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Danny Earnhardt, Sr.

November 30, 1955 ~ December 10, 2021 (age 66)


Danny Earnhardt Sr, 66, went to be with his Lord and savior on Friday, December 10, 2021 at his home in Mooresville, NC. He was born, November 30, 1955 in Kannapolis, NC, to Martha Coleman Earnhardt and the late Ralph Earnhardt.   He was a 1975 graduate of A.L Brown High School in Kannapolis. 

Growing up as the youngest son of the dirt track legend, Ralph Earnhardt, Danny worked in his father’s shop preparing his race cars.  Earnhardt worked as a supervisor at Fieldcrest Cannon during the week and saved racing for the weekends. 

Following his Father’s death in 1973, Danny went to work with his brother, Dale, racing and was a tire carrier on the pit crew.  When Dale Jrs career began, Danny was there as well, carrying tires as a pit crew member for his nephew.  After Fieldcrest Cannon closed their doors, Danny started his next full time job in 2004 at Dale Earnhardt Inc. race shop while also still being a tire carrier on the weekends.   Danny then decided in 2007 is time to make the move to work at JR Motorsports building race cars.  He was a longtime employee and was a vital part of the teams success. 

Although known to be a man of few words, Danny’s actions made clear his love for his family, friends, racing, the Clemson Tigers,  the Dallas Cowboys & his beloved dog, Kasey. 

Danny was preceded in death by his brothers, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Randy Earnhardt. 

He was loved by many and is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sherry Eury Earnhardt, and son, Danny Earnhardt Jr. (Sarah), two grandchildren, Nash and Miles all of China Grove. His mother, Martha Earnhardt of Kannapolis.  He is also survived by his sisters Kaye Earnhardt Snipes of Kannapolis, and Cathy Earnhardt Watkins (Mike) of Cleveland, as well as sister-in-law, Judy Lippard (David) of Kannapolis and brother-in-law, Tony Eury Sr. (Lynne) of Mooresville and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Whitley’s Funeral Home in Kannapolis on Wednesday, December 15 from 5-9pm.  Celebration of Life Service will be held at Memorial Baptist Church in Kannapolis on Thursday, December 16 at 12pm.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be given to The Dale Jr. Foundation.

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December 15, 2021

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Whitley's Funeral Home

Funeral Service
December 16, 2021

12:00 PM
Memorial Baptist Church (Kannapolis)


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