessed many babies, united many couples in matrimony, baptized numerous individuals, and eulogized many others. Elder Day served faithfully in various capacities, including as the Southern Ohio District Brotherhood Vice-Chairman. He was known for his unwavering commitment, faithfulness, and his role as a mentor in the Ohio District Council Youth Department. As one of the most dedicated members of El Bethel Church, he spent several years as the Sunday School Superintendent, and he tirelessly ministered to the sick and shut-in. He served as one of the Associate Pastors and was later promoted to Assistant Pastor of El Bethel Temple for over 36 years, spreading the Word of God and bringing new vitality to the Christian faith. His love for the Lord was evident through his daily Bible study and meditation, which he continued until his last day. He was a passionate teacher and mentor, who enjoyed sharing his knowledge and wisdom with others. Whether it was in church, at home, at his early morning breakfast gatherings, or in the community, he used his words and actions to make a positive impact. Elder Day’s dedication to spreading the Word of God brought new life to the Christian faith not only within the church community, but also throughout his home, neighborhood, and the wider community.

Elder Day was a remarkable person who received numerous honors throughout his life. He was recognized for his contributions by the City of Springfield, surrounding communities, Western Hills neighborhood (where he lived for 66 years), church community, family, and most importantly, as a humble servant of God. He was considered by many as a living legend due to his many accomplishments, the many roles he served in, and the people he touched. Elder Day also had a profound effect on his family and friends. He was affectionately known by many as a father figure, confidante, guide, dear brother, and true friend. He loved everyone and never met a stranger. He was always willing to lend a hand, and in the midst of his travels, he had a unique way of connecting with each person individually. He was a compassionate friend to all and made time for everyone, desiring for each person to feel loved, cared for, and heard. He saw no one as a stranger and would go out of his way to strike up a conversation with anyone he crossed paths with. Elder Day was an exemplary demonstration of what it means to love God and love people.

Elder Day was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of 51 years, Hope Ann (King) Day; his daughter, Cynthia Denise (Day) Williams (Washington, D.C.); father-in-law, James Mills; mother-in-law, Retha Mae (Hilliard) King; three sisters, Julia Meade, Nedra Garrett, and Ruth Williams (Oakland, CA); and three brothers, John E. Day, David F. Day, and Louis S. Day.

He leaves to cherish his precious memory, his two devoted sons, Donald H. (DeLonda) Day Jr. of Glen Burnie, Maryland, and Rev Godfrey S. (Natasha) Day of Trotwood, Ohio; sister, Angelica Johnson; and sisters-in-law, Rosie M. Day, both of Dayton, Ohio; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, spiritual family, and friends.

Well Done… Well Done… Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make
you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord. (Matt 25:23)

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 12:00 PM Saturday, April 20, 2024 at El-Bethel Temple, 2049 Clifton Ave.. Interment at Dayton National Cemetery. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, SPRINGFIELD CHAPEL, 823 S. Yellow Springs St. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Day Family, visit www.TheChapelofPeace.com

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  1. I am so sorry for the family’s loss, but rejoice in heaven’s gain. At Burger King we all knew him as Three Piece, a nickname Don received because he used to order 3 piece french toast sticks every morning he came in (that is until he decided he liked our jr burritos better). I enjoyed seeing Don every morning when he came in to get his large coffee, which I always got ready as soon as I saw him pull up in the parking lot and his two breakfast burritos w/picante sauce, and I can honestly say we all loved him dearly. His presence has been for the past few months, and will forever be, greatly missed at our store. He was such a kind soul, always a smile…..always a laugh…… always enjoyable to talk to. I was so blessed to have gotten to know Donald “Three Piece” Day. Enjoy heaven my dear friend, you certainly deserve being there.

  2. Michael Jennings Sr.

    As a lad, l greeted Eld. Day and shook his hand. He in in turn responded by showing me how to firmly shake the hand of another man in replay.
    .I still institute it to this day.

  3. Pastor Willie Miller

    I’ve known Elder Donald Day for many years. He lived on Springmont Ave right down the street from my family! We more less grew up together! He was a saved man and very polite! Elder Day will be missed by his family and friends. I’m so sorry for your loss and you have my sincere condolences! Rest In Peace Elder Donald Day!

  4. Ms Nina Harris

    Sooo sorry for your lost Mr Day I knew as a child uncle to my lifetime neighbors the young’s . Always a gentleman . Prayers for the family.

  5. Craig and Towanda Phillips

    We had the pleasure to meet your dad when he visited you guys. He was a joy to talk to and had an infectious smile. We express our deepest condolences and praying for you guys.

  6. Bettie Windom-Burton

    I have had the pleasure of knowing Eld. Day since I was very young. There has never been an unhappy time spent in his company. He was always so encouraging and helpful. A true Man of God!! A mighty blessing in the kingdom for the Lord!!

  7. RIP uncle Donald miss and love u prayers to our family

    • Gregory N. Day, Jr & Family

      So sorry to learn of the passing of uncle Donald. May you and your family find comfort and strength from loving family and friends during this very difficult time. In loving memory! Rest in heavenly peace!

  8. Brenda Harris-Ponder

    What can I say that’s not been said. I know Elder Day to be a kind compassionate man of God, he gave his best to everyone every day. We spoke several times a month for many hours……he was never at a loss for words. I will mis my brother in Christ, rest peacefully my friend, until then………………
    ♥️♥️♥️much love

  9. To the rest of my wonderful family, I send my condolences. Clearly, Uncle Donald impacted many, many lives, and will be greatly missed.
    Love you all

  10. Maliah (Day) Hawkins

    To all of my loved ones and those grieving At this time, my prayers are with you. Grandpa Day, you will truly be missed.

  11. Robert Phelps III

    Thank You for sharing your father with me.
    I would be too busy at times to sit down and talk to him but, Life brings about a change where I would talk to him or thrash things out with him.

    He would tell me now you go and pray on it and wait for the Lord to give you the right decision to make.

    Mr Day was one of four men in which I could talk to honestly and lean on their understanding which developed my understanding.

    Thank you for your father.
    Robert Phelps III

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