Charlie Daniels: Meet the Late Country Icon’s Only Son

by Suzanne Halliburton

Charlie Daniels and his wife, Hazel, had only one child. And their little boy was born about a year after the couple married in 1964.

The ace fiddle player was so proud of his son, whom he named Charlie Daniels Jr. And Daniels’ final social media post about his only child came on Father’s Day, 2020.

Daniels posted a photo of the two of them on his Instagram to celebrate Father’s Day 2020. He wrote:

“To all Dads. Children are a very special blessing from God
Rejoice in your blessings. Happy Father’s Day! “

Charlie Daniels Loved His Only Son and Always Kept His Birthday Cards

Charlie Daniels loved to talk about his son. In an interview with The Boot, Daniels Sr said he still kept all the cards and notes his son gave him for his birthday. He said Charlie Jr. had “the knack of buying the most thoughtful birthday cards and writing the most thoughtful things in them. We keep all the cards he gives us for our birthday. We’ve got them all.”

Charlie Daniels died last July 6 of a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83. Hazel Daniels frantically called her son to tell him his dad was ailing and to come to the house. The elder Daniels was having a stroke. Charlie Jr. has been helping to keep his dad’s legacy alive since then.

“My mom and I would like to say thank you for all the thoughts and prayers over the past week, and we have needed every one of them, and even more, if possible,” Daniels Jr. wrote. “This week, I’ve heard a lot of people say that dad was ‘The best there’s ever been.’ And I have to agree, he was, and I don’t mean fiddle players.”

Charlie Jr. said: “So, this isn’t the end, it’s just a new direction for everyone. But dad’s music will survive long after his passing. We will keep his legacy alive, and do our best to extend it and keep it going for future generations of fans.”

Charlie Daniels was survived by Hazel, his son and three grandchildren.

Daniels Jr Maintains Blog On Dad’s Site

The main thing Daniels Jr. is doing is maintaining his dad’s official site and social media accounts. And, he also continued his dad’s blog. It’s now called Soap Box Jr. Daniels Jr always ends each blog post with a nod to his dad. Charlie Daniels used to tweet, every day, “Benghazi ain’t going away.” And that’s how Jr. ends his columns. None of them have to do with Benghazi.

In his latest blog post, Daniels Jr. wrote about his grandfather and alcoholism. Jr doesn’t pull any punches when he writes. In this one, he said:

“I’ve struggled with this week’s soapbox for reasons I won’t go into, but I wanted to talk a little bit about my grandfather, William Carlton Daniel(s). He passed away on April 13, 1973.

In his book, Never Look at the Empty Seats, dad spoke candidly about his father’s struggles. I was aware that my grandfather was an alcoholic, functional most of the time, but what I wasn’t aware of – until I read dad’s book – was the fact that the reason they moved around so much when my dad was growing up was that Grandpa Carlton would lose his job because of his addiction, but he was so good at his job and had enough contacts in the timber business that he would always find another job, but that usually meant relocation.

Daniels Jr. continued: “I urge anyone who is struggling with this, who thinks they can control their addiction to be honest with themselves and to get some professional help before it is too late for them.”