Retired District Court Judge William Louis Daisy, 73, died July 15, 2016. He was born in Greensboro, February 14, 1943, (which he always noted was both Valentine’s Day and Boy Scout Sunday) to the late Harold Louis Daisy and Mary Viola Cameron Daisy.
His family soon moved to Winston-Salem, where he grew up. Bill was an Eagle Scout and received the Silver Beaver Award. He was a graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School where he made lifelong friends. He enjoyed attending many reunions of the Class of 1961.
In 1965, Bill graduated from Davidson College with a degree in business administration. A member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, he maintained many close friendships over the years with his fraternity brothers and classmates. He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
He served for two years in the US Army in Worms, Germany. After his military service, he worked in Worms as a civilian for the Army, traveling widely in Europe before returning to settle in Greensboro.
He began his legal career in Guilford County as an assistant county attorney. He then worked as an attorney in private practice for several years before being elected a district court judge in 1980. He attended two summer sessions at the National Judicial College in Reno, NV.
He retired from the bench in 2004 and became a certified mediator, which he practiced until his death.Bill was a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Greensboro Bar Association, the Guilford County Inn of Court, and was active in the Greensboro Bar Association Family Lawyers Section.
He had served on the Board of Directors of One Step Further. Since his retirement, Bill was as an active volunteer with the Women’s Resource Center, helping many people navigate the court system. He chaired the North Carolina Bar’s local Fee Dispute Resolution Committee and was a regular volunteer for the Greensboro Bar’s Law Day, specializing in family law questions.
He was a long-time member of the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club, where he had served as a member of the board of trustees and president. Bill also was a member of the UNCG Theatre Angels for many years and served as president. He was an emeritus member of the Society of Bacchus.
He was a long-time member of Sedgefield Country Club, where he spent many happy hours, and where he served on the board of directors.
An avid if not especially accomplished golfer, Bill enjoyed volunteering at various golf events held at Sedgefield, namely the ACC Women’s Golf Tournament, the American Junior Golf Association (now Haas Family Tournament) and the Wyndham Championship.Bill loved fine food and wine, tastes he acquired while living in Europe and on his many travels.
An accomplished chef, he enjoyed entertaining friends and family. He also shared his talent by donating gourmet dinners to the auctions of various non-profit organizations, such as the United Arts Council, Operation Smile and the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club.
Bill is survived by his wife of over 35 years, Leslie Purcell Daisy; his sister-in-law, Wade Purcell Penny (Robert) of Charlotte; and brother-in-law Bradley Purcell (Karen) of Richmond, VA.
He loved very much his three nephews, Rep & Slice Penny and Thomas Purcell.
He is survived also by special cousins Jo Greene of Raleigh, Lois Lindsley of St. Michaels, MD, and Paul Daisy of Moultonborough, NH, in addition to other extended family.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at Highland Presbyterian Church, 2380 Cloverdale Ave., Winston-Salem, NC. The Rev. Dr. Augustus Succop will officiate. A reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Davidson College Class of 1965 Scholarship (Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28036), the UNCG Theatre Angels Scholarship (UNCG Theatre, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402) or Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro (2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405).
Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.
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