It is with great sadness that the family of Daniel Stacy Pender, 79, announced his sudden passing Saturday, July 8, 2017. Daniel is preceeded in death by his parents, Ottie and Ruby Pender, brother, Edward, and sisters, Sally and Mary Louise. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Annabel (Lee) Pender of the home; daughters, Judith Pender of Parkton, Laurie Pender of Hope Mills, and Mitzie (Pender) Fisk and son Chris Fisk, of Fayetteville. Grandchildren Michael and Alyssa Keefer of St.Pauls, Brittany Fisk of Fayetteville, Savannah and James Horner of Eagle River, Alaska and great grandchildren, Daniel Keefer and Harley Horner, who were the lights of his life. Also surviving are his siblings James Pender of Hope Mills, Judy Lewis of Eros, Louisiana, and Louis Pender, of Hope Mills. Born in Robeson county on February 7, 1938, Daniel was the second oldest of seven children. In his early years, Daniel left school very young to work on the farm to help support his family. In 1956, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was a Sergeant, stationed in Puerto Rico. After serving with the Marines, Daniel spent the rest of career in the textile industry until he retired. Daniel met Annabel in 1959, knowing it was love at first sight, they eloped shortly after their first date and have been happily together ever since. They raised their beautiful family in a Christian home with strong values and created the life they could call “their perfect”. Dan who was known by many names Daniel, Stacy, Papa, Uncle Stacy, Stan, and his newest name “Pa” was a Godly man who had a passion for family, hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors. For years he spent his winters in the woods, with Annabel, his grandson Michael, family, and the multitude of friends he made over the years. As he would say “God bless you in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.” A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday July 22, 2017, at 4:00 PM at McNeill Mackie Funeral Home in St.Pauls, with a visitation one hour prior, from 3-4:00 PM followed by graveside burial. Arrangements by McNeill Mackie Funeral Home of St. Pauls.